July 14, 2022
Stories & Insights
Meet Ellie Renée
We recently connected with Ellie Renee and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellie, thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us about a time that your work has been misunderstood? Why do you think it happened and did any interesting insights emerge from the experience?
When you hear OnlyFans, what comes to mind? If someone has an OnlyFans account, what assumptions or labels are applied? No matter what choices or directions our lives take, there will forever be someone standing on the sideline ready to place judgement.
If you are not familiar, OnlyFans is one of the platforms many creators use to share content with their supporters. It is a subscription based service which allows creators to earn income on their content. It is absolutely a full time job for many and a rewarding one for me.
It is empowering to be a part of the generation who turns industries on their head. In the past, others would profit much more from images than the person in the picture. Acting in front of an audience was for an exclusive elite. No more do you need to go to Hollywood or be related to someone with connections. We are now all capable of creating something for the world to see and decide if they want to follow, subscribe or support the actual creator.
Becoming a content creator has allowed me an outlet to be who I want to be and have fun while doing so. I get to communicate with individuals across the world and share with them parts of my daily life. I get to have fun being me. Whether I am dressed up for work or hanging out by the pool, I am challenged to find new and creative ideas for content.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers.
For a content creator to say they are not consumed with social media sounds absurd. That was me about four years ago. As I looked over Facebook and spent a few minutes here and there on YouTube, I came across some suggested videos from channels where the primary content included try on haul videos. It was interesting to me that not only did I want to see what outfits they had, along with details of where to find them, but also that the videos seemed simple enough to do and were big hits regarding the number of views they received. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought “I could totally do that.”
Not long after, I had my iPhone setup on a tripod while I introduced myself to the world in my very first YouTube video. It was so much fun (by fun I mean exciting, scary, terrifying, etc.) to put myself in a position to be publicly judged, for better or worse.
Now I have an online presence with two YouTube channels, an Instagram page, and a few subscription platforms: OnlyFans, Patreon and Fansly. Each site offers a little something different and I work everyday to provide content which is engaging, fun and entertaining to everyone interested in spending a few minutes with me.
How did you build your audience on social media?
My brand is myself, Ellie Renee. I am committed to my online platforms by providing daily content in the form of pictures to videos on various topics, based on many different sources of ideas and concepts. What is consistent? Me. I stay true to myself in all that I create and share. Not only that, I return messages and communicate with those who choose to subscribe/support these channels. Content creation for many is crowd sourced and not possible without those that can support the channels they enjoy following/subscribing.
For anyone that is just getting started, the most important advice I have is to be yourself and be consistent. Show your joy of what you do every time you do it. If you are not having fun, the audience will know and they will not return.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
It is natural to defend yourself or your work when criticized. Most individuals become defensive when confronted with negativity directly related to them or their product. We are taught to take up for ourselves, don’t be pushed around.
I am blessed to have a great audience of supporters who post comments and message me directly. Along with this comes the occasional unhappy person (internet troll) who attacks with their keyboard. My natural reaction was to respond, fight back. But now, with more experience and maturity in this career field, I know it is best left ignored. While not always easy, the best method for dealing with the negativity is to focus on everything that is positive.