We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebel RousHer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I first started my YouTube channel, I was doing it because I saw that there weren’t that many voices on YouTube creating roller skating content. I felt like I could add to what was already there, and hopefully help a few people learn how to roller skate! As time has gone on, my vision has shifted. Especially within the pandemic, my goal has become creating a space online where roller skaters can come and feel like they are a part of something. I want to try and help new skaters feel what the skate community is like through watching my videos and interacting with other skaters in the comments and on lives. I created my shop, Cheers to the Queers on Etsy a year after I started my YouTube channel. I wanted to make cool, queer inclusive skate accessories and cute stuff that people can wear and will make them feel seen, as well as stoked to represent the skate community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I absolutely love creating videos for the roller skate community. It is an art form, it is a method of teaching, it is an outlet for me. I think what sets me apart from others is my approach to the content that I put on my channel. I’m trying to really build a community that centers around not just instructional videos or reviews, but of content that gives life back into the community. Whether that is showcasing different skater businesses or roller skater’s stories, or even just entertaining roller skate lifestyle videos, I want Queer Girl Straight Skates to be a place where anyone who skates could find something that they enjoy or relate to. For me, this journey has been all about consistency. It’s not easy to put out videos every week, but it’s something that I am committed to, and I see my resolve paying off. I definitely could not do it without my partner, Shove, who has constant creative input and always makes me look good in front of the camera. I’ve learned so many lessons doing these videos, and honestly the best lesson that I have learned is that success takes a whole team. It is not just you at the top wherever you have made it to. You have your support system, those who have given you advice, those who have taught you, and those who have believed in you all by your side. I want the world to know that I am just a person trying to do my best to bring the knowledge that I have been given and the wonderful experience of being on roller skates to as many people as I possibly can!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In my city, I would have them throw on some skates and we would go to all the best skate places. For me, I love skating in the downtown Long Beach area, the promenade, the beach path, Pine street. One of my favorite places to eat is Octopus (closed due to pandemic) – the sushi bar in downtown, get some coffee at Saint and Sinners on 6th and Pine, and for dessert later head over to Romeos for legitimately the most decadent hot chocolate and chocolate covered strawberries that you have ever had in your life. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out my girlfriend, Courtney Shove, AKA Fat Girl Has Moxi. Shove is the main reason why my YouTube channel has been successful and that I’ve even continued to pursue what I am doing. She is hardworking, brilliant, and the most supportive human in the whole world.
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