YouTuber Lexie Lombard proves you can have it all after embarking on a YouTube career while attending college full time.
22-year-old Lexie Lombard has tackled everything on her YouTube channel from mental health to fashion and beauty. She found early success on the streaming platform after creating out of the box ideas that highlighted the unique voice of her generation with projects like “What High Schoolers Are Actually Wearing.”
Although many successful vloggers decide to skip college, Lexie shared that studying at the Parson’s School For Design has contributed to her success. Check out our exclusive interview with Lexie Lombard where she discusses how she manages her studies and career as well as opens up about her mental health struggles.
How did you get started on YouTube?
I was a middle schooler during the “home music video” era of YouTube, and my friends and I weren’t shy [so we decided] to participate. I ended up loving the platform and making my own beauty and fashion channel. Having a career on YouTube was never and still isn’t the end goal, but it’s a great time.
Has studying at Parson’s impacted your life or career?
Oh certainly. I used to believe that I fell under the “college isn’t for everyone” group, but really I just needed to find the right program. I’m a graphic design major. I figured that area of study would help me be able to design my channel and video thumbnails in a more interesting way. I often work on personal assignments in school. My teachers love when we can find ways to bring outside work into our assignments. It has been such a blessing.
How did you come up with your ‘What High Schoolers Are Actually Wearing” series?
A friend of mine actually came up with it. “Back to School” season was around the corner and I wanted to create a video series. Mind you, I wasn’t in school at this time so this added a challenge because I couldn’t speak from current experience. She knew I liked fashion and socializing and suggested I hit the streets (or the schools) for the series. Rather than me showing what I would wear if I were in high school, I’d show what high schoolers were actually wearing. Hence the title.
You tackle beauty, fashion, and serious issues that millennials are facing. What issues are you most passionate about?
Mental Health. No question. I struggled with depression as a teenager after some pretty heavy things hit my personal life. I lived in and out of it for a few years, and I am just recently [reaching] a place of consistent strong mental health. I’ve touched on it in videos, but now that I am confidently stable, I feel I will only be discussing it more.
How do you juggle school, extracurricular Internships, your YouTube and hosting career?
I don’t know, it’s my nature. Something primal inside me says “I need to do all the things.” That voice has been there my entire life. Even as a little kid, my weeks we’re booked up with gymnastics, piano lessons, student government, roller hockey, and play dates. I want to do everything more than anything. I just make it happen.
Which creator would you most like to collaborate with?
Drew Barrymore. I want to film a “celebrity look-alike” video where she uses the makeup routine she used when she was 22 on me in an attempt to make me look just like a young Drew Barrymore.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Deciding after a three-year break that I wanted to pursue higher education. I used to believe it was either school or YouTube, but pursuing both is entirely attainable.
What goal would you like to accomplish that you haven’t already?
Collaborating more. I watch so many people on YouTube, but I’ve hardly collaborated with anyone. It sometimes feels like my channel exists on a separate island from everyone else. I would love to include myself more in the community. Moreover, I’d love to host a series for a brand. Technically, I’m a video maker, but I’m really much more of a speaker. There are so many video editors, creators, and filmmakers out there. It’d be exciting to be a part of something higher production.