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Kian Lawley: I pushed through the stigma and kept going

Kian Lawley is one of the most famous people in the 21st century. With his energetic spirit, acting talent, and ability to promote friendship and make people have fun on social media, he has been captivating all of us all over the past ten years.

Despite his busy schedule, we were able to have this conversation exclusively for Vanity Teen in which we talked about his career, the ups and downs of life, upcoming projects, and all the love he has for his family, friends, and his supportive fanbase that sums over 4 million people worldwide.

Kian Lawley in the park
Kian Lawley self-portrait | Courtesy of Kian Lawley

Let us treat ourselves with this interview and find out why Kian Lawley states he pushed through the stigma and kept going in this journey called life.

Kian Lawley: I pushed through the stigma and kept going Kian Lawley: I pushed through the stigma and kept going Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Menswear & new faces magazine
Kian Lawley via Instagram @kianlawley

I wouldn’t be able to do it alone

VT: How was your life before SUPERKIAN13?

KL: Pretty boring, actually. I feel as if I have always needed something extra in my life to keep me interested. As a young teen, I tried a bunch of different sports and instruments and, eventually, found YouTube, which I loved and I have stuck with ever since.

VT: After your success, which has been the roles and importance of family and friends in your life and career?

KL: Family and friends are like my anchor. I need them to keep going, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be able to do it alone. They’ve not only been supportive of my career choices but have helped guide me along the way.

VT: Talking about friends, what can you tell us about JC Caylen and KianAndJC?

KL: Great guy. I’ve known him for almost 10 years now. Actually, our friendship contract is coming to an end soon, so I have to start thinking about that renewal process.

We started a duo channel in 2015 and haven’t turned back since. We are constantly pushing forward with new ideas and raising the bar on our own personal standards. KNJ has been so much fun since the beginning, and it’s important that we always center it around that idea: keep it fun.

Kian Lawley: I pushed through the stigma and kept going Kian Lawley: I pushed through the stigma and kept going Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Menswear & new faces magazine
Kian Lawley and JC Caylen | KNJ for ©FANJOY

I pushed through the stigma and kept going

VT: How was collaborating with Fanjoy and releasing KNJ2021?

KL: Great! Fanjoy is really easy and simple to work with. Collaborating with them has really launched me in a creative direction as far as clothing design and a newfound love for creating apparel.

VT: Acting has also been an important aspect of your life; you have been in important projects like Before I Fall, Zac and Mia, and more recently in Perfect Commando. What does acting mean to you? Have you ever felt like some people found it hard to believe you could be good at acting due to your job as YouTuber and content creator?

KL: Acting has been a passion for me, starting from a young age. I would watch movies and constantly think: “That’s what I want to do; I want to be in movies.”

Actually, I recently found a little folder that my mom made for me in kindergarten to keep all of my work, drawings, and stuff to remember when I was older. And in one of those little notebooks, there was a question that asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and my answer was: “Fireman, Policeman & Movie Star.”

As far as people taking me seriously due to me being a social media influencer, it really bothered me at the beginning. But I knew acting was what I wanted to do. So I pushed through the stigma and kept going with the idea that I am serious about it, and I will show everybody how serious I am.

VT: Are there days when you feel like you do not want to get out of bed and then think: oh, boy, I have got to get up? What motivates you to stay active and keep working hard?

KL: I mean, sometimes I am a bit tired and don’t want to get out of bed because it feels too good, haha. But I am so grateful for every day I wake up breathing. So, 9 times out of 10, I get up and get a move on because life is all about the small things, and the more time you take to realize all the small blessings in your life, the happier, more motivated, and grateful you will be as a person.

Also, to start my day, I like to start with small tasks. It gets me in a productive mindset and fuels me to keep going and work on bigger tasks throughout the day.

EMMA CHAMBERLAIN MADE ME WAKE UP AT 5 AM | ©superkian13

Who I am on & off-camera

VT: Every person makes mistakes; even though, when people are public figures, just like you, it seems that everyone expects you to be perfect, but again, none is, and that can be a burden. That being said, how do you manage to preserve your mental health as a young person who has millions of fans and followers?

KL: Stay grounded. There are many opinions coming from every direction on the internet. It’s important for me to remember and remind myself who I am on & off-camera, who I am when nobody is looking, and who I am when everybody is watching. It keeps me balanced, and I know, at the end of the day, I have a good heart and a good head on my shoulders.

VT: You also have been publicly seen supporting charity events. Why do you think it is important for young people to give back to society?

KL: I give back because I’ve been in tough situations in my life where I need a little extra help. And fortunately, I was able to be provided with the right assistance and resources to be helped. So, it sits deep with me when anybody is in need, and I can be that helping hand now, and I can provide some sort of assistance.

It also makes me feel good and a sense of fulfillment when I am able to donate or give back. And, at the end of the day, if it puts a smile on my face and at least one other person: the job is done.

VT: Which message would you like to share with those teenagers who might be facing difficult times right now?

KL: Push through! Work hard, eat healthy, finish school and do what makes you happy. Life will periodically throw you curveballs, and it’s how you deal with them that will make you stronger and easier to deal with the next curveball.

There’s a saying that is overused nowadays, but I still love it and apply it to my life: “It’s not about how many times you get knocked down. It’s about how many times you can stand back up and keep moving forward.”

VT: Is there a future project that you could tell us about?

KL: REALITY HOUSE SEASON 3. Enough said! It’s going to be bigger, better, crazier, and different than past seasons. I can’t wait for you guys to see it.

VT: Anything else you would like to tell the readers of Vanity Teen?

KL: Just a simple thank you, and I hope you have an amazing rest of your day.

Kian Lawley: Perfect Commando
Kian Lawley | ©Perfect Commando

Before we go

Kian Lawley opened up his heart in this conversation, and we are really thankful for his honesty and kind words. Millions of fans love him and follow him on social media, but after all, he is just a human, a young person with big dreams who has been working hard to achieve his goals and make people smile. And all those things make us like him more.

We cannot wait for his new projects and seeing him seizing the good of the upcoming days. Thus, let us push ourselves, keep working hard, and just like Kian Lawley, let us find love and comfort in our family and close ones.

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