Hi, I’m Christine Ka’aloa !
I’m a video storyteller, a female solo travel influencer & Youtube coach.
Seven years ago, I was a female solo traveler with a rising career living in New York city, filming and producing popular reality shows. I was an interactive video installation artist moonlighting as a docu-reality producer and shooter working for a lot of corporate brands from MTV, Food Network, Yahoo, BET, VH1 and paid to travel. But the economy fell and I left the U.S. to spend a gap year living abroad (a dream of mine!) in Korea.
Long story short, when I moved back home to the U.S., I returned to my family in Hawaii. It was a monumental challenge breaking into a small patriarchal television industry on a small island with limited opportunities. Being a newcomer and female, a lot of men wouldn’t give me a chance despite my proven success working with lead cable networks. So I did corporate audio video work and live event shooting. Wanting to survive my passion for video storytelling, I went onto YouTube. And re-scripted my life!
I am the first female solo travel YouTube channel to document solo travels as guides for others, consistently.
Til today, I get regular emails and messages from both, women and men about how my videos helped launch their first solo trip. Inspiring new soloists to leap towards their fears to find freedom is major. That’s the positive side of influence.
Brands like Apple, Manfrotto, Shell Oil, Travel Channel,… approached me when I was 25K-50K subscribers and ultimately I worked on campaigns with SanDisk, Mazda, Airbnb, Facebook, etc… These were brands I thought I had to be living in New York or Los Angeles to work with!
I’ve been featured in various publications from The Wall Street Journal, Fodors, The Points Guy, without hiring PR and my work has appeared in Huffington Post, Flight Network, Thrillist, Transferwise... (full press here). I’m occasionally hired for tourism board campaigns and to create high quality and info-taining content, I work with sponsors on almost every trip I take!
Today, I’m coaching creators/influencers to scale influence and monetize with proven strategies and powerful personal branding on YouTube. My mission is to Jumpstart YouTube businesses.
You can struggle with guesswork for years, slug it out trying to figure out how your competitors are succeeding where you’re not. You can Google answers and watch YouTube tip videos till you’re overwhelmed and uncertain what will work …and burn out before you realize your true potential.
I know this because I spent years learning everything through trial and error. From my video/television production business to my blog business and finally, my YouTube brand, I juggled everything from website design, emails, business negotiations, content creation, marketing campaigns, graphic design, filming and editing, etc… by my own hand.
The goal of my Video Jumpstart Academy is to guide you past all the growing pains and head-scratching… to grow and monetize your YouTube brand quickly and strategically.