With nearly one billion likes, it's fair to say Brooke Monk is one of TikTok's most influential creators. At the age of 18, she has millions of followers and her own clothing brand.
We sat down with Brooke to help you get to know the person behind the 15-second videos on your For You page.
On Going Viral
What did it feel like to go viral?
It was a little bit shocking, I didn't expect to go viral at all. I just sorta happened!
I was making TikTok videos for fun and I really enjoyed making them, still do, that's the whole reason why I create content.
I was just kinda shocked! Like woah okay, this is pretty cool! A little bit overwhelming but very cool. Definitely exciting.
One Billion Likes (And Counting)
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of likes your account gets?
Yes! It's kinda crazy because you realize how many people actually watch you and your content.
Like woah, so many people have seen this video... I made that in my basement! It is a little bit overwhelming, yeah.
I didn't expect to go viral at all. It just sorta happened!
On Content Creation
How do you come up with your video ideas? What's your creative process?
It's mostly just when I'm doing random things, or I run into something, and I'm like “Oh my gosh, that happens all the time!”
That's where I think the ideas behind my content come from. That's usually how my thought process goes.
Social Media Negativity
How do you handle hate comments, do you read the comments?
Oh yes, I definitely do! I used to respond a lot more and then after a while, you realize that it isn't worth it. There are so many more positive comments than negative ones.
So sometimes I get particularly frustrated, and I'll type out a long response, but then I remind myself, “Just put your phone down! Come back in 10 minutes and let it go, it's not worth it.”
Usually, I'm the bigger person! But some days... I'm like “You know what, you're going to get it today!”
There are so many more positive comments than negative ones.
What's your favorite song right now?
It's called Cherry Hill by Russ.
What's your favorite TV show of all time?
Either Psych or Friends, pretty basic I know.
Maybe Criminal Minds, I love all of those!
What are your plans for the future?
Definitely to get more into YouTube! Long-term I've always wanted to be a YouTuber, I've always enjoyed that kind of content.
I really like to share my life with everyone and I like to be very genuine and authentic. So that's definitely something I want to pursue in the future.
An Influencer's Fear
Do you ever fear losing relevance?
Oh yeah, I feel like every creator is afraid of losing relevance. It is something that will happen eventually, you can integrate yourself into more traditional media.
Social Media moves so fast, I'm sure there will be a new platform within the next five years.
I think it is a worry of every creator, I try to not overthink it and just make my content and go with the flow. Views will drop and algorithms with change, you just have to try not to stress over it. But I definitely try to be aware, you know?
What's your dream collaboration?
Probably someone like Selena Gomez or James Charles,
I remember growing up I always used to watch Selena Gomez a lot on the Disney Channel and I really identified with her character. So I just love the way she presents herself, I'm like a little fangirl.
James Charles is really a fantastic makeup artist that I admire a lot!
Connect with Brooke Monk
Check our her YouTube at Brooke Monk!