Creative expression and community, that’s what TikTok provides for local influencer, Rebecca Scott

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Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — TikTok is a video-sharing social media app that has been trending for some time now, in fact, TikTok became the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store in early 2018, ad its popularity and momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

However, while many may associate the app mostly as a space for comedic, lip-syncing, or dance videos, Rebecca Scott, who has garnered quite a following says it’s much more than that.

Rebecca started using online platforms for creative expression around age thirteen.

“I did blogs and stuff like that on YouTube, I kind of just did my own thing. I posted every day. I didn’t care what kind of content I put out because I just liked putting out content. I did gaming, I’ve done normal blogging, I’ve done makeup videos, I’ve done everything that I could because I wanted to be someone on the Internet… but I eventually learned you can’t just fit yourself in a space that you’re not meant to fit in.”

Rebecca Scott, Makeup Artist, TikTok and Twitch Streamer

Rebecca found that space in 2015 through the app Music.cly, which eventually transitioned to TikTok. There, she used her artistry skills, immersing herself in the makeup and cosplay community to create characters that reflect how she’s feeling.

“Creating characters wasn’t the hardest part for me. It’s how I’m going to make them look, like what kind of atmosphere do I want to give them? Especially with makeup looks too because it always comes from inspiration from issues that are going on in my life… like how do I want to portray this beautifully? How do I want to make this kind of impactful for people? To feel and also turn that negative energy in my life into something positive.”

Rebecca Scott, Makeup Artist, TikTok and Twitch Streamer

Rebecca has created original characters like the moody Echo, a sassy Zara, and Mickey. People have adored her characters so much that they’ve even sent in dramatic and intricate fan art. Ultimately, Rebecca’s found “her people”  and has been able to provide a safe space through authentic creative expression.

“I know creators that I watch and that I go to whenever I’m feeling down or whenever I need a distraction or to get my head out of things or whatever, and being that person to other people is a really good feeling… that I can be there for people without personally being there for people, you know what I’m saying, you just post a video online or you post something inspirational and telling people like life’s rough and it’s going to be okay and if you need me I’m here, my contents here.”

Rebecca Scott, Makeup Artist, TikTok and Twitch Streamer

Rebecca with over twenty-four thousand TikTok followers says these online outlets allow people to be who they want to be and no matter where you are geographically you can find those that are like-minded.

“I’ve met some amazing people that I consider my best friends and my family and people that I can go to when I’m having a time of need for myself… just meeting those people, it’s insane, because you don’t think about that kind of stuff when you’re just posting on social media.”

Rebecca Scott, Makeup Artist, TikTok and Twitch Streamer

Rebecca says don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because you never know what possibilities might come your way.

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