In need of some light relief? Our creator spotlight this week focuses on Steven McKell, a comedy king who is bound to make you chuckle!
Steven's been on TikTok since the beginning, and over the last three years he's become hugely popular with our community, with his hilarious sketches and impressions of Nicola Sturgeon and Miss Trunchbull to name a few.
Aside from comedy, Steven is also all about positivity and uplifting others. His duet with Selena Gomez about overcoming negativity gained thousands and likes and comments, and more importantly, encouraged our community to open up about their own experiences.
There's no denying that Steven is a ray of sunshine. Whether it's posting about Drag Race, trying out the latest TikTok trend or highlighting the perils of being millennial, his content is both funny and uplifting.
With over 3.4 million followers and 79.6 million likes, it's clear that our community can't get enough of Steven, and neither can we! We sat down with him to find out why he decided to join TikTok in the first place and what his plans for the future are.
What first inspired you to create on TikTok?
I had always wanted to create content but never really found the right platform! When I found TikTok back in 2018 it was something I hadn’t seen before - one of my friends had shared her videos which always made me smile. At first, it was purely for fun and to have a good time. Then I was inspired to become someone that could inspire others on the platform through being my free authentic self, and I’ve made sure to never stray from that.
What do you love most about TikTok?
The community, hands down! I have so much love for the different types of people that create content on Tik Tok, and I like that it feels more personal than most other social media platforms. People on the app mostly want to watch and interact with people they connect with on some level. The community I have built is so supportive, genuine, and honest that it makes me excited to post my content. Having so much diversity on TikTok also makes me love the platform even more. I love that I can be inspired by so many other people who have such different backgrounds, upbringings, and views, yet we can all still connect in some way. In my opinion, you don’t get that anywhere else.
Why is TikTok right for your style of content?
I love making a wide variety of content - comedy, sketches, dancing, and the most random stories! I feel that TikTok can always pride itself on being authentic - it’s where everyone goes to make real content and be themselves. That’s why my style fits so perfectly, I’m not boxed into just making one thing when it comes to content. Over the years, I’ve had to reinvent my TikTok to stay fresh and in sync with how social media has progressed. I’ve found it so easy to be able to change things up and see what works and what doesn’t which really suits my style of not just content, but how I navigate social media as a creator. I feel like I am fully in control when it comes to TikTok.
What is your favourite recent challenge or trend on TikTok?
I can’t lie, the whole “my name is chickyyyy” trend is so funny. I had the best time making that video with my best friend Callum Smart who also makes Tik Tok content. I think because it’s just so silly and fun, which makes it a joy to create videos like that with either your friends or family.
What is your goal on TikTok?
My goal is to be the person I didn’t see growing up on social media. I want people to have confidence in themselves. I never saw someone who was fat, confident, queer, and truly loved who they were that looked like me on social media, or even media in general. So, my goal is to continue to be inspired by so many amazing people on TikTok but also be an inspiration to anyone who’s going through their life and feeling different. I’m here to tell you that you are worthy, valid and you belong!
What else or who else is on your TikTok For You feed?!
Right now I am seeing a lot of what I like to call ‘personality TikTok’ and what I mean by that is a lot of content that’s creators really sharing their stories and showing off their personalities which I absolutely love. Anything LGBTQIA+ activism related is great to binge watch on my for you page, especially when it comes to Trans rights! At the moment the Trans youth are facing some serious issues, and seeing content raising awareness on how to support them is something I love to see on my For You page!
The person I see most on TikTok is The Queen herself Drew Afualo - she is incredible on this app!
What is your favourite TikTok you have made to date and why?
I think my favourite is the one that’s pinned to my page. It was for Tennage cancer trust for their ‘Best To Check’ campaign that was encouraging young people to look out for symptoms of cancer. I just think its really important to use your platform for good and work with organisations that will help people.