Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Rosan Powierza. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Rosan, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. When did you first know you wanted to pursue a creative/artistic path professionally?
I honestly believe I was born an entertainer. As soon as I was able to talk, I began to sing. When I was able to stand, I began to dance. Ever since I could remember, I was always joining talent shows and events to sing or dance in front of an audience. As soon as high school began, I joined our school’s dance class called Dance West, where we’d also perform.
Growing up, my mom was always recording everything with her camcorder, which I am very thankful for. Because of this, I began recording and documenting my life when I got my first digital camera. Around the age of 15, I started editing my own videos to create vlogs or music videos.
Years later, I was working a full time job as a loan processor at a bank. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good job with good benefits that could’ve turned into a career but my heart, mind and soul knew this was not for me. It led me into depression. I wanted to create and entertain people like I used to and this job was not fulfilling that. One day, I told myself I had to take a leap of faith and believe in my own capabilities. I ended up quitting my full time job. By doing this, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I felt like I was ready to start a new journey but I didn’t know where to begin. That’s when I decided to give YouTube a try.
Rosan, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
My name is Rosan and I was born in Hawaii, raised in Alaska and currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. My YouTube channel is called xCeleste. I mainly post vlogs, K-pop reactions, theories and explanation videos. I was able to combine my love for music, entertainment and editing through this platform.
After quitting my full time job, I had to give up a lot of things. I moved back in with my parents and sold my car. At that time, my main priority was to take care of my mental health. I had to find myself and discover what I personally loved doing. At that point in my life, I realized I was no longer singing, dancing, drawing, creating, or entertaining. I knew I had to tap back into these things but I didn’t know where to begin. That’s when I thought of YouTube. I began YouTube as a hobby and an outlet while I took on a new job. I worked at the airport in Anchorage, Alaska as a wheelchair agent and during peak season, I would earn a lot of tips. I created a new goal of saving up all my tips and moving into a new state. As beautiful as Alaska is, there were never any K-pop events or opportunities that would help me. I didn’t want to move to California and I already had friends in Las Vegas, so I chose Las Vegas. Traveling from Vegas is a lot easier and cheaper plus the cost of living at that time was also cheaper than Alaska. As soon as I moved in 2016, I was finally able to attend my first K-pop event.
I’ve been a K-pop fan since 2006 and I was 14 at the time. After 11 years, I was finally able to attend my first K-pop concert and it was BTS’ The WINGS tour in Anaheim, California on April 2, 2017. BTS was honestly my inspiration and drive to pursue my dream as a content creator. I was introduced to them by my sister and became part of their fandom called ARMY in February 2014. It was never easy being a content creator since day one but watching BTS grow since debut motivated me. They were proof that through hard work, passion, gratitude and manifestation, anything is possible.
On my YouTube channel, I try to create content that showcases me as a person and as a fan. Another person who inspired me to create YouTube reactions was JREKML. Through his reactions, It made me feel like I wasn’t alone when watching music videos. I also wanted to give fans the same comfort just as JREKML gave me. As time went on, I wanted to share my understanding and passion for BTS, that’s when I began creating theories and explanation videos of their fictional storyline along with educational videos such as “BTS // FROM NOBODIES TO LEGENDS” and “BTS HARDSHIPS”.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
Until now, I still see myself as a regular fan who loves to create videos but what keeps me going are comments from viewers who tell me how much my videos have helped them and their loved ones. It’s fulfilling to hear since this was my goal when creating these kinds of videos. Another rewarding aspect of being a creative is being able to do what I love to do. I’ll always remind myself to be thankful and continue to practice gratitude.
Have any books or other resources had a big impact on you?
I actually discovered my favorite book of all time through BTS. Their song “Magic Shop” was inspired by the book ‘Into The Magic Shop’ by James R Doty. This book is much more than a memoir. To me, it’s one of the best books to read about the power of compassion and mindfulness. It has helped transform my way thinking.