Grace Victory

Blogger & Presenter. Age 26.

How did you become a blogger?

When I was younger blogging was around, but it wasn’t really known as a job. But now it’s a new job and it’s an industry that’s gone “boom!”

What do you do day to day?

You’re kind of like a photographer, so you take your own blog photos, for YouTube you film your videos. I run my social media account, I meet brands; I do sponsored content where I’m paid to promote a product. I think of my own videos and edit my videos.

Blogging is amazing and I love what I do, but there are some downsides to it. I’m alone a lot. It’s just me! Just one girl in her office, making videos and writing posts. It took me four years to make enough money to live off a month. You can’t expect to have a yearly salary because that’s not really how it works.

If you want to have a blog you need to have a passion for something, you need to have an opinion and a voice and use your voice for the greater good, which is to inspire people or help people. I love talking about certain topics because I feel like I can be a voice for people who feel like they haven’t got one.

What were you like at school?

At school I wasn’t naughty but I wasn’t well behaved. I was in the cheeky middle section. So often my school reports would say: “Grace is a brilliant student, but she tends to burst out into song in lessons, she often eats in class…” I think that’s acceptable! There’s a bit of personality in there.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken?

The biggest risk was moving out of my home town, moving to South West London where I am now, getting my own flat and then full time blogging, without any savings and in ten grand of debt. However, I tell people that self-belief makes you go places nothing else can. I told myself that I’d make it work. And I made it work.

I tell people that self-belief makes you go places nothing else can.
What would your teenage self think if she could see you now?

If my teenage self could see me now she would say: “Slay, babes!” That’s because my teenage life was quite dark. I went through a lot of trauma and abuse, but I’m out of that and I’ve made a life for myself. She would be very proud. I’m very proud of me.

Where do you get your confidence?

I think I get a lot of my confidence from self-acceptance. If you learn to accept yourself and you realise that women are more than how they look it becomes a lot easier. And also you do have to go on a self-love journey. I think people expect women and men to just love themselves, but no one teaches you. Parents seem to forget and it’s not in the school curriculum – you’re just meant to love yourself and that’s not how it works.