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Colleen Ballinger

Colleen Mae Ballinger is an American comedian, YouTuber, actor, singer and writer. She is best known for her Internet character Miranda Sings, posting videos of the character on YouTube, performing her one-woman comedy act on tour in theatres worldwide, and creating and starring in a Netflix original series titled Haters Back Off (2016–2017) about the character and her backstory. Ballinger created the comically talentless, egotistical and eccentric character to satirize the many YouTube videos featuring people singing badly in hopes of breaking into show business, but who appear unaware of their lack of talent. In her videos and stage act, the narcissistic character sings and dances badly, discusses current events that she misunderstands, gives inept "tutorials", collaborates with other YouTubers and rants about her critics, whom she calls the "haters".

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My audience is like my family at this point.
For me, Miranda has always been a much deeper character than the three-minute videos I put online.
I love and enjoy vocal performance, but I also have a huge passion for comedy and improv. — © Colleen Ballinger
I love and enjoy vocal performance, but I also have a huge passion for comedy and improv.
My fans are my family. I love them so much.
People didn't go on YouTube to get famous back when I started.
To have the ability to look back on the problems that weren't big problems after all is something I think we can all learn from.
I trained to sing well, but now I sing poorly for a living. That was money well spent.
The only reason I have any success at all in my career is because of the Internet.
I have no hard feelings towards Disneyland. I love Disneyland so much. I want to go every day. I loved every single day that I worked there.
Miranda, my character, cannot sing, cannot act, and is really inappropriate.
I'm the luckiest girl in the world.
Whenever a hater said they hated something about Miranda, I'd do it more.
How it works: it's like I have a tour, so there's, you know, some income from that. We have merchandise. There's income from that. Then on YouTube, there's ad revenue... so, you know, YouTube puts ads on the videos, and we need a little bit of that.
There are a lot of people who don't respect what I do.
Oftentimes, when I'm trying to get inspired, I'll find myself just staring at the wall and let the fans inspire me to get creative.
Miranda is extremely tacky. I personally want to edit my videos well, but I have to keep Miranda's character in mind, so there are bad angles, flashy cuts, and sparkles everywhere.
I got a lot of hate mail, and that's where the term 'haters back off' came from because I got all this hate. — © Colleen Ballinger
I got a lot of hate mail, and that's where the term 'haters back off' came from because I got all this hate.
The fact that I went from making a minute-and-a-half video in my bedroom to doing an hour-and-a-half live show is just crazy.
I really tried to take advantage of my 15 minutes of fame. And I've gotten lucky - those 15 minutes have become several years.
I try my hardest with my live show and YouTube to make it appealing to all ages.
I'm always so terrified that tomorrow no one will watch me anymore or care anymore. Every day, I say that I can't believe this is happening. It's so crazy. Because of that, it makes me work so hard every single day.
The process of getting into Miranda mode is simply making sure I'm as gross as possible. I make sure I'm wearing funky clothes and a lot of lipstick, and I'm good to go.
Getting onstage and trying out all of my material and what works well with audiences and what doesn't, what works well in different atmospheres, has been the best training.
Clowns are meant to make people smile. That's my goal.
I watched a lot of old movies, and a lot of Carol Burnett and Andy Kaufman.
With 'Haters Back Off,' I'm creating something that I want to make, and I'm not focused on, 'Is this gonna trend, is this gonna be popular?' I'm just focused on telling the story.
When I was in college and reading music and doing ear training, I was a little more advanced than the other people in my choir classes. So to entertain myself and kind of annoy the friends around me, I would sing just under the pitch or just above the pitch.
My fans have been so sweet and supportive.
I'm pretty sure I don't want a camera in my face when I am in labor.
It's been hard being on the Internet and not being respected by people in Hollywood.
I love every Netflix original series, because they're so creative and different, and they really believe in trusting the creators of these shows and in their vision and passion.
I couldn't comprehend why someone would film themselves alone in their bedroom and put it online. I thought that was so bizarre. Now I can't imagine not putting my life online and talking to a camera alone in my bedroom; it's become my life.
It's fun to just be an awful human being.
Anyone can sing badly, but to sing badly on purpose and make it believable is harder. I listen for the actual melody in my head but sing right underneath or above it out loud. It takes a lot of concentration.
I feel so lucky to have the career that I have. I can travel the world and be a goofball and make people laugh.
I think for me, the best comedy comes from when something feels real and genuine, so even though Miranda is this wacky character, there is a real vulnerability to her that we finally get to show in 'Haters Back Off,' and I think that's what makes this comedy rich and more fulfilling, at least for me.
I've been singing since I was a little girl.
I definitely think we're living in a world or generation where we need constant gratification and adoration with Instagram and likes, and we base everything on attention.
I have a lot of photos of my grandparents - they're my heroes, even though they've passed away. They were always happy, positive, loving to everyone they met, and a huge inspiration to me and the reason I do what I do.
I travel a lot for work and have people waiting outside my hotel or call my room constantly or show up at whatever restaurant I'm eating at because I Snapchatted. It is a little terrifying.
Miranda's this girl that everyone's just laughed at online for years. I want people to empathize with her. — © Colleen Ballinger
Miranda's this girl that everyone's just laughed at online for years. I want people to empathize with her.
A lot of people think most YouTubers are just untalented kids who film themselves for four minutes, and that's all they do for their week.
The thing I needed to learn about Miranda was where her motivation comes from when she gets upset. There's been a few times where Miranda's a brat or crying online, and it seems very surface level, and I think that I needed to learn where her insecurities came from, because online she just comes across as kind of bratty.
I hope that memes jump out of our computers in the future.
My favorite movies were 'Singin' in the Rain' and stuff that had a more classic comedy type feel, that more slapsticky stuff. It's the comedy I've gravitated towards.
I think we all have a little crazy in us.
It fascinated me, these kids who would sit in their living room or bedroom or kitchen and sing to the camera and act out the song fully as though they were onstage. Because a lot of musical theater kids... do that alone in your bedroom when you're a kid. But for someone to go and put that online? That's just so embarrassing!
I have a whole new perspective on pregnancy and motherhood now that I'm experiencing it. Just because it's so hard and so confusing and so exciting. Women are so amazing that their bodies can do this and that they're strong enough to do this. I can't believe almost every woman goes through this, because it's so hard.
I've spent 10 years checking my analytics on my end to see what people were talking about and what they like.
People ask me if I'm worried that I'm going to be stuck in Miranda forever. I'm not, because how could I complain about what I've been given?
Fans like to give me things they think Miranda would like.
As a vocal performance major, I went to school with a lot of singers who were cocky and not very nice. — © Colleen Ballinger
As a vocal performance major, I went to school with a lot of singers who were cocky and not very nice.
I don't regret anything I've put out there.
Nobody knows what goes on behind the scenes with a YouTuber.
On YouTube, I've stayed very limited with what I've been willing to share, so it's been very surface-level with Miranda.
I love music, and playing ukulele and singing makes me really happy.
I started out poking fun at this YouTube thing.
The things that I gravitate toward in film and TV are things that make me laugh but then break my heart.
I'm very open with my life, and I don't regret it because it's what got me here.
My brain is a pretty intense, wacky place, and that's kind of where Miranda lives. But that's why I like the rest of my life and my stuff to be more clean, white, and simple without a lot of clutter.
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