When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.
Jessie Paege is a YouTube superstar, social influencer, actress, author, musician and all around entrepreneur. She is an advocate for mental health and a strong ally to the LGBT+ community. Jessie has amassed a following of over 2.9 million followers across her social channels and has racked up over 76 million views to her YouTube channel. Each week Jessie uploads a video for her 1.495m+ subscribers; her videos range from encouraging mental health awareness, comedic sketches, music videos and more.
Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Jessie Paege: I always get water! It’s incredibly important and improves my mood and health.
TG: What’s your favorite song to rock out to on a relaxing weekend?
JP: I love listening to “Hotel California” by the Eagles!
TG: What gives you energy?
JP: When I’m around uplifting and motivating people, I thrive the most. I love being around people that just have beautiful souls that bring out the best in you.
TG: What’s your secret life hack?
JP: Podcasts will change your life. Instead of listening to the same song 100 times, I’ve started listening to productive and motivating podcasts.
TG: Who is your role model right now?
JP: Emma Watson will always be my role model. I love her stance on women’s rights and the intelligent insight she shares about femininity and respect.
TG: Name a book that changed your life.
JP: Looking for Alaska is an incredible and touching story that changed my perspective on love and relationships.
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
JP: I’m on my phone a lot, but I’ve been trying to turn off more. I definitely have a negative and addictive relationship with it and am working on it currently for my own mental health.
TG: How do you deal with email?
JP: I try to have designated times to check email as well as social media so that I have a better relationship with these outlets. It allows for me to have space and to know myself without my work and social media while getting things done.
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
JP: I can be found playing electric guitar!
TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
JP: It happened a few days ago! I tend to overcommit because I love the opportunities I get. However, in order for me to enjoy those opportunities, I can’t be burnt out.
TG: What’s one thing your fans don’t know about you, but you wish they did?
JP: I think my audience doesn’t always see exactly as to how hard I work! I don’t document that or talk about it, but my work is truly such a massive part of my life.
TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
JP: Creatively, I’ll have issues taking my ideas and making them coherent. They’ll make sense in my head, but they’ll be proven difficult to execute. The best thing is to start fresh and remember a bad day isn’t a bad lifetime.
TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
JP: “Peace will win and fear will lose”.