Verge Influencers: Chanelle Graham

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Comedy is one of the toughest industries; the ability to make someone laugh is often taken for granted. Chanelle Graham is one of the few super talented people who has the ability to do this, aside from being incredibly beautiful, Chanelle is able to make anyone smile and giggle (just watch her Instagram videos). We were lucky enough to sit down with funny girl Chanelle Graham and talk about her aspirations as a kid, the people who really influence her, and her career as a sketch artist.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. What were your aspirations growing up? How did you find your calling?

Honestly, I remember wanting to be everything I watched on T.V.. For example, if I was watching an ice skating movie, suddenly I wanted to be an ice skater. I didn’t realize that I wanted to be a comedian/actress until after being in a few church plays. My family and friends would always tell me how I was funny and it encouraged me to start recording and posting my sketches on social media. I kept putting it off and then finally asked myself, “What do you have to lose”? Once I created my account on Instagram and started posting, I began having so much fun with it. I then realized that this is my calling. It’s like my own art form; I get to express myself through my sketches while making others laugh.

 

Who have been the most influential people in your life?

My mother, Kevin Hart, Rihanna and Taraji P. Henson. These people inspire me just because they are such strong hardworking people that, against all adversity, set goals for themselves and worked at it until they achieved them. That is inspiring to me. I’ve always said that I want to be the female Kevin Hart or a cross between Kevin, Rihanna and Taraji. I’d like to draw from my mother’s resilience, Kevin’s work ethic, Taraji’s humbleness and grace and Rihanna’s ability to captivate an audience. I am deeply inspired by all of their work.

 

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What have been some highlights of your career? Any low points?

The absolute highest point of my career was meeting with BET. I was floored when I got the email that they wanted me to come by. I was literally on the floor. I was so honored to even be their person of interest. Another high point would be gaining so many followers on Instagram. To have gained such a huge platform in such a short time is unbelievable. I love being able to reach so many people with my talents. I honestly don’t consider any thing to be a low point. I believe that everything happens for a reason and God places you in the fight spot at the right times. I believe that anything that misses you is not for you. Therefore, I feel nothing should be considered a loss.

 

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When did you realise that you’d become a social media star? How did you feel about that realization?

I first realized when people started to stop me in public and ask me, “Hey are you that girl from Instagram?!” And when I would respond to comments and messages, people would started calling me a celebrity and say, “omg you actually responded, I love when celebrities are humble!” It feels so strange because I don’t feel like a celebrity. I’m the exact same person just with more followers.

 

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What have you yet to pursue but want to?

Stand-up comedy. I’m so afraid to pursue it but I know that’s a fear that I want to conquer.

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