ASMR Interviewed: IndigoStars

IndigoStars is a creator of videos that purposely trigger ASMR, which is described as a pleasant, tingly sensation in the scalp that extends down the back and out through the limbs. You can learn more about ASMR here. You can find IndigoStars’ videos here.

Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview!

I’m super excited! Thank you so much for the opportunity.

You make vampire roleplays — a lot of them. Tell us about that. Do they have a storyline? Are they in the same universe?

I do make quite a few, don’t I? My first vampire roleplay back in 2014 started as a silly experiment; I almost didn’t even release it. After some friends urged me to, I was overwhelmed with the response I got. Having so much fun with this, I quickly realized I’d found my niche.

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“Alicia”

The first video was vaguely set in an existing universe, a roleplaying world created by White Wolf in 1991 (my year of birth!). This world is still used for table top roleplaying, not unlike Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve always loved weaving stories and bringing characters to life, so I used this as an opportunity to do just that. The majority of my videos follow a story line in a fictional version of Amsterdam. My rotating cast of, by now, over 20 unique characters are all connected to each other in some way.

Who are some of your most popular characters?

I think my most popular character is Alicia. She was the first I created and has been the most prevalent on my channel. She’s that deadly combination of caring, alluring and a generous helping of crazy. As I started to create more characters, some stood out more than others. At this point I feel like I have six ‘main’ characters. Alicia, Selene, Callidora, Maria, Lorey and Jakkie. Mostly, I think this is because of how wildly different they all are. From well mannered to feral, domineering to submissive and calculated to unpredictable. Personally, I don’t really pick favorites. Every one of them is special to me, and whoever I enjoy portraying the most depends on my mood.

Do you have any inspirations, for acting, costume makeup or otherwise?

I would like to think I take my inspirations from all over. There are many makeup artists, cosplayers/costumers and artists that inspire me. Of course, I also take a lot of inspiration from the source material (which I still loosely use) for different characters.I do like to take certain archetypes and give them my own spin. But really, most comes from things in my daily life. I might see a poster, hear a song, have a conversation and suddenly feel compelled to create. It doesn’t have much rhyme or rhythm to it. The only thing I really directly use from other creators is technical stuff. Makeup tutorials for certain effects, guides from other ASMRtists how to get certain visual effects.

What is your most viewed video, and why do you think it’s so popular?

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“Maria”

That would be my “Alicia’s Web” video, in which my character Alicia shows in the viewers house, proceeds to lead them to a dark room and eventually feeds off of them (this.. sounded less weird in my head, I promise). In general a lot of my vampire roleplays (and specially Alicia) top my charts. But this particular one was linked to by Ephemeral Rift in a crossover/collaboration video we did shortly after, so that probably helped boost it. Besides that, my more ‘predatory’ garner are the ones that garner the most views. Which, I think, has a lot to do with the stereotypical appeal of vampires.

Do you get a lot of hate or weird comments? What about?

Oh yeah, I definitely do. Not as many as some other creators, but more and more as my channel grows. It’d be naive of me to not expect them with the content I create, but they make for some interesting comments or messages. Some people get really, really into the storyline, and comment ‘in character’, which can already get rather creepy or hostile. Then there’s the blatantly sexual (“I want you to dominate me!”) and fetish requests (“More feet please!”). The hate I get is pretty mild, and most call out my ‘obsession’ with vampires. One would wonder what they were doing on one of my vampire videos if they weren’t actively looking for it, though.

The feet thing is everywhere! You’d think there’d be less of them. Do you have any makeup tips for achieving creepy effects?

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“Selene”

I’m all about minimalism. You don’t really need a big collection of makeup and special effects products to create something cool looking. Even just an eyeliner pencil can be used for interesting designs, creating shadow and depth. I’m by no means an expert, but the majority of what I know is by watching tutorials on YouTube. There are SO many talented people out there who lay out all sorts of techniques for you to play around with. My personal make-up staples are a cheap eyeliner pencil, red and black eyeshadow (seriously, I use that in 90% of my looks) rigid collodion (an inexpensive scarring liquid by Mehron, very useful for so many different looks) and liquid latex (to create a second ‘layer’ of skin to poke around with).

If I can offer a suggestion, check out Glam & Gore on YouTube. She has several videos on makeup basics but she also goes into the really over the top and gory SFX. She’s awesome and a great inspiration to me.

So beyond the makeup, have you made any other investments into these videos like props or equipment?

Definitely have. I have a massive drawer full of wigs I use (around 25 now, pretty much every single one of my character has their ‘own’ wig), almost 10 pairs of contacts and a big pile of other props. I’ve bought outfits specifically meant for a video, pieces of jewelry, little items I could see my characters using.. Besides that, I started out on a cheap webcam, and eventually upgraded to a pretty decent one, and invested in a ZoomH1 recorder and binaural microphones. Presently, I’m looking into getting an actual camera (as opposed to being bound to a webcam) and the means to setting up a greenscreen for chromakeying. And.. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to curb my wig addiction . . .

Oh wow! Your room must look like the backstage of a theatre. Is acting something you want to pursue?

I never really thought about getting into acting before I started my channel, but it’s something I’m becoming more and more interested in. When people talk about how they would love to see a movie or series with my characters in it, it really does gets me excited. My main issue would be working with a script, as 99% of my videos are fully improvised. So that is something I want to introduce more into my videos. Get things more streamlined and thought out. But if I would suddenly get scouted for an acting job, I would of course be overjoyed!

What’s something you’ve learned about being a YouTuber since you first started? Were there any surprises or difficult parts?

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“Callidora”

I still don’t really see myself as a full fledged ‘YouTuber’, but I’ve definitely learned a lot of things. Even though I don’t get too much hate, you still need to develop a thick skin. Not just for the ‘hate’ comments, but also for the drama that goes on in the community at times. It’s very easy to get involved in things, and sometimes it’s better to take a backseat and not be tempted into participating. What really surprised me however, is the overwhelming love and support that goes with it. I really do feel blessed with how kind, giving and loving my viewers are. That really has had a big impact on my life, and it makes me feel
very humbled and thankful. Another thing I learned might not be the way to go for other people, but for me it pays off to be very open and genuine. Even though people address me as “Indigo”, underneath that I’m still Lisa, and I’m not afraid to show that. It might make me more vulnerable, but so far I’ve only gotten a positive response to it.

Well said. Last question: Which video of yours would you recommend for a potential new subscriber?

I would have to go with my ‘Speed Dating‘ video. That one features five different characters, and it gives you a bit of a glimpse what kind of videos you can expect on my channel. I also don’t mind shamelessly plugging that one, as it was quite an undertaking to prep, film and put together.

It’s been great getting to know you! Thank you so much for your time.

I had a great time! Thank you again for considering me, it was a great experience!

Where to Find IndigoStars

IndigoStars’ channel can be found here. If you make ASMR videos and wish to be interviewed, just send us a message with your ASMR channel, your email address and when a good time to talk would be.

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