Although she might have stumbled upon fame rather than pursued it, YouTube personality Hannah Hart has used her platform to share her life story.
Hart will be doing a book signing at the Ohio State Barnes & Noble store on Friday for her memoir “Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” which was released on Tuesday.
“The reason why I wanted to write it is that everyone has a story to be told,” she said. “If I’ve been given the chance to try and say something, I must say it, otherwise I’m just really squandering opportunity.”
The creator and star of the web series, “My Drunk Kitchen,” has worked on various projects, including her two YouTube channels, a New York Times best-selling parody cookbook, two films, an animated series, a world tour, a comedy show and guest judge spot on “Food Network Star.” Her “My Drunk Kitchen” series consists of Hart drunkenly teaching the audience a recipe. Her main YouTube channel @MyHarto currently has 2.52 million subscribers.
Although Hart released the parody cookbook “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut” in 2014, her latest book takes on a more serious note. Hart described her first book as a “self-help parody-meets-drunk cooking” in a 2014 New York Post article. Her new book strays away from the lighthearted comedy, and instead introduces fans to another side of the comedian.
Hart said she is nervous at the idea of people reading what she considers a diary of her life. Still, she feels compelled to share her story.
The book focuses on the struggles fans might not realize Hart has experienced, including depression and self-harm, as well as past drug use. The book also touches on the relationship between Hart and her parents.
Hart called the recent positive feedback from fans and reviews “a total honor” as she put so much thought and effort into the entire book.
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something,” she said. “I’m really proud of it from start to finish.”
The author champions a message to her fans: “Happiness comes from within — and all that jazz.” Hart said she hopes people take this idea from her book.
“You just can’t ever stop, no matter how slowly you go, don’t stop,” she said. “People who find disatisfaction in their lives, they look at it and they realize they have no one to blame but themselves.”
Hart said her future plans include engaging in more movies featuring LGBT characters, as she said she believes that gay people are vastly underrepresented within the film world.
Students can attend the event this Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Barnes & Noble will be distributing up to 500 wristbands Friday morning with distribution being first-come, first-served starting at 8 a.m, according to their website. Purchase of a wristband is $23.99 and includes the meet-and-greet, a photo with Hart and a copy of “Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded” for Hart to sign.