Over 400 UT college students gathered to hearken to TikTok star and entrepreneur Chris Olsen talk about his journey as a content material creator and advocate for psychological well being and his new espresso model on the College Union on Wednesday, hosted by the Scholar Endowed Centennial Management.
Olsen first gained recognition on TikTok throughout the pandemic, going viral for his “flying for espresso” sequence, by which he brings espresso to different creators, celebrities and politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris, Meghan Trainor and Austin Butler. He’s additionally recognized for documenting his journey by remedy and sobriety. Throughout his speak, Olsen mentioned his profession as a content material creator in addition to his new espresso model, Flight Gas.
“What’s actually thrilling concerning the app is a few individuals have discovered me for very various things after they wanted various things of their life,” Olsen stated throughout his speak. “Perhaps you wanted to see the remedy movies, or perhaps you simply wanted to giggle and watch me cling on to a pole.”
The Scholar Endowed Centennial Management chosen Olsen to talk after representatives from totally different scholar organizations nominated and advocated for a number of visitor audio system. Throughout final 12 months’s occasion, SECL hosted Hank Inexperienced, a science content material creator.
Saylor Dement, the SECL consultant for spirit group Texas Sweethearts, stated she advocated for Olsen due to his openness about his psychological well being and former substance points.
“I actually appreciated him speaking about his substance misuse and being so weak along with his private tales,” Dement stated. “It’s tremendous necessary to present folks that house that they will talk this stuff.”
Olsen has documented his journey to sobriety and his experiences in remedy on TikTok, regularly posting movies of his periods to over ten million followers.
“These remedy movies particularly, I feel they’re there for amusing, however they’re additionally there to make you are feeling not alone,” Olsen stated. “Whether or not I’m going by one thing that you just relate to, or perhaps you’ve been terrified of going to remedy and also you notice that right here’s what remedy might be, and it’s actually not a scary factor.”
Olsen stated he struggled with substance misuse in school, and went to rehab after his school roommate instructed him he couldn’t be in her life if he didn’t search assist. He stated that dialog was extraordinarily tough on the time, however it saved his life.
“When you’ve got a pal who you’re actually apprehensive about, or if there’s anybody in your life that you just’re apprehensive about, the largest worry you’ve gotten is the confrontation with them,” Olsen stated. “That shall be extraordinarily onerous, but when they get to the opposite facet in the best way that you just’re praying that they do, then they may thanks.”
Radio-television-film freshman Dylan Recker stated she appreciated Olson’s honesty about his psychological well being journey.
“To me, he’s this humorous man and (makes) these foolish movies, however it was cool to see him discuss how simply because his life seems to be so excellent on social media, he goes by loads of hardships similar to a traditional particular person,” Recker stated.
Olsen additionally mentioned the way forward for his espresso model Flight Gas, whose title was impressed by his flying for espresso sequence.
“It’s been actually thrilling, it’s rather a lot to tackle, as a result of I’m actually operating a enterprise,” Olsen stated. “I’m the true definition of girlboss.”