Mormon YouTuber Lindsey Stirling has reinvented the music world with her violin rock music and eclectic style. She combined her two passions—dance and violin—into one bold performance that has garnered fans of all ages. Her popularity on YouTube soon turned into a hit CD, which led to international tours.
“I love that my job gives me the creative control to create the visions that I see in my head,” says Stirling. “Everything from music video concepts to planning my shows, from designing costumes to writing music—I love bringing my visions to life and being able to bring an uplifting art to my fans.”
But staying close to the gospel—and her standards—as an international music star has not been easy. “Modesty is so hard. There’s a lot of pressure to look ‘hip’ and ‘new.’ And most of the people in the style and design industry don’t understand my standards, so I have to be very specific. Whenever I attend special events, I have to find modest dresses or have modest costumes designed for me. It’s definitely a challenge.”
And modesty hasn’t been the only challenge this Mormon YouTuber has faced as her popularity has grown. “I’ve had to say no to several collaboration opportunities with ‘big name’ artists because their songs or their videos were too vulgar,” says Stirling. But she doesn’t regret any of those tough decisions, because she knows that they have kept her closer to the Lord when it would have been easier to stray.
“I try to keep the commandments,” she says. “I strive to go to church even when I am on the road or on tour. I’m not perfect, but I really try. I live worthy of a temple recommend, and I strive to keep the gospel as a foundation for my life.”