Hundreds upon hundreds of people will join in to watch her do anything from chatting about parenting to intricate make up tutorials.

Story by:

Tatum Cempella

Age:12

There’s been bee attacks, product disasters, and even her son asking her to smell his under wear on Facebook live.

Twenty nine year old Kaleigh Merrill wakes up every morning, drives her two kids to school, comes home, starts her coffee, and opens up Facebook. No, she’s not checking in on her favorite celebrity, she is starting her newest Facebook Live stream, because that’s her day job. Soon hundreds upon hundreds of people will join in to watch her do anything from chatting about parenting to intricate make up tutorials.

Once the stream ends she might add a post to any of the multiple accounts she has over various social media platforms. Less than a minute later the likes and comments will start to roll in from her thousands of diligent followers. To be exact 358,000 on Facebook and 10,000 on Instagram. These faithful fans “know” Kaleigh even if they’ve only interacted with her from a screen. There’s been bee attacks, product disasters, and even her son asking her to smell his under wear on Facebook live.

Surprisingly this kind of lifestyle and fame happened by accident. One day, Kaleigh decided to post a “half serious make up tutorial” on Reddit that ended up going viral, which shocked Kaleigh. To surprise her even more, a company sent her false lashes to review. The review became popular as well, and now more people were starting to notice her talents. Quirky Momma, and Poise and Purpose were just some of those people, and they continue to work with her to this day.

With a rapidly growing fan base, Kaleigh decided to make her own accounts, only she needed some reinforcements. She had to learn a few lessons from her teenage sister first, such as how to take a selfie. Not only did Kaleigh not know what an iPhone was, but her entire job was nonexistent at the time. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she had always said a writer, little did she know that she would be pioneering through a whole new aspect of the job.

2 years after the start of her journey, Kaleigh Merrill has been one of the people to introduce a brand new profession to the world. She tells us that her profession means, “always working with your job buzzing at you in your pocket”, while doing everything from being a content creator or impacting major companies, to starting a new travel blog. She tells her followers that they can do anything that they’re passionate about, no matter what.


Tatum Cempella

Age 12