Ever wondered what a day in the life of a TikToker looks like?
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Let’s face it, Claire is the queen of TikTok. She might have only been creating queer content since the beginning of this year, but she’s managed to earn herself a following of 96K people with her hilarious and relatable queer mum content.
Whether she’s running up an escalator in Next, breaking out into a dance in a coffee shop, or breaking down common misconceptions about lesbian mum’s, she’s always putting a smile on our faces.
We caught up with Claire to find out more about her daily life as a lesbian mum and queer TikTok icon.
DIVA: When did you first get into this career?
CLAIRE: January 2020.
What was the driving factor in deciding to “Go for it!” in terms of your career?
Lesbians have been invisible in society for years. Even today in 2020 there are few famous lesbians that the younger generation can identify with in a positive way. As a Lesbian mum I feel it is my duty to make lesbians visible and promote positivity.
My mum died a year ago and it gave me a spur to finally get on and do the things I really wanted to do. When I started on Tiktok with my account @Claire_Training my gay brother @fitXander and I were surprised how successful we became very quickly, and I am overjoyed that people are accepting of a lesbian mum. We know our mum would be proud of us for finally working in a career that we love.
How would you describe an average day in five words?
Well, I am a mum of three, so an average day is very busy! I get up and get my five and seven year old off to school, then I spend the day with my youngest (one year old).
We do a lot of playing and learning. I really tire him out so that I get two hours in the afternoon to focus on Tiktok. It takes time to get the correct lighting, and to think of funny things to record, and I have to really cram it all in. I also work late at night when the kids are in bed. But I wouldn’t change anything. I love it!
What’s the best thing about your job?
Connecting with other TikTokers, having fun with my brother, and making new friends with my followers. They are such a great, supportive, positive bunch of people. They keep me strong, they make me happy and we have fun!
What’s the worst thing about your job?
Sometimes I get haters commenting on my TikToks. Usually it’s: “Stop telling us you are a lesbian”, which makes me laugh because lesbians have been sidelined for so many years. We are still quite invisible as a community and the patriarchy are still trying to make us hide. I talk about being a lesbian mum a lot, because it is something to be proud of. Other lesbians need to see how much fun it is and how great we are at parenting!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a Biology Teacher. I did this for many years in schools and was Head of Biology before I started on @Claire_Training. Now I am also a Biology Tutor for A-level. I love it so much I can’t stop!
What has been the biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge is balancing home and work-life. I don’t think I’ll ever overcome it!
What’s the funniest/most ridiculous thing that’s happened in this career/at work?
Getting over five million views on one of my posts early on. It was crazy fun.
Has your sexuality, gender identity or race ever been an issue?
Not for me, but there are some haters out there that would love to see a lesbian mum not succeed. But I won’t let them win!
Did you ever have any doubts about being out at work?
Never. Even as a Teacher in school I was out. The students could not care less. It was only interesting to them when I was trying to hide it. As soon as I came out they lost interest.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I always take it one day at a time. Since mum died I am working on being in the moment, doing more mediation. I find it hard to look too far ahead, especially with social media because things change so quickly.
What advice would you give someone pursuing a similar career?
Go for it, don’t take yourself too seriously, and be prepared for negative comments. Everyone gets them so don’t take it personally just focus on the positives.
Who inspires you professionally?
My gay brother @fitXander.
What one superpower would make your job easier?
Being able to see into the future!
What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?
It’s all about the lighting!!
How do you measure success?
For me, success means happy kids to be honest. Nothing else really matters. Not even Tiktok!
Make sure you check out Claire’s iconic queer content over on TikTok.