Finding the Creative Sides to TikTok

TikTok is a popular video-sharing app.

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TikTok is a popular video-sharing app.

Mia Barbero, Writer

TikTok is widely known for its drama, famous creators, and comedy. However, tons of regular people use the app to express themselves or showcase their art or talents. 

Most teenagers today are nearly addicted to TikTok. Many adults say that it is a waste of time or a distraction. Most do not know that TikTok is actually a really good creative outlet for people of all ages. 

One of the most well-known creative sides of TikTok is fashion. Many users use TikTok to post about their clothing style, where to find clothes that fit your style, or prepare outfit inspiration for others to use. Others use the app to find style inspiration or watch videos about fashion for their own entertainment. The trending “#SpringOutfit”,“#LookBook”, and “#Thrifting”  tags are full of this kind of content. 

Another creative side of TikTok is the music side. Tons of users use the app to discuss different kinds of music, their favorite songs, or favorite artists. Smaller artists can use the app to promote their music and create a kind of fan base and support system. Fans of these artists use the app to show support to their favorite artists and connect with other fans of that artist.

One of the most well-known if not the most well-known creative aspects of TikTok is the dances. Having a dance go viral can be an amazing boost to the artist’s career. Singer Doja Cat is an example of an artist that gained tons of popularity through TikTok when her song “Say So” blew up in December 2019. User Haley Sharpe created a dance to the song that went insanely viral. Other artists such as Megan Thee Stallion are extremely popular on TikTok because dances to their songs almost always go viral and are done by millions of users. 

One more creative side of TikTok is art. Those who want to make a career out of their artwork use the app to show their products off or show their process of making an artwork. Some artists post their art on TikTok as their job rather than using it to promote selling the art as a job. This includes sculpture, drawing, painting, even makeup and the process of creating makeup products, and many other ways of creating art. For small business owners, TikTok is a great way to promote their business. Others just do it to have fun and for entertainment. 

While TikTok is not all good, it is definitely not all bad. There are many fun, creative, and wholesome uses for the app outside of all of the drama.