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Woman Quits Her Job To Film Herself Eating Takeaways For A Living

Woman Quits Her Job To Film Herself Eating Takeaways For A Living

After a weekend of devouring a little too much fast food, we've sometimes told ourselves eating is our calling in life.

But for 22-year-old vlogger Charna Rowley, it appears it really is.

From devouring a Chinese takeaway for a family-of-four to eating two extra large pizzas and sides, Charna is doing everything she can to be the UK's first Mukbang megastar, eating absolutely anything her fans request on her page, Charnation.

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Charna is hoping to make eating challenges a permanent career (Credit: Caters)
Charna is hoping to make eating challenges a permanent career (Credit: Caters)

Mukbang is the 2010 craze that began in South Korea but later went global, where people film themselves eating food as they interact with their audience.

Just under a year ago, the YouTuber quit her full time admin job and took on eating challenges full time - giving them a go twice a week on her YouTube page.

Combining eating with ASMR - or autonomous sensory meridian response, which is a pleasant feeling triggered most often by soft sounds - Charna has recently built an army of followers over her social media sites.

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Charna's eating challenges are hugely popular on YouTube (Credit: Caters)
Charna's eating challenges are hugely popular on YouTube (Credit: Caters)

Charna said: "I have over 40k viewers, with about 5K subscribed over all platforms and they can request all sorts.

"One of my first videos was a Pizza Hut one, where I ate two large pizzas and two sides, meaning the calories were straight away in the thousands.

"I've had requests for the UK typical takeaways, so that's why I've done videos buying from McDonald's, Greggs and Pizza Hut.

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Charna is inspired by South Korean Mukbang (Credit: Caters)
Charna is inspired by South Korean Mukbang (Credit: Caters)

"I'll make a minimum of two full length videos, lasting just under half an hour each, a week, which can cost over £100."

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To date, Charna's most popular video - tucking into a monstrously big Chinese takeaway worth over 5000 calories - has 46k views, and they just keep increasing.

She's also got a Snapchat and Instagram channel where she gets even more requests.

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She's spent just under £1K on food for the challenges so far, but as her popularity grows she's beginning to work with brands and make money from her hobby, too.

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While she currently works part time as a warehouse assistant, she is hoping that before long she'll be able to work in YouTube full time.

"My ultimate aim is to try and do the 10,000 calories challenge.

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"I've just got to show how confident I am - I might get something stuck in my tooth or around my mouth but people love how funny I am."

The videos are inspired by South Korean Mukbang ASMR videos (Credit: Youtube/ Eat with Boki)
The videos are inspired by South Korean Mukbang ASMR videos (Credit: Youtube/ Eat with Boki)

Charna added: "I've now done giveaways and really started getting people involved with Mukbang.

"I have the negative ones, telling me how fat I am, how I could be really pretty if I try not to eat so much...but most of the time I just don't answer."

She says that now she's learnt to ignore the haters, and her mum has even come around to the idea of her filming herself eating full time, after seeing her "passion" and growing following.

Charna has now started making money from the challenges (Credit: Caters)
Charna has now started making money from the challenges (Credit: Caters)

"I enjoy it and it gives me confidence - and now that I can monetise my channel and really respond to people's requests, it can become a full time career move."

Getting paid to scoff your face and try every takeaway out there? We're into it, tbh.

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Viral, Tasty Food, Real, Life, YouTube

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Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]