We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Orin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I began my posting videos to Tiktok with absolutely no intention of a career. One day, I just decided that I would post a video showing what I packed in my husband’s lunch box for a “sixteen hour shift at a prison”.
I remember being so nervous about it! But I thought that *maybe* other corrections officer wives (“CO Wives”) and I could exchange meal ideas/lunch packing tips…and that would be cool, right?!
If you do “shift work” or know someone who does, you know that its a very specific type of work, particularly for those who have significant others in a corrections profession. I personally don’t know many people who live the “corrections wife” lifestyle. It truly is a whole lifestyle with its “tips and tricks” on how to manage it.
It took me awhile to figure those “tips and tricks.” I thought posting videos about my experiences might benefit someone else who is new to this way of life. In addition, it would open the door to me learning from other people who have lived this lifestyle for long than I have.
At the time I begun my page, I was also on a weight loss journey. So in addition to lunch packing, I made “weight loss meals” and “what I eat in a day” videos. My intention, similar to the lunch packing videos, was to share tips and meals learned from a year long weight loss journey.
After a couple of my lunch packing videos went viral, people began asking me how I made my husband’s main dishes, so I started showing my recipes and how to make them. From those videos (lunch packing, family recipes & weight loss meals) my Tiktok grew and turned into a career that now consists of content about cooking, weight loss, homemaking and other various lifestyle topics.
Though these two types of content (weight loss & “CO Wife Life”) are vastly different, they were (and still are) large aspects of my life. I’m grateful this has turned into a career but I am more grateful for the community of people I’ve made though Tiktok.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A major lesson I’ve learned on my Tiktok journey is to find yourself and be yourself. I know that sounds cliché, and it is, but I think its far rarer and more difficult than people want you to believe it is, especially on social media. I’ve spent so my of my life’s energy being self-conscious about every aspect of myself: my interests, my hobbies, my looks- down to things as small as my voice and my skin. Its exhausting to life that way and its difficult to find your way out of it. I’ve really been working on being at embracing myself and being the best person I can be (all “flaws” included) in my personal life. Social media, though brutal at times, has really pushed me to do so. Its given me a new perspective: that how you feel about *you* at the end of the day, is far more important than what anyone says or thinks about you. So you might as well learn to love and embrace that person. You might even find people love and embrace that person too.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend from out of town visiting, I would do a “low key girls’ day.” Firstly, we would wake up and get coffee and pastry from a trendy coffee shop in the city (like Forth and Nomad in Houston). Then we would spend the later morning shopping at the Houston Galleria, followed by a pedicure at a local nail salon. Then lastly, we would probably dress up and go to a nice dinner downtown at The Gotto and check out some night life. Depending on the season, I would also take a friend to the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo, especially my friends out of state, so that could get a full on Texas experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband is my primary source of support, in every facet of my life, including my social media endeavors. He’s really encouraged me to be authentically and unapologetically who I am. His continuous belief in me, has made me feel comfortable and confident enough to branch out and try new things, one of which being social media. I’m eternally grateful for him.
Head shot pics by Gracie Vickers 2021 (@g_leeann on IG)