Lucas Kramer (28 years old) is about to become a successful YouTuber. Its topic is embedding.
Only one disability distinguishes him from his peers. Needs computer help to read and write because of a learning disability.
Kramer became known when he quit his job in a sheltered workshop. He considered the pay an exploitation and began spreading it.
What do career paths look like? It is rarely linear. Would you give up your studies at 22 to start a business, completely rethink your career at 35 or 40, and leave a high position at 50? Often it is only career breaks that make up our work life. Troubles require courage – and liberation. It could be a talent that we catch on late or an opportunity that presents itself suddenly.
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Today, Lukas Krämer is a social media expert. Not only has he successfully used his YouTube and Instagram channel SakulTalks, where he has told thousands about the topic of disabilities. He also fights for the rights of people with disabilities – and still has a regular job in everyday life. This was not always the case. Here is his story.
Lucas, what’s the story behind your broken resume?
Maybe they are from my whole life. But above all, five crucial years that I worked in a workshop for people with disabilities in Bernkastel-Kues. I am happy with youtube. Without them, the story would not be complete. But if I wanted to start from the beginning, I had to go back to my childhood. At the age of four I contracted meningitis. My nerves were damaged in the process. The result was a speech impediment. She attended a private school for intellectual development, which I left without a college degree. The other children would often harass and beat me.
When I was 15, a director discovered me and put me in the lead of his short film London at the North Pole. That was a bit lucky. Working in front and behind the camera amazed me. After school I ended up in a workshop for the disabled. For people with disabilities, this path is practically determined in Germany. For years, I have installed routers or water faucets there, which I also checked and packaged. This went on for more than six and a half hours a day, starting at eight in the morning.
There was an hour and a half rest every day. I wasn’t home before five in the evening. There is not much time left for life, especially not for my interest in the media. I wanted to shoot videos about working in the workshop. But I wasn’t allowed to. I became more critical of the system. I had serious thoughts about working conditions in particular. The hourly rate for us was around 1.35 euros – a pittance. It was not enough to live without additional assistance from the state in the form of a basic guarantee.
A year after starting the workshop, I started creating my own YouTube channel, SakulTalks. I wanted to educate others about the issue of disability. They can meet anyone. Besides the job at the workshop, YouTube kept me in a good mood.
At what moment did you realize you were leaving?
He gave up after a point where everything came to a head. I created my channel with growing passion. But working in the workshop seemed to me more and more useless. The bonus of knowing that the workshops in Germany generate eight billion euros in sales a year and therefore have a real share in the economy – that no longer works for me.
Some days in the workshop, I processed up to six platforms of faucets or routers. There was a time limit for that. I’ve stuck with it for four years. But it is a great unjust system. In the fourth year I decided to resign from there. For the past few weeks before that, I’ve been wearing blue to finalize my semi-finished YouTube channel. Finally with a complete commitment to the time.
Why did you choose the job as a Youtuber?
There is hardly a better way to connect with others today than social media. Especially YouTube and Instagram. Especially for someone like me who has a disability. The computer is my interface with the outside world. I can’t read and write in German. That’s why I record my texts on the computer. I also photograph everything. I write emails with google translator.
So the path to social media was just one small step for me. YouTube has always been my favorite thing. With my focus on disability, I belong in a minority there. For a long time, hardly anyone out there raised anything about it – certainly not the people affected by it. I realized: you can change that.
Did money play a role in the decision?
Yeah. Money is always important. Nobody can live without money. The meager hourly wages in the sheltered workshop drove it all to me. Last but not least, this also led to the launch of the #StelltUnsEin petition. Through the petition, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Schultz wants wages in workshops to be adjusted to the legal minimum wage. So far 125,000 good people have signed up. But there is another motive behind the desire for fair payment: I would like everyone in society to treat people with disabilities as equals. The money is also symbolic.
Is there anything that has fundamentally changed for you?
My bad hearing. I currently have over 4,500 subscribers on YouTube and 5,600 subscribers on Instagram. This is how I become clearer with my topics. Social media activities have also given me a regular job: I have been working in Trier with Green Party politician Corinna Rover for the past three years. She is a spokesperson for the parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen in the Bundestag. For example, produce video content for their social media channels. This also helps to strengthen the inclusive community.
My confidence is new, too. In the past, I’d often hear people say, “You’re so stupid.” Others are asking me today if I can teach them English. I’ve been learning Japanese spontaneously for half a year. I can already read and write the hiragana syllable. My story shows: Even if you have a disability, you can make it up.
How did those around you react to your path? with suspicion? cheerful? envy?
With a lot of encouragement. Mainly because of my community, which is constantly growing. Take a closer look at my followers. It is currently made up of 57 per cent of women and 43 per cent of men. Most of them are between the ages of 25 and 34, which is my age. They come from cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Leipzig and motivate me a lot. Many of them also give me suggestions on topics and I often implement them, for example in the form of interviews on YouTube and Instagram. I recently made a contribution regarding the school system in Germany, which is harmful to people with disabilities. The topic was suggested by someone from the community.
Complete the sentence: The most important thing for me is …
…to make clear the need to treat people with disabilities equally and to urge politicians to change not only wages but also disabled-workshop laws. I would like to work full time as a Youtube user. It will take some time until then. But things are going well. At the moment I am happy with the many interview requests. Because the more people know about the subject of my heart, the more I can achieve.
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