Inspiring People: 12 Year-Old Talia Joy Castellano

Talia Joy Castellano is her name.  Heard of her?  Oh, let me tell you that if you haven’t you WILL because she is justifiably becoming a sensation. Why?  Well, because she is the ultimate, truly the ULTIMATE Silver Lining.

Talia is a 12 year-old cancer patient who does makeup tutorials on YouTube…bald.  She calls makeup her “wig.” She is charming, fun, witty, engaging and absolutely wonderful.

In one of her most “serious” and powerful vlogs (a/k/a video blog), she announces that she has bad news—she has two types of very serious and very aggressive cancers that spread quickly and are very deadly. She’s phenomenally open and matter-of-fact about her diagnosis, prognosis and how she feels.

“Since I’m almost 13 they’re giving me a lot of input on it. So basically I’m going to decide…whether to do the bone marrow transplant or whether I want to…just live the time that I have remaining.”

She tells her viewers, “I know it’s a lot to take in.

She assures her viewers not to “freak out because it’s not like it’s tomorrow. It’s about quality of life.”

She is facing cancer and death head-f-bomb-on. Her courage and audacity are stunning.

She wants the whole world to know what is going on with her. She says, “I really, really, really love, love love doing YouTube” and communicating with the world.

Talia is brave, strong, and inspiring and quite frankly one of the greatest Silver Linings imaginable!  Please give yourself a gift today and go to her site. Be prepared to fall in looooove.

You can find her by clicking here:


Leave a comment


  1. Krista Nelson says

    I love her utube blogs! I will have to check more of them out especially how to make brows…does she have a tutorial on eye lashes and eye make-up? i so need her help! My hair is starting to grow back, and all my mom really wanted for christmas was a picture of me bald with my dog Mikey…ps thank you for sharing on pinterest im new to the website and pinterest has sure filled some time keeping me inspired.

  2. Victoria says

    I went to her YouTube channel. You're right, she is so bubbly. And I noticed yesterday that she made the People magazine website. I would think that would be pretty exciting for a 12 year old makeup artist in training. Very sweet and very inspiring.

  3. says

    Talia Joy is just a delight and such an inspiration! So young to be so wise!

    Thanks for sharing her inspiring story Hollye, and I will pass it on.

  4. Bonnie Likover says


    Talia Joy is beyond words. How could one so young be so wise and strong enough to face the type of decisions she is making. Did you say how you came to know her?

    • says

      Hi Bonnie,
      Thank you for your note! I don't know her, but have read about her in many outlets. Isn't she amazing?
      Thanks, again!

  5. Kim C says

    Oh yes! Tahlia is an amazing spirit! Thank you for sharing her youtube videos, Hollye. She's such a positive and beautiful ray of sunshine! How can we all not be inspired to live our lives in joy and gratitude when we see her strength and vitality! Life is incredibly fleeting for us all. She makes me want to shout, "COME ON, LET'S ALL GET LIVING OUR LIVES TO THE FULLEST, NO MATTER WHAT!!!"