Kayla Marie Sims (born August 14, 1999) is an American gaming YouTuber and Twitch streamer most commonly known for producing daily content related to the 2014 life simulation game, The Sims 4 not only on YouTube but also on Twitch. In July 2018, she was nominated for Streamer of the Year 2018 in Summer in the City Awards.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Early YouTube Career
- 3 Additional YouTube channels
- 4 Social Media
- 5 Celebrated Milestones
- 6 Notes and references
Early life and family life
Kayla was born on August 14, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois. She has shared many small details about her childhood. She spent her early life in Chicago and before moving to Orlando, Florida six years later. Kayla visits Chicago for a week in both the winter and summer every year. She is the oldest child and has two younger siblings, Brett and Shanna Sims. Her mother Karen Sims (most commonly referred to by fans as "mamasimsie"), has appeared in some of her videos. Her father, Mark Sims, (most commonly referred to by fans as "papasimsie"), although not having made many appearances on her channel, usually lurks in Kayla's streams saying nothing but "sup," causing the whole chat to reply "sup" back. At a young age, Kayla played soccer for her local soccer team, although this did not last long. Her childhood best friend was named Lauren, she revealed. The family has three dogs named Mako, Bimini, and Captain, and three cats named Lemon, Pogie, which are living with her parents and Snapper, which has been given to her. She is dating Dan also known as duckdan. He also streams on Twitch. He often joins her streams and plays games with her.
Middle and high school career
Kayla has mentioned how she did not have a lot of friends in middle school, as most of them dropped her around this time. She opened up about the fact that her father got multiple myeloma during this period, and her parents had left so that her father could get the treatment required. Because of this, her grandparents cared for her and her siblings. Even though her grandparents were caring for them, Kayla felt as though she had to take care of her younger siblings since she was the oldest. She said in a podcast that she got into playing The Sims 3 during this time. Around this time, once living with her parents again, her grandfather died. She had a test in the morning that day so she went to take it, but came home right after, not even going to lunch to see her friends. Feeling obligated to care for her siblings put a lot of stress on her, and she used The Sims to escape her real-life responsibilities. She doesn't tell people about her YouTube Channel as if 2020 see has 1.4 Million Subscribers on YouTube. Also, how see stared YouTube is Simsie Save File and Fixer Upper.
Kayla was, in her own words, "a real try-hard" in middle and high school, this being the origin of the good noodle meme. She was on her middle school cheer team for a brief period of time. She has said that she felt like a different person when she was a cheerleader. She expressed she felt as though she was pretending to be someone she wasn't. She also took multiple college credit classes while in high school.
Kayla graduated high school in May 2017 and started college in 2017 at University of Central Florida. During her first year of college, she lived in a dorm with her roommates and was majoring in digital media, but changed her major to history. During the last week of her spring 2018 semester, Kayla abruptly moved out of her dorm for mental health reasons. In 2020, she mentioned that she was still friends with one of the roommates, but hadn't spoken to the others since she moved out.
During her second year of college, she leased a townhouse with her friend, Jill and took online classes. Jill later moved out, leaving Kayla to live on her own with Snapper. Kayla graduated college with an undergraduate degree in history in May 2020.
Early YouTube Career
On August 14, 2011, Kayla and her neighbor Jessie started a YouTube channel they shared called ToffeeChocolate. They made stories with Littlest Pet Shop toys and posted them to the channel. Kayla was known as "Chocolate" and her neighbor was known as "Toffee".They stopped uploading on this channel when starting high school and Jessie moved out of state. In August 2015, Kayla randomly wondered about the channel, and was surprised to see that the channel has amassed 9,000 subs since the channel had at most 1,500 subs before it became inactive. She wanted to become a Sims YouTuber and texted her ex-neighbor, asking if she minded if Kayla started posting on the channel again. Her ex-neighbor didn't mind, and starting August 14, 2015, Kayla began posting Sims content, such as the first episodes of her 100 Baby Challenge and the first episodes of her Steele Family Let's Play. She even collaborated with another Sims YouTuber, Kayla building a house and the other YouTuber furnishing it. When the channel hit 10,000 subscribers in December 2015, her old neighbor took the channel over and partially kicked Kayla out of the channel. Kayla started her current channel, lilsimsie, on December 7, 2015, its name deriving from her nickname of "Simsie". She announced her channel move of ToffeeChocolate, claiming she was hacked and her ex-neighbor subsequently kicked her out of the channel permanently. Since then, her neighbor uploads art and animation videos to the channel, renaming it "theterriblestidea" and Simsie herself has said she's moved on from the events.
Additional YouTube channels
Her second channel, moresimsie, is currently used as a place to upload stream VODs (videos on demand), but it was originally used as a second channel where she played other games. She uploaded a video of her taking pop quizzes with her friend titled, Who's my YouTube Boyfriend? but it has been deleted/made private as of April 2018. She has also said that she filmed a few episodes of her playing Kitty Powers Matchmaker with her sister but has never uploaded them. On September 1, 2017, she uploaded a Not So Berry Challenge VOD and has continued uploading every VOD of hers since.
Hey Simsie! podcast
On July 30, 2017, Kayla uploaded a Podcast Teaser on her channel, Hey Simsie! and uploaded the first full-length podcast the following day. The episodes usually revolve around stories about Kayla's life, and she often has her friends or family present as guests. The podcast is currently on hold due to her busy college, YouTube, and Twitch careers. Kayla has addressed the end of the podcast occasionally during her Twitch streams, saying that she didn't have time to continue it. Additionally, Kayla once stated that daily streaming took over in place of the podcasts. She has stopped posting on her podcast channel and it has not been active since 2018.
Kayla has a Twitch channel under the username lilsimsie, where she streams nearly every day. Her first stream was in 2015, where she did only two streams before stopping. When she started streaming again in September of 2017, she soon got partnered a few days later. It took such little time because she already had a large following on YouTube. Her streams typically last about three hours, where she usually plays The Sims 4, The Sims 3, or Stardew Valley. In the past she's played games such as House Flipper, My Time at Portia, Cities Skylines, Uno, and Golf It, among others. She used a text to speech bot named Brian who reads donations of at least $3 or 300 bits out loud. When certain amounts of money or bits are donated Kayla is "jump scared", by a loud noise that tells her and the viewers that a large amount of money had been donated.
Twitter is another form of social media that Kayla uses under the username lilsimsie. She doesn't post on Twitter that often, but when she does it is an always a tweet that she thought a lot about before posting, normally consisting of memes and inside jokes that she shares with her followers. She often posts about Rick Astley, a British singer who is well known for a song titled "Never Gonna Give You Up". Additionally, Kayla posts when she is going live on Twitch and usually deletes the tweet soon after.
Kayla doesn't use Instagram very often. Her username is lilsimsie, and she has over 138K followers. She has stated that she is very self-conscious and gets anxious when posting. She has admitted to posting old photos instead of taking new ones. In addition, she says that she doesn't go out much so she feels as though she doesn't have much to post. On November 10, 2020, Kayla was verified on Instagram before recording a YouTube video for a big Sims 4 update.
Kayla's Snapchat used to be public. However, she has since made it private. This is because she now only uses Snapchat to speak to friends and family. She no longer posts because it was becoming too much. Kayla says that she keeps a few snap streaks with just a few people. In the past, she told a story of how she lost a streak with her sister and her sister Shanna was not happy with her.
Kayla recently starting being active on Reddit. She posted a picture of her build and the managers of the page thought that someone was impersonating her. Kayla has told this story a few times and says that she finds it very funny. She states that she never thought she would be accused of impersonating herself. The build she posted was a picture of a house from her let's build.
Kayla has become much less active on Tumblr over the years. She used to post screenshots from her Huntley Legacy. Currently, she posts yearly CC favorites and her Simsie Save updates on her main blog. She also reblogs all of the CC she downloads on her CC finds blog.
Kayla has a steam account under the name of "lilsimsie" her real name is Kayla Sims. She owns 66 games and has 40 friends. She opened her account on June 14, 2015.
- 3,000 Subscribers: March 2016 - Q&A
- 4,000 Subscribers: April 2016 - Q&A with face cam
- 10,000 Subscribers: July 2016 - Fixer-upper contest
- 30,000 Subscribers: August 2016 - Reacted to old videos
- 50,000 Subscribers: November 2016 - Covered herself in 50,000 noodles and put 50,000 sprinkles on a cake
- 75,000 Subscribers: February 2017 - Gaming setup tour and speed build of her room
- 100,000 Subscribers: April 2017 - Reacted to childhood photos
- 200,000 Subscribers: April 2018 - Reacting to 4,000 subscribers video
- 1 Million subscribers: October 28, 2020 - Reacted to new Sims 4 trailer, showed unfinished 1 million simoleon house and got balloons
- First Stream: December 2015
- Regular Streaming: September 1, 2017
- Partnered: September 15, 2017
- One Year of Streaming: September 1, 2018
Notes and references
- as of July 21th 2021
- as of August 31, 2020, 4:02 AM EST