Mandy, of the YouTube channel fittingly called “Mandy” is in many ways a perfect voice for the millions of students who recently graduated college and are now facing the big, bad world. A running thread through many of her vlogs is time, time in relation to reaching goals, time as it applies to years passed and time — the great ticking clock that is pushing many millennials like Mandy towards adulthood.
As a YouTube Next Vlogger, Mandy’s story mirrors many of those in the same boat as her — young and nervous about what the future holds. In this way, Mandy is totally accessible as both a creator and vlogger. Her unique blend of self-deprecating humor and willingness to seem unsure make her channel not only genuinely compelling, but also comforting.
Mandy’s channel is steadily growing with over 11,000 subscribers who, like her, are looking for that next step, the defining moment that will set them on a clear path towards the future.
In your welcome trailer, you mention that you made your YouTube username when you were 15, how long have you been vlogging?
Mandy: I have been vlogging since 2006, although I have removed many videos since then, I was young and they just werent interesting enough to keep around. I was around 17 then, but I made millymollymandy16 my email a week before I was 16 (I must have thought I was being smart… I wasn’t) and it stuck around for everything till I was 21… I was stupid.
How did you start on YouTube? What did you find interesting about YouTube as someone who edits and films professionally?
started by filming little sketches with my younger brother Alan in 2006. My brother and I had shown an interest in editing, but he received a dv camcorder for his 14th birthday. And we just made silly things, like zombie sketches, which he used to edit at first, but then he started playing the guitar instead I started vlogging. And without doing that I wouldn’t be doing my job today.
It’s so interesting that a career path can be formed because of an interest in a website and a community. And it’s so great to see many other’s doing the same, so much younger, because of YouTube. What I find most interesting about YouTube as it grows is how the quality is drastically improving as people grow with the site. Now it seems if you make sketches, it appears you have to have this higher level of production and you have to have a person behind the camera that knows what they are doing – for example Jack and Dean, Slomozovo or Tomska. YouTube isn’t as forgiving as it used to be… The only exception is Crabstickz who’s production value is part of his charm.