What prompted you to enter the contest, considering the fact that they were looking for vloggers who have overcome an obstacle in their lives?
I started my channel as soon as I graduated from university and stepped (fell face first, rather) into the “real world”. There have been a lot of obstacles since then, and I’m a pretty emotional person. In my videos I’ve tried to be as honest with the camera as possible in my sort of desperate attempt to preserve myself and watch how I’ve managed to grow. There have been a lot of unforeseen obstacles but one obstacle I set out for myself was writing directing and producing my first short film outside of university, “The Water’s Fine.” I took my viewers through the process, again trying to be as honest as possible (oh, there were tears!). YouTube became a massive part of making that film and it’s finally almost finished! So I’m still in the process of overcoming that obstacle, but sharing the experience on YouTube made it so much more than I ever dreamed it could be.
You also have another YouTube channel where you and your friend discuss about moving to England. Now that you’re in England, how will this impact your own vlogging?
Yes, my friend Jamie and I have this channel called Daughterland that we used as kind of a lead up to our big move to London. We’re here now and things have been pretty hectic so it’s been hard to keep up with the videos. In terms of my own blogging, I don’t think it will change a lot. I am quite busy now with a full-time job and my filmmaking stuff and various other projects but it’s something I would like to keep up.
What do you hope to get out of the Next Vlogger program?
I think it would be great to learn more about vlogging from the perspective of vlogging. I come at everything from a filmmaker’s perspective. When I first started making videos I couldn’t even fathom using a jump cut because it was just so so taboo in the film world. But it will be really great to learn about it from the other side of the coin.
About YouTube Next Vlogger Series 2013:
YouTube gave its yearly shoutout back in April for motivated YouTube creators with “stories of personal triumph” to apply for their Next Vlogger award — a sort of spotlight program for YouTube stars-in-the-making. This year, they’ve selected 15 unique voices from around the world that are challenging the way we think, wowing us or just plain making us laugh. In exchange for that, the recipients get mentoring from industry leaders, $4,000 worth of equipment and channel promotion.
NMR always wants to give you the first and best look at emerging talent, so we’ve reached out to these creators for a little more info on just who they are and why you should be paying attention. Past winners of the Next Vlogger award include Danisnotonfire and Black Nerd Comedy, so this 2013 class is definitely full of up-and-coming creators to keep an eye on.