NEW VIDEO: “10 Year Surprise Reaction” - today marks one entire decade at the same job - i thought i was going to celebrate by reacting to my first video, but little did i know, my team put together this little surprise for me instead. my heart bursts! reblog to help me celebrate <3
I was discussing YouTubers with someone older in my family and they were smiling and nodding but when I started to walk away and she thought I was out of ear shot she went “I can’t believe she looks up to those people.”
So I’m going to explain for people why I look up to YouTubers and hopefully some of you can show this to someone who doesn’t understand and maybe now they will.
I look up to people like Troye Sivan and Ingrid Nislen for coming out because not a lot of people thought they were gay. They weren’t asked over and over again but they held their heads high and said this is who I am and I’m proud it.
I look up to people like Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa because after being asked for years if they were gay to the point both said they were unsure about coming out they still did it anyways. They uploaded that video saying I don’t care what you think about me
I am who I am and I’m happy with that person.
I look up to people like Zoe Sugg who has such bad anxiety it’s hard for her to do big meet ups or even go out in public sometimes but for the people who watch her she’ll stay for 7 hours to meet them and talk to them.
I look up to people like Dan Howell who thought he had no reason to be alive anymore when he was 18 and 6 years later he’s been in a Disney movie, written a book, help put out an app and hit 5 million subscribers all while living with someone who has been telling him to go for it since day one. I look up to him because he always says how happy he is now and that where he is in life he would never change.
I respect people like Phil Lester who lost a close friend and almost didn’t come back to YouTube but he came back strong and 10 years later he has been in a Disney movie, written a book, come up with an idea for an app and help produce it, hit 3 million subscribers and gets to live with someone he helped inspire. I look up to him because many of his ideas get stolen sometimes without credit and he’s never been rude about it.
I look up to people like Chris Kendall who quit YouTube but came back and is a lot happier. I look up to him because even after so much drama happened he’s back friends with people he really cared about.
I look up to people like PJ Liguori for taking a small idea and actually making a tv series. I look up to him for standing his ground and doing everything he can so we enjoy it. I look up to him because even after 10 or more years he hasn’t hit 1 million subs but he’s still going strong.
I look up to people like Shane Dawson who no matter how weird he is, he actually loves us and he dealt with a lot of crap when he was younger and is still able to make videos everyday and smile and laugh and that is amazing. He’s made short films and an actual movie and I think that’s amazing.
I look up to these people and many more because there is so much more to them then a 4 or 5 minute video. There is a big story there for each and every one of them.
I respect these people and hope they are all very happy because they deserve to be.
It doesn’t matter if they have 700,000 subscribers or 9,000,000 subscribers. They have all fought big battles and small ones and are standing here some with albums, some with books and some with movies and if don’t think they’re good role models I would take a closer look.
I’m finally releasing my motion graphics video after so many hours to render and compress the file, but in the end it was worth it! I’ve been developing the Voice Behind the Screen project for 4 months and I’m so happy to share the final creation. There was so much development that went into the end product, aspects that you won’t see such as contextual research and less successful experiments. It was plenty of fun to mess around with the ink materials and build my own awareness of software such as After Effects.
The main point of the work was something I felt very passionate about and was a challenge to show the concept in a visual manner. The message was to show the positive work of YouTubers through the relationship between creator and viewer, with a highlighted focus on viewers who suffer from mental health.
Please feel free to share this, as I had the intention to create discussion and conversation with this work, but do not claim as your own, as I’ve worked hard on this.
I do want to say a really big thank you for the inspiration of my work to Jacksepticeye and Pewdiepie. You have really help to brighten up my days whenever I feel stressed or anxious. Thank you.
If you want a bit more understanding for the inspiration of the project, I’ve wrote a longer statement down below: