Sunday, 27 July 2014

YouTuber Focus #30 | Caspar Lee

Channel: Caspar
Subscribers: 2,681,275

This week is all about 20 year-old full-time YouTuber Caspar Lee. Caspar was born in London but moved to South Africa as a baby where he grew up and began creating videos at the age of 16. Soon after he saw his channel take off he returned back to England to collaborate in videos with the likes of JacksGap and Marcus Butler and eventually decided to move there for good where he lived with Alfie of PointlessBlog and currently lives in London with Joe Sugg. He is very much an honorary British YouTuber.

Caspar's videos often include challenges, pranks, exclusive interviews with fellow vloggers and some questionable advice. He's the type of person who you can never quite tell is joking or not. He's joking, I hope. Caspar also has a second channel, MoreCaspar, on which he posts bloopers and behind the scenes videos.

Now with over two and a half million subscribers Caspar is lucky enough to call YouTube his career and as a result has had the opportunity to travel to LA and Florida to attend YouTube conventions to be greeted by hoards of screaming fans and is one of the most well-known YouTubers in the world, all by the age of 20. Wow, does that make me feel old.

Are you a Caspar fan? Check out the links above to watch some of his videos for yourself.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

YouTuber Focus #29 | Miss Glamorazzi

Channel: MissGlamorazzi
Subscribers: 2,769,923
Most Popular Video: NYC Hotel Room Tour!

Ingrid Nilsen, also know by her channel name Miss Glamorazzi began uploading videos to YouTube channel back in 2009 and now, aged 25, is one of the most popular fashion and beauty vloggers in the world. Ingrid was born in 1989 to her Thai mother and Scandinavian father but due to her upbringing in the U.S really does come across as the classic all-American girl.

Ingrid's first videos began with quick beauty product reviews and how-to's and when you compare her early videos to her most recent ones you can really see how much her channel, it's content and it's quality has developed. Though still a big beauty fan, Ingrid now uploads a more diverse range of lifestyle videos from the classic favourites and get ready with me's to DIY party décor and healthy recipes. She's even created extra cooking videos for POPSUGAR Girl's Guide channel.
Ingrid's videos radiate positivity and happy vibes and her life seems pretty much perfect, but somehow she doesn't even manage to come across as smug or too sickly sweet. It really does seem like she is actually that upbeat all the time. It makes me feel a little better about myself however that she isn't always that healthy 24/7 though, Ingrid is a self-proclaimed doughnut obsessive. Aren't we all? 
It looks like things are going only going to get even bigger for Ingird. Just while writing this post I've seen her subscriber count go up by 500! Crazy. Check out Ingrid's videos by clicking the links above and follow SocialVix on Bloglovin' so you never miss a YouTuber Focus post!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

YouTuber Focus #28 | Danisnotonfire

Channel: danisnotonfire
Subscribers: 3,740,852
Most Popular Video: How To Speak INTERNET

Dan Howell, aka danisnotonfire, is a 23 year-old YouTuber originally from Berkshire and now living in London. Dan describes his channel as 'The internet support group for people who hate people' and uses his platform to share his opinions and tell tales of his awkwardness for our entertainment. I know you shouldn't get enjoyment out of other people's misfortune but when you  feel like it's definitely something your awkward self would also do, I think it's ok. See  'My Highlight' video linked above to see Dan talk about some of his very awkward moments with easily one of my favourite Louise. I defy you not to clench your whole body whilst trying to stop handle the cringe.

Dan began creating videos in his gap year before going to university to study law after being inspired by the likes of last week's focus, Charlie McDonnell. He soon moved in with internet friend Phil (AmazingPhil). You can totally tell that when they were in their teens they nailed the emo, looking up to the camera, hair swooped to one side MySpace photo, but that's another point. Dan took a break from his degree when it was all getting a bit much and used the time to concentrate on YouTube, allowing him to attend conferences such as PlaylistLive and meet YouTubers from all over the world.

Soon enough Dan and Phil were contacted by BBC Radio One (big deal) to create a few Christmas shows and they were so popular that they now have their own weekly radio show every Sunday on Radio One (huge deal!). Why can't I say something is a big deal without feeling like it sounds horribly sarcastic? I don't know. Anyway having your own radio show is pretty cool for a slightly awkward 23 year-old right? Let alone when it's for the BBC. It's another perfect example of how popular YouTubers can crossover in to more mainstream media. Their online fans will follow them over to the radio and they'll also gain new viewers from radio listeners. Win win. Maybe we'll see even more radio or TV presenters come on to the scene who started off as YouTubers in the future, it seems to work!

Dan's future is certainly looking pretty good and it near broke my heart when I watched his Draw My Life video in which he said he is just happy that he is finally being treated the way he has tried to treat others his whole life. It's nice to be nice!

Oh and also if anyone knows where the name 'danisnotonfire' originated from please let me know, because I am absolutely none the wiser! Was he ever actually on fire? Who knows? I definitely don't.

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

YouTuber Focus #27 | Charlie McDonnell

Subscribers: 2,373,504
Most Popular Video: My American Accent
My Highlight: What Are Rappers Saying?

Self-proclaimed 23 year-old professional internet human Charlie McDonnell from Bath began uploading videos to his YouTube channel, charlieissocoollike, back in 2007 and has since become one of the most popular and well-known YouTubers in the world.

I can remember watching Charlie's videos back a few years ago, before it was really known that people could make careers for themselves on YouTube and before 'YouTube culture' became a big deal. Looking back at Charlie's old videos now they seem, well, old, but it just goes to show how much times have changed all these 'internet humans' started from somewhere. Saying that, I remember watching his 2009 video Duet With Myself which uses a split screen and thinking it was like some sort of magic sorcery. Nowadays people's editing skills are so advanced that techniques like this are almost the norm. But Charlie was there at the beginning.

Charlie's channel has developed from singing with his ukulele in his bedroom and creating 'Challenge Charlie' videos to writing and staring in his own short films and you can see he's gone from internet boy to internet adult. Over the years Charlie has also used his platform to work with various charities and help raise money for a number of worthy causes. See, he really is the nicest guy.

Charlie has viewers all over the world including none other than ultimate YouTubers John and Hank Green of the vlogbrothers, yes the creators of VidCon and the author of The Fault In Our Stars, and Charlie is said to be strongly influenced by their videos. They were both around when this whole YouTube thing really started to kick off and are still going just as strong.

In 2011 Charlie became the first person in the UK to hit one million subscribers and has clearly been an inspiration to many of the big-name YouTubers of today. In a world where YouTube is saturated with 'internet celebrities' Charlie has stayed true to himself by creating content that he enjoys and commenting on popular topics in the internet world such as Respecting Your Audience and Sex & Consent.

Charlie may not have the most fan accounts dedicated to him or be on the pages of teen magazines but he was one of the original British YouTuber's and that counts for a lot. Charlie is genuine, likeable and wonderfully British and for that his viewers will always keep coming back. Myself included.

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