Sunday, 31 August 2014

YouTuber Focus #34 | Miranda Sings and Colleen Ballinger

Channel: MirandaSings
Subscribers: 2,013,060

Channel: PsychoSoprano
Subscribers: 1,160,074
Most Popular Video: Becoming Miranda Sings!

A bit of a weird one this week, especially weird if you've never hear of Miranda Sings before. For the first time we're talking about two channels in the same post, Miranda's and Colleen's, who, if you haven't realised already, are very much the same person.

Miranda is a character who was created by Colleen in 2008. Originally she was designed to be caricature of girls that Colleen knew from the performance department of college and who posted videos of themselves singing on YouTube despite not being all that talented.What began as a joke between friends quickly grew, with the character becoming even more exaggerated, and now the MirandaSings channel has over 2 million subscribers. Videos of Miranda giving 'voice lessons' shortly went viral and her version of Nicki Minaj's Starships has received over 5 million views. 

The over painted red lips, the over sized shirt tucked in to sweatpants, the tone-deaf singing, the awkward dancing, the mispronunciation of words, they're all things that have made Miranda somewhat of an internet icon. Colleen's success as Miranda has allowed her to travel all over the U.S, and soon the UK, with her one woman show where she performs some of Miranda's best loved covers to her 'mirfandas'. I think Defying Gravity has to be my fave.  

The thing is, Colleen actually can sing, like the 'she should be in a broadway musical' kind of singing. Once people find out that the girl behind Miranda is Colleen, who is actually really talented, they want to know more about her and so Colleens own channel has now reached over one million subscribers itself. Her PsychoSoprano channel gives Miranda fans behind the scenes videos and bloopers as well as duets between Colleen and Miranda. Those split screen duets still baffle me, it's like some sort of video wizardry. Colleen also uploads weekly Q&A videos, aka Colleen's Corner, reacts to old videos, photos and diary entries and often features appearances from her sister Rachel and husband-to-be Josh of JoshuaDTV.

It's kind of tricky to explain the whole Miranda-Colleen thing. After all these years there are always people commenting on every Miranda video giving her 'hate' and still not understanding that Miranda is in fact a character and a parody. In the words of Miranda, 'Haters Back Off!'.

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

YouTuber Focus #33 | Chester See

Channel: ChesterSee
Subscribers: 1,520,382

Chester See is a Californian singer, songwriter and online media personality who is probably best known for his original songs and covers on YouTube. Chester uploaded his first video, an original song called God Damn You're Beautiful, back in 2007 and has since uploaded over 300 further videos and gained over one and a half million loyal subscribers.

Don't worry if original love songs aren't your thing, Chester's channel isn't all lovey-dovey and emotional, though he has absolutely nailed the puppy dog eyes. Chester also produces his own comedy sketches and music videos and often features fellow YouTubers and friends in his videos, in particularly with his new weekly Bed Talk videos.Recently Chester has upped his video output with a new video uploaded to his channel every weekday. This means even more music, more sketches, more vlog-style videos, more collaborations with other YouTubers and just generally getting to know a bit more about the man behind the music. If you couldn't tell, I'm keen.

It doesn't all stop at Chester's own channel either, he has also produced and starred in his own glee-style musical drama 'Side Effects' for AwesomenessTV which is based around a teenage girl who has musical illusions. If you're a self-confessed Gleek, you'll love Side Effects too. 

Click any of the links above to see some of Chester's videos for yourself, you might just become a Model Seetizen too!

P.S. Chester is also 'rumoured' (it's so true) to be dating previously featured YouTube fave Grace Helbig, whose influence can definitely be seen in Chester's more recent videos. I'm totally for it, if a little bit jealous. #GRESTER #shipped

Sunday, 17 August 2014

YouTuber Focus #32 | Amelia Liana

Channel: Amelia Liana
Subscribers: 197,134
My Highlight: Get Unready With Me

Amelia Liana is a relatively new YouTuber in the grand scheme of things, her first video How To: Contour & Highlight like Kim Kardashian was uploaded in May last year, but in that short space of time she has managed to gain a huge 200,000 subscribers. Impressive.

Amelia studied sociology at Nottingham University but always had a real passion for the beauty industry. She started her beauty website whilst at university and also started watching beauty gurus online whilst procrastinating. Been there. She eventually created her own beauty focused YouTube channel as a result of a lot of persuasion from friend and fellow successful YouTuber, LilyPebbles, after being  in one of her videos.

Although she hasn't been around too long Amelia has been well and truly welcomed in to both the YouTube and beauty community creating videos with the likes of Fleur de Force and EssieButton. It's a combination of her in-depth knowledge of all things beauty-related and her positive personality that does it. I also appreciate how she doesn't worry about talking to her viewers about periods or her 'natural monobrow'. It's pretty refreshing.

One thing's for sure, she definitely knows her beauty, specifically high-end makeup and skincare. On Amelia's channel you can find hauls (there's plenty of them), get ready with me videos, favourites, tags, collaborations and vlogs from her travels in America. Get ready to add to that list of beauty products you are lusting after. Anyone have an actual list? No? Just me then.

Do you watch Amelia's videos? If you haven't yet then check them out by clicking the links above.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

YouTuber Focus #32 | Jack Howard

Channel: JackHoward
Subscribers: 250,189
Most Popular Video: 7 Facts About Jack Howard
My Highlight: Making Memories

Jack Howard is a 22 year-old, London-based, filmmaker and YouTuber who started uploading comedy videos to his channel in 2012. I say comedy but he describes it as 'pretending to be funny'. I for one actually think he is. 

Jack is one half of the comedy duo Jack and Dean (crazy original name right?) and their joint channel full of sketches and personal favourite, their song Consent, has over 350,000 subscribers. OK so  maybe I should have written this post about the duo, but it was Jack alone that I really first knew about. It was through his friendship with Louise of Sprinkle of glitter that I first heard of Jack. I say friendship, I mean brother-sister style, sarcasm based relationship, of sorts.

Jack's videos have recently helped him reach a quarter of a million subscribers and given him plenty of opportunities including visiting Florida for PlaylistLive and having Consent played on Radio One. Pretty good going, thanks or making me feel unaccomplished for my age Jack. 

Have you checked out Jack's, or Jack and Dean's, videos before? Click the links above to have a look for yourself.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

YouTuber Focus #31 | Gabby @ velvetgh0st

Channel: velvetgh0st
Subscribers: 247,971
Most Popular Video: Beauty Haul with Zoella
My Highlight: Home Haul...ANOTHER!!!

Gabby, aka velvetgh0st, is a 20 year-old blogger and YouTuber who posts three videos a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They're predominantly beauty-based but with a few fashion and lifestyle inspired videos thrown in to the mix. Think hauls, favourites, tutorials and the occasional vlog. She actually has a less active second channel too, PlanetGabb, which is more vlog focused and less beauty focused.With plans to move out of her family home soon she's been uploading quite a few homeware hauls to her main channel which are, despite living at home myself, my personal faves. It's probably just because I'm so nosy. A sneak peak in to a strangers home? Yes please.

Gabby began uploading videos in April 2013, starting with her everyday makeup routine, after watching other beauty gurus and deciding to give it a go herself. In YouTube terms that's not a very long time compared to a lot of popular YouTubers but she sure has managed to rack up a good few subscribers in that time. More recently has started appearing in videos alongside Zoella which of course may have helped the quick increase in her subscriber count. That's not to say Gabby's videos wouldn't have been popular otherwise but it definitely would have given her more exposure. People press that subscribe button and stick around for Gabby's upbeat and infectious personality though, not because of who her friends are.

Before starting YouTube Gabby used to be overweight, that's not me being mean, she wrote a blog post about it here where she discusses being badly bullied through school. Her success now, and happiness, is proof that if you work hard you really can turn your life around. It's up to you!

Are you one of Gabby's 200,000 subscribers? What type of videos of hers are your favourites?