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YouTube celeb, Charlie McDonnell shares advice on vlogging...

What inspired you to first start video blogging (vlogging)?

While revising for my GCSEs I just started messing around on my computer for a break. I had a really basic laptop with a webcam and was just doing it for fun, and then kept on doing it for fun for long enough that it just became my job. After about a month or so of making YouTube videos one of my videos was featured on the front page of the site so I went from a hundred or so people watching me to a thousand in a couple of days.

What’s been the best thing that’s resulted from your channel?

Loads of people engage with the videos and comment on them – it’s a really great way to connect with others from around the world and share ideas. Specifically though, being a massive fan of all of the Pixar movies, Disney Pixar contacted me and invited me to visit its studios. I met the director of Toy Story 3 and saw the movie before it was finished. That’s pretty hard to beat.

What would you say to people who want to do what you do?

Technology is at a point where it’s easy to get started. I made my first attempts at filmmaking on my phone. You don’t have to think about the theory or go to film school. It’s just a case of having a go, and trying and playing and learning from experience. That’s what I did and it’s worked out well for me. It’s a different kind of adventure, but one that Scouts of all ages can get into. It’s also a great way for Scouts to speak to other young people all over the world. You could do a vlogging badge.

What are your top tips for successful vlogging?

I don’t want to dictate how others should vlog, but for me personally the most important thing is to make videos for yourself rather than for an audience. That way it’s fun and even if there’s nobody watching, you’re still having a good time and making something that you’re proud of.


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