Welcome to another month of YouTube International Interviews. Today, we’ll be interviewing It’s Lucee.
1) How did ‘ItsLucee’ come to be? What inspired you to start?
My channel was originally a collab channel with my old friend Becky. It came under the name TwoMindsThinkAlike due to the simple reason as best friends it was common we would say things at the same time. However, as the channel became my own I felt it necessary to rename and move on. My nickname is Luce and therefore wanted to incorporate that into my channel name. It was originally going to be ‘ItsLuce’ but there was a channel with a similar name and I wanted it to be different. By adding the extra ‘e’ it also sounds like Lucy.
Many british youtubers inspired me to start, PointlessBlog and Zoella are some examples. When I was bored during the summer of 2013 I would watch youtube and so I wanted to be creative and make my own videos.
2) What made you decide to set up ‘ItsLucee’?
I feel this has mainly been answered in question one but it was all about creativity. I’ve always been into creating things from a young age and so wanted to try a new platform.
3) Did this experience have a positive or a negative impact on you?
Youtube has mainly been positive. The amount of confidence I have built from talking to a camera has really shocked me, I never in a million years thought youtube would build up my confidence because at the time it was just for the pure fun of it. Of course along with creating content you get the negative side of having to look at the analytics and were the good and bad are. I am sometimes put off from making videos when the amount of views is lower than expected. Even something as simple as a thumbs down can put me down if on that day I am not in a positive frame of mind.
4) Do you prefer individual or collaboration filming?
I love to film on my own, it’s when I am most creative. Talking to the camera is awkward but if I am filming a ‘cinematic video’ I guess you could call them then I like to be on my own creating content. Collabs are always fun, although I have only done a few. It is nice to sit in front of a camera with someone else sometimes.
5) The biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
I presume this is through youtube, challenges occur daily when on the youtube platform but non really big enough to talk about. I am only a small youtuber so don’t expect to get big challenges yet, but I guess editing can sometimes be a challenge when something goes wrong or the video doesn’t export.
6) Any favourite videos of your own?
I love the short film type videos I have created, ones with memories. It’s the videos that you can look back on and really smile at what happened that day that make for my favourite videos. I must say however one of my favourites isn’t even uploaded at the point of writing this. It’s a cinematic type video about going to the woods but it just reminds me of a day with my grandma, one of my favourite people. It’s due to be uploaded soon and I just hope it’s a video everyone loves as much as I do.
7) Inspiration for your channel?
There is a quote that has always stuck with me ‘Those who are afraid to fall, never fly.’ It’s inspired me to try new things in order to fulfil life. Therefore, a youtube channel was something new to try and so I went ahead and made one.
8) Who are your favourite youtubers?
I have always loved family vloggers but currently ‘The Dale Tribe’ are my favourite family! One of their daughters; Aspen suffers from Type 1 diabetes and so their vlogs are very close to home being that my mum is also a type 1 diabetic, their family are great and definitely a family to watch!
I have loved Roman Atwood’s videos for years now and he is still a favourite of mine. His slogan ‘Smile More’ is something I have learnt to live by.
Another youtuber who I like is actually quite a small Youtuber. His name is Joe Maw, some may know him as an actor in the CBBC program The Dumping Ground. His vlogs are inspired by Casey Neistat (Another youtuber I watch and love!) but they are short and sweet vlogs that I could watch for hours!
9) What do you see yourself doing in five years time?
In 5 years time I will be 21. At this age I hope to nearly be at the end of a paramedic science degree at university. That would truly be amazing. The youtube channel I hope to have a few thousand, a small community. I have a image in my head of vlogging my progress through university so I can look back at them to see the progression. A lot of youtubers nowadays set out to earn money but that simply isn’t the case for me. I don’t plan for youtube to be a career so I just hope in five years that my channel has grown from the current 850 subscribers I have now.
10) Is there any advice you would like to give anyone who is starting a channel of their own?
I think firstly, you need to make videos you enjoy making, I prefer editing short films rather than sit down videos and therefore short film/cinematic style videos are what I like to film more of. I would also say don’t start youtube for the money, some channels don’t take off for years after making them and so don’t go and drop out of college to pursue this career. (Obviously that is just my opinion!)
Answers from Lucy Smith aka ItsLucee on youtube. I upload every Saturday and throughout holidays sometimes upload on weekdays. I enjoy reading comments on my videos as it really helps me decide on steps to take to pursue my channel. I would like to say thank you to Sez for allowing me to answer these questions for her blog, it is a wonderful idea of hers!
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