MEET THE CREATORS #4 : JACK RICE

Another week another new Meet The Creators, this week I was lucky enough to ask the questions to Jack Rice, a Belfast based travel and lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer. Focusing on quality over quantity Jack pushes his visual message through short films on Youtube and portrait/adventure photos on Instagram through clever editing and post. Continue reading

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MEET THE CREATORS #3: JOSHUA HEWITT (THE HEWITT COLLECTIVE)

After a long hiatus, Meet The Creators series is returning and on inspiring note with local Youtuber/Vlogger Joshua Hewitt. If you’ve seen any of Josh’s videos he’s a super friendly motivational guy who shares his stories of bullying, mental health and vlogging his own adventures. Recently featured on Channel 5’s Celebrity Trolls talking about his previous bullying and how he uses that to fuel the fire of positive content creation. Continue reading

Belfast Instagrammers To Follow

Coming from such a diverse and culturally interesting place as Belfast has lead to an increasing arts, music and creative scene along with supportive venues such as Black Box, Belfast Exposed, QFT and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Belfast is affirming itself as a globally recognised hot spot of creativity. Continue reading

Meet The Creators #2: Rob Sellig

In the second part of my Meet The Creators, I had the chance to talk to Rob Sellig, a bonafide Jack of All Trades. The guy streams on Twitch, makes vlogs, creates gaming youtube videos and always seems to be working. The work ethic alone is an inspiration. Couple that with the welcoming New Jersey spirit and Rob’s trajectory keeps aiming higher and higher in the digital world. In the fast moving gaming world of Twitch and Youtube, Rob takes the time and concentrates on audience interaction and entertainment with a production quality to rival some of the biggest hitters.

I was luck enough to be able to ask him a few questions about life on Twitch, vlogging and “the grind”

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Can you let us know where we can find you online?

You can find me online at

Twitter: @RobSellig

Youtube: I Am Vitality

Instagram: @RobSellig

You stream on Twitch, you create videos for Youtube and you vlog? Which would you say is your favourite type of content and why?

Yes, I stream, create YouTube Videos and Vlog. As for my favorite content to create, it all varies as each has it’s pros and cons from time to time.

Streaming allows you to interact with your viewers instantly and I love that about Twitch, but doing YouTube has an Aesthetic purpose of actually creating something that takes hours to do for others to love and watch and Vlogging plays a role in that as well.

 

What is the biggest difference from streaming online to creating a Youtube video? Does the presence of a live audience help or hinder?

As I mentioned in the previous question, streaming let’s you be you with the immediate interaction of fellow viewers. Even though you’re playing a game solo, you’re really playing that game with all of the viewers in your chat.

It really creates a sense of bonding with strangers who all end up becoming really good friends who all enjoy the same thing. As for YouTube and creating videos, you don’t get that instant interaction but in the end receive the satisfaction of creating something for the whole world to see and enjoy. Having a Live Audience helps alot as it breaks you out of a shell and really shows your true light as an Entertainer.

Do you find to stay on top or give a competitive edge that you HAVE to do Youtube aswell if you’re streaming?

You absolutely don’t have to do both YouTube or Streaming, I know a lot of big streamers who would never do YouTube and vice versa. Each Platform has it’s own personality and not everyone can grasp both to conquer. A big reason to do both is to further your community and brand you’re trying to grow and create and to expand your content for others to enjoy.

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Gaming is a fast moving genre with trends and games rising and falling in popularity? Do you find this affect your choices in what games to play? And would you choose to play a game that you loved but wouldn’t be seen as “popular”

First thing about gaming is, ALWAYS play what you want. Everyone has their personal preference and that makes every game popular in my eyes. Don’t just play a game because everyone else is playing it, play a game because you have fun playing it. It kills me when I see people playing games they don’t enjoy in hopes they grow bigger, when it’s really a person’s personality that really grows.

How do you find inspiration for topics to focus on with your Youtube vlog?

Funny you ask that, because all topics and ideas just come randomly while I’m doing daily things. I’m one who just goes with it and if it works it works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.

What type of entertainment mediums do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I’m still grinding away at ideas, business ideas, brands etc. It’s a never ending venture with me, I’m in it to succeed and to succeed you need to never stop until you do.

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Do you have a preferred social media platform to help connect with your audience?

Twitter hands down, it’s the best Social site to connect with your community and other creators as well.

Do you find it hard to fit it into your lifestyle?

This is my lifestyle, a never ending waterfall of work and ideas. So in saying that, it fits right in with everything else. It’s become part of my life and I have a feeling it always will be.

In a spin on the old ideal dinner guests questions, who would be your 3 ideal guest to have feature/collaborate with on your twitch stream or youtube channels?

Oh man, this is a tough one haha. I’d have to say my buddy Nick (@Marksman) I’ve known him for years and have watched him succeed and grow on YouTube and twitch but never got the chance to collab with him. Second person would have to be Casey Neistat, I love that guys views on everything and just so outgoing and loving life, It would be killer to hang with him for just one day. Third would probably be Logic (Rapper) Besides his music he’s heavily into gaming and uploads YouTube videos all the time, he’s just a genuine dude who has a good soul.

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If you had unlimited time and budget what would be the dream goal for your content?

If there was such a thing I would be producing the best possible content for people around the globe to enjoy, Travel Vlogs would be all the time bringing all those with me through the lens. My main goal is to bring a Positive outlook to those who say they can’t, to let people know dreams come true if you really put your mind to it and are persistent. So many amazing good ideas get buried in the ground because those individuals never had anyone who believed in them or they didn’t believe in themselves.

What are your favourite tools and equipment to use? 

I use a plethora of equipment, from multiple mixers Mixers, multiple mic set ups etc. My favorite is my Mics though, I’m a huge Audio nerd and it just plays a big part of any content so I’m always tinkering with different mics, mixers, compressors etc.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rob for his cooperation on this series, you should all go give him a follow, especially if you’re into your gaming. One of the friendliest most genuine content creators around with the skill and production to match his crazy crazy work ethic and personality.

Hopefully you all are enjoying this series as much as I am creating it. Let me know in the comments what you think.

 

 

Meet The Creators #1: Dr Mike

Meet The Creators is a new blog post series that I want to highlight and showcase content creators who inspire me. This series will range from people making Youtube videos, Twitch Streamers, Photographers, Podcasts. All the people I aim to interview inspire and motivate me in their passion and drive towards their subject and content.

Starting the series I was able to get the chance of interviewing a fellow Belfast based content creator Dr Mike. Mike is a science communicator focusing mainly on Twitter and on his weekly podcast. We can always stand to learn something new and with Dr Mike and his content, the information while high level in scientific terms is dealt with and created with a widespread audience in mind and with his friendly welcoming presence we can all become a little smarter.

I had the chance to ask him a few questions around his work and what is involved in the creation of his podcasts.

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Hi Mike, can you let us know where we can find you online:

I am on Twitter (@drmikeographer) or you can visit my website (www.drmikeographer.co.uk)

You’re heavily involved in SciComm, can you give us a brief runthrough of what this is? 

Science communication or ‘SciComm’ is generally used when science-related topics are communicated to the public or ‘non-experts’. It is usually carried out by professional scientists or someone with a strong science background. It’s becoming its own field with jobs becoming more and more common across the world. My Co-host for my Podcast, Dr. Karen Ring, is a full-time science communicator on the west coast of USA, specializing in stem cell technology. In order to communicate science to the masses, scientists have to adopt different techniques to engage with their audience; this may involve entertainment/humour/storytelling/metaphors/analogies etc.

 Within the science world blogging is a widely adopted medium, what made you want to start your podcast and become more active within the community as opposed to just part of the audience.

I originally began blogging on my site because I wanted to hone my own academic writing style mixed with public communication of science. I then quickly switched over to Podcasting as it was a favourite medium of mine and I wanted to give it a go. Once I got a few episodes done, I felt more relaxed and knew this was how I mainly wanted to engage with people for SciComm. Unfortunately, that meant that my blog posts took a back seat; I will, however, hopefully get back to writing some science blog posts in the future.

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 How do you find inspiration for topics to discuss? 

Usually about a week before the next podcast episode, I will discuss what story/topic I want to do with my Co-host. We share science articles to discuss with one another and then reach a decision about which one would be the most entertaining or interesting to talk about.

 What type of entertainment mediums do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy watching movies (mostly Marvel, I love the Avenger movies!), playing video games (always been a big gamer!) and photography (I could talk for hours about it!).

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 Do you have a preferred social media platform to help connect with your audience?

Twitter is definitely my preferred medium for connecting with my audience. I feel it has the largest outreach and provides an easy way to get in contact with new people and share science news/topics. Other social media (apps) have been used by others successfully but I haven’t found their appeal as great as Twitter (…yet).

Do you find it hard to fit it into your lifestyle?

I am an avid tweeter and I always have my phone with me so I don’t find it hard at all. I think when you are passionate about something, you will always find time to do it, because you love it! Modern technology makes things like tweeting easier than ever – the amount of engagement you can get from one tweet is simply amazing.

In a spin on the old ideal dinner guests questions, who would be your 3 ideal guest to have feature/collaborate with on your podcast?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. There are so many brilliant people I have come into contact with on Twitter that I think I would need a rather large round table to accommodate everyone! I wouldn’t mind having an episode dedicated to SciCommers from different mediums (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook etc.). That way, we could all talk about the positive aspects each medium brings to the world of SciComm.

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 If you had unlimited time and budget what would be the dream goal for your content?

I think if I had unlimited time and budget, I would bring together a passionate SciComm team to work solely on bringing science to the world, in every area on the planet. If money was no object, I would set up SciComm centres all over the world where people could come in and interact with science (experiments/lectures) and talk to people that are experts in certain fields. There are so many brilliant possibilities that I can’t think of right now, but I know the field of SciComm is simply unlimited in its potential.

 What are your favourite tools and equipment to use? 

My favourite tools that I use are really just my iPhone, Macbook Pro and Blue Snowball microphone. I utilize these as best I can by running my podcast episodes on skype and recording them using a Skype recorder that I purchased. The microphone is a must for anyone looking to get into podcasting – and I enjoy the ability to sync my files between devices. I also love to use note apps like Apple notes or Google Keep; these allow me to take notes re: my podcast episodes and any articles that catch my eye. I also use Google Docs for setting out a plan for episodes. Google Sheets is used frequently when I want to share with people on Twitter – this is a great tool for collaborative work.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike for taking the time to answer the questions, hopefully you find it as informative and entertaining as I did. Make sure to go follow Mike especially if you’re into scicomm and science in general. He honestly is one of the best curators of the subject I know and it’s done in such a friendly welcoming manner that newcomers shouldn’t be put off either.

I’d love to hear what you thought of this interview and series in general, it was my first time asking for interviews and Mike couldn’t have been happier to help. Let me know in comments what you think and if there are any other scicomm or creators making learning fun?