YouTube stars and fans gathered in London for the Summer in the City, the UK’s largest and longest-running online video festival. We meet the people I get to call YouTube their job.
Lewys Ball is a 19-year-old YouTuber, whose make-up tutorials and vlogs of his daily life, as a student, have gained a following of more than 300,000.
He has been posting videos for over five years and tells the BBC he has no regrets about documenting her adolescence online.
“I lived in my teens, from 13 to 19 with every moment documented online – I know some people hate it, but I like to look back 14-year-old me.
“I was obsessed with social media from a young age, I started a YouTube channel just uploading random clips of my pets when I was 8 or 9 years.
“Then, about five years ago I broke my arm and I found Zoella and all those people and saw that they were doing a weekly video for a specific audience and not just uploading clips of their mother, the fall, or their dog barking.”
He says that within a week of the discovery of these YouTube channels has posted his first video – a vlog about his experience of primary school. Growing up online
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Lewys video, that have now had a combined 16 million views, a document of everything from her clothes and make-up for holidays abroad.
As someone whose years as a teenager were atypical for many others, he says that his experience of “growing up online” it was a positive experience.
“The publication of the video online helped me to find who I am as a person and bring out the best in my personality.
“When I was a teenager, I had a thick skin. Between the ages of 14-16 for a lot of people hate the comments would be interesting, but I have the luck that they got to me.”
He says to see people commenting on him, as a teenager, it was “strange” and that he was different from a lot of YouTubers who already had a distinctive identity, while you were changing all the time.
“For the people following me from when I was 14 years old, I have changed by the time I was 18 years old and people would be commenting on ‘what happened to the old you’ had grown, and all the others had done, with the exception that I had done online.””People say whatever without consequences”
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