The annual Teen Choice Awards aired this past Sunday on Fox, and just like every year prior, this year’s installment saw some new categories and new faces. With the constant surges of new talent that emerge every year, what else is there to expect? I will admit that when I scanned over the categories and the subsequent nominees, I furrowed my eyebrows at the names that I wasn’t familiar with. But just because I didn’t know who some (or most) of these people are, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that these people were obviously talented enough to be nominated for that coveted surfboard. The day after the TCA’s aired, E! News published this article highlighting (or shading) this year’s TCA nominees, and the internet was having none of it.
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to attend the 6th annual VidCon in Anaheim. Even though I was only able to take part in the Community-wide events (as opposed to the Creator and Industry exclusive events), I can still say that I learned a lot about the art of vlogging, and also gained the motivation I needed to really start taking my own YouTube journey more seriously.
It seems as though breaking into the music industry is a growing interest among the YouTube community. With the likes of online musicians such as Kina Grannis, Tyler Ward, and Troye Sivan, Connor Franta is next in line to grace our iTunes and Spotify playlists with new music – but not in the way anyone would expect.
Upon hearing that I frequent YouTube to the extent that I do, and that I subscribe to a handful (or two) of YouTubers, I’m always asked out of all of them, which is or are my favorites. If you want to know more about my YouTube obsession and how it all came to be, you can read more about it here. To be fair, all of the content creators that I subscribe to are different and talented in their own ways, so it’s difficult to name a few, let alone just one, of my favorites. It also doesn’t help that I tend to discover more and more talent on YouTube almost on a daily basis. I often find myself sitting in front of my computer watching Youtube videos for hours, when my initial intention was to watch one or two videos (sound familiar to anyone?). But after much deliberation, I have managed to narrow it down to 5 that stick out to me, and whose videos I can watch for hours on end (I’ve embedded the links to their respective channels in the images below. You’re welcome).
Many people see YouTube as simply an outlet to watch music videos, movie trailers, that one scene from that one television show, interviews, tutorials, etc. But ever since its inception in the mid-2000s (feel old yet?) there have been content creators who decided to put snippets of their own lives on the internet for other people to see. Eventually the term “vlog” was coined, and more and more people began sharing their lives online.