January is overrr. Well, not quite, but nearly.
Are you prepared for the latest instalment of the Weekly Round-Up? Turns out there’s a theme emerging this week. YouTubers have been focusing on feeling great, being open and generally making some pretty damn good videos. Here’s a small selection for your peepers.
How To Love Yourself – Tyrannosauruslexxx
Lex Croucher really, really loves herself – and we want to be just like her. In this video she explores how to start balancing every negative thought you have with something positive, like how great your hair is. So great. We mean it, you look fabulous today. Now go and slay the world.
But seriously, this is one of those videos that actually changes your outlook on life without telling you to go travelling and find yourself – you can make a difference starting right now just by realising your own value (and not offering your talents up for free because, baby, you’re worth every penny. Does anyone say baby anymore? No? Just us then. Sorry not sorry.)
Nature | Food For Thought Episode 1 – Marie Jacquemin
Marie Jacquemin moved to London last summer for university and she’s just uploaded this brilliant stop-motion film about nature, in the first of a series called ‘Food For Thought’. It has leaves, coffee beans and all manner of beautiful bits and bobs to please your eye, and it’s just generally very lovely.
She also talks about how location can affect her creativity. It’s well worth a watch (and listen) for anyone who has moved – or is planning to move – from the countryside into a city.
And while you’re on her channel go and check out her hip hop/granola video and see if you can watch the whole thing without salivating. We dare you.
My Sexuality – Evan Edinger
All you need to do is have a gander into the comments section of Evan Edinger’s new video to realise that he’s made something pretty special. While LGBTQ role models are becoming more common these days (yay, YouTube!), other, lesser-known orientations are often difficult to come across.
Demisexuality is something a lot of people know very little about and Evan gets the facts across brilliantly, reflecting on his own experiences growing up and wondering why he didn’t fit into any particular label. It’s powerful and articulate. Also, he did the whole thing in one take. Skillz.
WHERE ARE THE DIVERSE? – Mandeville Sisters
“I just think YouTubers should reflect the real world, and in the real world there are people who have disabilities.”
Carrying on with the theme of representation, here’s a thought-provoking video from Grace Mandeville who talks about the lack of disabled creators on YouTube, and why this could be. She reflects on the recent signing of Viktoria Modesta to a huge modelling agency and how brilliant this is for the disabled community, a group that has historically had very few role models in mainstream media.
Times are changing and Grace is here to encourage those who’ve been too scared to start their own YouTube channels – because they fear what others will think of them – to be proud of themselves. Are you cheering yet? We are. We’re getting totes emosh.
Lets Talk About Mental Health – JackGap
And just sneaking into the Weekly Round-Up by the tip of his dainty little nose is Jack Harries. Following his announcement last week regarding plans for the channel throughout this year, Jack is already back with one of those disarming this-doesn’t-even-need-background-music videos about mental health.
Here at TenEighty HQ we’re all about being open and honest with each other, and that’s exactly what Jack’s encouraging us to be with this hard-hitting issue.
“…I know that my heart is an organ, the same as my brain is an organ – so why don’t we treat them the same?” he asks. Well done, Jack. Now it’s up to all of us to keep the conversation going.
More? You want more?!
Bertie Gilbert has teamed up with Jack Howard for what we can only imagine will be yet another amazing short, this time about a pair of brothers who get to meet Chris Kendall. It’s very red and looks very good. Check out the trailer here and wait patiently for it to hit your subscription boxes sometime soon.