Taking part in the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Christmas lecture at Dundee’s Caird Hall, the vlogger recently spoke in front of 2,000 schoolchildren about his career as a YouTube gamer.
Joseph was interviewed by Chris van der Kurl, convenor of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE) Young People’s Committee and chairman of 4J Studios, who helped develop Minecraft. The event was the biggest lecture the society had held in over 230 years, and Joseph is the youngest lecturer to have ever taken part.
Joseph started his channel in 2006 after studying TV and video at university, and has been making one video every day for the past five years. Like many, YouTube began as a hobby for him and is now his full-time career.
When asked if making videos on YouTube could be a career, he agreed, saying that YouTube is “one of the most exciting places to be making videos” as, every year, YouTube gets bigger, more interesting and relevant. “I can take inspiration from all sorts of YouTubers,” he added, “whether they are doing anything to do with Minecraft or gaming or not.”
Joseph spends around ten to 11 hours everyday working on videos, with a lot of those hours spent in the planning stage. For long videos, he can spend up to five days planning the activities and building the world. However, although his planning is thorough, he also leaves room for things to take him by surprise during filming, saying, “If I know exactly what’s going to happen, it can be a bit boring.”
As part of the lecture, Joseph recorded a video for his channel, his first in front of a live audience. He was joined onstage by his girlfriend, and fellow YouTuber, Bethany Bates, who played the supporting characters in his Christmas-themed play through.
Those wishing to view the full lecture can do so by using BBC iPlayer.
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