Guest B(V)logger - Oh Deary Me
Well 'Blog' is a shortened term of 'Weblog'. Replace the letter 'b' with a 'v' and what do you get, yes - Vlog. Clever eh!
Urban Dictionary describes the term Vlogging as ‘the next in the evolution of narcissism – taking the idea of a Blog to the next level.’
I would agree with this in some sense. There’s nothing more exciting than a new video posted getting 100’s of hits and people enjoying your work.
I got into Vlogging on the 12th of December 2007. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. It was my birthday, I was watching The Good The Bad and The Queen at a small gig and I bumped into someone who was working at MTV who had forgotten their camera. I lent them mine and bam! An idea was born! The excitement, rush and accomplishment of documenting and attending live gigs took over and my creative streak wanted more.
I was in the same situation as a lot of people – working 9-5, what a way to make a living – I was barely getting by, it was all taking and no giving. I wanted to move ahead – but I didn’t know how – (gotta love the Parton). So I remember approaching Art Brut in a club – and I asked them to say in to my camera ‘Get these girls into every festival!” I sent this video to lots of companies and Virtual Festivals took a bite and said, ‘ok then,’ and that was the beginning…
Running on a tank of pure naivety and lust for adventure I embarked on my blag-blog idea – which was to get into the festivals using the tickets we were given by Virtual Festivals and get backstage and interview the musicians. I would then rush home and stay up all night editing to get it online before work at 9am on a Monday. I was usually sleep deprived but my mind always felt content. It was hard when I started because no one would give us an interview because we were so unknown. There was a lot of waiting around for interviews that potentially might not happen.
This is where having a really passionate team with you is really important, as is keeping everyone upbeat and enthusiastic.
I ended up being shortlisted for two Channel 4 Talent awards, won a prize with Pepsi and winning a Vodafone competition. I would never have dreamed that would happen. I was voted through three rounds – and won the ultimate prize of being flown to New York to interview Usher.
This was by far the best experience of my life! (Check out the result here)
I had never been out of the EU and there I was doing it in style - picked up in a limo – and being treated like a VIP for four days. It was really flattering winning that competition and a great feeling that people had liked my work.
This brings me back to the idea of video blogging being narcissistic. I believe it is important for artists to have a certain amount of healthy narcissism. Freud argues that healthy narcissism is an essential part of normal development. An artist is always evolving and I believe more likely to be comfortable exploring themselves.
For me, my videos’ are not so much about my ego –but a chance to be creative - a journey through my career if you like. I film, edit and present and I have a vivid imagination. The festivals are a stage for my ideas and an opportunity to bring some of my daydreams to life. There is nothing more satisfying than someone liking the video or appreciating the context of the video.
I have just started a new project called 'The Inspiration Series'. It’s basically challenging the idea of those without money becoming self sufficient and getting by - by brand interaction. Or ‘brand hopping’ - a term I would like to coin please if someone hasn’t already.
Chilly Gonzales has just recently been involved. We’d made a video on Record Store Day at Rough Trade – where we blagged an interview with him. He liked the end result –and invited me to the Isle of Wight Festival with him (lucky eh!?). It was such a great day and so strange to see the festival from the point of view of the artist.
Not all my videos are brilliant but I am enjoying the journey which is the most important thing – and practice makes perfect. It’s like Seasick Steve said to me once at Bestival: “Don’t give up. You give up and you surely ain’t gonna get where you’re going’.
Many thanks to Becki from Oh Deary Me for telling us about Vlogging – perhaps something to think about for aspiring journalists or music reporters.
Check out her site, and more of her videos on her YouTube channel.