Today I spent the entire day interviewing YouTubers around Burbank. Starting with Wassabi Productions (they didn’t realize they spelled it wrong when they were branding themselves) in Lincoln Park in Burbank, I talked with Roi and Alex about their future move to LA, the YouTube culture outside of California, and best advice they have given each other about the ladies. It wasn’t my favorite interview at NMR — that hat goes to Dormtainment, Daily Grace and Chester See — but the guys were fun and nice and seemed so young and happy to be there. They rode off in their rented red mustang as Eddie, Daniel and I headed to La Bamba for some margaritas and tacos to ease our sleepiness. I went to bed around 430AM last night after hanging out with Howard and his friends in the Gaslamp District in San Diego.
So with only 3 hours of sleep — I would say I am still pretty crabby, sorry Howard — I moved from one interview to another to another. With tacos and one margarita under my belt — which turned out to be a bad idea because I was even MORE tired then — we headed to the event held by Smosh and Node studio and watched gamers take on Mario Carts, Super smash brothers, Halo 4 and a dance game. My job was to interview Anthony and Ian of Smosh and Freddie W and Brandon from Freddie W for a video and article that will be coming out once the video was released. I got some quick pictures of me interviewing and had a great time joking with each guy. Brandon talked about “live, love and loss” (his words not mine, plus he’s my favorite), Ian talked about taking a trans gaming character on a date to a baseball game in which they would ride ponies during the 7th inning, Anthony told me all about his hair care and having a fever and Freddie W talked about punching people in the face in his head. Yes, delightful boys.
For my upcoming week I am excited to push myself to have interviews that include meaty questions with my personable style for a blend of hard hitting and personality driven questions. I want to write articulate articles that not only report the news but also give a strong opinion. I have a strong foundation of how these social media platforms work and want to begin taking a strong stand in my articles. Developing a voice is important for a strong writer. Luckily for me I have great examples like Jeff to teach me a thing or two about having opinions.