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YouTube creators and internet stars get ready for VidCon Australia

Tamsin Rose, September 4, 2017 8:00AM Herald Sun

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Scene at VidCon Europe. Picture: Hannah Witton media_cameraScene at VidCon Europe. Picture: Hannah Witton


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YOUTUBE creators from around the world have packed their bags and their cameras and are landing in Melbourne this week for the inaugural* VidCon Australia convention.

Some of the biggest names on the internet, including Joey Graceffa, Grace Helbig and Tyler Oakley will be attending the event, already hugely popular in the US.

Local talents including Jazza from Draw with Jazza and Jess from Study with Jess will share the stage and connect with fans at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

VidCon first pressed play in 2010 and since then the annual event has grown, with the most recent US event drawing a crowd of 30,000 eager* fans and online content creators.

This year the real world realisation of the internet space has expanded to Europe and Australia.

Popular Victorian YouTuber Josiah “Jazza” Brooks of Draw With Jazza is looking forward to meeting the people he spends so much time making videos for.

“The chance to meet my community is amazing and it’s also a chance to meet peers and people in the video business,” Jazza said.

“It can be draining at times so events like these fill up your inspiration bank.”

While Jazza now boasts more than 1.8 million YouTube subscribers, he wasn’t always a huge success but said he appreciated the years he spent in obscurity* honing* his craft.

Josiah Brooks, DRAW WITH JAZZA, VIDCON, YOUTUBER. Picture: Lauren Murphy media_cameraJazza in his element. Picture: Lauren Murphy

“The best thing for me were the eight years prior to (starting Draw with Jazza) that I spent building my skills,” he said.

“I was putting videos up on the internet when I was 11. The internet has been my stomping ground since it was around.

“I live and breathe YouTube but at the same time my passion is art and creativity and sharing that with people.”

Joining Jazza at the convention will be study and lifestyle YouTube creator Jessica Holsman, who runs the popular Study with Jess channel.

She is most excited about getting to know the faces behind the numbers.

“Its really hard to feel a connection to my viewers when all I see is a number on the page,” Jessica said.

“It means a chance to actually connect with my viewers.

“There is more to being a YouTuber than just uploading content. You really need to care.”

JESSICA HOLSMAN, STUDY WITH JESS YOUTUBER, VIDCON media_cameraJessica Holsman at her desk. Picture: supplied

The Aussie stars shared some advice for budding YouTubers with Kids News.

“You need to be authentic*. As long as you are being yourself, no one else can copy that,” Jessica said.

VidCon Europe, Picture: Hannah Witton media_cameraHuge crowds at VidCon Europe earlier this year. Picture: Hannah Witton

“What other people do is out of your control so make sure you present yourself well and do your best,” Jazza said.

“The best thing to do when you want to get somewhere is to start.”

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inaugural: first

eager: keen

obscurity: being unknown

honing: developing

authentic: real and true



Activity 1. VidCon

Read or listen to this article carefully then answer the following questions.

• If you were to attend VidCon, which YouTubers might you see?

• What does Jazza make videos about?

• What does Jessica make videos about?

• What do they see as the benefits of attending a convention like this?

Extension: Tips from YouTube stars!

Jessica and Jazza have shared some advice for budding YouTubers.

The advice relates to being a YouTuber but could also be applied to other aspects of life.

Explain each of the following statements in your own words.
Think of an example of how this advice can help you in your life now.

“The best thing to do when you want to get somewhere is to start.”

“What other people do is out of your control so make sure you present yourself well and do your best.”

“You need to be authentic. As long as you are being yourself, no one else can copy that.”

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Digital Technologies

Activity 2. Budding YouTubers

Can you see yourself as a YouTuber?
What skills or knowledge do you have that could be shared on YouTube?
You might be an expert at something like paper crafts, knitting, scrapbooking, football or tennis and want to share your skills.
Or you might like to provide a book review or maths skill each week.

Either on your own or with a partner decide on what you could present in a short, weekly YouTube clip.

Write an overview of what your clips will focus on and how they will be of benefit to someone.

Extension: Press record!

Write a script for your first episode.

Prepare any props you might need and practice your script.
Remember the advice given in the article for budding YouTubers.

When you feel you are ready, record your first episode using a video recording device and share it with your class.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity. Students may need time over several sessions to complete the extension
Curriculum links: English, The Arts — Drama, Digital Technologies

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

You’re the YouTube star
Wow! We didn’t know that you are also a YouTube star.
Forget the people mentioned in the article, you are the real YouTube star everyone wants to see.

To complete this activity you are going to need to get creative and use your imagination.

Instead of interviewing Jessica and Jazza, you are being interviewed.
Take out all the other YouTubers quotes and replace it with what you would say!

Think about:

• How long have you been making YouTube videos for?

• What topics do you cover?

• Have you spoken anywhere else before?
• What is the name of your channel?

You are going to be most likely making all of this up so be as creative as you like!
Even if it sounds far fetched, try to use some WOW words and persuasive words to convince the reader you really are a YouTube star.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP








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