8 QUESTIONS FOR WILL CARMACK Michelle Criqui, James Madison University
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MICHELLE CRIQUI: Favorite social media platform? WILL CARMACK: Snapchat. It’s definitely the easiest way to interact with your viewers. If you leave your Snapchat account open,
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you can constantly get snaps from people who watch your videos, and that, I think, is one of the most rewarding things about being a YouTuber — seeing the faces of the people who watch your content. MC: Favorite YouTuber? WC: Probably Philip DeFranco. He’s real. He has a news channel, and he tells it really, really well. He’ll give you both sides
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of the [issue], and then give his opinion. I think that’s a really respectable way to do the news. MC: Craziest and/or funniest moment while filming a video? WC: Actually, I was filming a video two weeks ago called “The Coffee Song,” and I didn’t realize until I was editing the clip, but the guys in the background were talking about doing cocaine. This one guy literally goes, “Uh, yeah, I did two lines, three shots,” and then someone went: “Did it make you feel good?” and [the first guy] said: “Yeah, but the next morning I felt like I was gonna die!” Like, no shit, you did cocaine!
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MC: What camera do you use to film?
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WC: I film with a Canon 70D. But I switch off between a 135mm lens and a 50mm lens, both Canon.
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MC: Weirdest comment you’ve ever gotten? WC: I get a lot of weird ones. Recently I did a wedgie prank on someone, and I didn’t realize that for some reason, there’s this audience who likes wedgie pranks, I guess? It got, like, 22,000 views, and there’s a lot of people commenting about making the girl I gave a wedgie to in the video do a “wedgie war.” But I think the weirdest one was when this guy asked: “Where are you the most ticklish?” MC: Favorite videos you’ve made? WC: “Tall Guys vs. Shor t Guys,” “The Cof fee Song” and “How You Feel Af ter Watching Casey Neistat.” MC: YouTube Red: Yay or Nay? WC: I’ve never used it and I don’t plan on using it. I think it’s kind of a cheap way to use your fan base to make money. MC: What advice do you have for someone looking to expand their social media presence?
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WC: There are two things that are really important: continuity and collaboration. You have to make it known that you’re posting every week, and you can’t just say that — you have to do it. [Second], you have to reach out to people. As a YouTuber, it’s really hard to get big on your own. The best way to expand your social media presence is to collaborate with other people. STUDYBREAKS.COM
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