An award-winning teenage YouTuber from Derry has spoken of his delight at amassing more than 4,000 subscribers to his channel.
Adam McCallion (17) from Rosemount has been making videos every day for a few months and has seen interest in his ‘IzonHow’ YouTube channel soar as a result.
The upbeat St. Columb’s College pupil charts his daily life in Derry and all that this entails, from hanging out at home or attending local festivals, to conducting challenges, doing and creating stuff.
Vlogger Adam initially tried his hand at music editing, but found “making wee films” more to his liking. He has honed his talents since and was awarded a Best Film GCSE NI accolade for his short entitled ‘Don’t Answer The Phone’. Brunswick Cinebowl has since screened the film.
Adam said his video logs are comprised of “whatever I’m doing that day”, with the focus on “making it more genuine, rather than scripted”.
“There’s a lot of people doing it,” he said. “It takes some dedication, every night finishing the editing. YouTube is my favourite thing to do. The main reason I did it was just to make people happy and to make their day better. I just be myself.
“There’s been lots of comments and people liking it. For me, the comments are the best part. This guy messaged me to say he had been really sad and he came across my videos and it stopped him from doing bad things. For me that’s amazing.”
Adam said that the benefits of having a YouTube channel included having an audience if you wished to make a point about something, as well getting paid on occasion for advertising some promotional material. Adam was able to save up this money to purchase the Sony handicam he uses to make the videos along with Premiere editing software from Adobe, but he said you don’t need fancy equipment to create video logs.
“Anybody can do it,” he said. “It doesn’t matter the quality of the camera you have as long as you can create something; as long as you’ve got a good story and people understand it.”
Adam has the stamp of approval from parents John and Paula. “They love it,” he said. And there is also an army of fans at home and further afield, as evidenced recently, when he organised a ‘Meet Up’ in the city centre and 50 to 60 young people showed up, some bearing gifts. Check out Adam’s Channel at: www.youtube.com/user/IzonHow.