Teen YouTube sensation, Jamie Curry, started life as a regular kid from Napier. Now her online antics are taking a leap offscreen and into print.
We snag her for a quick interview before she takes to the stage for the 2016 New Zealand Writers' Week, and discover what got her started, what it's like to live her life online, and whether she even likes reading at all!
How has the process of creating content for a book been, compared with creating YouTube content?
Obviously it's been different 'cos it's, written, apart from a couple of photos! Videos are visual! I struggled, well I didn't struggle, but I had a hard time getting my sense of humour across in a written form, so I had help from a girl called [Alex Casey] who really helped me structure it and write it out in a way that was still funny and stuck to the original vibe of my videos. If that makes sense?
Are you a big reader? Is there anything you're reading at the moment that you're really enjoying?
Um, I'm not a big reader -- I wish I did read, I'm just not very good at reading!
What did you like to read when you were little?
I really liked The Hardy Boys . It's a comic book. What else did I read? Oh what was the name of it? I can't remember the name; it was like "The Second Half of the Moon" or something. It was about a girl in hospital, or a guy, I can't remember...how old was I when I read that? I can't remember the name of it, but it was really good.
What did you enjoy about it?
You kind of got into the mind-set of the character, how he lost his legs or something and then you were like woaaah. I liked how you could put yourself in a different person's life just by reading a couple of words.
Was that the same with The Hardy Boys? You say it was a comic - was it the visual element that made it more exciting/ accessible?
Yeah! With me, I struggle. I read it and am like "what do they actually mean?" "What are they actually doing?" With the pictures it was like "oh yeah!" I struggle with the vibe of it. I can't tell when I'm reading something - are they grumpy? Are they happy? But with the comic books, the faces really helped!
Is that why you're really into YouTube? Because of the visual element?
Yeah, I'm very visual!
What was the thing that got you into starting you own channel?
My friends! I used to mess around and kind of be an idiot in front of the camera, and they were, like, "you should make videos for us". And I was like "naaah". But then I did and here we are!
Do you think YouTube is a young person's game? Is it just for your generation?
Anyone can do it! Obviously the super mainstream ones are for the teenagers, but there are videos for four year olds of adults unboxing toys and giving them reviews; and then there are cooking videos teaching you how to cook, or how to install computer software... There are, literally so many! The children's one, they have 2 million subscribers! The adults unbox the toys and work the toys, so the kids can sit on the computer and see how the toys work.
I've noticed with some YouTube stars - e.g. Jenna Marbles - get a lot of 'trolling' and negative comments, as well as the positive. Have you had any experience of that? How do you deal with it?
Yeah all the time! Of course with people that like you, there's always going to be people that don't like you. The people that like me outweigh the people who don't. I used to get upset about it, but now it really doesn't make a difference to my life.
What do you think YouTube has done for artists in general?
Everything, music videos etc, are on the internet! It's our own advertising platform. Every artist puts their stuff on the internet 'cos anyone can go to the internet. It's public, it's free most of the time. It's free for me to post my videos, and they get around!