Tired of all those selfies uploaded by your friends? Well, I am. I also find it a little lame-slash-shallow. I mean, come on. Don’t these people have other things to do? I get the drift about loving yourself, but too much self love? I don’t think that’s good either–especially when you’re just posting photos of the same face with different expressions.
Well, I guess some peeps still think that by making crazy faces, they could trend, become popular, and land a contract with some dot com. But with too many selfies on the web, I say good luck with that.
Given this situation and my, er, deep-ish approach to life (insert smirk here), I’m actually more interested in something better. It’s a lot longer to take in and might not always suit my ADHD taste buds, but the depth, the emotion, the highs and the lows are pretty much more interesting that the static, pouty-faced selfies on Facebook.
If you don’t know it yet, I’m talking about the “Draw My Life” videos mostly found on YouTube. Here’s a list of 7 videos on the lives of some YouTube personalities.
The most popular video on the list! This guy’s Draw My Life video has 10.2 million views. We featured another video of his in our Music section and I must say that his veejaying skills are much better than his drawing.
He basically gives a self-pitying background at the beginning of his video, where he talks about not being as good as his older brother and getting bullied, but WTH, he is popular now and his vids always hit a million likes once he uploads them. This one’s no different.
In her own Draw my Life video, 26-year old YouTube entertainer Jenna Marbles shows her softer side by sharing her life with her fans and thanking them for her success despite the highs and lows she’s lived through.
Compared to Ryan Higa’s life, it seems like Jenna has had it tougher with her parents’ divorce and the broken hearts and all. Take note, though, that Ryan was bullied, so maybe it was as bad for him? Of course, we live different lives. Maybe the lesson here is to not assume that people will understand you, and also to not assume that you have a unique situation.
Now, this is one interesting find. Lindy Tsang, known as Bubzbeauty, is an Irish-Chinese YouTube entertainer. You’ll notice her the Chinese and Irish accent mix in her Draw My Life vid.
Lindy’s drawings are way better than Jenna’s and Ryan’s! In her video, you also get an idea of how these vids are done with the imperfect way she frames her drawing board, showing the sides and the size of the canvas.
Zoella is a beauty blogger. She can be found at http://www.zoella.co.uk, among other her other mini homes on the web. She gives one helpful tip in creating a Draw My Life video: you need to buy a whiteboard!
In her video, she talks about her parents’ divorce and her own break-up, covering the usual highs and lows and the recovery. Makes me think you could sell your Draw My Life video by inserting some tragedy and drama into it. Guess that’s another tip for a project like this.
Jim Chapman’s Draw My Life video falls about a hundred views short of 1M. In it, he mentions his twin and his big sisters and his parents’ break-up along with the other highs and lows of his life. (Noticing the formula?)
The video sounds too busy with his voice recorded over some background music. His drawings leave a lot to be desired. Hey, I’m just saying.
I’m not even going to say it. Okay, fine. There’s divorce in the script, panic attacks, bad experiences… and then the salvation option that YouTube gave Pidleass, a.k.a Kaitlin Witcher, combined with the encouragement her online friend-turned-boyfriend gave her.
What’s the difference? You’ll notice that her background music leans towards the classical and really sounds uplifting–a breath of fresh air, you might say. At the very least, it’s a good pick for a video that’s supposed to be uplifting.
Now, this one is by a Pinoy. Like a typical Filipino, she plays with her accent. She also uses a lot of nice words. They’re littered all throughout the vid, you’ll find them, I swear!
But watching this video on YouTube, well, it’ll kind of encourage you to start making your own videos about whatever. It’s pretty dope for a jump starter.
So, there! You might not know them, but you’ve gotta admit that their attempt to reach out and share their stories, regardless of whether or not viewers like them, love them, or hate them for their stories, is a cool way to share one’s life.
It’s quite challenging too! If you want to make your own video but don’t know where to start, check out our next issue for tips, tricks, and tools on how to produce your own Draw My Life video.