Video Stars

Hi Readers!

So today I’m going to try something I haven’t done in a while…talk about someone other than myself on here.  When I started Superfora, part of what I loved about it was that it gave me a platform to talk about my super talented friends (for example, here, here annnnd here) and I need to do more of that.

Today I’m featuring my friends Tarah Ferguson and Tony Vu.  Each have their own YouTube channel, which I want to share with you because their shows are hilarious and addictive.  Not to mention, I’m super proud of them.  So, I interviewed them to find out what pushed them to start their YouTube channels and how it’s going so far.  I also included my favourite videos at the end of each interview.

Tarah

(Superfora) Why did you decide to start Tarah TV?

(TF) I have always been amazed by all the incredible people I meet.  Through my day job, I created Tarah Talking Tech as a platform for entrepreneurs to share their start-up stories, to essentially inspire others to believe in themselves & their ideas as well.  Tarah Talking At U was created more for women and provides easy DIY tips and tricks for women to look and feel their best.

(S) I love your DIY tips!  Who are you trying to target with your videos?

(TF) My 25 year old self:)

(S) I take it you don’t want to elaborate:)  What is the biggest challenge in making your videos?  What have you learned about yourself?

(TF) The biggest challenge with making the videos is 100% the editing.  I pretty much teach myself as I go along and I am always trying to make each one better than the last.  It is definitely a labour of LOVE.  What I have learned while doing Tarah Talking At U, is that I am not interested in being the expert on the show, but rather interviewing the experts, and I am excited to do more of that in 2014.

(S) You definitely have a knack for getting people to open up.  What kind of feedback have you been receiving?

(TF) I was sooooo scared to publish the videos because I was afraid of all the negative comments I would receive.  Funny enough, after 18 videos, I have yet to receive one negative comment – knock on wood. The feedback has been really positive. I have people sharing my videos with their friends and family and have also received requests to shoot videos for other organizations, so the opportunities that have arose have been pretty amazing.

(S) That sounds exciting!  What type of video requests?

(TF) Last month I was invited to interview some of New York City’s most notable women, for a video series entitled Women of New York, that will be published online next Spring.  This is seriously a dream come true and it never would have happened had I not started the videos.

Congrats Tarah on blowing it out of the water in your first season!  Watch my favourite Tarah Talking At U video here (yes, it’s clothes related).

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(Superfora) Why did you decide to start tonyvousTV? Aside from your initials being TV!
(Tony Vu) A lot of people kept telling me that I needed my own reality TV show; which sparked the idea of something a little more tangible – a YouTube channel!  However, it took me a few years to actually man up and create something where I would open up my life to the world because I never thought I had anything special going on.  I began to follow a bunch of the popular YouTubers and found myself smiling or laughing with all of their videos.  Then I realized that’s all I wanted to do as well, so I started “tonyvous” to try and get at least one person to laugh along with me.  I also not so secretly felt that the world needed a little more sass.

(S) You are definitely the individual to deliver some sass.  Who are you trying to target with your videos?

(TV) Ideally I’d like to target the mass population and run the world with my videos, but I figured I’d start somewhere small. I mean it took Beyoncé some time, right?  My channel currently caters to an audience that ranges from high school students to striving whatevers in their mid to late 20s, with a few exceptions of course. Those who have a love for fashion, being #supakawaii, and getting into trouble with their close circle of friends are most likely to gravitate towards my videos as well.

(S) This is why I am an extremely loyal fan.  What is the biggest challenge in making your videos?

(TV) When I first started making videos, the biggest challenge for me was talking in front of the camera. It’s not alive, so who exactly was I talking to? What do I say?  Do I look at it?  Oh, and don’t forget to blink!  Now my biggest challenge is coming up with content to film and things to talk about.

(S) I bet you keep forgetting to blink because you are always trying to smeyes.  What kind of feedback have you been receiving?

(TV) So far I’ve been getting A LOT of positive feedback!  I LOVE seeing the comments and hearing the things everyone has to say. I also squeal like a little girl when people quote my videos and use my dorky phrases in everyday life. Not only because it strokes my ego a little bit, but because it means I’m achieving my initial goal – to make at least one person laugh. The amount of support I’ve also received has been amazing and that’s one of the main reasons why I continue to put out my weekly vlogs.

Thanks, Tony!  And congrats on successfully turning all of us into your precious little vous-ers. Watch my favourite tonyvous video here and make sure to turn the volume up at 1:40min.

There you have it – two up and comers that you need to know about!  Check out their youtube channels for many more amazing episodes and to subscribe: Tarah Ferguson & Tony Vous

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