Charlie is 16 year old YouTuber from London and you can find his YouTube here.

What’s the story of your career so far?

I began video-making when I was 6 years old. It started when I used to film myself drawing various cartoon characters on my parents’ iPad. At the time, I simply filmed these videos for the fun of it and didn’t show the videos to anyone. However, after a few years my Dad took notice and encouraged me to begin uploading these videos to YouTube. Ever since, YouTube (Youtube channel: CharlieBramps) has been a hobby of mine which I’ve routinely continued. On my 11th birthday, my parents bought me a copy of ‘Final Cut Pro X’ (FCPX) – an editing program which has proven very useful and has helped boost the quality of my YouTube videos ever since I began using it. When used to its full ability, FCPX is perfect for compositing video of any sort. This, in conjunction with ‘Adobe After Effects’ (a special FX program I have more recently experimented with in the past few years), has allowed me to perfect a specific style of video which I am happy with and continue to tweak / improve upon to this day. On top of editing, I’ve also most recently begun investing more time into developing camera, sound and lighting skills.

What do you love most about what you do?

My favourite part about making YouTube videos is definitely the editing as this is when I can see all of my ideas and hours of filming come together in a very satisfying way. Sometimes the edit comes together to form a video which perfectly replicates my original ideas, but other times the final edit can be slightly disappointing. In that sense, a lot of the time video-making is essentially a gamble but recently I’ve begun to understand exactly what works for me and what doesn’t. Another aspect of Youtube I love is receiving feedback on my videos; seeing how people react to a video that I made is always very interesting.

How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

Surprisingly, the first lockdown (back in March 2020) actually gave me a breath of fresh air. I was coming up with loads of original ideas because I saw the lockdown as an opportunity to fully dedicate all of my free time to my hobby (YouTube) – there wasn’t much else to do. The most recent UK lockdown however (January – March 2021), definitely did affect my creativity negatively. As I believe everyone did, I felt a lot more drained and exhausted during that winter lockdown (although that may be because I was revising for my GCSEs throughout the whole period). Nevertheless, I was able to continue creating videos which I am very proud of.

What’s next for you?

I plan to continue making YouTube videos well into the future. A few days ago the academic year finished for 15/16 year olds and so I now have an entire summer to dedicate my time to working on YouTube. In addition to YouTube, I also plan to produce a short film over the summer. Film is the career path which I would most definitely like to go down, so attempting to create an actual “short film” (as opposed to simply a “video”) should hopefully give me a good insight into the industry.

 

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