Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of interviews with people from all over the internet. Today we’re with my friend Jayka Ann!
D: The first question is: what do you do on your corner of the internet?
J: I talk anime, games, sewing and cosplay on my YouTube channel
D: Could you tell me a bit about your offline life?
J: I’m 20 and I work full time as a purchaser and credit controller for a company in Birmingham . I live a small town called Atherstone, in between Coventry and Birmingham.
D: I didn’t know that was your job, are you liking it?
J: I do like this job but it’s very hectic at the moment and I have probably too much on my plate so it can be rather stressful. I’m extremely lucky to be in this position. I get on really well with the 2 MDs and pretty much everyone.
However, I do feel like I have dived in to the full time work scene maybe a little quicker than I would have liked/expected. And the commute can be a pain
D: Ah yeah it’s one of those things isn’t it that it’s never fun to start, I’m starting proper full time for the first time next week [this interview took place many weeks ago now!] and not so sure how it’s gonna be!
J: I forget that I’m only 20 sometimes. I definitely feel older being there. Adulting is scary, so I use Jayka Ann as a way to stay young if you will.
D: What inspired you to start creating content and what keeps you going?
I’ve always wanted to be a YouTuber since I was probably about 15. I made numerous channels with friends but never posted anything. On my 19th birthday I got a sewing machine and I really enjoyed creating clothes etc. I watched YouTubers like Annika Victoria and coolirpa to learn sewing skills. I decided in January 2016 to start a blog/YouTube channel called Total Stitch Up.
After a while I decided I would be called Jayka Ann a nickname of mine. At the moment my channel isn’t how I want it, so there will be some changes coming up. My motivation is probably just meeting new people and doing the things I love outside of work etc.
D: Great answers! My channel has had a very similar origin story!
What is your creative process like? And what do you find the most difficult part of it?
J: I don’t think my channel is creative at the moment. I put all my creativity in my cosplay. Hopefully I will become more creative over time on my channel.
The difficult part is editing, I don’t enjoy it and it’s not something I want to get into after work. I also struggle with a schedule. I never plan a video, I tend to babble on. The videos I am doing at the moment i.e. unboxing tend to be unscripted, otherwise it’s no fun.
D: Is there a particular standout moment for you? Maybe something you’ve created that you are proud of specifically?
I was able to perform with Beckii Cruel and Kelsey Ellison at Hyper Japan! Also my Thor Cosplay. I didn’t film this, as I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing, but it turned out great!]
D: How do you find a balance between your channel and your work and social life? It’s a very hard balance to find, especially as content creation takes much longer than people think!
J: It’s extremely hard! I try to do a video on the weekend and edit it in time for the next- this never pans out. I currently work on a laptop and this isn’t fun to edit on. Once my computer is built I should be able to find the time to balance things out and begin a schedule.
Doing the LoveJojo box definitely helps, as it secures a place.
D: Knowing you can always film that must take off some of the pressure.
J: Yes! I also have started small videos related to the Nintendo amiibo which are great channel fillers!
D: Do you have 5 influences who have had the biggest impact on you and your content?
J: Annika Victoria
D: I don’t know all of those, so I’ll take your recommendation and watch them! I know Abi, she’s one of the nicest people.
What’s your Hogwarts house?
J: Slytherin till I die.
D: We are natural born enemies.
J: Because we are alike!
D: Do you have a favourite artist/musician/band currently?
J: I don’t surprisingly! I like all sorts. Maybe the old Blink 182 or perhaps Pierce the Veil.
D: And finally, do you have an all time favourite film?
J: It’s either The Little Mermaid, Shrek, Atonement or Pride and Prejudice.
Let’s go with Shrek because I laugh at Donkey every time and I probably know it word for word.
Thank you to Jayka Ann for taking part! Make sure to check her out on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Catch up on the previous INTERVIEWED posts here: