Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.
Today we’re joined by high flying Pokemon master, Bird Keeper Toby! You know how much I love Pokemon, so this is a special one.
D: What do you do as a creator?
T: I make videos exploring the lore of the Pokemon world.
D: Could you tell me a bit about you yourself?
T: I’m from Hampshire in the UK and I’m 23, I’ve lived here all my life. I studied film and drama in London.
D: How did you get into video creating?
T: It’s just something I have beendoing for a long time. It started as me and friends messing around filming things we thought were funny, it was the purest kind of making videos. It wasn’t about views or a job or the future potential it was solely about fun – not to make it sound like it’s totally fun now. I still have a blast!
There are just a lot more factors to consider nowadays that we didn’t need to back then.
D: That’s such a nice way to get a start! What factors play into it now? Does it add much stress?
T: There is the occasional stress. Usually that comes from looking at other channels with envy and going “but I’m making stuff in proud of and it only gets X amount of viewers” and then watching others succeed on what I deem to be “not as cool content”. That’s totally biased and is jealous.
That’s where the negative comes in, but I don’t focus on that. I try and shift immediately the “It’s okay just keep doing the best you can do” mentality. Worrying about finances are a thing in every job so I guess it’s nothing new. But other than considering that factor, honestly I really like making videos regularly so there’s no stress there.
D: It’s good you like it so much, but I guess like with any non-traditional job there’s some extra stresses!
What creators are you a fan of personally?
D: Great choices, I’m such a huge fan of the PDS too.
If you have one, do you have a favourite moment in your YouTube career so far?
T: Thats a really hard question. Last April I won a competition called YouTube Next Up, it was incredible to feel recognised by the company for what I was doing and at the same time spending a week alongside the other winners at YouTube headquarters feeling a part of something bigger.
D: Congratulations, that’s awesome.
Do you have a favourite thing about being an online creator?
T: I just like the freedom and endless potential of it all. Who knows what could
D: That’s such a healthy look at it!! Speaking of that, do you have any plans for the future?
T: At the moment I have a number of series I want to finish by the end of the year. There are certain ideas that have to be done, my list is endless at this point, but I do intend for eventually in maybe 3-5 years I’ll end the channel. I want to end it knowing I’ve gone full circle and everything that could be on there is on there. Who knows maybe I’ll change my mind.
D: Sounds like you have quite a solid plan!
So in all your Pokemon playing, do you have a favourite game and why?
T: Pokemon SoulSilver, it has all the nostalgia of my early Pokemon adventures while
shaving cool refined features.
D: Mine is HeartGold for the exact same reasons!
As a creator, do you ever struggle because you focus on a relatively niche topic compared to some other YouTubers?
Though I could talk about Pokémon forever, so probably not!
T: No not at all for that exact reason!
D: What are your favourite Pokemon topics to cover?
T: I love the lore of the Pokemon world, especially when joining two dots together to answer a question about the lore in a satisfying way. That said, it’s any video where I can make Pokemon feel real.
D: That’s so cool, I love that. Everyone has their own personal story of how they discovered Pokemon, what’s your’s?
T: Y’know I’m not sure, from when it hit mainstream popularity it’s always been there. I watched the first episode of the show, I got the Pokemon cards and toys, in 1999 got Pokemon Yellow my first game, but it all blurs into one.
Pokemon has just always been there.
D: Great that it’s been with you for so long.
Do you remember your first ever favourite Pokemon?
T: Probably Mew, Mew is adorable, mysterious I honestly don’t know what’s not to love.
D: What’s your favourite now, if you can choose?
T: Definitely Snorlax but I love Togepi too.
D: What’s your Hogwarts house?
T: Gryffindor, unapologetically.
D: I shouldn’t be bias but you chose the best house.
Do you have a favourite film?
T: The Steve Jobs Movie.
D: Finally, do you have a favourite artist/band/musician?
T: Tim Minchin
A HUGE thank you to Toby for taking the time to chat to me about Pokemon, YouTube and everything else. Make sure to subscribe to his channel for unique + inventive Pokemon content, his vlog channel for some extras and to follow him on Twitter + Instagram!
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