Interview of Beth Blvd by Tahlia Celenn
To celebrate their first time in Australia, VidCon held the “I’m A Creator” contest to encourage Australians to showcase their talents in a short online video.
Content creators were challenged to make a 60 second video highlighting their creativity and skills, and Australians are a talented bunch! From original raps and witty skits, to earnest tales of what being a creator means, and delightful slices of life – VidCon certainly had their work cut out for them!
The VidCon team was delighted to announce Beth Blvd as the VidCon Australia 2017 “I’m A Creator” contest winner! You can check out her winning entry here. Her work has a beautiful esoteric aesthetic that encompasses her passion for video creation.
We spoke with Beth about her videography work:
Hi Beth! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your work.
Hi! Well, I’m a blue haired 20 year old obsessed with making. When I say obsessed, I really mean it, I always keep a notepad with me because ideas often appear at the strangest times. My type of content is hard to explain, but I guess it falls somewhere between abstract and experimental with the occasional chatty video. I’m at uni studying media so my whole life right now is various types of video and media, and I love it!
Do you have a process you follow when it comes to creating video?
I like to pretend I’m more organised than I am, but the reality is that making videos is a very spontaneous thing for me. I’ll get an idea while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil or while I’m on the train to University and I’ll type a few vague notes into my phone and that’s basically the extent of my planning process. The only regular and reoccurring thing about my process is shopping for cheap costumes and props from op shops once a week.
Of your videos, do you have a favourite?
My video ‘The Vacant Dream” holds a special place in my little heart, it was the first time I felt I was allowing myself to create something very free and inhibited. Every time I watch it I’m still quite proud of how it turned out, especially the editing and I’m reminded of how excited I was about making exactly what I wanted to without second guessing myself. (Also the ridiculous pink dress I wore was so much fun to run around in)
Any advice for women looking to create video content?
The online world needs more content with female (and especially female minority) voices behind it. My advice to anyone who identifies as female with an interest in making content, is TO GO FOR IT. There is an incredibly supportive and diverse community on YouTube and I think it’s these creators who deserve to have their projects appreciated. People tend to think that they don’t bring anything unique to the platform, but your personal perspective on the world is so unique and invaluable and can contribute to the creative pool of the internet.
How will winning the VidCon contest impact your channel?
This contest will let me get my content out to a much bigger audience (wow that’s both exciting and scary), but I don’t have any way of knowing how people will react to anything I make. I’ve learned to to focus more on how I feel about the content I produce, so that at the end of the day, I only need validation from myself. So all I can say is that winning this contest has given me so much more confidence to try bold, new and bigger things,and hopefully you’ll be able to see that in my future videos!
What are your plans for your channel in the coming year
I hope to perhaps work on some bigger projects; my videos are the usual 3-5 minutes long, so it would be awesome to try and make something some substantial, maybe even a short film!On a personal level, I just want to keep growing as a creator, and get braver. I just I really love making videos and I want to keep working hard so i’ll always be able to be creative in some aspect of my life.