Reece Creed is 19 and in his first year of a degree in New Media and English in the University of Limerick. Two years ago, Reece decided to follow in the footsteps of some of his online idols and set up his own YouTube channel. Reece now boasts about 6,000 followers between his YouTube channel and Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounts.
What first inspired you to create a YouTube channel?
I have always been a fan of YouTube so when I saw Youtubers like Shane Dawson and Zoella making careers out of what they do I decided to make my own channel. What also inspired me was the lack of Irish Youtubers out there, specifically in Limerick so I kind of wanted to show young people where I’m from not to be afraid to put yourself out there!
Did you face any difficulties when you first started uploading videos? If so, what were they?
Of course, I got a lot of hate when I started first. It was hard at first, there was so many people getting to me that I wanted to quit but it’s other people, and my subscribers that inspired me to keep going. I’ve heard stories from so many young people saying how I inspire them and it baffles me cause I’m only just making videos in my bedroom but that shows how the power of the internet I guess.
If you weren’t making YouTube videos, what do you think you would be doing in your spare time?
Probably writing music. Apart from YouTube that is my passion. Last year I came out with my first ever EP on SoundCloud called “The Starstruck EP”. I did it on a complete whim and it got a great response. I just recently released my new single “LIT” with another Limerick musician called Sean Corcoran and that’s doing extremely well. Hopefully throughout 2017 I can continue to write another few songs here and there.
What is your long-term goal for when you finish college?
Get my degree then probably do a masters in Journalism. I would love to try and get a job in some form of media whether it be TV, radio or print and obviously just continue to make videos.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully being a YouTuber full time, I think that’s the dream for any YouTuber. I’d also like to be married but I’m still working on that one!
Is there a quote that particularly inspires you?
“Aspire to Inspire” is my favourite quote. I always want to inspire my subscribers through my videos to be their true selves no matter what people think. Life is too short to conform to what everybody else wants you to be.
Do you think that Irish social-media and video creators are starting to gain more international recognition or is it more of a community that stays close to home?
Mainly I think it stays mostly at home but there are exceptions to the rule. For example, The Saccone-Jolys a [vlogging] family from Ireland boast over 1 million followers so its not impossible for Irish Youtubers to make it big.
What’s next for TheRealReeceCreed?
Hopefully just to make more videos and keep that subscriber count growing. My goal is to reach 5,000 by 2018. I also have a lot of appearances lined up for the next year which is mind blowing. I’m meeting a lot of my YouTube friends this year to collaborate with so 2017 is going to be very busy indeed.
Article by: Ali Molloy
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