I first met Josh from ‘RandomJosh’ at SITC last August, and have been subscribed to him ever since. He is so supportive of my work, and I love his channel so much… you can tell just how hard he works on it alongside his ‘traditional’ job. His main areas of expertise are beauty, reviews and lifestyle… all 3 of which I love to watch. I’m super excited to be able to have him on the first ‘a chat with’ of 2020, as if you aren’t subscribed already I am sure you will love him!
What made you start RandomJosh, was it planned or a spontaneous decision one day?
So I have actually spoken about this a few times before and its quite a funny story, so almost 6 years ago while I was in high school, me and my friends were like most other teens at our age and were obsessed with YouTube and some of the Big YouTubers at that time and sat down one day and thought “what would happen if we made our own YouTube channel?” So we went ahead and did just that, so if you look far back enough (yes, the videos are all still on there!) you can actually see some of the earlier videos of ours where I would do random vlogs (Which are pretty terrible) and classic tags! We sat down and tried to brainstorm of some name ideas which would categorise exactly what you would be watching and thus RandomJosh was born! So I would say it was originally very spontaneous and back then I could never imagine being where I am at today and almost 6 years down the line still creating content!
If you could describe your channel to someone who isn’t subscribed in 3 words- what would you say?
Beauty, Random and Real!
Which is your favourite social media platform and why?
Now this is a very tricky one, I am for the most part terrible at social media but I equally love it! My main go to’s would have to be Instagram and Twitter for marketing purposes! Snapchat and WhatsApp are more for my friends and then my facebook is more for friends and family. Out of all of them, I actually want to say that I use Instagram most, I always forget to post on my twitter account which is something I need to try and improve upon in the future I feel.
We first met at SITC- did you have a good time and are you planning on going to any youtube conventions in 2020?
SITC feels like so long ago now! I had such a blast seeing old friends of mine and meeting new ones equally! I think its such a fun event to go and hang out with fellow creators who are like-minded! I was super happy with this year as I actually got to stay with everyone for longer rather than trying to travel back and forward each day and missing out on some of the actual bonding time! Meeting you was one of the extra special treats from this year too, couldn’t be luckier to call you a friend! By far I think one of my best memories of this year was actually having people come up and recognise who I am and want pictures with me! I am definitely planning on going to SITC again in 2020, I hope to see you there along with some of the other usual friends and who knows maybe some new faces to come along and meet us all! Other than SITC I don’t think I have any other YouTube related events coming up but who knows! Also a quick PSA, if anyone reading is planning on going to SITC, please come up and have a chat with any of us, it actually means a lot to us when you guys do!
How do you manage your youtube alongside other life commitments?
This is such a common struggle for YouTubers now as for most of us our channels are not actually paying out anything so we end up spending a lot of money funding a channel which gets nothing in return so I feel that its such a huge investment so to fund this I have to try and juggle a permanent full time job, create and edit my own content while also having a social life with friends and family and keeping up appearances on social media! It’s truly a struggle at some points I have to admit, but I love doing it so much and knowing that there are a select few people out there who truly enjoy my content makes my heart warm and gives me the inspiration to keep going! I do have my moments where I do miss my schedule but this can’t always be helped due to sickness or just in general so much happening in life!
What piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to start a youtube channel like RandomJosh?
Honestly, I say this to a lot of people out there but YouTube isn’t one of those make money quick schemes! Some people may get bigger quicker while others do not but it’s really a lot of work to get the content fully filmed edited while still knowing exactly what to film and what will do well. It’s taken me almost 6 years to get to where I am at now which I know is absolutely not the best achievement in youtube history but I know that I love and enjoy doing what I do and seeing the comments from the people who watch and enjoy my content really does keep me motivated to continue!
Shoutout some of your fave creators right now! Who do you think deserves more followers?
Gosh there’s so many that deserve so much love and attention! For starters I’ve got to go through some of my amazing friends in the YouTube community who I know put their hearts and souls into their videos, that being the Scottish Sisters! I sit there and watch their videos and it always just brings me such joy, and I know first hand that those girls work their butts off just to create some of the best content out there! Also big shoutout to Lecosanne who genuinely is like my fairy Youtube Mother and actually introduced me to you! I know that she puts so much into creating her content and helping those around her to also grow! I know there are probably more people which I cannot think of right now but these two will forever stand out for me!
What are you most excited about in 2020?
Well, we are still closing up to reaching the big 1000 subscriber mark so hopefully we will actually be hitting that! I guess just creating even more fun and crazy content for everyone and hopefully improving a lot more in the new year! Fingers crossed I’ll be doing some more traveling and really spending time to myself and possibly visiting friends around the country with any hope too!
What can we expect to see from RandomJosh as a brand in 2020?
Honestly, it’s difficult to say! I never really go in with a battle plan! But hopefully there will be some slight changes on the horizon for RandomJosh and something which I have been wanting to do for a while but wanted to wait for the right time is also in the works right now! That being said I know that I am a very spontaneous person so who knows what the future holds!
I started my blog as a beauty blog so we will have the last question as something beauty related, what is your holy grail beauty item?
Ah, the dreaded question! I can never choose! I have so much makeup it makes people laugh honestly. I mean I do have to give a special shout out to your lashes! They are an absolute necessity to complete a look! But if I really had to choose I think I’d go with my Jeffree Star Highlighter, I use it literally all the time, and I’ve hardly made a dent in it! But I do feel like this could potentially be overthrown when I finally get my hands on one of the newer of the extreme highlights!