We interviewed youtuber Kingj0444 who’s been creating content on YouTube for 5 years with some pretty impressive speedruns, oh yeah – and he’s 16. Check this out.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Joey, though most know me as Kingj0444. I live in Kitchener, Ontario. I’m 16 years old and in Grade 11. I started my YouTube channel 5 years ago but just recently 3 years ago began taking it more seriously than I did before, uploading one or 2 videos every single day, mainly playing Nintendo game at a PG 13 rating. In my spare time I like to speedrun some games and aim to set world records in various games I enjoy. I also like interacting with my subscribers by replying to comments on a regular basis to maintain a personal connection with my viewers. I also collect Amiibos and currently have 57 different amiibos as of now.
Are you a gamer and what are your top picks?
Yes, I am a big Nintendo Gamer. I started in 2006 with my sister’s GameCube playing Mario Party 4 whenever I happened to be over there. I then ended up getting my own GameCube and continued with Nintendo ever since, getting a Gameboy, Wii and currently a Wii U and a 3DS. My favourite games right now are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Final Fantasy 7, yet I always seem to change my mind every now and then.
How long have you been creating content? Goals?
I created my channel back on February 12th, 2012. Back then, I wasn’t very good at sitting in a room alone, talking to myself for 20 minutes at a time, but I quickly learned strengths to apply and grew as a Youtuber over the years. My goals vary depending on the year. Each year I set new goals I want to personally reach within the span of that year. Overall though, I mainly want to grow my community and keep a connection between me and my YouTube fans by committing to being consistent and just being proud of the content I put out and love what I do.
What made you get into it?
Ever since I was the age of 10, I really enjoyed watching other Youtubers Let’s Play games. It helped me feel better whenever I turned it on and got me through some depressing moments in my life, just from watching someone play a game on Youtube. Around the age of 12 I thought to myself that I wanted to be one of those people someone looks up to. While a lot of kids were doing it be famous and tried so hard to go viral, I did it just because I wanted to make people laugh and to entertain the public with my sense of humor while I played some games! My motto has and always will be: As long as I make someone laugh with one of my videos each day, I’ve done my job right.
Most challenging part.
When it comes to being a Youtuber, there are many hardships you need to go through. One that gets a lot of people is the amount of negative comments everyone eventually gets. It took me a long time to get past some of the hate comments I’ve had in my 5 years, but each time, it made me stronger and I learn to just ignore it. As long as I like what i’m doing, that should be all that matters. The other challenge is sticking to a consistent schedule. Somedays I would miss a day of uploading and feel discouraged because I wasn’t keeping up, but since then i’ve learned from my mistakes, making a schedule for myself to edit the next day’s video the night before and post it in the afternoon. It’s all about overcoming challenges.
I honestly have to say, the thing that motivates me to keep going with creating and posting videos is the amount of support and love I get from my viewers. Whether it’s just them saying they like something I said, something I added in editing or someone just leaving a like on a video, then I feel I’m providing value to others and that makes me feel good. More and more it makes me realize i’m building a community of people who support me and what I do, which i’m always forever grateful for. During my first year on Youtube, nobody was really watching and I just thought to myself that if I ever hit 100 subscribers, it would be the best day in my Youtube career. That night I went from 45 subscribers all the way up to 117 out of nowhere and I was blown away that I had actually made it past 100! I felt so accomplished and that’s when I started making new goals to achieve every year. It was the most surprising yet happiest moment from Youtube!
What to Expect next?
As of the moment, my current projects are Let’s Play’s of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and Super Mario Galaxy 2, a co-op of The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes and a 4 player race of Super Mario 3D World. I plan to continue building me connection with all my viewers as well as posting a new video every day for as long as my channel goes. As for upcoming series, the next Let’s Plays I want to do after my current ones are Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Super Mario Sunshine which I plan to start later this year!
Any tips/tricks for people starting out?
I could go on and on with advice for people who were like me starting out, but i’ll keep it brief and to the point. Do what you want to, whether it’s beauty tutorials, challenge videos or even to be a Let’s Player like myself. Do something you enjoy and most importantly have fun while doing it and people will want to watch, I guarantee it! Stay consistent, positive and once in awhile try to find some time to reach out to your viewers either by comments or twitter, keep them interested by showing your care for them!