Welcome to YouTube Millionaires, where we profile channels that have recently crossed the one million subscriber mark. There are channels crossing this threshold every week, and each has a story to tell about YouTube success. Read previous installments of YouTube Millionaires here.
Creating YouTube videos that show a slice of one’s own life requires a delicate balance, and Saffron Barker is an expert sharer.
Barker, a 17-year-old social media standout, has found success thanks to forthcoming and affable vlogs that often feature members of her family and her fellow creators. Thanks to the power of her sharp style, Barker, who is partnered with Studio 71, has now reached more than one million YouTube subscribers. Here are her thoughts on that milestone:
Tubefilter: How does it feel to have one million subscribers on YouTube? What do you have to say to your fans?
Saffron Barker: It still doesn’t feel real! I feel very lucky. My subscribers are the sweetest people and I want to tell them THANK YOU!!!!!
TF: What inspired you to launch a vlog channel in the first place?
SB: I love watching vlogs as I love seeing what different people do day to day. You could say I’m nosy! I wanted people to see the real me and for them to know that none of us are perfect and we all have our up and down days.
TF: With so many vloggers on YouTube, what would you say makes you unique?
SB: I’m not sure I’m unique but I try to be as real as I can. My family is quite involved in my life and I think people also like seeing that. I don’t just talk about all the great things in my life, I also talk about the bad. If something goes wrong in my day I’ll show it rather than edit it out. I think people just find me relatable.
TF: What has been the most significant adjustment you’ve had to make in your life as your YouTube channel has grown?
SB: I think trying to protect people around me. Just because I choose to share my life on the internet, it doesn’t mean all my family and friends want to. I get recognised a lot when i’m out and I love that, but sometimes if it’s in a crowded place it can be quite overwhelming. A few times security has escorted me from the mall because apparently I was a “security risk!”
TF: Your family members appear in a lot of your videos. What is your relationship like with them?
SB: All my family are really close, again we have our ups and downs but who doesn’t? My family is a huge support to me and they are the most important people in my life.
TF: You’re active on a lot of different social media platforms. Which one is your favorite and why?
SB: Twitter! I can interact more with people on there but then I do love instagram as i do love to share (and see) a good selfie!
TF: What was the creative process like for your book, and what do you hope your fans get out of it?
SB: When I was approached to do a book, at first I thought they wanted me to do an autobiography. Being 17, I wasn’t really interested, but when I went for a meeting with the publisher we threw around loads of different ideas and I left feeling very excited. I interviewed a couple of authors and when I found the right one for me we went to work. It took nine months of talking for hours and jotting down ideas.
I hope it has encouraged lots of young people to pick up a book. The feedback has been amazing, and again, I hope it makes people realize that we all have “fails” and its OK.
TF: What’s one type of video you would like to do but haven’t yet?
SB: Maybe just a few crazy thing like jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks. There are a few people i would love to collab with that I haven’t yet, so watch this space.
TF: What’s next for your channel? Any fun plans?
SB: LOTS! You’re going to have to subscribe and wait and see.