About a year ago I stumbled across Becky from Talk Becky Talk's YouTube channel. I was immediately was hooked. Her personality is infectious and her advice is always on point. She is the kind of person I would love to be friends with. I've been lucky enough to speak Becky on a couple of occasions and I truly think she is one of the most selfless people I have had the fortune to meet. I asked her if she would mind answering some questions for you all.
When did your passion for beauty and fashion begin?
Ever since I was a little girl I loved to dress up and try my mum’s make-up on! When I was 14 I suffered from really bad acne and so I started to experiment more and more with make-up to cover my spots. Trying out new looks and dressing in clothes that I liked gave me so much more confidence. I grew up really caring about what I was putting on my face and what I was dressing in, and then I really started to enjoy shopping for new looks and getting inspiration from magazines and friends.
What inspired you to start your YouTube channel?
When I was about 20 and at university in London I met two friends who had YouTube channels. I was inspired to start one myself and first actually started off cooking! I was so rubbish, so changed to something I was a little better at! I loved filming and editing so loved the idea that I could do something I love and make some friends in the process.
You are also a broadcast journalist have you always been interested in journalism?
I always thought I was going to be an international spy! I dreamed of swinging on ropes through windows and all sorts of James Bond things! When I realized that wasn’t going to happen, I thought journalism would be a great way to combine my love for investigating things with my love for filming and editing. YouTube is my passion but journalism lets me go out and meet some incredible and inspirational people.
Is broadcast journalism as glamorous as it appears to be?
Definitely not! If you want a glamorous job it’s not the job for you! I often work 12 hour days, I regularly have to set my alarm at 3am to start work and I can spend hours on end in the rain/snow/cold waiting for hours for an interview that eventually doesn’t happen. Having said that, it’s the best job in the whole world and I wouldn’t swap it for anything! It’s hard work but it’s so so so worth it. When you produce a news report that you are proud of, all the long hours and standing in the cold with windswept hair is worth it!
What do you enjoy about being behind the camera?
My love of the media first started behind the camera, I loved to film and edit. The reporter/presenter is actually just one little part of the story you are filming. So much of the hard work and art of the report comes from being behind the camera and editing. You have to capture the meaning of the story and that isn’t the reporter, it’s what’s going on right in front of your eyes. The great thing about what I do is that I often film, edit, script, research and present my own reports. It’s called a video journalist. Lots of newsrooms are employing young people who are able to do this. It cuts down on the people they need, but in my eyes it makes the job so much more rewarding!
Do you have any plans in the future for your YouTube channel?
I hope I’m able to carry on my channel forever! I love doing it and can’t imagine my life without it. Whilst I’ll be carrying on with beauty, I’d love to go back to my cooking/baking roots and me and my sister (Twinkle Lashes) really want to start cooking on YouTube…watch this space!
What is the best career advice you have been given?
Oooh now that’s a hard one…I have a few! Make sure you’re going into something that every day when you wake up you love it. You only live once, this isn’t a life rehearsal so do something you love and you will succeed! Knowledge about a job is important, but determination and not giving up will make you stand out from the rest! And finally the hardest thing is getting through the door, so when you’re doing a CV think about doing something different that will make you stand out, you could even make a video CV!
Name a surprising fact about yourself
I once worked as a private detective!
What has been your best moment of 2013 so far?
Being nominated for the Best New Talent Award for the Royal Television Awards!
Name your must have never the leave the house without products?
Chanel Vitalumiere foundation
MAC studiofix compact powder
Collection 2000 concealer
Body Shop Satsuma body spray
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Becky! You are an incredible inspiration to us all.
Lots of love
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