Spotlight: Brittany Joyal AKA HeyBrittany

Share your story of becoming a YouTuber. How did you get started? What inspires you/ any muses? What do you love most about creating videos?

I started making YouTube videos about 7 years ago when I was 16. It started as something to do during the summer, while waiting to go back to school. Then from there, it just sky rocketed! I didn't have a ton of friends in High School, so instead of going out and attending parties I didn't get invited too, I'd stay in my room and make videos. It brought me way more fulfillment and joy then those parties ever could.

From there it just kept blowing up. By the time I graduated High School and starting at a community college, I was making enough money off of YouTube to quit my job at a grocery store. That same week I also got an offer to be part of a project out in LA. I dropped out of college and moved out to LA in 2011. I've been here ever since and have had tons of opportunities that I would have never gotten back home in Massachusetts.

What is your favorite thing about being a YouTuber?

My favorite thing about creating videos it that I get to be my own boss. I always hated working for other people and having a higher power to answer too. With YouTube I created my own schedule and got to do what I wanted to do. I always promised myself that I would never work a 9-5 job and I would try to live a life worth talking about, and YouTube has given me so many incredible stories and experiences to share with people.

Describe your lifestyle (what makes you choose the things you reviews) and a few of your favorite brands. Who do you wish to work with in the future on a collaboration?

My lifestyle is pretty simple. I live a pretty humble life. I don't drive a fancy car, or have a high end apartment, or spend 100's of dollars on things that I don't need. I try to live a pretty simple life. I would much rather spend money on adventures and on things that will create incredible memories and stories, VS. fancy clothes and jewelry that I'll be too afraid to wear because they cost so much.

I like to review things that I would use in my everyday life and relate to my lifestyle. I try to eat pretty healthy, so I love to review food boxes, because those are generally all healthy. It helps me discover new snacks and helps others discover new snacks. As far as future brands I would love to work with… a big one that comes to mind is either VANS or NEFF. I love their products and the whole vibe of the companies and I sort of portray that on my channel, and also in every video I'm either wearing a Neff Beanie or Vans shoes, so it would fit perfectly! Also, a skateboarding/longboard company. I'm really big into that stuff and my whole channel gives off that "Tom Boy" vibe, so I'd love work with those kinds of brands.

What is your current setup for shooting videos?

I use a Canon 60D to shoot, with my Rokinon 8mm - F 3.5 Fish eye lens, as well as my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens when it comes to product close ups and details. When I’m doing action sports tho (Rock Climbing, Skating, Surfing, Etc), I film on my GoPro Hero 3 with all the attachments. I edit on Final Cut Express on my Mac Book Pro, and I do all my thumbnail work in Photoshop CS6, I also use my cowboy studio lights when it comes to lighting.

What do you like best about FameBit?

I like that FameBit helps me work directly with companies and I get to talk one on one to them. I hate going through middle men and feeling like I'm doing business deals with people. I like the laid back style of FameBit and how mostly all the companies I've work with and the people I've talked to, are laid back and chill. I don't feel like I have to impress anyone or have to prove myself. It's nice to have a conversation with two parties being passionate about what they do, without trying to win anyone over.

A few faves please! (food, movie, quote, etc)

Favorite Food - Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Fast Food Place- Panera Bread
Favorite Artist - Taylor Swift, Ben Howard, Jack Johnson
Favorite Tv Show- Lost, Gilmore Girls
Favorite Activity - Rock Climbing

What advice would you give to YouTubers just starting out?

To do it for the right reasons! If you’re on YouTube to get famous, then you’re already going to fail. You should be doing it because you love it and your passionate about it, not because you want to make money and be famous. It took me years to gain any sort of momentum. If you’re not passionate about it, you’re going to get bored and quit before you ever make any progress. Be in it for the right reasons, or you’re going to fall flat on your face!

Make sure to check out Brittany's channel here.