Features Week June Day 5: Blackeyed Blonde

How long have you had your channel for?

I’ve had my channel for about a year and a half.

 

What inspired you to start your channel?

A number of things inspired me to start my channel. Before I even knew there was a community for horror narration, my best friend and I would sit and read scary stories. She would always tell me I was good at telling stories, but I never thought I could do anything with that. Fast forward a year later, I started a lifestyle YouTube channel you know fashion videos, vlogs, all that type of content. It was around this time the YouTuber Grav3yardgirl put some horror narrators in her monthly favorites video. Finding out there was an entire community of horror narrators really inspired and opened new doors for me. I started listening to narrators such as Southern Cannibal, Unit #522, Let’s Read and just fell in love, I wanted to try narrating for myself. So as a Halloween special that year I did a few narrations on my lifestyle channel, they did ok, but really didn’t fit with my content at the time. I decided I needed to create a separate channel, thus Blackeyed Blonde was born! It wound up doing worlds better than my lifestyle channel, and the rest is history.

 

What is your favorite part of being on YouTube?

My favorite part of being a YouTuber is getting to interact with people from all over the world. I’ve made so many new friends through my channel and it’s been absolutely incredible. Also it’s so fun getting to interact with fans and subscribers, hearing their stories, and how my videos impact their daily lives.

 

Do you have any funny stories related to videos you’ve made?

I actually do! As an April fools video my first year, I did a “face reveal” video, where at the end it wasn’t my face it was just my cat. The whole story I made up really had some people going. I’ll link the video here https://youtu.be/t976maTfOus

 

What has been your favorite video to make? (Include link)

My all time favorite video to make and actually all time favorite story in general, is Feed The Pig.

I wound up spending 3 months on the video because I wanted to do the story justice. The story is written by Elias Witherow and is honestly a masterpiece.

 

What’s the most challenging part of being a YouTuber in the genre you’ve chosen?

The most challenging part of being a horror narrator on YouTube is how much horror gets censored on the platform. The recent changes to YouTube’s algorithm have hit horror creators especially hard. All horror content creators have to deal with monetization issues, and finding ways around their video being deemed “not ad friendly” among many other issues.

It’s not even about the money, videos considered “not ad friendly” aren’t recommended to viewers as much and so on, which is a struggle. A horror creator was recently denied their 100k silver play button** because their content “didn’t comply with the current terms of service” whatever that means. It’s definitely not an easy road, but we as horror creators just have to work a little harder.

 

What inspiring words do you have for those that are trying to do what you do?

If you’re thinking about starting a horror narration channel or any type of YouTube really, just take the plunge and do it. I started narrating on my Samsung Galaxy S6. You don’t need fancy equipment to start, that can all come later. All you need is an idea, something with a camera/audio recorder, and the passion to push forward. If you’re passionate everything will fall into place.

 

Is there anyone you’d like to promote? (Include a blurb about what they do and why you like them along with the link to their content)

I’d like to promote my good friend PhantomOfDarkness. We have been growing as horror narrators together since the beginning. He’s just an all around awesome dude!

 

Where can we find you on social media?

Most importantly you can submit your scary stories for a chance to be narrated on my channel, true or fiction, to my subreddit  or to my email blackeyedstories@gmail.com.

You can find me on all of my social media here:

YouTube Channel

-Second YouTube Channel

-Instagram

-Twitter

-Facebook

 

**Editors Note: I added this link in on my own, Blackeyed Blonde can not be held accountable for where this link takes you or the validity of what the video is about. I couldn’t believe it when I read what Blackeyed Blonde had said in this answer so I looked into it and this was the best resource I found about it.**


Thank you so much to Blackeyed Blonde for taking the time to answer my questions. She’s an inspiring, well-informed leader in the horror narration genre. Go subscribe, support indie creators, and make a difference.

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