Queensland YouTubers boost their creative careers
Five Queensland YouTube stars are the first recipients of the Advance Queensland Creator Originals awards.
Sara Holmes, Elly Awesome, Tom Thum, Stephanie Hames and Alysse Paris will receive funding and support to produce and develop new creative content for their incredibly popular channels that combined have more than 500,000 subscribers and millions of video views.
The Creator Original Awards has two tiers of support for Established Creators who have 30,000 subscribers or more, and Emerging Creators who have a following of at least 10,000 subscribers.
All winners can access expert assistance including project support, studios and equipment from Griffith University and QUT.
Sara, Elly and Tom have won Established Creators' funding and will receive $30,000 as well as an intensive four-day residency at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles.
Sara Holmes is the creator of SeoulSarang—a fun, light-hearted Korean language channel with English subtitles focusing on travel, food and Australian English tips. Sara tries to introduce her viewers to new things and positively promote Australia and Korea. Sara is going to create a tourism series on the topic Australia vs Korea. The series will be a fun and positive comparison of differences between the countries and cultures.
Elly Awesome makes comic videos and reviews on food, travel, lifestyle, technology and apps. Elly plans to create a series called 'Show me your food' where she gets to know her guests as they prepare and eat a meal together. This light-hearted series aims to promote acceptance of diversity.
Tom Thum is a world-renowned beatboxer who uses his YouTube channel to demonstrate the amazing capabilities of his vocal chords. Tom is going to discover the science behind the strange noises he can make and create a documentary-style short series that examines the human voice combining interviews, medical footage, illustrations and narration.
Stephanie and Alysse have been selected as Emerging Creators and have won $10,000 to develop new creative content for their channels.
Stephanie Hames is a makeup artist who trained in beauty and special effects makeup and uses her skills to create video tutorials for her SasEffects channel. Her most popular video with more than 2.5 million views shows you how to create a chopped off finger special effect. Stephanie plans to frighten audiences with a series of short horror films and then go behind the scenes to show how the makeup was applied and talk about their inspiration behind the characters she created.
Alysse Paris is a comedy skit and parody channel that focuses on YouTube-trending topics, pop-culture and world events. Alysse will make a six-part fictional series that parodies YouTube culture through the life of one Brisbane's biggest self-proclaimed beauty gurus Madison Herring, aka SexybubbleGumBritneySpearsStar49.
Create Queensland is a partnership between Queensland Government and YouTube that aims to stimulate the current and next generation of local creative entrepreneurs.
Griffith University, QUT and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia are key partners in the delivery of the program providing top Queensland YouTubers with expert advice and production resources to help grow their channels and reach new global audiences.