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Friday, 25 March 2016

Thoughts On Filler Live

I've briefly mentioned before that Filler is one of my favourite podcasts of the moment. It's a podcast in which Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore interview people currently working in the creative industries about what it's like, what it takes, and how it's affected their lives. They've had such an incredible range of people on the show and, although I'm not necessarily interested myself in some of the parts of the industry some of their interviewees belong to, the podcast never fails to be incredibly insightful and interesting. Filler has only been running for a year if I remember rightly and, to celebrate the end of their second season, they filmed a live version with an audience interviewing Estee Lalonde, Bertie Gilbert and Charly Cox.

I watched it last weekend and thought it was such a great episode. I've watched and loved Estee's videos for a long time but hadn't known much about Bertie Gilbert or Charly Cox before listening to the podcast. Bertie is a YouTube filmmaker and Charly is a producer/blogger/seemingly a very long list of amazing things. They have all worked on YouTube (which was the common theme for this live episode) and are all incredibly young, incredibly successful and hugely inspiring. But, apart from those things, they are three highly diverse creatives doing different things and with a great breadth of experiences between them. Because of this, I thought the format of Matt and Harry interviewing them all at the same time worked so well as each of them had something new and original to add to the discussion.

As a young person who still only vaguely knows what industry I would like to go into in just two and a bit years, I am so grateful that podcasts like this and people like this exist to inspire me. They discuss this on the show and I've discussed it myself after attending BeautyChat LIVE, but aspects of the the working world are changing beyond recognition almost every year now and I find it so exciting that projects like Filler allow us to gain a glance into what's changing and how. To think that Estee, Bertie, Charly as well as Matt and Harry themselves are so young and doing such exciting things really inspires me. While I know a career in the creative industries can't be at all easy, it's nice to see people that are working hard but doing well for it.

For the most part, it's become the norm for the majority of teens to go to university before attempting to make their way in the world of work (myself being a classic example of this), so I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see different ways of creating a successful career for yourself, both in taking the traditional route and not so much. I think it's so important to widen our horizons and gain new perspectives every once in a while and Filler has definitely helped me to do this. I'd recommend it to anyone who is even vaguely interested in the development of the creative industries and YouTube as a phenomenon.

You can listen to the audio of Filler Live for free on the link at the top of this post or you can pay to watch it here. I would personally really urge you to watch this one rather than listen if you're willing to pay the £3 for it as it's beautifully filmed and Harry and Matt have clearly worked so hard on it, funding Filler Live out of their own pockets.

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