Photo courtesy of Jill Cimorelli.
I spoke with YouTuber and social media content creator Jill Cimorelli about her career and the advice she has for aspiring YouTubers out there. Hope you enjoy our interview!
Q1: Thank you so much for letting me interview you today. I want to start by getting to know you so tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: I’m Jill Cimorelli, I’m 29 years old, and I live in Santa Monica, CA. I’ve lived in L.A. for almost 10 years and don’t have plans of leaving any time soon!
Q2: What sparked your interest in being a YouTuber?
A: I had my first YouTube channel when I was in 9th grade, back in the Michelle Phan days. Hardly anyone was doing content creation full time back then so it really was just about having fun more than anything. Doing it as a career hardly seemed possible.
Q3: What aspects do you enjoy the most about being a YouTuber?
A: I love getting to be creative every day and connecting with people from all over the world.
Q4: Can you explain the kind of content you post on YouTube?
A: All of my content are vlogs! I’ve went through a few different niches, but vlogging is the one that has stuck the longest and felt the most genuine to me.
Q5: What made you decide to create content in your niche(s)?
A: It felt like the natural progression. I was already sharing so much of my life through my videos that switching to vlog style made it all the better.
Q6: How long have you been creating videos for YouTube?
A: I’ve had my current channel for 10 years, but my first channel was created 14 years ago.
Q7: Do you prefer the filming process, the editing process, or both?
A: Filming is usually the most fun for me!
Q8: Who are your favorite YouTubers to watch and why?
A: Jenn Im is my favorite influencer without a doubt. She’s so real. I love her videos. She just really inspires me.
Q9: What made you join Instagram?
A: I didn’t join influencer as part of “being an influencer” because again, that wasn’t so much of a thing back when I was first on social media. So I really just joined as a way to connect with subscribers.
Q10: Would you call yourself an influencer? Why or why not?
A: For lack of a better word, yes. I guess creator would be more accurate though since I don’t really prioritize “influencing” people to do anything.
Q11: What do you love the most about Instagram as a platform?
A: It is such a fun platform to create for. You can share really real authentic content just as easily as you can share cool, curated content and I love that. Plus the realness of stories and how in the moment they are is awesome too.
Q12: Do you prefer the photo-taking process, the editing process, or both?
A: Editing definitely wins here! I know it sounds ridiculous, but shoot days are actually exhausting! Getting home to see your hard work at the end of the day and making little tweaks to make it better is the best. Although, I am editing my photos less and less these days.
Q13: Have there been any cool opportunities that have come your way since you started posting content on YouTube and Instagram?
A: So many. I’ve been to huge movie premieres, walked red carpets, gone on brand trips, been cast in a movie, met some amazing people, and overall have just lived a dream life all because I picked up a camera in 9th grade.
Q14: Okay. I know you love books so I want to know what books you’d recommend my audience and I to read?
A: Okay hardest question you’ve asked so far! I think The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo takes the cake as my number one recommendation. I think it will be universally loved by all! But honorable mentions include Rock Paper Scissors, The Golden Couple, and Funny You Should Ask. There are so many good ones though. It’s hard to just pick a few!
Q15: What advice would you give someone who wants to be a YouTuber or just someone who wants to post videos on the platform?
A: Just get started! Don’t do it because you want to be famous. Just do it because it’s fun! That’s the best way to earn success.
A big thank you to Jill for letting me interview her!