I want to share with you a dream of mine. And bear with me because this dream might make me sound a bit nutty, but as I like to think, the good kind of nutty. You know, the kind you label your sweet aunt with because she has all those cats and keeps sending you overalls for Christmas even though you’re 24-years-old.
But first, before my dream can make any sense, I need to introduce you to this week’s #WCW, Hazel Hayes.
After graduating from college with a degree in journalism, Hayes was lucky enough to score a job at YouTube — her full-time job to this day. An Irish-born, London-based filmmaker, Hayes started her channel in order to better understand the clients she was serving at the space. On her channel, you’ll find a variety of gems such as the series “Unnecessary Otter,” vlogs following her adventures, and “Tipsy Talk,” a series in which Hayes shares a glass of wine and answers life questions with her YouTube friends. Her videos are full of sass and wit, and Hayes’s comedic style is one that can’t be replicated. She typically puts out one or more videos a week and continually charms the socks off her fans with her witty banter and off-the-cuff jokes.
This January, Hayes completed her most challenging project yet, a 20-minute movie, titled Super Brainy Zombies, that she not only wrote but directed and starred in as well. The movie featured practically every major YouTuber in the UK — Ben Cook, Tomska, Pleasant Ryan, Jack Howard — and follows the chaos a zombie apocalypse inflicts upon a film set. In general, it’s nearly impossible for two creators to find enough time to do a collab video, so the fact that Hayes had over 20 major creators appear on her set speaks to her popularity and respect on the platform.
Hayes is the frequent collaborator with Sprinkle of Glitter, World of Orange, Tim H, and Jack Howard, and also appeared in Ben Cook’s popular series Becoming YouTube. In her recent interview with Stellar magazine, Hayes described her channel as, “Mostly it’s just a place I can go to be creative and do all the things I love to do.”
So now that you know her and you love her, you can properly appreciate this dream. I have long been a fan of Hayes’s content, and one of my most memorable filming experiences at YouTube Nation has been actually presenting her movie on the show.
In my dream, Hazel Hayes and I will be hanging out with two bottles of wine and Otter from her series “Unnecessary Otter”, because it would be ridiculous for him to NOT be there. We would then have our own tipsy talk, and she’d let me raid her dress closet for anything with a peter pan collar or animal graphics. Because of our love of nerd culture, we’d become best friends, go to a local pub, and bond over books and animals and traveling and relationships and tea and all the brilliant stuff the world has to offer. It’s too perfect for words.
So Hazel Hayes, thank you for making the internet better with your channel, and if you’re ever in LA, the first cup of tea is on me.
Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator and just redecorated her entire house because she found a llama rug she couldn’t live without.
Well… I just didn’t see that coming. But yes to tea Carly :)
I’d love to do a Tipsy Talk with Hazel, but I’m more of a mid-level Twitter mischief maker with a mic and a webcam than a YouTuber.