Dee Kosh most graciously agreed to an interview :) Read on for his entertaining stories and insights!
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Herman: Many young adults want to be the next big youtube star, how does one get started on their journey to superstardom?
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And why should he/she post responsibly on the internet?
Dee Kosh: I would say go crazy with it! Sing, dance, laugh, rant - anything that you have fun with, DO IT! Recently there have been videos of a couple who go around Singapore giving free rides- I think THAT is very interesting.
Youtuber, myisaactube, drove around the island giving free rides to Singaporeans
BUT, always know that for whatever you post online, whether it be a tweet, a facebook post or a Youtube video, there will be reprecussions. People will watch it with a critical mind and they will judge what you posted online.
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To me posting responsibly means two things. 1st, it means that you watch what you say and do online, not stepping on grounds that are not to be stepped on. Second, I'd say if YOU DID cross the line, take responsibility for it, and face the music of critiques from everywhere. For people who shame themselves for their own 30 seconds? If you got it? Congratulations. If you don't, then maybe this is not for you.
Herman: You have a music channel too :) What can music communicate that a normal video log can't?
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Dee Kosh: Not a lot of people know this, but I'm actually a music major. I know the power that music has over the emotions. My musical channel is solely to show the other side of Dee Kosh, the emotional side that most people think does not exist.
While my rant videos mostly have a point to bring through, music does not need a point. It simply carries the person from whatever emotional aspect they are in at the moment, to the next. I guess you could say I just want to share not only my thoughts on youtube, but my emotions too, through DeeKoshMusiq.
Herman: When you first started to vlog, like many of the prominent youtube personalities like Natalie Tran and Sxephil, their works were met with a lot of criticism. How do you take that in stride and continue doing what you love?
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Dee Kosh: Honestly when I look back on when I just started, I'm amazed at how I survived all the nasty comments that were made. I tell you, the comments sometimes really hurt me in a way I have not been hurt before! Some insults I have not even heard of!
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But I think it was the viewers - The people who enjoy what you do and encourage you to be you and go on. A lot of people think that these viewers are just people who watch and move on. But to me? They are friends that I have not met yet. People whom I've shared part of me with, the inspiration that keeps me going.
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Herman: As one get increasingly popular and well-known, how does he/she stay grounded and still be able to connect with the fans?
Dee Kosh: I would just like to say that I will NEVER have fans - because to me? They are all my new found friends. Keeping that mindset, to me, helps me stay grounded. Knowing that I'm no better than them, living in Singapore from day to day. Forced to do the things that they are forced to do, just your guy next door.
I do not put myself on a pedestal where I feel that I'm higher than everyone just because I have people who know me and watch my videos. I try to reply to every message, email and tweet that is sent to me. And every single story that has been shared with me is cherished and kept like friends do. That right there? Keeps me grounded.
Herman: For the significant number of people who are vlogging and they'd like their voice to be heard, what can one do to set himself/herself apart from the crowd?
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Dee Kosh: I'd say get a swag that makes you different. When you ask "Who is Dee Kosh?" - the answer would be "That annoying dude with really annoying eyebrows and a fake british accent" - so i think to set yourself apart from everyone else - get a unique "swag" - ask yourself what people want to remember you as, and stick to that persona.
At the same time, its important to be yourself and don't try hard to make a swag that does not exist at all. To me the British accent is one that I used since I was young. So it's fake, but not forced.
My Advice would be, BE YOU - but at the same time - BE DIFFERENT.
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