A little over a year ago, we came across BethBlvd's YouTube channel and instantly we were hooked. In her corner of the web, Beth creates experimental fever-dreams and abstract films, drenched in blue and full of emotion. Her work is unique and bold and her creativity shines bright amongst the daily-vloggers and make-up tutorials that flood YouTube.
She's creating differently and we love it - That's why we are so excited to have the opportunity to chat with Beth and share a bit more about her work and her process with you. Enjoy.
Hello Beth! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today.
Hello guys! Thank you so much for having me!
How long have you created videos and where did your passion for storytelling start?
Well, I wrote my first "screenplay" when I was seven, it starred Winnie the Pooh, my toy unicorn and was written only on yellow sticky notes. But my first video was a school project which gave me the excuse to try windows movie maker for the first time and I had a lot of fun filming and editing it so that's where my obsession began!
Who or what do you think is your biggest inspiration?
I always have trouble with this question, because there was no one film I saw and said to myself "that's what I want to do when I grow up", it was just something that started as a little hobby and grew to be what my whole life is about and it's all I want to do. I mean I'm inspired by the every day, I turn aspects of my daily life into film, that's how I process things.
There’s a common stylistic choice made in most of your videos. Tell us more about the color blue and what it represents to you.
I can't tell you why, but I've always been attracted to the colour blue. I've had my hair red, blonde, purple and ombre and I always wanted to go blue but was too scared. Now that it is blue, it's the colour that I've kept around the longest (almost two years) and I intend to keep it this way! it sort of represents the first time I presented myself exactly how I wanted, and for the first time, began to feel a little comfortable with how I look. I get the loveliest compliments and I adore when I'm in Kmart and little kids say something like "look mum! that lady has blue hair!!" I just think it reminds me that I'm happiest when doing exactly what I want, no matter how bold or crazy it may sound. Aesthetically, I am always finding myself drawn to cooler tones especially in colour grading, and I think that's just my obsession with blue leaking over into everything else!
YouTube is usually a place for funny animals or music videos - it’s not usually a place where you see artistic films or visual experiments. Why Youtube over Vimeo?
Yeah, YouTube is certainly a place of diverse content! I was already watching a lot of YouTube so I understood the kind of community that existed around it, it was a familiar platform so it made sense for me to make that step from viewer to creator. Nothing against Vimeo! but I'm just not familiar with it or the viewership around it, the YouTuber community was something I wanted to be part of more.
How important is the community to you?
Even though the community is what attracted me to youtube, I didn't expect to make the kinds of friends that I have. It's quite incredible to have the support that I have found within this massive small YouTuber community, and I'm so happy I'm part of it. I adore watching my friend's creative endeavors and I'm so grateful that they do the same for me. Vidcon validated that community a bit I think, it was the first time I was able to meet these wonderful people in real life and I was just so happy that I had them in my life!
You recently started a new project, can you tell us more about that?
Yes! it was all a bit of an accident! About a year ago I started a scrapbooking journal and I've been working at that for months. I had no intention of doing anything with it, but as I got better at composing images together I made a few pieces that I was really proud of. I wanted to do something with these ones and so I thought "it would be so cool to wear them". Then I had the idea that maybe other people might like to wear them too. I sat on that idea for months because I thought it was silly and "why would anyone wear something I'd made" but I sent the designs to a few of my friends who gave me the support I needed to actually go through with it. Now, months later, they're launched and my god the response has been amazing! I've been overwhelmed with how well they were received.
What was the process like when shifting from a digital product like films to something physically like t-shirts?
Scrapbooking was something I was interested in because it's a tangible medium. So it was me sitting at my desk, flicking through magazines and cutting and pasting things together. Of course, I second-guessed myself a lot since it's a medium I hadn't put into the world before, I had no idea what people would think. I'm so glad I've gone through with this though, I'm really proud and I love wearing them!
What’s next for BethBlvd?
I tend not to plan too much into the future, I live exclusively in the creative process of whatever my next video is. But I'd love to start working on something a little bigger, I've been writing for a short film that I want to enter into TropFest (an Australian short film competition) so I want to push myself to create something more substantial and get out of the comfort of working solely on my own.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! We can’t wait to see what you create next.
No thank you for all your support on everything I do, it really means the world!