We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh VanBatenburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Honestly, I don’t think I’d be where I am today without taking risks. Wanting to go into the social media space, and having that dream of wanting to be an “influencer” or even work behind the scenes in that creative space, I knew I had to be out here in LA for that. Taking the risk and dropping school and coming out here with very little money in my bank account I feel was a huge risk because I had no plans of how to make connections or even know anyone out here that I could talk with about how to start my career off in the “entertainment industry.” I luckily had the support of my parents and friends from back home. So my parents helped me find a school out here, that I could attend also a family friend helped with my living situation. So I was unbelievably lucky when it came to moving to a new place for the first time, now I just had to figure out, how to start my career off and who to meet.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I try to work on now, than what I did before, is writing. I love sketch comedy, I’ve always had, very big fan of Key and Peele and I watch SNL religiously. I’ve been vlogging for the past 3 years now, and it’s very, very difficult to have a vlog channel, I do have to say my vlogs are inspired a lot by David Dobrik, I started making them with my friends in high school around the time he was going on his 100th vlog. My friends knew I wanted to do youtube. At the time I had a gaming channel but my friend Tyler wanted to see if we could make “David Dobrik” type vlogs cause we thought our friend groups were very similar. So after a summer of uploading Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I couldn’t stop making them because it was too much fun. I haven’t stopped making them ever since, but I do have to say I haven’t grown at all in the youtube space. vlogging is one of the hardest professions In my opinion to get into, cause everyone does it, it’s a very flooded space, and a lot of people are doing the “same thing” just with different “characters.” There’s something new coming, and nobody knows it yet, Viners made vlogging a big thing, Logan, Jake, and David, now it’s time for Tiktokers to make the next big thing, it’s going to be extremely difficult, I’m not sure knows what it’s going to be, but I’m trying every day to try and figure out what the next big thing is going to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is actually a perfect question, because my cousin is coming into town, and we’re planning a trip to go up to Yosemite actually. So I guess I would say places like that, national parks, possible a day in the life of what I do, cause I know my friends and family are all interested so maybe going to my friend’s house to make some videos, go to my other friend’s house to make videos and maybe a writing session into how I come up with my videos.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly, I’ve had a ton of help from my 3 closest friends and I have to include all 3 of them cause I really wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. My friend Evan Alberto (thecardguy), the first person/influencer, really to help me with ideas and help me create a strong work ethic. That also goes along with my friend Sean (seandoesmagic), that kid has the most insane work ethic I’ve ever seen, a literal machine, he reminds me so much of Casey Neistat, who in my opinion is one of the hardest working people in the entire influencer space, literally created a whole new type of content (vlogging). As for my other friend, Dom Andre, Dom was the first friend/influencer to give me a job and trusted me the first DAY of meeting him, trusted me with being his videographer and editing some of his videos in the beginning. Now I’m extremely close and making my own content alongside these guys every single day and it’s a dream come true.