In a culture today where anyone with a video camera and a Youtube account can create a video (no matter how profane or vile), it's refreshing to stumble across a Youtube channel that contains good, clean humor, uplifting messages, and hilarious routines. Such is the case with Blimey Cow, a Youtube channel created by Josh and Jordan Taylor that has just that. With their weekly series, Messy Mondays, Blimey Cow teaches many different useful lessons that everyone can learn from. We had the amazing opportunity to talk to one of the creators of Blimey Cow, Josh Taylor, who graciously took the time to answer a few questions for us:
Q:First of all, can you tell us a little bit about Blimey Cow?
A:Sure, Blimey Cow is a YouTube channel that my younger brother, Jordan, and I started eight years ago. We created content on and off for several years, but in 2011 we decided to get serious about it. We started a show called "Messy Mondays," and have released a new episode every Monday since August of that year. The show is our main source of traffic to our channel. It focuses on a different topic every week. It's sort of like a "Video Blog Meets Theater." That's the best way I can think to describe the show.
Q:What has been your favorite thing about making Blimey Cow?
A:I really enjoy writing. It's really fun having the ultimate creative outlet to relay thoughts and ideas we have throughout the week. It's just a cool platform, I guess. We try and be wise with it.
Q:And on the other side, what has been the biggest challenge in making Blimey Cow?
A:Coming up with content that people consistently enjoy. Like I said earlier, we have released at least one video (sometimes two or three) every week for the last two years now. That feels kind of impossible, but somehow it's all worked out.
Q:What have you learned through making Blimey Cow?
A:I have learned to have a lot more respect for creators, and to give them the benefit of the doubt, even if I don't quite understand what they present on first glance. I have learned to have more confidence in myself. I have learned that if you set your mind to something, you can do it.
Q:What all goes into producing an episode of Messy Mondays and how long does it usually take?
A:It varies greatly, depending on the material. Writing takes all week- developing concepts, coming up with jokes, etc. Shooting can be as short as two or three hours, and others can drag on for four or five. Editing normally takes anywhere from six to ten hours.
Q:What new projects are you working on now for Blimey Cow?
A:I would love to try some new things in 2014. Maybe expand upon ideas we have tried in the past (long before we started "Messy Mondays"), and maybe just try some new stuff altogether.
Q:What do you hope to accomplish through your videos?
A:Comedy is one of the best forms of community. Nothing can bring people together like laughter. I want our videos to make people laugh. Then while they're laughing, I hope we make them think as well. You best way to get someone thinking is to get them laughing at how absurd we really are as people.
Q:Just for fun, what is your favorite episode of Messy Mondays?
A:Oh man, that's hard to say. I really like the more recent ones we have done just because I finally feel like everything is gelling just right. I like the recent video we did about caring for the poor, and I enjoy one we did last year called "I Pledge Blind Allegiance" just because I worked so hard to get it just right.
Q:And finally, what advice would you have for young people aspiring to start their own Youtube Channel?
A:Whatever you do, make sure you are having fun, and make sure you are doing it consistently. Don't worry about anything else.
We want to thank Mr. Taylor again for being so willing to take the time to talk to us about Blimey Cow and creating a Youtube Channel. You can find out more about Blimey Cow on their website at www.blimeycow.com or on their Youtube Channel. We hope you enjoyed this interview, and we should have some more interviews coming in the following months!