The NewTube Interview: We chat with Sharla in Japan about speaking Japanese, being a crazy cat lady and hiccups!

YouTube is such a huge community that has been building rapidly for ten years. We always hear about  Sprinkleofglitter,  Tyler Oakley and the like, but what about other cool content creators who we should know about?

We’re interviewing less mainstream YouTubers that we think you definitely need to know about and love just as much as we do! We’ve spoken to Sharla AKA Sharla in Japan who has almost 300K subscribers and had a chat about all things YouTube and vlogging.

What sort of content do you post?

I have two channels, but my main channel “Sharla in Japan” is just a place where I share all the fun and crazy things that I’ve found in Japan! I’ve lived here for a total of 7 years now and I’m still constantly finding something new that I want to share with people. I could put out 2 videos a week for the rest of my life and never run out of ideas!

What inspired you to create a YouTube channel?

I started out speaking only in Japanese as a way to practice my speaking. I figured forcing myself to talk for 5 minutes straight in Japanese would help me improve, and I was right! I honestly was not expecting anyone to watch, but the positive response I got from people really turned it into a fun hobby for me! I feel really blessed to have such a cool audience.

What YouTubers do you admire?

A Japanese YouTuber known as PDR has always been one of my favourites. His videos are hilarious and so well put together, I have no idea how he keeps it up. It’s motivating to see someone put so much time and energy into their videos :)

How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

Positive. Passionate. Independent. Geeky. Future-crazy-cat-lady.
But mostly just a future-crazy-cat-lady. 

If you could collab with anyone in YouTube, who would it be and why?

Hmm… I’ve already been lucky enough to collab with (and become friends with!?) most of my fave YouTubers, but collabing with Maru the cat would probably be the best thing ever. 

What is something we absolutely need to know about you?

I can’t survive if I don’t eat pancakes and/or french toast at least once a week. I think there’s something wrong with me but I honestly start going crazy and can’t stop thinking about them if I don’t. HAHA.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

A video about Tashirojima. It’s known as “Cat Island”, need I say more?

What are your goals for your channel?

I really want to become more comfortable talking about more personal things on my channel. I’ve always kind of kept my personal life separate from my videos, but I admire YouTubers that are able to share everything with their viewers so I’m going to try my best to go in that direction with my second channel “Sharla’s Life”. 

What tips do you have for people considering to start their own YouTube channel?

Try to talk to the camera like you’re talking to a friend! My first videos are so painfully awkward and I wish I had made more effort to fix that earlier on, haha. But if it doesn’t come naturally at first, don’t give up! It’s really something that takes lots of getting used to. Stick with it, and just have fun! Make videos for yourself and no one else. If you are enjoying what you’re doing, you will attract an audience that will enjoy your videos too :) 

Italian cuisine or Mexican cuisine?

Italian. I’m a pasta addict.

Travel to the past or travel to the future?

Definitely the past. I miss my grandparents!!! I would love to see them again and tell them about all the awesome things that are happening for future-me.

No phone or no internet?

I moved a while ago and had no internet for a day, it was weird. I would rather never experience that again >_>;

The  Hunger Games or Divergent?

I haven’t seen either of those?! I feel like I’m totally out of the loop now, haha.

Hiccup for the rest of your life or rapidly blink for a year?

Oh god, um… those both sound horrible and would make being a YouTuber very awkward, HAHA. I’ll have to go with hiccups since I already get them constantly so I’m kinda used to it D;

You can subscribe to Sharla’s channel, follow her on Twitter and stalk her on Instagram!

Do you know a NewTuber we should be aware of? Tweet us @maximumpop so we can check them out!