Tuesday 27 September 2016

'My birth defect shaped who I am... I don't worry about what people think of me' - Ireland's ambitious YouTube star on his rise to the top

Sasha Brady

Published 03/04/2016 | 17:31

Irish YouTube star Jamie Jay Car. Photo: YouTube
Irish YouTube star Jamie Jay Car. Photo: YouTube

Dubliner Jamie Carney, aka Jamie Jay Car, is set to become one of Ireland's biggest YouTube stars.

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The young YouTube star has created a buzz online with his series of self-produced vidoes.

The budding filmmaker first garnered attention online in 2013 with his viral hit 'One Legged Rapper', a comedy video that poked fun at his physical condition.

As a result of a birth defect, the Finglas native had a prosthetic leg fitted when he was two-years-old.

"It's shaped the person I am and I've been able to develop a thick skin. I've always been considered 'different' because of my leg but that doesn't bother me at all," he told Independent.ie.

Since then Jamie has gone on to produce a number of videos and has become a considerable force on the YouTube scene.

His Facebook page has over 10,000 likes and his YouTube page has garnered over 100,000 views.

His secret to success? Not worrying about what anyone else thinks of him which isn't easy in a job which positions him as prime prey for online trolls.

"I don't get embarrassed easily. I don't worry about what people think of me. When I get an idea I just go for it. I always just think 'what's the big deal'?"

The ambitious 25-year-old currently juggles his YouTube career with studying media production at Coláiste Dhulaigh, as well as presenting duties for his radio show on NearFM and collecting ideas for his own book, which he plans to publish himself.

"I've experienced a lot of crazy sh*t over the years," he said.

"I've got lots of funny stories, lots of sad stories... I think people will be interested in reading them. I'm going to concentrate on writing in the summer and see how it goes from there."

While Jamie's dreams are big, he still operates his projects from his family's home in Finglas.

"At the moment I'm using my parents' sitting room as my office. I have my desk, tripod and green screen set up in there because my bedroom is just the box room and it's too small.

"My parents are pretty good about it. They've been really supportive but you can see their patience wearing thin sometimes when they're trying to watch Coronation Street and I'm talking into the camera," he said.

Jamie's ambitions aren't centred around making money. For him, the best part about all his different outlets is that he gets to be creative and can influence his audience in positive ways.

"People measure success differently. For me, success is as simple as someone telling me 'I love your video, it really made me laugh' but for some people success is measured by how many likes they get or how many viral hits they produce.

"I'm successful in my own way and I'm happy about that. It's great to be able to express myself in the way that I want to and I'm thankful that I've been able to do that so far."

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