International YouTube sensations Harjit Bhandal and Jaz Saini of the hit YouTwoTV channel recently won the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs “FAN FAVE MUCH CREATOR” award. Born February 8th, 2016, their channel has garnered over 120 million views and 550,000 subscribers from all around the world. Using a camera and their own creativity, they’ve managed to build consistent viewership in India, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. They also finish each others’ sentences. We sat down with them to discuss their success on the Youtube scene.
Helen Jacob: How did you get into YouTube?
Harjit: We both had channels before this. She made skits and so did I, here and there.
Jaz: He made short films but more like music videos.
H: I felt like I had the equipment now so might as well use it and take advantage. And I also felt like I wanted to be a Youtuber when all these Youtubers came out. You know, I think I’m kind of funny sometimes.
HJ: Take me through the process of making a video.
J: First it’s scripting.
H: I sit in my room hours upon hours just writing. Usually we write like 10 scripts and end up throwing them all away. Then, right before we film we come up with a new idea and we pull from that instead. It happens every time.
J: Yeah, scripting takes us the longest. Then it takes us 8 hours to film and 3 hours to edit.
H: Then when we put it together, we split the work in half. So she comes in at the beginning and puts all the clips together and in order. Then I come in and colour correct and put in the sounds and music and all that stuff.
HJ: Whats your favourite part?
J: I think the acting part.
H: Yeah, the acting.
J: Because we get to do whatever we want and make the characters whoever we want that day. They can be really stupid or really silly. In the last video, I played the mom and he played the dad and that was really out of our comfort zone.
HJ: Were you afraid of putting yourself out there?
J: I think I was at first.
H: I wasn’t at all.
J: At the end of our vlogs we say stay true to you and stop caring. I think that’s drilled into my brain now and I just stopped caring what other people thought.
HJ: How do you explain YouTube to your parents (as a career)?
H: You don’t haha. They’re starting to understand now though, now that more opportunities are coming. At the end of the day your parents want you to be successful and if you tell them, I’m going to do this thing on the internet and make Youtube videos, they’re not going to understand because they don’t know what that is. I feel like at this point though, they’re starting to see us becoming successful on that platform. So now they understand. Whereas before they were saying, “go back to school.”
J: Yeah before, his mom would sometimes tell him to get a full time job and we’re like.. this is our full time job. We’re actually making more than what we would make at a “full time job”.
HJ: Did you ever think you were going to get here?
J: Oh man no way, if you told us last year we were going to be nominated for an MMVA, I would have no idea
HJ: You only started last year, too.
J: Yeah we started last year. It’s been a year and a couple months.
HJ: How did you guys grow your channel?
H: I think the main thing was just putting ourselves out there; being consistent and not skipping days. Right from the get go, we said we were going to release a video every week, and we did that. We haven’t skipped a single week since. I feel like that was the main thing and then obviously promoting it, Tweeting it, Instagramming it, all that stuff is important too.
J: I feel like a lot of it was a fluke too.
H: –No we worked hard!
J: Yeah we worked really hard but in the sense that I guess people saw our videos and started sharing it. I think our content is shareable. I think that helps a lot- having shareable content.
HJ: Who was your main support system?
H: I feel like the biggest support system was us.
J: Yeah, each other. At one point, my cousins were telling me to get a full time job, saying that this was not a dream for us. Our friends were supportive but at the end of the day, we supported each other. We had each other to say we can do this or we got this.
HJ: What’s the best and worst part of working together?
J: I think the best part is that we’re both workaholics- we’re both working 24/7. So if I was doing this by myself, it would really hard to balance a boyfriend and a career. I think that’s the best part, we get to spend every day together even when we’re working.
H: Yeah we know other people on Youtube that do music and stuff like that and they can’t find the time for their significant other. But we’re together all the time. Although, me and Jaz- there’s two versions of us. There’s Harjit and Jaz: YouTwoTV, and there’s Harjit and Jaz: boyfriend and girlfriend. So it’s two different things, but we’ll try to make time for both.
HJ: What’s the Canadian youtube community like?
H: Not that big
J: Yeah there’s handful of Youtubers in Canada…but I think our community’s the best community.
H: Always. Canada, always. But I feel like it’s getting bigger with upcoming Youtubers.
HJ: Do you think being in Canada was an obstacle, seeing as the big YouTube scene is in Los Angeles?
J: Not really. I mean it does limit our opportunities. I find that when we go to LA, we have a lot more opportunities.
H:…But to come up, I feel like it hasn’t stopped us in any way. Although, to grow I think it’s holding us back. The goal is LA. Hopefully we’re moving there next year.
HJ: What other Youtubers inspire you?
J: A bunch of people.
J: –who doesn’t do youtube anymore
H: He stopped making videos, he used to make them back in the day. I felt like his content was really out of the box, but really relatable at the same time and I feel like we’re inspired by that.
J: Then Casey Neistat, and Liza Koshy.
HJ: Have you collaborated with other Youtubers?
J: Yeah we’ve collaborated with a couple- Matt sentoro who is also Canadian, micky singh, Dannie riel, the Brampton boys, a bunch of people. That’s the best part as creators, its not a competition. Everyone’s super friendly with each other.
HJ: How do you deal with hate?
J: Harjit’s so good at it, I’m still learning. I get so frustrated when I get comments and I always want to reply! But Harjit’s like, ‘No.’ So now whenever we see a hate comment, what we do is we’ll reply to 10 nice comments.
HJ: What is your goal for the future?
H: We want to grow in other areas. We want to have our own tv show that we script and act in, and we want to go on a worldwide tour. But I think we’ll always stay creating content on Youtube as well. Because that’s where our fans are, that’s where our platform is.
J: Everything would be based off Youtube. So our tour would consist of comedy skits on stage and we envision our tv show to be like a sitcom tv show based on the content and characters on YouTwoTV.
HJ: Is there anything else you want to say to everyone reading this?
H: Watch our videos, like and subscribe. Be good and kind to people.
J: Stay true to you. That’s what we tell everyone if they’re having a bad day or not doing well. I just tell them to stay true to you, and stop caring about what other people think.