TALENT: MITCHELL DAVIS
(The following are bits and pieces transcribed from the audio above)
MD: Well, I am twenty-four years old. Man, saying that out loud is just kind of weird. I’m surprised! That’s the very first word that pops into my head- Surprised. I am very surprised at where I am right now. I never imagined in any universe that I was going to be a Youtube artist/a Youtuber. It’s very interesting. It’s fun!
I feel a little weathered. Twenty-four is officially the older part of the twenties for me. I feel like I’m getting up there and it’s kind of scary. I look in the mirror and I don’t see an adult.
TB: The idea of “being in your twenties” has always been this false sense of security and adulthood that we all get slapped hard in the face with. We realise that we are almost back to square one and it is not what we thought it would be when we were younger. I like to call it the “second puberty” in life. What are your thoughts on this?
MD: In my mind, as a kid, I thought that twenties were definitely not… What’s happening right now. I feel good about where I am… I think!
The feeling of security comes to a halt. It definitely stops when you move out. My last move was a real push in the tush because I was living on my own. Then, I turned twenty-four here… And it all kind of just trickled down in front of me in big neon words that says, "YOU’RE A GROWN UP!", and I instinctively yelled back, "FUCK YOU!"
I think it was a good push though. There’s a lot of self-discovery that happens when you start living alone and no one’s taking care of you. Just mundane things that you didn’t think were that important. Things that were once on a “chore list”, are just things that you do. You just do them now.
TB: What is it like to have all this documentation of your life online? It’s strange to think that when you were younger, this would seem unconventional, but being a Youtuber is becoming a norm. How do you feel about that (change in media, social media etc.) and our generation in general?
MD: I think about this all the time. I think about it on a bigger scale… It really is becoming a norm to have every little thing online somewhere. If it’s not a Youtube video, it’s an instagram picture, it’s a Vine or it’s a Tumblr post, but it is very strange that we are all basically downloading our memories. This is something that no other generations can do. We just started it. I sometimes worry that it’s making us care less about things which are in the moment because we’re more concerned with looking back on it. Not caring about it as much personally because we want it to mean more digitally.
I think all the documentation in the long run is going to be awesome.It definitely has made this generation see things a lot more differently, a lot more digitally, which is so funny because I feel like the spectrum on one side is extremely afraid of that and the other side is just embracing it. Sometimes you forget it’s happening. I’m so used to being with someone who pulls out an iPhone to take a picture of the plate of food. They’re about to Instagram their food. Yeah. I get it. But that is so weird when you step back and really think about it!
I think we’re going to be the first generation to really cause some new things to happen. To be able to see births and deaths in an entire timeline on a Facebook feed.