Hannah Witton Talks Sex, Relationships And Keeping It Real On YouTube
All that plus her thoughts on the best and worst people on the internet.
If you've got a question about sex, relationships or growing up, there's no one better at dishing out some thoughtful advice than the internet's favourite big sister, Hannah Witton.
Having just joined up with the likes of YouTubers including Emily Canham, Mazzi Maz and Jake Boys for newly launched channel Awesomeness TV UK, it seemed about time to pick Hannah's brain about life, vlogging and the best and worst people on the internet right now, so have a scroll down to see what she had to say.
Hey Hannah. Let's just get right in there - can you tell us a bit about Awesomeness TV and why we should all be subscribing?
Hello! So Awesomeness TV UK is a big collaborative channel with loads of British YouTube stars that contribute to different parts and it’s super fun, super positive, lots of entertaining video but also life hacks and advice and funny personal stories too.
I'm really loving making the IMO episodes, which is ‘in my opinion’. It’s kind of like stories and advice for teenage girls from my past self. So I’ve done one that’s already on the channel that’s about sex education in school and then we’ve done ones about the period code - the secret language me and my friends came up with to talk about periods in school. Then there's one about first boyfriends, my first kiss and I’m filming one today about boobs – it’s gonna be great!
And a lot of us know you first and foremost for your amazingly frank sex and relationship chats – what was it that made you want to explore those topics on your channel in the first place?
I didn’t first start making videos about sex education, but it was when I started to gain a bit of an audience and I noticed they were young women. I was watching channels like Laci Green and I already had a bit of a passion for sex ed and so it was a combination of already caring and seeing that I had this audience that could potentially benefit from that sort of content.
The internet can often make sex seem like a dark and scary thing – does that have any bearing on why you think it’s so important for young people to be talking openly online about it in a more sex positive way?
There’s a load of stuff on the internet as we know, that is not exactly the best source of information, so I like to create a space on YouTube and on the internet where you actually can get good information and it’s a safe place to talk openly and not feel like you’re being judges.
Are there any particular sex and relationships questions do you get asked most by your followers and subscribers?
Definitely. I have quite a big LGBT audience too, so I guess largely from some of the younger ones who maybe haven’t come out to their family and friends, I get a lot of questions about how to do that, or if they’re still coming to terms with their sexuality, lots of questions about figuring yourself out and your identity.
I often get questions that are just like, ‘Am I normal?’ because if, as a young person, you’re experiencing or feeling anything that society hasn’t deemed ‘normal’ then you might think there’s something wrong with you when there really isn’t, and I just think a lot of people want that reassurance that they’re ok and who they are and what they’re into isn’t weird.
It seems particularly important for you to keep it real with your subscribers – as a result does that make it particularly important to you to speak out when there’s something big going on within the YouTube community?
Definitely. I’ve spoken out about a lot of stuff that’s gone down in the YouTube community relating to that kind of stuff and I always like getting involved in discussions about thing like women on YouTube, supporting women that maybe experience a lot of harassment in the comments, like being there for people and hopefully kind of challenging it too.
Next up we've got a few sentence starters for you to finish off for us. So, the most awesome person on the internet right now is…
Can I say Beyonce? I think her whole dropping the Formation music video, then her Super Bowl performance was an incredible, politically charged statement that just threw so many people off, and that also just did wonders for people who are black to feel proud of being black.
An awesome female YouTuber killing it right now is...
I absolutely love Anna Akana. She’s an American YouTuber who does comedy but she’s also a filmmsker and a fashion designer and a stand up comedian. She does about a million things and she’s absolutely incredible and killing it.
The least awesome person on the internet right now is...
Can I say Sam Pepper? I mean, I think he’s pretended to leave it but who knows.
One awesome video on the whole of YouTube that I wish I had made is…
Oh GOD, this is so hard. All I can think of is my favourite cat video – Fail Cat – but I don’t wish I’d made it. OH, my friend Alaynaa has a series called I Don’t Bi It where she is very tongue in cheek and destroys a lot of myths and presumptions people make about bisexual people. It’s very ironic and abosolutely hilarious, very educational but also very funny and I wish I’d thought of that.
The hardest video I've ever made is...
I definitely find it a lot easier now to speak in front of a camera because I’m a lot more accustomed to it. It tends to be harder if it’s a bit more of a tricky subject. Then the preparation of it, the scripting of it is harder and trickier to get right.
I also did a video recently about drinking responsibly and did research into unit measurements and I created a stop motion out of cardboard with loads of the different measurements in different drinks. It took FOREVER, I have no idea how long and it was hard in the sense it was physically quite strenuous. It came out really well and I’m really please but it’s only about 30 seconds and it took hours.
The Instagram filter that gives the most awesome result is...
Valencia. Straight up off the top of my head, knew it.
Some awesome advice for wannabe YouTubers is...
My most awesome advice would just be to talk about the things that interest you, because ultimately YouTube is a platform where you can be yourself and where people will watch you if they find you engaging.
What makes an engaging video is if the person in it in engaged with the topic they are talking about; it’s very easy to see through someone talking about something they don’t really care about.
The most awesome thing about YouTube is...
The most awesome is being able to be creative for a living and being able to communicate with people. I love sharing ideas and it not just being a one way street. Reading comments and people’s tweets and being able to communicate with people all over the world. That is very awesome.
But the least awesome thing about YouTube is...
Probably being open to all kinds of scrutiny and criticism from everyone.
If it’s constructive criticism then I’ll listen to it and respond to it, especially if they’re polite and respectful in their phrasing. But if it’s just someone who is being mean and malicious for no other reason than just to be nasty, I have a very effective filter set up for that in my brain and I don’t even process those comments any more.
An extremely important one to finish: Who is the most awesome – Justin Bieber or Zayn Malik?
Oh, it has to be JB. I very recently turned into a Belieber. He’s just grown into a man, hasn’t he? And also the new album is awesome, I’m very into it.
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