Happy Monday you guys! I’m so excited to share my chat with a new friend of mine, Joe Gray. Some of you might know him as being Justin Roberts past videographer, but now Joe’s venturing out on his own and started up his YouTube channel. I can’t wait to see all the exciting things Joe has planned for this year and for his channel, so be sure to keep reading to get the scoop on everything he’s up too!
DL: Hey Joe! Thanks so much for chatting with me, how are you?
JG: I’m fantastic! I’m just finishing up my fourth video in Puerto Rico and couldn’t be happier!
DL: You’re no stranger to the videography world, but when did you first start creating and working on content?
JG: I’ve always loved creating content from a very young age. I think I was about 8 or 9 when I first started making videos with my little brother Cameron. I didn’t make too many videos until I got to college where I started making videos for Greek life organizations on campus. I also spent summer 2017 vlogging in southeast Asia but never ended up posting anything…yet.
DL: Do you remember the first video you ever shot and worked on?
JG: Yeah! I filmed it with my brother on one of those old flip cams about a backyard murderer. I’m still proud of it to this day and I’ll probably post it on my channel at some point.
DL: I think it’s so awesome that you’re doing something you love as a career! Did you always know that you wanted to do what you’re doing now?
JG: I always thought it was too good to be true to do something you love for a career. I originally went to the university of miami as a marketing major cause I thought I needed to do something “serious” but after my first semester I realized I needed to do something more creative. I switched into the film program hoping to eventually have a career in this industry, I just never thought it would be this soon!
DL: You were Justin Roberts videographer for a while, how did you guys first connect and start working together?
JG: I remember I just finished my first week of classes my junior year when I got a call from one of my fraternity brothers saying that his bosses friends son needed a videographer and then 48 hours later I was in LA heading to the Team 10 house!
DL: Do you have a favorite video you shot with Justin?
JG: I have a few but I think my favorites were when we were in New York city for the pop up shop in December. I absolutely love New York but the thing that made these videos special to me was interacting with all the fans. The level of support from the Team 10 fan base is unbelievable and so strong and I felt so proud to be a part of that. Another video that’s one of my favorites was one of Jake’s vlogs where Jake Paul drove over me in his new polaris rzr which was incredible.
DL: I’m so excited for your own upcoming YouTube channel, with Joe Gray Vlogs! What made you want to venture out on your own and start doing your own thing?
JG: I’ve always wanted to do my own thing but I’ve never had the time or the support to do it. I grew up watching Anthony Bourdain and always wanted to do what he does and now with the vlogging community I’m actually capable of doing so. The support has been huge and I can’t wait to start getting videos out there.
DL: I saw on Instagram that you just finished your first vlog for the channel, how was it getting to film for yourself and for your own channel instead of someone else’s?
JG: It’s weird! You’ll see I’m still getting the hang of holding the camera towards me but I’m loving every minute of it. I love coming up with ideas for content and just being myself on camera.
DL: Do you think you’re going to keep filming yourself, or are you going to hire another videographer down the road?
JG: right now my girlfriend Suzanne film me for some parts of the vlog but eventually I would love to have a videographer follow me around and be a part of the videos and catch more candid moments.
DL: What can we expect to see on Joe Gray Vlogs?
JG: right now it’s going to be a little of everything, some lifestyle, some food, and some travel. Unfortunately right now it’s hard to travel as much as I want since it’s expensive but that’s not going to stop me from vlogging. I want my audience to feel like they’re there with me wherever I am and I want to inform people how they can travel or give them the inspiration to go out and get out of their comfort zones.
DL: Are you going to be vlogging everyday, or is it going to be a once a week kinda thing?
JG: Ive asked myself this question so many times since I first started filming. Right now I plan on posting around 3 videos a week but I have the feeling I’ll be doing daily in the near future.
DL: A lot of vloggers team up with people who do similar things to them, do you think you’re going to do that too eventually? Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with most?
JG: I would love to have some of my friends in my vlogs. I think this is a great way to keep my content fresh and more entertaining for my audience. I would love to collaborate with Anthony Bourdain in the future once I get a lot of videos out there but for the mean time I would love to collaborate with team 10, Shane Dawson, Marshmello, and Liza koshy. What I want to start doing is getting in contact with local vloggers in different countries and start doing collaborations with them so I can show my audience more than what you find on TripAdvisor.
DL: You definitely have an exciting year planned, is there anything you hope to accomplish or do specifically?
JG: For right now all I know is that I want to travel a lot more! It’s cliche but thats the truth. This past week making my own vlogs was amazing and so much fun and the more I travel the more unique and creative the content will get.
DL: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this with me Joe, so excited to see all the things you have lined up for yourself!
JG: No problem thank you David! I’m excited to see how things play out. I hope you enjoy the vlogs!