When your career is being a daily vlogger, there’s nowhere to hide. For Anna Saccone-Joly, she’s spent the past five years having everything from her pregnancies documented to what she made for dinner. And along with husband Jonathan, the pair have become one of the most successful families on YouTube with well over a million subscribers.
We caught up with Anna Saccone-Joly recently to chat about what makes a successful daily vlog, how it feels to give birth on film and the lucrative rewards YouTube has to offer…
On why their channel is so successful
“I think if you’re sharing your life everyday, people naturally just get attached to you and they just feel like they know you. Essentially, you’re bringing your audience into your family and it’s nice on both ends because you feel like you’re really connecting with your viewers; I think that’s why people keep coming back for more.”
On Jonathan vlogging her in labour
“It never crossed my mind not to be filmed giving birth. I knew exactly how much was going to be in the vlog, I knew it was Jonathan filming and he has my best interests at heart. I never, ever felt like everything was on display or like I was giving away my privacy.
Both my birth videos are gorgeous to look back on… I cry when I watch them back! It’s not about the intimate detail, it’s about the first moment I ever saw my daughter and my son. To have that moment captured is just amazing.”
On starting a YouTube channel
“I would tell young fans to focus on school first before focusing on a YouTube career. Vlogging is great and I would totally recommend it but you shouldn’t expect things to happen overnight and really fast. But if it’s something you like to do and really love, then by all means do it. Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket!”
On the rewards of YouTube
“It took Jonathan and I a really long time to become successful; it’s only five years later that we’re seeing all the benefits of YouTube and reaping the rewards. Don’t think YouTube is a “get rich quick” plan because it absolutely isn’t and it’s slow progression for sure. Daily vlogging is hard but it’s absolutely worth it, if it wasn’t then we wouldn’t have done it for the past five years.”