What's It Like To Achieve YouTube Success At 11? We Chat to Hedy And Sister Dodie

16 September 2015, 15:32 | Updated: 17 October 2017, 09:39

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By Hollie-Anne Brooks

It seems so many people follow in their siblings' footsteps after the latter start YouTube channels; it's only natural they'd share interests. We've seen twins team up for joint channels, Poppy Deyes launch a lifestyle blog and the Pixiwoo sisters started a YouTube mega clan by getting their family involved.

But would you encourage your younger sibling to start a YouTube channel aged 7? Well, when they're as talented at Hedy Clark then it goes without saying.

Speaking on the Summer In The City "youngtubers" panel (as her sister played to a packed out crowd across the venue) Hedy surprised us with her intelligence and ability to articulate her point so beautifully.

Following on from sister Dodie's success (Dodie has nearly 250,000 subscribers), Hedy showcases her talent for art to 5,000 subscribers and growing. But surely her sister had experienced the downsides to YouTube?

"I'm very lucky because Hedy shares a lot of my audience and my audience are so lovely! So far, all I've seen is loveliness. Hedy being on YouTube does scare me and worry me a little bit but she's intelligent enough to know people can be stupid - she's a strong one." said Dodie when we caught up with her recently.

For Hedy, she's quite surprised at all the attention: "I started my channel when I was 7 and I never thought it would be such a big deal."

But it's Dodie that keeps her feet on the ground: "I have so much support from my family and friends and they encourage me just to do what I love."

Speaking of where YouTube could take her young sister's career, Dodie said: "When it comes to Hedy's future, I think her art will take her somewhere in life. YouTube is a great way to build a platform and open her up to a new audience, it'll absolutely take Hedy where she wants to go. If you make videos because you love them and you make something creative, then it's absolutely something I respect and encourage."

Hedy seems to agree: "I hope to make a living off YouTube because it's something I really like doing but if it doesn't go very far then it doesn't really matter because I'd keep doing it as a hobby."

We're currently seeing a huge influx of young teens become "YouTube famous" but we find ourselves wondering if they're doing it for the love and passion or for the fame? In light of this, Hedy offered some wise advice "If you like doing YouTube, keep on going. If you're just doing YouTube for the fame then I'd suggest not doing it at all."

And the girls' mum is also proud of how YouTube has helped Hedy grow and mature as a person: "I'll often ask her why she hasn't uploaded and she'll come back and tell me it's her YouTube channel and she can do what she likes with it! It's nice that she's answering me back and going her own way by doing what she wants to do and not being told what to do."

So, what do you make of youngtubers gaining success before they've reached their teens? Should there be an age limit on starting a channel? Or should we be educating pre-teens on how to grow their channels? Tweet us with your thought at @WeTheUnicorns.