I’ve had a rough go in the Congo, but it’s honesty nothing compared to what it could have been. It was a great job overall. The heart face shirt is here: http://bit.ly/I-Heart-Jays-Face-April18 if you’d like to wear my face in a heart over your heart ;D Help me make better videos at http://patreon.com/jayswanson and then find me on the internet in all of the usual spots:
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My name is Jay Swanson – I’m an American writer living in Paris on an artist visa and hoping to make the city of light my home base – at least for the foreseeable future. I write science-fiction and fantasy, vlog daily, and love pizza a little too much.
How long have you lived in France? On and off for over two years.
What do you miss most about ho- NACHOS
You’re always talking about living on some ship. WHAT SHIP? – I made a “Draw My Life” video that explains a lot here: https://youtu.be/-MrvL37jTKM
Where are you from originally? – Pullman, Washington – a small university/agricultural town near Idaho (and yes, the potatoes are amazing).
What do you film with? – I currently film almost exclusively with my Samsung Galaxy S8: http://amzn.to/2lPKSpZ
How do you get those shots where you’re walking or running? – A Joby Gorillapod for smartphones, like this: http://amzn.to/2sXNIL3
You drop your phone a lot, how does it survive? – THIS CASE IS AMAZING: http://amzn.to/2hoxgTA (Galaxy S7) – http://amzn.to/2Dt08Bu (Galaxy S8) – http://amzn.to/2FxVliP (iPhone)
What do you edit with? – Adobe Premiere – it’s pretty much all I’ve ever used since high school.
Aren’t you ever freaked out by leaving your camera behind to film yourself? – Yep. But not too badly – I tend to be careful when I do.
Why are you living in #Paris? – Because I’ve always wanted to; I feel at home here: https://youtu.be/4Vivf6MqMxQ
But what are you doing there? – Living it up! https://youtu.be/ZW2RP–DO8Y
Do you speak French? Oui. https://youtu.be/va1QjaHgij8
You talk a lot about the books you’re working on, what are they about? – They’re sci-fi (and fantasy) and I’ve got a decent pitch for you here: https://youtu.be/W2bKt4_Tp4E
Do you make money off YouTube? – Ha, no. I wish. It took me over 500 videos to make my first $100 off adsense. I think it will slowly change, but VERY slowly.
I really enjoy your videos, how can I support you? – The easiest and best way to support me is through Patreon, where you can pitch in as little as $1/mo to help me make better videos: http://patreon.com/jayswanson
I don’t trust this Patreon thing – what’s your PayPal? – Here’s a handy link! https://www.paypal.me/jayswanson
I like PayPal in pink! – Here’s my ko-fi if that’s your thing (and coffee is your game): https://ko-fi.com/jayswanson
But I want to send you something tangible! – I do have a wishlist on Amazon, though it’s a bit complicated with the international shipping situation. This is the US one: http://amzn.to/2ykS9Ux
And here’s the French one: http://bit.ly/JaysFrenchWishList
Can I come stay with you in Paris? – Have you seen my apartment? It’s too small for me as it is! https://youtu.be/6t2qj3rdyX8
OK, but how do I use the Metro when I’m there? – I made a handy video for you: https://youtu.be/T0YS5si8bJs