Burnout in the Congo – Kinshasa Video

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:

http://instagram.com/jayswanson (me) http://instagram.com/mindofjayswanson (books)

Music by: Joakim Karud

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


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  1. You may think i am stalking you but my notification game is on point! Looking forward to seeing the trip to the ship and need me some swason swag , have to get me one of those tee's. Thanks again for the videos 🙂

  2. 15 hours days, no sleep… so, like now? 😉
    Will you be taking a break on the uploads while in Cameroon? You may want to spend your time on things other than editing and hunting for decent internet, which would be completely fine.

  3. You should write a book about it.

  4. Love your stories. I lived in Panama during the Noriega dictatorship, and yes you can say, dictator!

  5. You should make a playlist of Mercy Ship Mondays 😉

  6. Interesting job, apart from the lack of sleep. On a different subject, have you been to Butte Bergeyre in the 19th Arr.? I just watched a programme about Paris. It has a nice village feel and there's a great view of Sacré Coeur. 👍for the music.

  7. that was my favourite restaurant in Pointe Noire, and my favourite Indian restaurant anywhere, sad to hear that it closed. Say Hi to Brian and the gang for me!

  8. woah who is that handsome fella in the photo? lol jk

  9. I've only just started watching your Mercy Ships series so forgive me for being late… you're going to Cameroon and that's why you're getting rid of your furniture? Is there a specific video that explains how long you're going, if you're leaving your apartment, if you'll come back to Paris, etc? 😮

  10. Extremely interesting Jay. Yes, you are most definitely living in a better place – Oh my goodness., you reside on such a posh street. It doesn't get much better than that.
    The room is looking better now that the bed is gone but I do think you should have some carpet under the foam mattress just for warmth.

  11. Love these stories. Tried to order the shirt I wanted but it wouldn't let me select a size so I'm assuming it's not available? Disappointed!

  12. hi just a utube rando… would you want to meet my husband and i for a beer?

  13. "I will motivate you, Private Pyle, if it short-dicks every cannibal on the Congo!" (Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket cit.). ^___^

  14. Very inspiring and so glad you made it through the dark space

  15. two thumbs down.. who thumbs down jay!?!

  16. Happy Spring! I enjoy your stories. I also think you should write a book about your life at some point. Pretty amazing experiences.

  17. Because of what happened to you that year, they now have 2 Media Liaisons onboard…. at least there will always be schwarmas, that Indian restaurant, and forays into Angola…

  18. Jay I was surprised when you said you actively pursued a female on the ship, I would like to see more of that tenacity now in Paris – its seems like you are more focused on your endeavours which is notable of your character. But a Jay who is dating would be interesting to see, there's nothing I can do to help but I hope that with all these beautiful women in your life right now one might spark your interest. That girl Laura is pretty hot, although she's not in Paris. Anyhow, just a thought.

  19. Wow, sounds like an extremely stressful time. I'm currently working in Congo (DRC) and making a conscious effort to take regular breakes. Also because I get tired very quickly, if I worked 12 to 15 hour days I would burn out within 2 weeks max lol.

  20. Love Mercy Ship Monday!
    I wish it looked like spring here. We just got snow again in Pennsylvania. 😕 I am looking forward to this clearing up and warm running weather to finally arrive.

  21. If Jay doesn't bring up motorcycles is it even a Mercy Ships Monday?


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