iJustine (real name Justine Ezarik) has given a lot of her life to the viewers, especially when she spent that six-month stint live streaming her (almost) every move. She told Rhett & Link about the ups and downs of her public lifestyle on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”
One of Justine’s initial reasons for vlogging actually just lay in having a bad memory. As a way to capture moments, and because she found talking easier than writing, Justine turned to the vlog format to document what went on in her daily life, never expecting it to amount to anything more than a record for herself and perhaps entertainment for her close friends. The term “vlogging” didn’t even exist back then.
This took a turn for the serious when Justine met Justin in San Franciso. The guy wore a camera on his head, which instantly intrigued the current YouTube celeb. Justine found out that this guy, Justin, was starting a platform called Justin.tv, where he dedicated himself to live streaming his daily life for an extended period of time. Having responded with such enthusiasm to Justin’s endeavor, it was only natural for Justine to become the second “life caster” on the platform. Her name being off from Justin’s by only one letter only served as further promotional incentive.
One of Justine’s biggest tips is that you can do whatever you want in life — you just have to really want to do it to show the level of commitment needed to succeed. Following her own advice, Justine started filming everything she did, including sleep. When she went to the bathroom, she angled the camera towards a framed picture she had of Steve Jobs. Other than that, the camera followed her.
Of course, you can’t have a camera trailing you 24/7 without encountering some conflict with the people around you. Justine’s then roommate (and former partner in amateur digital entertainment) gave her the choice, “It’s either me or the camera.” Due to Justine’s fierce dedication, her roommate ended up moving out.
At the three month mark, lifecasting started to wear on Justine. Giving a bunch of people access and the ability to comment on almost every moment of a person’s life will obviously go to her head. Justine coped by occasionally turning off the camera to get in a good cry. She also took the opportunity to learn from the feedback. “One thing I did learn is that there are sneeze people, people who have sneeze fetishes,” she told the guys. She also discovered her page on wikiFeet.
Justine’s next step in airing her life to the public will take on a brand, new form. She plans to write a book of her life-streaming experiences. Whether she’ll later turn that into a movie or a series, she’s leaving up to her audience. “Having them make the decisions is kind of what I’ve always done, and they always have such good ideas,” she explained of her fans’ engagement.
For more on Justine’s public (and heretofore private) life, listen to this week’s “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”