Carrie Hope Fletcher is the actress, singer, YouTuber and author who somehow manages to do it all – and tell her 828k social media followers all about it. We chatted with the digital sensation to find out how she does it…
Hi Carrie! How do you balance your many jobs?
I have no social life! I’m sure most people reading this will laugh, but it’s totally true. Between projects, I’ll have a big binge and see all my friends over a couple of weeks and then a new project will begin and I won’t see them for a while. Especially if I’m on tour, writing and filming at the same time.
Do you see yourself as one thing more than the other?
It really depends on what I’m focused on at the time - if I’m rehearsing for a new show, I’m an actress all the way, but then in my lunch hour when I’m bashing away at the keyboard, I’m the writiest writer there ever was!
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Do you prefer the stage or the YouTube screen?
When I was a kid, YouTube wasn’t around so dreaming of being a YouTuber was unheard of. The stage has been my lifelong passion and where I most feel I belong, but I’m so glad I have YouTube so I can share that passion with likeminded people across the globe.
Is YouTube changing the way performers can make money from their work?
Absolutely! People can write their own songs or make their own creative short films, then monetise their videos via YouTube without a record label or production company being involved at all.
What sacrifices have you had to make throughout your career?
Weirdly, I gave up going to drama school which sounds like an odd kind of sacrifice when you’re an actress. I was given the opportunity to work on writing a musical with a team of incredibly talented people when I was sixteen, but it meant there wouldn’t be time for college or uni. I jumped at the chance, and although part of me wishes I had gone to drama school, I don’t regret taking the path less trod to get where I am today.
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What do you do to chill out?
I have a gigantic box of letters that I’ve been given at stage door over the years, so I’m usually sat at my desk writing replies! My love of stationary and my origami skills make replying a lot of fun. I also spend around 20 hours a week getting stuck into a good book, movie or TV show.
Do you ever have a digital detox?
Yes! Very recently, I went to a place called the Lost Meadow Treepod in Cornwall. It was essentially an orb-like tent hanging from the trees, and there was no signal or internet connection. Just me, my boyfriend and a million games of Scrabble.
What would your top tip be for someone who wanted to be an…
Author - write and read as much as you can. Even if you think what you’re writing is awful, push through it. A bad idea may spark off a good one!
Actress or singer - hone your skills by practicing and don’t be afraid to be cheeky. Write to casting directors and agents and even if they don’t consider you for roles, ask if they have any advice.
YouTuber - make what you love. Don’t try and pander to an audience because you think it’s what they want to hear, people will see right through it. Do it because you have a love for it and your soul will smile.
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What can people do to make sure that creative industries stay alive?
They can “Get It Right From A Genuine Site!” and get the content we love to watch, read, listen to and play from genuine sites rather than pirate ones. Time is valuable, and it takes a lot of time and commitment to produce creative content. It took me over 330 hours to fully complete my book ‘On the Other Side.’ Using genuine sites and the money you pay towards your creative content goes towards funding new projects and new artists in the future.
Carrie Hope Fletcher is an ambassador for the Get It Right from a Genuine Site campaign, which aims to recognise time spent on content to help reduce piracy. Show your support by sharing how long you spend consuming or creating your favourite content @GetItRight #GetItRight