On Monday I headed up to Newcastle and braved the heat for the NCS (National Citizen Service) Spotlight Bus Tour to meet and interview YouTube star Jim Chapman.

If you've never heard of NCS, they're an organisation who offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to 16 and 17 year olds in Britain to attend a three week programme focussed on fun and discovery to benefit them. They offer activities to help the community which bring the participants out of their shell, allow them to meet new people and develop new skills which will help them when looking for work.
Some of the UK's most popular YouTubers Zoella, Patricia, Alfie and Jim have been working as ambassadors for NCS, and travelling the country on the NCS bus tour, to spread the word about what they do.

A large crowd of teenage girls were gathered at the O2 Academy waiting to hear more about NCS and meet their YouTube favourite Jim. I was quite surprised to see so many people from my neck of the woods who were so excited about someone from YouTube... I never really think that people from up North are into that kind of thing, but I was definitely proved wrong. The girls were so excited, and charged to the front of the stage to get the closest to Jim, and when he entered the room... wow, they screamed as though Olly Murs had just walked in! It must be such a crazy feeling for him, to go from making videos in his bedroom, to almost being able to live some kind of celebrity lifestyle in certain situations.

I have to say though, when speaking to Jim, he's completely grounded, he's exactly the same as he is in his videos, and he's a really nice person. It's lovely to see someone who has achieved such success, yet is still a friendly and polite person... he seemed a little overwhelmed that people were there just to see him.

I was a little nervous before interviewing Jim, as I still feel like a complete YouTube newbie, and I've never interviewed anyone before, but fingers crossed I did okay! The interview will be up on my YouTube channel in the next few days, so I'll let you know when you can see that.
Thank you so much to NCS for asking me to interview Jim, it was a lovely day and I definitely support the programme.

For now though, if you're interested in signing up to the NCS programme yourself, you can read more about it on their website here. You can also follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check out their YouTube channel. You can also check out Jim's channel here, and subscribe if you don't already - his videos are great.
If an opportunity like NCS had come up for me when I was younger, even though I was quite a shy person, I would have pushed myself to do something like this... these are the kind of things that can open doors for the future, and it looks like so much fun!
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