The Interview – The Lightning Round
G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level and your favorite Pokémon please? Is there a reason it’s your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life (besides creating fun, entertaining, and honest PoGO videos)?
Jay Kim: JayKimDotNet, level 40×5, and Pikachu is my favorite pokémon. He was Ash’s best friend and was super cute. Reminds me a lot of my cat, Orson. I know Pikachu’s described in the Pokédex as a mouse-type pokémon and the design was based on a squirrel, but my cat and I are tight like Ash and Pikachu, and he’s the cutest dang cat in the world.
G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general and what is your favorite feature in PoGO?
Jay Kim: The anime came out when I was in high school, so I would watch it sometimes flipping through channels, but the whole craze kinda missed me. Kristine was right in that age demographic and it was very much a part of her childhood so when Pokémon GO came around she got me to play it with her and the rest is history. I’ve since attempted to play through Fire Red and Let’s Go Pikachu, but since I did them as live streams, it’s hard to find the time to get back to it in between editing vlogs and life. But I will get back to it and finish Let’s Go hopefully before Sword and Shield comes out.
Once I started playing main game Pokémon, I realized it was very much my kind of game. In other games I’ve played, like the Mass Effect series, Assassin’s Creed, or the Arkham games, my favorite thing to do was collect every possible item and achievement. It didn’t matter if I already had enough Iridium, I’d search every corner of the level to pick up some more Iridium. You never know, there might be something new on the ship to upgrade.
In Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, there were side missions that were procedurally generated, but I still tried to do them all on the off chance that there might be an award for finishing them all. And don’t even talk to me about those freakin’ Riddler trophies. So my first time in main game Pokémon, I realized I could walk around and touch everything! And crawling through every bit of a level to encounter pokémon or find hidden items is an integral part of the game! So the grind, shiny hunting, etc. is the feature that seems to have been tailor made for my twisted brain.
In Pokémon GO, my favorite feature has got to be the community. Whether it’s a raid hour, or special raid day, or community day, or Go Fest, just spending time meeting new people and enjoying the game together is the greatest feature of this game.
G2G: What made you start on Pokémon GO focused content? Was it just something you wanted to do, or is there more to it?
Jay Kim: I’ve had a YouTube channel pretty much since YouTube began, but nothing I posted ever got much traction. It basically became a place I’d post random unedited thoughts or footage of some new gadget or phone. Eventually I just stopped posting to it altogether.
Then in 2016 out of the blue one of my videos from 2010 starts getting crazy views. It was a video called “I Have No Chin,” about the time I got a shave at a barbershop that was too short and now everyone could see that I have no chin. It turns out idubbbz did a content cop video about leafy, exposing the fact that he has no chin. #NoChin was trending on twitter and my little video I had shot and uploaded on a Palm Pre in 2010 was the first search result for “No Chin” on Youtube. So I figure after about 40,000 views, I should, 1) hurry up and monetize that video, now that I had made partner, and 2) try to capitalize on the exposure.
I made a few videos introducing myself and looking for things to talk about. At the time I was a huge fan of Trainer Tips, Reversal, Mystic 7 and (believe it or not) Ali-A’s Pokémon GO videos. At first, Pokémon GO would make it into the videos sparingly. But eventually they just became Pokémon GO vlogs. Unfortunately, that’s not quite what the idubbbz and leafy audience tuned in for so it didn’t quite translate to subscribers.
I had pretty much decided to call it quits, when a new Reversal video popped up in my feed called, “5 POKEMON GO YOUTUBERS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF!” I did not expect to be in that video. I sat there in shock as Reversal raved about my videos and called his audience to double my subscriber count, which was 999 at the time. It was over 2,300 by the time I released a response.
G2G: What are your future goals? What keeps you driven to play and create content?
Jay Kim: As of now, I enjoy making Pokémon GO vlogs and engaging with my community. As far as where it goes from here? I’m not sure. For now, I’m working on balancing my work life, my relationships, Pokémon GO and Youtube. Once I feel I’ve reached a place where I’m flourishing in each, I’ll consider ramping things up again, but I like where I’m at and I’m hopeful for the future. Next up for Pokémon GO? Level 40×6!
G2G: Is there anything else you want to share? Perhaps a hidden talent? Anything really.
Jay Kim: I don’t think it’s a hidden talent as there are videos on my channel, but I’m a singer/actor/rapper. So if anyone needs some singing, rapping and/or acting in something. I’m your guy.
Not by the hair of his chinny chin chin
What more can I say. Personally, I love learning about each and every one of our Creators. What I appreciate the most about Jay is that he shows a great deal of maturity and healthiness when it comes to the game. Being able to work on and maintain a balance between life, work, and PoGO isn’t always easy, but he does a fabulous job of it.
Having the opportunity to sit with JayKim and talk about the possibilities and future of communities was such a delight and I can’t wait to do it again soon!