Daniel Tapatai won’t rest until he gets a YouTube play button – a plaque mailed out to content creators whose channels have 100,000-plus subscribers.
The 15-year-old Baker Lake teen is already amassing skills and experience with media production doing interviews for Konek Productions, his uncle Jordan Konek’s media organization. He also creates videos for his own YouTube channel under his name about life in the North.
“I got into media production from my uncle Jordan Konek,” said Tapatai. “He taught me how to make videos.”
Recently, Tapatai recorded interviews for Konek Productions in Winnipeg for the Inuit Studies Conference as part of Know History.
“I enjoy posting the videos on social media to show people what it’s like in Nunavut, also sharing our culture,” said Tapatai about what drives him. “The most difficult thing is finding some video ideas, but I have some planned.”
He uses a Nikon D5100 for recording, as well as his smart phone. For audio, Tapatai uses a few Rode microphones. He also has two tripods and a drone to capture aerial footage.
His YouTube videos document life in Baker Lake, with footage he’s filmed around the community.
According to his video titled “My plan,” after graduating high school, Tapatai wants to be a travelling videographer. He edits his own work and loves making videos, hoping eventually to go to a film school.
Tapatai’s work can be found by searching his name on YouTube or Facebook. He would love a follow or subscription to his pages.