It’s all about the mindset

Posted 13 September 2017

Isaac Harvey doesn’t let anything get in his way as he takes top prize at this year's Vlogstar Challenge final.

On 14 July, 22-year-old Isaac Harvey was crowned this year’s best young Vlogger at the 2017 Vlogstar Challenge final hosted at Bafta.

Isaac was born with limb hypoplasia, which prevented his limbs from growing. However, Isaac hasn’t let that stop him from doing the things he wants to do. With a positive mindset and his mantra of ‘HARD WORK’, Isaac taught himself to edit and produce films about his adventurous life using his feet.

View Isaac’s video:

Isaac's winning Vlog 'Hard Work'.

This skill and determination led to Isaac beating over 1,500 young people from across London and Essex in the 2017 competition run by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust, in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard. The competition encourages young people to articulate and share their passions through video blogs.

Disabled or not, if you have a positive mindset and are prepared to work hard, you can achieve your dreams, whatever they might be.

Isaac Harvey, 2017 Vlogstar Challenge Winner

Isaac’s winning video, entitled “Hard Work (It Pays Off), documents Isaac’s sporting activities and achievement. However, as he explains, his film serves a greater purpose:

“I like to enjoy life and I want to inspire others to enjoy life too. Disabled or not, if you have a positive mindset and are prepared to work hard, you can achieve your dreams, whatever they might be.”

A panel of judges from YouTube, Vidsy, the Evening Standard, the Jack Petchey Foundation, and Media Trust, voted for Isaac to win the overall prize out of 15 finalists that attended a special event at Bafta.

The prize

He has been awarded £500 of production equipment and will receive one-to-one mentoring with experts at YouTube.

A further £2,000 will be donated to a school or youth organisation of his choice.

Championing young talent

Media Trust is dedicated to championing and unearthing real talent in all its glorious and diverse forms. Through Vlogstar Challenge, we seek out 16-25 year olds in London and Essex with a story to tell. We tap into their hidden talent and teach them how to create, shoot and edit video blogs through free one-day workshops.

By combining their natural passion with the necessary technical skills programmes like Vlogstar Challenge give them a chance to get their voices heard. More importantly, it gives them an opportunity to affect change through those voices.

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