In today's show we speak with Seán Treacy, a young Irish You Tuber and filmmaker who has a loyal following on You Tube under his alias “Stellar Sean” as he Vlogs about life as a teenager in Ireland.
He documents his journey into adulthood with lots of funny, irreverent, entertaining and many remarkably poignant and heartfelt videos touching upon issues that affect most teenagers – friendships, anxiety, dealing with social pressures and finding your place in the world….
Many would say he is a young man with wisdom way beyond his years with his powerfully positive outlook on how we all should live our lives; he talks about the importance of putting kindness at the heart of all you do and focusing on what you love and enjoy, irrespective of the ‘number’ of Likes or Follows you might get.
And remember to Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Stay Well!
Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!
Check out our website to see more about the team, our guests, the topics we talk about, our competitions AND how to send us in your stories, jokes, comments or ideas for the podcast!
GUEST OF THE DAY
Seán Treacy has been an aspiring filmmaker since the age of seven. This dream came true at the age of 12 as he was titled ‘Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year’ at his very first film festival in 2017.
Since then he has gone on to receive over 25 international selections and awards, has accumulated 2 million+ views on You Tube for his short films, documentaries and vlogs, and is now working with industry professionals to tell the stories that matter, in the most exciting and fresh way possible!
To See More about Seán: seantreacyfilm.com
With thanks to Zapsplat and Audio Jungle for the music and sound effects.
Hello and welcome to The Kids Are All Right!, a weekly podcast specially for kids, that's all about health, happiness and wellness. I'm Michelle and here with me are my co-pilots on this podcast, Buster and Buddy.
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And we are on a mission to help you all feel great and live happy.
Each week we speak with experts who have changed advice to share on how to feel in our heads, healthy in our bodies and happy in our lives.
Oh, and we'll also be chatting with people who've got really interesting stories to tell or have cool jobs or like a really cool attitude to life. Yeah!
And kids, this is your podcast, so we want to hear from you.
Your opinions, your questions, your stories.
Oh, yeah...and your favourite jokes, because laughter really is the best medicine!
Whatever is on your mind, we want to hear. All you have to do is record yourself on the voice recorder on an adult's phone and then email us into us. And you might just hear yourself on this podcast.
Yeah! Woooah, let's get started!
So, guys, have you watched any funny videos on YouTube recently?
Yeah, my favourite one is of the donkey that can talk!
Yeah, that's a really good one. My favourite is the Jurassic Park dinosaurs that go 'Yay'!
Yeah, I haven't seen that one, but, you know, can you guess what video was most watched around the world in 2020? Have a guess.
Eh, Gordon Ramsay shouting at people !
Well, actually. Well, I tell you. OK, drum roll, please! It's the baby shark dance video!
And can you guess how many times it was watched?
I didn't even know there was such a thing! Well, actually, the answer is 7 BILLION! That's massive!
But YouTube really is brilliant. There's just so many cool things to watch, like animals doing funny things or cool series like The Norrish Nuts. I love those Australian kids!
Me too! And I love no matter what job I need to do, I can find a video to show me how to do it, from baking to DIY to cleaning hacks. And I even found out how to build a bike I bought!
Oh, you know, I've made a few videos of making slime, but I don't know how to edit them so I can put them online. But I'm going to try and find out. I'm really excited. I could actually be a real life YouTube.
You could. You could. Because, you know, it's quite a big thing right now, isn't it? Kids all around the world filming themselves, doing things and setting up their own YouTube channels.
Yeah, loads of my friends say they'd like to be a YouTuber as their job.
Yeah. It's definitely one of the top jobs young people say they'd like to do. So we asked some kids if they'd like to be a YouTube and if so, what kind of channel would they set up?
I would like to be a You Tuber. At Christmas I got a camera and I'm gonna start my own You Tube channel, it's called Kids World. I'm gonna film slime, kinetic sand and mountain walks.
If I had a YouTube channel, it would be to teach people how to draw.
If I had a YouTube channel, I'd call it a Harry Potter channel. And there will be like how to make Harry Potter Lego sets and ads for Harry Potter.
My YouTube channel will be like gaming and reacting.
If I set up a YouTube channel, I would like to do it about Tie Dye.
if I had a YouTube channel, I would try and show people how to bake, make cupcakes and biscuits and lots of other things. I might Bake-licious!
Oh wow, they were really interesting channel ideas. Yeah, I'd definitely watch some of them!
So we thought we'd speak with a real life YouTube. This guy is 16 years old, but already has gathered a following of over 35,000 followers, all while being a student in secondary school. But not only that, he's a presenter of the RTÉ TV series "Ace My Space"...and is also an award winning filmmaker. And he is also known as "Stellar".
Oh my God, it's Stellar Séan!!!
a.k.a. Séan Treacy....You're very welcome to the show.
Thank you so much for having me. It's an absolute pleasure to be on the show.
And I think the first question most kids listening will want to know is how did you become a YouTube star?
Oh, well, what a question. What a question. To start off, basically, I got into being, I suppose, a YouTube personality, you might say, in the summer of 2016. I was going into secondary school. I was in this, you know, this kind of boring summer phase. And I knew I loved cameras. I loved watching YouTube videos. Eventually I said, hey, I'm just going to try to set myself up until this point I made, you know, stop motion videos or or any types of short films with my friends. But I never actually uploaded them to YouTube. I always felt there was something holding me back. But on this random, spontaneous day, I said, hey, I'm just going to give it a lash, so I just set up a camera in my room, filmed a video, and I suppose I just kept going, kept making videos. And the rest is history.
Oh, hey, Sean, I've seen some of your videos on YouTube. They're brilliant. But how do you decide what to vlog about?
It's really about whatever I care about at the time. Now, at first, you know, coming up with video ideas was such a struggle. It really was a challenge. I was thinking, I just have a camera in my room. What am I meant to do with all of these things? And so I kind of had to force things out at first. I would try and do a Q&A, I would try and make an interesting vlog at the beach or something like that. I find that like the more videos I make, the more ideas come to my head. Eventually I stopped forcing ideas out and ideas basically started coming to me. I suppose eventually I just started getting ideas out of my day to day experiences. Maybe it was an interesting rugby match I saw. Maybe it was an interesting conversation I had. And yeah, the rest is history.
That's cool Séan, that's cool.
Yeah, but when you're out and about with your camera and you're videoing yourself or you're videoing your friends, do you ever get funny reactions from people like wondering like, what on Earth are they doing?
Oh, without a doubt, always you know, specifically when town is really busy and I'm out there and I'm filming with my friends, you could be vlogging in the middle of a street and everyone around you could be looking at you wondering What on Earth is this guy doing? And you get weird looks. You might even get weird comments from people. But it's worth it at the end of the day. Plus, more and more people are doing it now, you know, with Tic Tock and everything becoming so popular. It's less of a weird thing to make videos now so.
And you're an amazing filmmaker. You won Young Filmmaker of the Year in 2019. That's amazing.
Thank you so much. Yeah, that was that was for a film that I suppose I was very honest in writing and filming and it was also one that just me and the actors worked really hard on and I was so lucky with the actors I had as well. They were fantastic. Making a short film goes on for so long and it can be it can be so messy at times. You don't know where it's going. But that was a really lovely way to finish it off.
And if anyone wants to watch this, they can just Google "Rue" and they can watch it. And it's absolutely gorgeous. It's a lovely watch.
Yeah, we'll have to watch it later Buster.
Yeah. Yeah. Hey, Séan, you know the way you're one of the presenters on Ace My Space. I love that show me and Buddy watch it all the time. Do you get to miss loads of school when you're filming it?
Oh, good question. Obviously it might be a sensitive topic!..But yes, I actually do get to miss school!
So basically, we filmed yeah two weeks in December and I got to miss school. But fortunately it was just after my Christmas exams and honestly, after the Christmas exams in school, usually not too much happens. So thankfully, I didn't miss too much in the end.
Oh, you're defo living the dream, Séan. But is it really a dream job, though?
Yeah, I suppose that's the thing that we don't get warned about, I must say, you know, it hasn't been as smooth ride as I think it might look from the outside. And this is something I try and be as honest as possible about, because anyone who goes onto my Instagram or my YouTube channel might think, oh, this guy has it all figured out. You know, he's he's really doing great in everything. But unfortunately, you know, I'm not always that, you know, maybe doing the best with with my emotions. Maybe sometimes I am feeling sad or anxious or overwhelmed by all that I'm doing. I suppose the main issues I find would have to be, I suppose, first of all, dealing with numbers on social media. A lot of people now want to be Tic Tockers and and be famous on Instagram and stuff. But for me, I suppose I realised especially in 2020 and 2019, when my numbers weren't so good online, I realized what's important to me, and that is just creating. Because I was very lucky early on in making YouTube videos, I got, I suppose, a lot of success from just a few videos that happened to go viral through pure luck. But as happens, you know, with any with anything, what goes up must come down. And I suppose the numbers online did start to kind of fade away slowly. But when that happened, I thought to myself, oh, am I failing? Am I not meant to be a filmmaker or a YouTuber? Or is this just not what I meant to do? If the numbers are telling me otherwise and I kind of started to panic and feel like I'm not good enough. But, you know, again, like, in the end I realized what's important to me, and that is just creating. But if you're going into filmmaking, just wanting to, let's say, be famous, I don't think it would be the career for you simply because it really is a lot of work. There are a lot of issues. But at the end of the day, if what you're doing is is really what you love, you'll be carried through the difficult times no matter what. That's that's what I've come to learn anyways.
I think that's really good advice, Séan. And I think it's about going into these things with the right reasons. You're so right. If it's just to be famous, like kids will say, what do you want to be when you grow up? And they'll say, famous. But famous for what? And if there isn't something really solid and real that comes from you, well, it's kind of empty, isn't it?
Yeah, you're so right in saying that, you know, you don't want to be famous for something that let's say you're not proud of or something that you don't really believe in. If you were to get famous for making a video that might, let's say, be about being mean to someone or something like that, at the end of the day, it'll feel great at the time when lots of people are watching your videos and liking your videos. But, you know, let's say about a month on from that experience, you might think to yourself, oh, I suppose that wasn't really worth it. I got famous by making something I didn't really believe in. And that's when fame can be, I suppose, as you mentioned, a little bit empty. So you want to make sure that, like at the end of the day, again, what you're doing is what you love. You're just doing what you're doing because it means something to you. And, you know, fame will come or support will come. It might not be in the form of fame, but it doesn't have to be support for what you're doing will eventually arrive if you do what you love really well.
So do you ever get comments online that aren't so nice?
Yeah, I definitely have. And thankfully, I think I've been lucky in the sense that I haven't had too many. But you definitely have some people, especially at the beginning, who might say one or two things that can be quite hurtful. And I I'm going to admit, you know, the first one and the second one, they hurt me. And they were I was like, Oh, like, I don't really want to be doing this if people are just going to be mean about what I'm doing. But eventually after I suppose I got a few, I kind of just started to shrug my shoulders at them and say, look, you know, what I'm creating is what I enjoy creating and it's what about what I believe in. And at the end of the day, not everyone is going to click with what I'm making. And as soon as I accepted that, as soon as I accepted that not everyone is going to like my videos, which is a tough thing to do, all of a sudden, the negative comments became, I suppose, a little bit maybe unimportant might be the word. I just started to realise, look, what matters is me enjoying what I'm doing and these negative comments probably won't get in the way.
Hey Séan, in our podcast, we have these mindful moments at the end of our show. And I read that you believe that mindfulness is really important, too. And you use it as well, don't you?
Yes. That's that couldn't be more closer to the truth. And mindfulness is something I try and make a part of my life as much as possible, literally just through sitting down for about five minutes, you know, setting a timer on my phone and just catching my breath, just focusing on where I am right now, because, you know, there's so much going on in our world. That's the one issue with being busy, is that sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming. There can be a little too many things going on at once. So for me, sitting down with a timer for even just five minutes and focusing on my breathing and just the environment I'm in can help so much. Every now and again I notice maybe I'm a little tense or or maybe I'm just you know, feeling a little bit stressed out and eventually it kind of gets to a point where I say, OK, I just need to meditate and I'll sit down, breathe it out, and all of a sudden I feel better than I have for maybe the past five days. And every time I do that, I realize, wow, mindfulness is just so important to me.
And something I heard you mention a little while back, you spoke about friendships and I noticed that's something you talk a lot about in your videos, the importance of being a good friend and just being kind in general.
Yeah. Look, I suppose when you kind of grow up, you start to realize, you know, maybe not everyone in the world wants to be as nice as I want to be to them. But like, I suppose for me, what helps when I think of that, is just saying to myself, no, just be kind. Just put a smile on your face instead of letting other people make you sad. How about you smile and just make them happier? Because the impact of smiling on someone is huge. It really is. Even if it's just for a moment, you are literally adding a light to someone's life for just a brief moment. So for me, being kind and smiling to others is a really great way to make the world a better place. But for me, the best way to make the world a better place is to just make the people around you happier, because then they have a more positive impact on the people around them. And it's just a huge ripple effect where all of a sudden your smile at one person causes a huge domino effect, basically where the whole world starts smiling with you and it's really powerful. And yeah, just basically being kind to others is a fantastic way to make the world a better place, in my opinion.
That's a brilliant answer.
It is. It is. And, you know, I have to say, Sean, or should I say Stellar Sean, that seriously, the messages you put out there in the world with your YouTube videos, with your short films, really are so positive. You really are a great role model for young people. So we're just thrilled to have spoken to you today. So thanks for that.
Just making yourself the best person that you can be, as healthy as you can be, as kind as you can be and and as happy as you can be as well as really taking care of yourself, that's going to have a hugely positive impact on the people around you. Essentially taking care of yourself and making yourself as good as you can be on a daily basis. I really do feel that's the best way to solve these huge issues that we look at online, because if everyone was the best that they can be every day, I mean, can you imagine how many of these big problems will be solved?
Yeah, it'd be awesome.
Yeah, you're dead, right. I mean, it is about 'controlling the controllables', in a way, that phrase that we love. You know, you can't control everything that goes on the world, but you can control how you react to things and how you behave.
Literally. Literally, Yeah, like that, that couldn't be exactly more it, like that's literally it!
Yeah, but wait wait! Before you go and we have a quick little quiz that we'd love to do with you. It's called the Big BB Quiz!
Yeah. That means the Big Buster and Buddy Quiz!
Yeah, so all we've got are a few simple, True or False questions. So we're going to ask you some questions and you need to answer True or False. You got it?
Fantastic. Let's do it. Yeah, let's go. OK, so question one. True or false, the Harlem Globetrotters have broken over 24 Guinness World Records?
Yeah! OK, are we ready the next one. The highest jump on a pogo stick is 6.5feet. True or False?
Oh god that's high. Eh True?
No, it's false. It's 11.5feet.
Oh, wow. OK, wow.
There's a chance to redeem yourself. The most soccer penalty's taken in 24 hours is 6,000, True or False.
Yes that's right. It was actually 7856!
Cool, cool. Are we ready? That tallest hat record was 15 feet, 9 inches. True or false.
15feet 9 inches, I want to say, True?
OK, so True or False. The most poker chips balanced on one finger was 200?
Oh no that one was True!
Oh all right Séan. Are we ready for the last one.
I am ready. Hit me.
The fastest time to eat a bowl of pasta was done in 1minute and 10 seconds.
Oh I want to say. I want to say. I want to say it was False.
Yeah! It was actually 26.69 seconds, Whoa!.
Yeah, you got 4 out of 6 Séan, that's actually really impressive.
Oh well thank you. I would say so. I'm very happy about that!
OK, Sean. Listen, thank you so much. And we'll all be watching your videos.
We love you Stellar Séan, thanks very much!
Thanks Guys! And Stay Stellar!
Wow, Séan has done so much and he's only 16, he's incredible.
Yeah, he's amazing alright! Séan told us about using his mindfulness and breathing in his life when his worries get on top of him. So you see even famous YouTube stars use this super skill. So let's hear what Louise has in store for us today.
Hi, everyone. Hope you're all well, welcome to this episode of Mini Mindfulness Moments. And this week's Mini Mindfulness Moment is called Fire in Your Hands. So what I want you to do is to rub, rub, rub your hands together and make fire in your hands. So rub, rub, rub, make fire in your hands, rub, rub, rub make fire in your hands. Rub, rub, rub and Stop. How do your hands feel? Let's do it again. Rub, rub, rub, make fire in your hands. Rub, rub, rub, make fire in your hands, rub, rub, rub, make fire in your hands and stop. How do your hands feel? I know my hands feel tingly and buzzing. So remember that you can do this Mini Mindfulness Moment any time you like. Well done. You did so well. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the next episode. Bye for now.
I love those Mindfulness Moments they really put a smile on my face.
Yeah, it's funny you should say that because, you know, it's that time. It's time for Tickle Your Funny Bone!
Hi, my name is Ben and I'm 10 years old. This is my joke. What was the snowman doing searching in a box of carrots? Picking his nose!
Hi, my name is Abi, I have a few jokes for you. What's a frog's favourite drink? Croke-a-Cola. What do you call cheese that's not yours? Nacho cheese!
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Exactly. And remember, try to Be Healthy,
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