Digital Journal: Troye Sivan wins two accolades at video awards
21st October – By Mathew Wace Pack
Troye Sivan, the actor and well-known video blogger, has been named “Blogger of the Year” and also won the “Best Vlog” award at a recent Australian ceremony.
The event was organised by Pedestrian.tv, who chose the 18-year-old following a coming-out video he posted to his YouTube channel in August.
Speaking after the event to Mumbrella, Sivan said, “To be a part of an exciting medium and especially in Australia it’s very, very new, not a lot of people are really giving it a full go – I’m excited to be part of such a new, exciting and revolutionary way to talk to people.”
The teenager’s YouTube channel was first created in 2007, to upload songs, and he now has over 850,000 YouTube subscribers. His coming-out video, alone, has already had in excess of 1.6 million views.
In his interview with Mumbrella, Sivan explained why he subsequently started vlogging. “A lot of it was boredom. I’ve always watched vloggers and I always thought I could do it if I wanted,” he said. “[So] one day, I was extra-bored and decided to give it a go. That was about a year ago, it’s been a crazy year since then.”
Of the video blog, Coming Out, he posted at the beginning of August, Sivan described it as his first personally “honest moment” with his YouTube audience.
“That was pretty much the first time I’ve ever gotten really honest with my audience,” he tells Mumbrella. “I’d never had a personal moment with them, I’d always made sure everything was funny, light and entertaining.”
The young man confides that the decision to open up about his sexuality on the Internet wasn’t an easy one. Not surprising, perhaps, when you hear about the number of parents who throw their children out of their homes, for having the courage, daring to be honest with them and opening up about their sexuality – as has recently been dramatised by Trent Kendrick and Michael Fosset in the Roland Emmerich-supported short film, Any Given Tuesday, which received its premiere in LA on Saturday, 19 October.
Luckily for Sivan, however, his parents were very supportive. “I was really, really nervous about putting [the vlog] up. There was months of thinking and discussions with my parents before and, when it finally went up, it was one of the most nerve-wracking thing ever,” he confided.
Troye Sivan is a South African-born Australian. He played the young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men superhero movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine; the part played as an adult by Hugh Jackman in the X-Men franchise.
In 2010, Sivan starred in the title role in the film adaptation of the 2005 novel, Spud, by the South African author John van de Ruit. Also in 2010, he appeared as Boy in the West Australian season of the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot, sharing the role with Craig Hyde-Smith on alternating nights.
Two sequels to Spud have followed. Spud 2: The Madness Continues was released on 21 June this year, while filming on Spud 3: Learning to Fly commenced the day after, on 22 June 201