Interview: Vine – Mackenzie Becket
I’ll fully admit that I am actually very new to the more recent social media outlets like Periscope, Vine, and others. I suppose it’s because I’m so focused on gaming specific outlets such as Twitch that I hardly pay attention to them. However, recently I’ve downloaded all the apps(Mainly to continue stalking Game Grumps) and when I brought this up to my sister, who has dealt with Vine quite a bit, she mentioned her friend Mackenzie Becket who is adorable, entertaining, and games!
So I dedicated a few hours watching her Vines, Youtube videos, and past broadcasts for Twitch. She is most famous on Vine with over 40k followers, and it’s no surprise as to why. At the end of the mini Mackenzie Becket marathon, I had to admit to myself that my sister is right, she is seriously adorable, entertaining, and she very well does play video games. As with any interview I had to hunt for her business contact, write eight drafts of an initial interview request email then freaked out for a good while when she responded then 12 drafts for questions before sending it to her.
Just like the sweetheart he is, she answered the questions in record time and everything went well!
Here is my interview with Vine star Mackenzie Becket:
The Geek Lyfe: Although I am a fan of yours, there may be a few Geek Lyfers who have not seen your work before, would you be alright introducing yourself?
Mackenzie Becket: I am Mackenzie Becket. Ruler of the night. Queen of wet meats.(Editors Note: She has a massive following of 40k+ on Vine!)
TGL: How long have you been into doing Vines/Streaming/youtube and what led you down this path?
MB:I have been making Vines for… I have no idea. Two, three years? Since the app first came out, pretty much. My friend turned me onto it. I made a few dumb Vines and mainly watched Viners but got more active the more Vines I made. Twitch is something new, I haven’t been consistent at all with it since I work six days a week and try to make youtube and vines. Hopefully I’ll stream on Twitch more. Youtube is also new to me! I’ve only been making videos for a few months now.\
TGL: What has been your favorite moment so far?
MB: My favorite moment? Vine moment? Probably just realizing who my dearest friends are from the app. I’ve made a few really incredible friendships from Vine. All of my best friends I’ve met from Vine. That’s the best.
TGL: What is the most frustrating part?
TGL: Is there one situation in your Vine career that you can always look back and it always makes you laugh? If so, what’s the story?
MB: Is it sad I can’t think of anything? I feel like this whole experience is one big laugh.
TGL: When you aren’t doing this, what do you do in your spare time?
MB: I play video games, eat copious amounts of Taco Bell, nap, play with my cat, hang out with my friend Melissa. That’s really it.
TGL: What geek medium(Video Games, Comic Books, Novels, Movies etc.) made the biggest impact on your life and why?
MB: Probably video games… I used to play Sonic on Sega at my friends house which was amazing. Also whatever games my big brother would play I would pickup and mess around with when he wasn’t around. Harvest moon, Zelda, that South Park game with the turkeys. I guess it was more of a boys thing so I didn’t invest much time in it but now that I’m a big girl I can play them whenever I please! Because of equality and junk!
TGL: What is your creative process when it comes to your Vines? Do you storyboard them or just think of an idea and then strike while the iron is hot?
MB: LOL @ creative process. There is none. Typically I have an idea that pops into my head and I do it in that very moment or rarely I will write down an idea and try to work on it later. Sometimes I will pull out my phone, open Vine, and turn the camera on me and just try to make something happen. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a lot of followers! Because I suck!
TGL: You are a super villain and are moments away from completing your master plan, however heroes are on the way to stop you. What three people do you have by your side to assist?(Real people or comic book/novel/film/video game characters can be good or bad. Ex: Luke Sky Walker)
MB: Melissa Riggins (Mj Riggins on Vine), Shaady Kamal (Shaady K on Vine), and Superman who is for some reason on the bad side. Melissa and Shaady are nuts and are already murderous people and Superman because he’s like… fuckin super and can fly and just do all the hard work for us.
TGL: Do you have any projects in the near future we should be excited to see?
MB: Just going to be working on more Youtube videos and Vines!
TGL: What advice do you have for any aspiring viners out there?