ASMR Interviewed: WhispersRed ASMR

WhispersRed ASMR is a creator of videos that purposely trigger ASMR, which is described as a pleasant, tingly sensation in the scalp that extends down the back and out through the limbs. You can learn more about ASMR here. You can find WhispersRed ASMR’s videos here.

Thank you so much for agreeing to speak to me! How are you doing?

I am very well thank you!

Where are you from, Emma?

I grew up in North West England and moved to London as a teenager. I now live just outside London in the countryside.

That sounds so lovely. You’ve just reached 100,000 subscribers after about two years as an ASMRtist. How does it feel? How has your ASMR journey been thus far?

It feels wonderful to know that so many people experience the ASMR feeling. It’s also really special that even people who don’t necessarily experience tingles can use the videos for relaxation, Emma WhispersRed (2)comfort and sleep. There are so many wonderful people congregating in the comments on the videos and I feel like the channel has built it’s own little community. Everyone is so loving and supportive of each other.

My ASMR journey so far? It sure is a journey! When I started the channel it was with the sole intention of introducing myself to my new friends. I had just started the Facebook group ASMR UK and everyone I connected with had their own channel. It was just for them to see who I was and also to join in meet ups. My confidence level was pretty low and I never in a million years thought I could make a video that would benefit anyone else. There have been many ups and downs with regards to my personal life some of it ASMR related and some of it not. I have much more confidence and belief in myself now, being on YouTube and open about ASMR has helped with that immensely. Throughout all of the events in my life even before the channel, ASMR has always been a comfort to me. If I can offer others the same comfort, relaxation and tingles in return then that makes me happy and all of the hard work and time spent worthwhile.

ASMR is such a unique phenomenon in how it brings people together, I agree. When would you say your channel really took off? What was your life like at the time?

I’m not so sure or have not been focussed on in taking off as such. I’ve just kind of kept making videos as I would have anyway and slowly more and more people watch them. IEmma9 (2)t’s truly something I would continue to be involved in if my channel was growing or not. Making videos is such a great part of the ASMR experience for me and in many ways an expression of who I truly am. A place where I can be totally comfortable being myself…. where I fit! At the time of starting my channel I had just physically recovered from a car accident and was beginning to experience the residual mental and emotional effects. I was diagnosed with severe PTSD at the time. Along with excellent therapy, using ASMR videos to sleep and making the videos myself helped immensely with my recovery.

That must have been so hard for you. On being yourself in videos — where is your mind at when you sit down to film? What does your headspace feel like at the time?

When I sit down to film all that is on my mind is the moment. Just as ASMR is said to clear the mind and bring us into the present, that’s what making videos does for me. There are moments where I have been distracted by problems such as walking into the tripod or by outside noises but the majority of the time I am totally focussed and in the moment. Hours can go by and it feels like a few minutes, especially in the middle of the night!

What does your filming set up look like? Got any pictures?

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Emma’s view from behind the camera!

Some pics attached for the article, including one taken of me last video… my view!

Has doing ASMR helped you learn more about yourself in any way?

Making ASMR videos, being part of the community and concentrating more on my tingles has made me more self aware in a very positive way. As a child I was overly empathic, shy and always told to speak up. As a teen I never felt comfortable in my skin and didn’t feel I fit in anywhere, As an adult my kindness has always been taken for weakness and I have allowed myself to take part in exhausting one sided friendships. I now have much more self worth and understand how to live as who I am. Authenticity, the courage to be honest and true is the only way to live and being part of a community packed full of sensitive people has helped me to learn that.

That’s beautiful. I think that many of us have gained something special from this community, something personal. What do you the future of ASMR is?

I believe ASMR has a wonderful future. The feeling we all experience is so positive and therapeutic that I don’t believe any research could ever prove otherwise. It is a shame that not all people experience the tingles but even those that don’t can still find comfort in the videos if sensitive or receptive enough. For me, I can see that ASMR will become recognised as a therapy albeit an alternative one. It is already being used as a therapy worldwide. However as more research takes place and more people become accustomed to receiving comfort through youtube, I believe we will see a change in how the idea of ASMR and the videos are generally received. I can see ASMR treatments being listed alongside such therapies as Reiki, Aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology etc.. It is certainly a relaxation and mind clearing technique. However I am excited to see what the actual health benefits are of tingles.

I agree — the community is still so young that there is so much left to see! What about your future — any surprises coming up on your channel?

Well I feel like I can’t make videos quick enough. There are so many I would like to make, the list is never ending. As far as surprises go, there will be, hopefully lots! You never know whats happening until it actually does so I will keep it as just that, a surprise 😉 I have dreams not just for content but for community events too. Everything takes time and hard work but I’m nothing if WhispersRed ASMR 1 (1)not determined!

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to it! And lastly, what advice would you give to someone just starting out making videos?

For someone just starting out, my best advice is don’t be afraid to show who you are. Make videos based on what you are interested in and on the triggers you prefer. That way you will always attract people like yourself and your experience will be a rich one. The second piece of advice I have is don’t stress about what equipment you have or might need. You really can start on your phone. Use what you have to the best of your ability. You can build on equipment and skills as you go along. ASMR is simple, it’s about your presence and who you are. A good ASMR video isn’t defined by binaural, green screens or video effects. It is defined by you. All the fancy stuff is a bit of fun we add because it’s great to expand on knowledge, try out new ways to create tingles and further the ASMR video genre. All those things can be introduced later if you’d like to and when you feel ready. Sometimes it’s good just to turn up to the party and have fun, none will notice what you’re wearing because they’re too busy watching your big smile and dance
moves!

Thank you so much for talking with me.

It’s an absolute pleasure, thank you for inviting me for an interview. I love your energy and what you are doing with this website, You’re working so hard on it. Thank you for all you are doing for the ASMR community!

Where to Find WhispersRed ASMR

WhispersRed ASMR’s channel can be found here. If you make ASMR videos and wish to be interviewed, just send us a message with your ASMR channel, your email address and when a good time to talk would be.

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