Spotlight has rolled around again, this time we feature another well known name in the YouTube community!
In this edition of the Community Spotlight, we got to sit down with another well known name in LSPDFR/YouTube content creation, (Officer) FirstThirtyMinutes.
At the time of writing this article, FirstThirtyMinutes has published 1,640 YouTube videos and has nearly 520,000 subscribers - those are some huge numbers - and growing rapidly!
For those unaware of you who are, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Carson. Im 26 and live in the great state of South Carolina. While I’m not a real officer myself, I greatly support the effort of police departments in bettering their communities.
How'd you find out about LSPDFR and can you give us a rough estimate about when that was?
I actually learned about LSPDFR through playing the LCPDFR mod for GTA IV. When GTA V came out on PC, I knew it was only a matter of time before LSPDFR would be released.
Roughly when did you start getting into YouTube/producing LC/LSPDFR videos?
My first ever LCPDFR video was uploaded on my channel July 22nd, 2012. LCPDFR was the entire reason for me wanting to get a “gaming” PC. I saw how much fun people were having pretending to police the streets of Liberty City and wanted to play myself.
What made you love LSPDFR so much?
The great community here! Seriously; I have gotten to know so many mod creators and members over the past few years. I am entirely blown away by the amount of high quality stuff being created by the community. It’s really a great bunch of people.
What motivated you to start making LC/LSPDFR videos and what was it like starting out?
Before I started creating videos, everyone who played LCPDFR looked like they were having so much fun. I’ve always enjoyed shows like “COPS” so it seemed like a logical thing to do. Starting out in anything is always a challenge. I continued to upload episodes and more people seemed to subscribe. I’ve always enjoyed the “law” side of law enforcement and encourage viewers to tell me how they would have handled a
Do you have a favourite song? Is it by any chance “Bad Boys” by Inner Circle?
Not my favorite but "Bad Boys"is a great song! I enjoy most genres of music except Country.
So how’d the name [Officer] “FirstThirtyMinutes” come along? Why not something like “OfficerCoolGuy”?
Probably, one of my most asked questions! The original idea for my Youtube channel was to feature the first 30 minutes of gameplay for new games. I wanted to let people see what a game played like before purchasing or renting. I did several hundred videos of this concept and simply kept the name and added an officer to the front of it!
Anything you'd like to see added into LSPDFR next? Whether it be a feature that didn't make it to LS from LC, or something new you've thought of yourself?
I guess it would be in the form of a callout pack but some specific callouts for helicopters and boats. Probably, the top 2 requests I’ve seen in Youtube comments.
What's been your favourite and/or most used vehicle to use on patrol?
Of course, the faithful Crown Victoria. Favorite police car is the Carbon Motors E7. I think having a specific vehicle for law enforcement is a great idea but the implementation by Carbon Motors was flawed. I think we might see another company in the future attempt to bring a specialized mass produced vehicle to the market for LE.
How much planning goes into an episode, is it an on the spot type deal, or are episode ideas organised in advance?
The hardest part for me is figuring out what to base each video on. Putting out a patrol video almost daily can make it a little repetitive. It always helps if there’s a great new vehicle that’s been released or a new callout pack. Other than that, I just commentate on what’s happening. Nothing is scripted.
So what's your daily schedule like now, being full time on YouTube, does recording and editing take up most of your day? (about how many hours go into each, recording/editing?)
To record a 20-minute patrol video, takes roughly 3 hours. I normally record about an hour of gameplay. Cut the bad parts out. Spend about 45 minutes importing and editing. Another hour rendering then another hour to get it to upload to Youtube. That doesn’t include the countless hours trying to troubleshoot why LSPDFR or GTA V is crashing haha. It has by far been my most rewarding career and I love going to “work” every day.
Do you play any other games other than GTA/LSPDFR or outside of the ‘Police’ type genre entirely, if so what attracts you to this genre of gaming?
First person shooters will always have a special place in my heart. Playing Halo 2 growing up was a big part of that.
I’d hate to admit it but I’ve always been an off and on Runescape player. I’ve been playing Old School Runescape since its introduction a few years ago. I don’t know why it’s so addicting. Also have a couple hundred hours into Planetside 2.
Was there a career you’d ever liked to pursue other than YT?
When I was in college, I majored in Finance and, currently, hold a few FINRA licenses. I’ve always enjoyed helping people with money problems so that might even be a possible future transition. Other than that, I’ve wanted to be a lawyer. In 2015, I even took a 6 month course to get my Paralegal Certificate. Unfortunately, the time and financial commitment always held me back.
"Have you been nominated for any (YouTube/Entertainment) awards as yet?"
Roughly how long did it take to reach your subscriber milestones, one thousand and so on?
The first thousand was by far the hardest. Once you get started, it can snowball. I think it took a little over a year to get that first one thousand.
The next milestone for me is the big 1 million subscribers. I find it important to stay focused on your goal and continue to make steady progress. If you make something you are proud of, people will notice.
Do you ever get recognised while out and about from your videos?
Only a handful of times. I'm pretty shy in real life so I do apologize if I'm awkward. That being said I always enjoy meeting viewers!
Has the trip been fun so far? Is there any end in sight/do you ever plan on returning to normal non-famous life?
Youtube has been, by far, my best and most interesting job I've ever had. I realize Youtube won't last forever so I've made plans to go back into the financial industry if I can no longer continue to make enough earnings to live on. Even if I stopped Youtube full time, I would continue to put out videos. Youtube started off as a hobby and is still a lot of fun for me.
We’re near half way done with this year already! Can you let us in on some of your goals for the rest of 2017?
n January of this year, I was fortunate to marry the love of my life. We had a blast at the wedding and spent a week in Turks and Caicos celebrating. Financially, trying to eliminate as much debt as possible from my life. The wife and I are also trying to cook more at our house. For Youtube, continue to try to get out a video a day! I want to do another charity stream this year and donate the proceeds to another organization that supports LE. Jeff and I were able to raise over $1k in 4 hours last year!
Anything you wish to say to the community?
This is such a special community to me. I think everyone involved should be proud of what it has accomplished. Keep creating content and being supportive of others and this community will thrive for years. I am so blessed to be part of it.
That’s it for this edition of Community Spotlight! Massive shout out and thank you to @FirstThirtyMinutes for taking part as well as @Carrythxd, @jngo79, @Lundy and @Mikofiticus for the seriously amazing images!
In the next few editions of Community Spotlight, we’ll be looking at smaller channels and mod creators! If you have any ideas about who we should feature in a community spotlight, send us a tip or let us know on twitter!
Thanks for tuning in! Until next time, take care, officers..