Meet Indi Casa, Born in Nigeria, moved to Togo when he was still a baby with his mom. At age 7 he was adopted by Swiss parents when he lost his mom.
He was later raise in Switzerland and now a videographer who loves to travel the world just like me and do some vlogging along the way…lol
Indi Casa is married and has a beautiful daughter who is now 2 year old. He’s currently in Bali, Indonesia, to discover the place and take the best capture of amazing places for his next video.
Check out my very interesting exclusive interview with him below:
Hey Indi Casa! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, my name is Indi, I’m originally from Nigeria but live since my childhood in Europe. I am a dad and a videographer. The thing I like the most after my family is travelling the world and making videos.
Talk me through an average day in the life of you?
I like to wake up early in the morning when the light is the best for filming, and then work on my videos. I spend most of my evenings, doing sport, cooking for my family (i like cooking lol) and spend the times with them.
What institution(s) did you attend and what did you study?
Regular school until specialisation in electronics (superior study)
When did you discovered your passion for Travelling the world?
I love travelling since ever. My first revelation for my passion was when I was 20, trading to the US. Since that time, I have been very lucky to be able to travel very extensively and even spend one yer in Bali (Indonesia).
Why did you name your travel company and brand “Indi Casa”?
I like simple things, for that reason I simply used my name.
You also have another brand you manage called “The PANDA”, what is that all about?
That channel is a comedy channel, that I do with my friends (he’s well known in french TV reality shows). The Panda name was a very basic idea, him being white, myself being black, made us think of the Panda.
You’re YouTube channel is called “Indi Casa”, when did you start your YouTube channel and what’s the main focus of the channel?
I started my channel last year, whilst living in Bali. The main focus of the channel is traveling, and lifestyle.
What made you decide to become a YouTuber?
I like sharing the beauty that I see in the world. And I also would like be more active in that domain to make it my ways of living.
What camera/gears do you always use in the production of your videos?
Could be DSLR, drone, go-pro and other equipment depending on the location and subject (under water, in the skies, etc.).
How long does it take you to edit your videos and what editing software do you use?
It can varies from 2 days to 3 weeks, depending on my professional obligations. The editing software that I use, is Final Cut Pro on a iMac Pro.
You speak English and write in English very fluently, so why did you decide to do your vlogging mostly in French?
My mother tongue is French and so is my today audience. However, I may continue in English should the audience become more international.
Tell me more about your love for Vlogging/storytelling and how you use it to communicate through your travels?
As already said, I love and care sharing the beauty that my eyes catch. I also like to put feelings and special attention to the music I choose, so that my video reflect my emotions.
Will you say people appreciate the hard work we travel bloggers put in showcasing and telling our adventures?
Yes in deed. Watchers are sensitive on images and atmosphere we can express to them, more than us being just another travel guide and/or a reference. Saying that, it is also true that if I compare my dedication and work to some of what I call the “last-minute vloggers”, the time and energy I put in the editing part is maybe not appreciated at its right value. But the success is the impression viewers gain, and their will to come back on our platform, due to their inner experience.
You were adopted by your Swiss parents when you lost your biological mother. What was that experience like and what will you say motivates/inspires you to stay dedicated to what you do?
This is a very personal question! I will try to answer it with accuracy. The fact that I lived on two different continents and had very opposite type of experiences in life, made me curious and sensitive about the life itself. Deep inside or, somewhere hidden in a corner of my mind, there is the inner secret wish to go back to my African roots, and not only discover this beautiful continent for myself, but be able to share it on strong captures with viewers. So the correlation between my childhood life and the video maker activity, finds its source of inspiration in the same space inside of me.
What’s your 5 Dos and Don’t when it comes to being a YouTuber/Travel Blogger?
Does is the fact that I can use my time freely, I can decide of when where and how I do my videos. Globally is freedom. On the the other side, I feel the pressure of being performant, the pressure of the likes and don’t likes from viewers, and the time pressure. As I am a perfectionist, I obviously spend lots of time on the editing part, in order to give a quality rendering, and this may cause a pressure on the target.
Which is better; travelling solo or with a group?
Solo no doubt about it!
What do you do to stay in shape, do you go to the gym?
Yes, lots of sports and healthy food.
How do you balance your personal and business life?
I am a balanced man, so there is no major difficulties into it. I believe in the equation healthy mind in a health body equals to a happy spirit.
How would you describe the travel scene in Europe?
Europe is a multi facet continent. Very rich in its nature and history and architecture. Therefore, the contrast are very interested for a video maker.
What do you consider the most common stereotype about the being a Travel Blogger?
It is a trend our days to be a digital nomade.
What aspect surprised you the most once you started as a YouTuber?
The amount of work and commitment on one hand, but on the other, a real surprise to receive positive feedback from people that I don’t even know personally.
Looking back to when you started as a Travel Blogger and YouTuber, is there anything you would like to change?
To have started long time before, and take the courage to become a professional in my passion.
Which brands, clients, teams, YouTubers, Blogger, etc, have you worked with?
Adina Rivers official, Nomad Tribe, Motion fitness, Thomas Despin, La Terrasse Genève, Tesla Motors, I-views, Rubina Sassoon, and many other that are more cash income filming.
What do you consider your biggest professional success so far?
I dont consider myself being a successful video maker so far. I will work hard on it, and let you know (ahahaha) when I encounter the success :).
Who do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
I would love to have a collaboration with Peter McKinnon.
What has been your biggest challenge?
The fact of learning all the skills by myself, without having any other professional support then my own self.
Tell us two things people don’t know about you?
Many secrets and stories tadada …
You are very active on social media. Do you think its important to be online and if so why?
Absolutely, not to loose the momentum of the audience.
You were originally born in Nigeria, moved to Togo, and then raised in Switzerland. How is that working out for you?
Very well, many positive opportunities in my life came from the difficult periods of my childhood.
You travel alot, so what will you say are your must visit travel destinations?
South East-Asia and USA and of course, Europe.
Name things we should take seriously about our choices?
1. Family responsibilities
3. Continuation process
4. Commitment to the viewers.
How would you describe your travel style?
Easy and cool.
What style genre appeals to you the most?
Cool and relaxed, laid back and reserved though cheerful and happy.
Name your 5 must have travel accessories/essentials?
My equipment, comfortable outfits and accessories such as carrying bag, walking shoes etc.
What are your favourite fashion trends?
I like fashion (I was modelling), my style is street ware.
What is your favourite dish?
Chicken Yassa (Senegal dish). I love cooking and eating (cuisine du monde).
What songs are currently on your playlist?
Hip Hop and Afrobeats.
Apart from YouTube, Travelling, what other projects are you currently working on?
Professional (private and brand) filming.
Seeing you’re doing your dreams, what advice can you give others to pursue their dreams?
If you don’t want your dream to become a nightmare, be organised and serious (Swiss style).
Any specific plans for the future?
My trip to Nigeria (January 2018) on the traces of my biological family.
Any final words?
Do you have a glass of water ahahhah. More seriously, thank you for your questions and the time you have dedicated to my work. Proud to be contributing to TalkMedia Africa.