I was directed to the Instagram account of You Tuber and podcaster Hayley Morris by a friend who thought that I’d love her short reels. And I absolutely do. Based on all of her own misgivings and played as two handers with her ‘brain’ and ‘stomach’ they’re brilliant (far too on point) and hilarious and feature everything from what happens when you think you might have left your hair curlers on to why he hasn’t called you back, hypochondria and overthinking things at night, via when you think there might be a ghost in the house. Hayley also has a brilliant YouTube account which features longer musings. Along with her 55k Instagram fans, we just love her and she explains here where and why she does what she does.
I’m from Guildford originally but grew up on the sunny Isle of Wight! I moved to Brighton when I was 18 to study Broadcast Journalism and it was then that I started my YouTube channel and the ‘comedy’ sketches begun. Since uni, I’ve lived in either London/Orlando, Florida (working for Disney) and the Isle of Wight. I lost my job working at Disney World at the beginning of the pandemic and was sent back to the UK with about four days notice, which was a crazy time, but I think everyone had a pretty crazy year. I tried to make the most out of 2020 still and started my podcast, Conversation Time, did a lot of running, yoga and catching up with lots of friends. I started making videos at uni to be more comfortable in front of the camera as I was training to be a news anchor. As someone who was bought up watching a lot of sitcoms and by a father who wrote sitcoms as a hobby, I very naturally started to experiment with comedy and writing little sketches.
Do you have anyone that you’ve seen as a source of inspiration – performers, comedians? My Dad was my biggest inspiration, but I absolutely adore Kristen Wiig, so I’d say she has been a big inspiration also.
Your ‘brain’ and ‘stomach’ videos are hilarious and extremely well observed – are they solely based on you or other people that you know? Thank you so much! They are all based off my own experiences, which definitely can make me feel very nervous about posting sometimes… but occasionally I will run an idea past my friendship group to get some of their experiences to add to a sketch, we end up sending a lot of funny voice notes back and forth.
Is there a role online, on tv or cinema that you covet? I don’t think there’s necessarily a role that exists that I would love. But my dream to act in Comedy movies or a British Sitcom.
If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be? Don’t worry about what other people think so much – probably a cliché answer, but definitely something I used to struggle with a lot.
What advice would you give aspiring vloggers? I think the most important thing is do it because you love it and not because you want thousands of followers or money from it. I think enjoying the process and watching yourself learn and grow and connecting with other humans is probably the most rewarding part of making videos.
Just a few things that you’re up to. Or not:
What I’m reading at the moment: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The book I should have read but didn’t: All the Harry Potter books… I am ashamed to admit I never got round to reading them and I feel it’s something I am forever judged for haha!
The last film I watched: I’ve actually not watched a film in a while – but I have been watching ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ and I am addicted!
Guilty pleasures: Married at First Sight Australia… I’m not really one for reality tv but this is so bad it’s good.
Music that makes me feel happy: Sometimes when I want to just have a good old boogie round my room I listen to the 2008 Top hits playlist on Spotify… they’ve got some real good throw backs on there!
Fantasy dinner party guests: Kristen Wiig, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Gilbert, Matt Haig
Four things to take to a desert island: CBD oil, my favourite book: The Alchemist, a cleansing balm because lord knows I’d need it and I’d love to bring music in whatever form I’m allowed… none would help me escape but I’d be happy.
Three wishes for 2021:
To be able to travel again
For my family and loved ones to be happy and healthy
To be able to audition for some comedy roles