Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve always had this morbid curiosity about true crime from a young age. I still remember how the disappearance of three-year-old Madeline McCann from a Portuguese holiday apartment in 2007 became a massive hook into the depths of crime and mystery. It felt only natural for me to begin to explore these cases online as a hobby. It was about a year and a half ago since I began to upload true crime cases on my channel. For almost eight months straight, nobody really watched them. I was okay with that. After all, it was just a hobby. I never anticipated or expected it to become my full-time job and to put me in the position to hire employees. It’s such a blessing to have a platform that I can use to tell the stories of lesser-known cases and document the lives of the victims in the most respectful way I can. I now have over 125,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work alongside the sister of a murder victim to tell bring their story. It was such a heartbreaking and humbling experience. Seeing how family members are directly affected, hearing their pleas for help for justice – it’s something that can really affect you. I was really blessed in this opportunity to not only be able to tell this story but also to find a good friend with the sister. We’ve since been in contact again and are looking to revisit the case later this year.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
It’s super important to ensure you have time off away from social media. I try to take every weekend off and I also try to learn my own limits. It can be a difficult balance to find, the line between work and social life, but once you’ve found it you become far more productive and mentally at ease.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Two true-crime YouTubers, Georgia Marie and Gabulosis, were massive help when I was getting started. They gave me tips and advice on how to deal with hate comments and research. My relationship with them quickly became one of friendship and we still contact each other if we’re having issues or a problem with something business-related. Last year, I actually lent Georgia a microphone that I had lying around to try out for her channel. She totally stole it and hasn’t returned it since, but I don’t mind at all. She helped me when I was starting out and I can only be thankful for that. Plus, both Georgia and Gabulosis are inspirational and awesome people. I’d be happy to lend them any equipment if they asked!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We frequently raise money for charities such as The DNA Doe Project which uses forensic genealogy to identify John and Jane Doe cases (unidentified bodies). I also try to cover cases that haven’t received much media coverage so that the families get the coverage they deserve.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“If they don’t know you personally, you can’t take what they say about you personally”. Hate comments are frequent when you’re in the public eye, and learning how to deal with that and process that is important to ensure you can thrive. It’s my favourite quote because it applies so well to how I handle receiving hate.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can find me on Instagram at @itsjoshuamiles, Twitter at @itsjoshuamiles, and on YouTube by searching Joshua Miles.