WHILE bonding and making memories, Monre Vermeulen, from Newton Park and his family have found a unique way of making both relatable and funny videos of their lives, which they share on Facebook on a regular basis.
During the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown they were able to make videos each day for 21 days.
Vermeulen, who is a welder and pipe fitter at Fire Logic and a pro wrestler for Johannesburg-based Rockstar Pro Wrestling, originally began recording his wrestling matches four years ago, which he posted on Facebook.
His love for entertaining then led to creating videos with his family three years ago.
Vermeulen said his videos focused on everyday life. He has however, found a technique to make his videos unique and “spice” them up as well.
“Our videos are able to easily relate to things that happen in every household and that is why people love them so much,” said Vermeulen.
“When people watch my videos, I want them to have a good laugh because life should not always be negative and sour.
“They should see the funny side of life in every video that we share.”
Vermeulen mentioned that occasionally he had made videos that were different from their usual family videos. He further said that over the years, people had also sent messages with ideas for their videos.
Their hard work and great entertaining skills have seen Vermeulen gain about 40 000 followers on his Facebook account ‘Monre Lee’ and one of his most popular videos had received 910 000 views.
Vermeulen said most people loved their family-orientated videos and they had received a great amount of positive feedback, but they had received negative comments as well.
“People that give negative comments should realise that the videos that we share are based on acting and not real events,” said Vermeulen.
His wife of eight years, Cindy Vermeulen, and their children, Nicole (18), Kayla Hazel (10) and Caden (2), enjoy creating videos together and see it as a time to bond and have fun.
“We always have fun and we have a good laugh while making videos.
“Sometimes we put the behind-the-scenes outtakes at the end of our videos to share with our viewers.”
Cindy said she, too, loved making videos with her husband and their children.
Although they incorporate their children in most of the videos, Cindy said when they include a ‘staged slap’ or two, they prefer to exclude their children from the videos.
“Even though we might think that it is funny when our videos contain a fake slap, we do not want our children to think that their parents are being violent,” said Cindy.
She further said people that had watched their videos have often thought their acting was real.
“Our videos are always funny. Some people, however, think that we are serious, but I never really slap or scream at my husband, it is all fun and games,” said Cindy.
“We try to entertain people and make them laugh. Life cannot always be serious; we need to have fun in life.”
According to Vermeulen, many people had indicated in their comments that they would love to see more videos which include the entire family.
“It makes us proud to know so many people enjoy our videos and one day when we are old, we are going to laugh at all the things we did.”
“When they are not too busy, they make at least one video a week.
The length of their videos varies with their average video being about 30 minutes long, while their longest video is about three hours long.
Vermeulen said creating videos with his family had been a way to build memories and his recommendation to those who were interested in doing something similar with their family members would be to have fun and bond.
“Our dream, as a family, is for people to see us for what we are and we hope to live life to the fullest,” Vermeulen said.
Click here to watch more of their videos.
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