I love a good live stream, shawty. No edits, no stress over focused shots, and nobody knows I'm not wearing pants. Okay...I rarely wear pants in any of my videos.
Youtube is one-sided, and live streams give me a chance to chat with my internet cousins in real time. I'm not the best with answering comments, admittedly.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who showed up for "VEDA LIVE!! -- BEING FROM THE INTERNETS"! Japan, Canada, Jamaica -- brrapp! brrrap! -- y'all showed out, and I appreciate that! I thought it was a nice change of pace during VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April). Our hangout focused on online content creation/art making, Youtuber fun facts, and other such methods to my madness. Hopefully your Q's were A'd.
I mentioned a few Youtubers, resources, and ideas during the one-hour hangout, so below is the run-down of my live VEDA.
In 2007/2008, Youtube was just another place to dump my videos. I was a college freshman, and originally posted vlogs on Facebook for my friends to see. I have a riveting Sink Water Kool-Aid Recipe video, if you're interested (I was a member of Broke Phi Broke).
By 2009, I began my internship with NaturallyCurly.com. My transition from relaxed hair to nappy napps is on the internets for all to see, thrusting me into the realm of Natural Hair Vlogger.
Tools & Technical Stuffs
Camera: Canon t2i or Canon t4i
Lens: 18-55 mm (kit lens) or 50 mm f/1.8
Audio: Internal (shut up) or my iPhone
Software: iMovie on my Macbook Pro
Graphics: Photoshop CS6 or Pixlr
Being "From The Internets" With Confidence
Few things are more cringeworthy than hearing your own voice played back to you. "How do I not look like a derp?" was a common question during VEDA - LIVE!, so here's the secret: if it doesn't come naturally, practice more. I audibly talk to myself anyway; vlogs are easy to me. Also, The Parental Units gassed me up so much as a child that I actually believe I'm magical. So, that helps. Make your videos unlisted if you're uncomfortable at first. Ask your friends for an ever so slight critique.
Remember: no one will root for you more than you root for yourself. Earthlings are attracted to other earthings who look like they at least have themselves figured out. If you feel like a herp derp, you gon' be a herp derp. Self-fulfilling prophecy of Herp-Derpness. You cannot predict what people think of your art, so why even try?
Youtube Success #ornah
- How much does Youtube pay? - Watch Chescaleigh's video about Youtube ads. My channel barely pays a light bill, and that's because I vlogged every day in April. I can't maintain that crap, what am I, a machine?!
- How do I build & grow my channel? Subscribe to Tim Schmoyer. His channel Video Creators is a godsend. But in terms of personality, you have two options: be relatable or be aspirational. Either people identify with you or you make them wish they were you. A combo of both is golden. Also, consistency builds a committed viewership. That's why " Hi - I post videos every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday!!" is a thing. [Youtube has an instruction manual for Youtube Success. Seriously. Read it here.]
- How do I think of video ideas? - I observe things. I write them down (iPhone Notes).
- How do I deal with burnout? - I don't make a video if I don't want to. Which is why a schedule was never my strong suit. VEDA and your engagement proves consistency works. If only I could keep it up...
- Would I ever want a million subscribers? Watch Anthony D'Angelo's video about critical mass on Youtube. I can barely manage a live stream with 200 viewers, let alone one million people's comments, tweets, requests, concerns, shade, compliments, love, or hate. Fact: you would cease to be an internet cousin. There's no way I can make that many connections. Enter: fandom.
- Would I ever attend Playlist Live or Vidcon? Have a meetup? You will not catch me in line to meet someone from Youtube. I haveth not the time. Unless you're Mitchell Davis. #DasBae.
- When did I crystallize my goal to use Youtube for my career? I work in media, so it's always been relevant, re: my internship with NaturallyCurly.com. Now, I'm just more Bout That Life. I have student loans to pay for and a future to secure so I can actually afford to regularly visit my parents in Kenya when they retire and return to The Motherland.
- Do I worry about "Evelyn From The Internets" clashing with Evelyn Who Needs A Job? No, because it's all intentional. I don't treat this as my diary anymore, I treat this as constructive work.
L A F U T U R A
Ann Daramola (@afrolicious) frequently talks about ownership. I don't own Youtube, so why build my career on something so relatively fleeting? I want to write books! I want to make more funnies! I want to film...films! Document, capture, archive.
Youtube is my playground for now, but Ima be creating forever.