It’s something a lot of people wan’t to do but they just don’t. YouTube is very demanding and time consuming so if you’re like me and you really want your own channel these are my thoughts:
Just do it:
My first YouTube channel was actually created in 2012 but, I only started posting on it in early 2016. I got really good reception from people who saw my videos but I didn’t like the style of video I was making. So, I started a new channel. My new channel is where I’ve put the most energy into, even though there’s one video. I used my first channel to learn how to put together a video and now I’m focused on making quality content. My takeaway from this is that you should get started in order to learn your weak points and then use that knowledge to leverage your skills to create something better. The key is to constantly improve.
Editing isn’t everything:
Quality will always outweigh quantity. The important thing to remember is that if you have something to show or a really good story to tell then the only skill you need is being able to put together a basic video. You may feel intimidated by other peoples videos which is okay. A lot of YouTubers have background in film and more experience than you so don’t worry about your first couple of videos being good. My go to advice for editing is to take your time and figure out what kind of style is for you.
It’s hard work:
If your sole purpose is to make money off YouTube it’s probably not a good idea to start a channel just for that because it does take a long while. Some people do get lucky with a viral video to kickstart their channel or even a shoutout but, it’s better to be known for creating quality videos that are consistent. If you don’t like editing I always say shoot the shot like how you would want it to turn out so all you have to do is stitch everything together without worrying about having to learn complex editing software. If you’re lazy like me then you’ll keep telling yourself that you’ll fix it in post. It’s a good way to learn software.
Be unique in your story telling. A YouTube channel needs character. I’ll give you an example. I’m going to start a series called ‘InStudio’. A series of video showing off the creators behind their craft. A good of rule of thumb is to find as many different angles to show something that you feel is important to you that is worth sharing with the world. Checkout ‘Joe Knows Best’ and you’ll see what I’m talking about here.
I strongly encourage anyone out there with a passion for video to start their own channel. Show the people of the world your perspectives. Allow the world to be inspired by you. You never know what may come out of this. As for me, YouTube is going to be a hobby. I’m a full time student and even after that I’ll probably be working full time but I’ll always make time for YouTube whenever I can. Like I said, you never know where it will take you.