From hobby to a career, I elevated my game on thrifting to another level by making a Youtube channel about it. Scared and excited, I decided to just go for it; talk to a camera, edit the video, upload and hope for the best. Putting my heart and soul on every video I upload, I grew better when it comes to adding personality, content, editing, and branding. As a creator, it feels so fulfilling to execute two things that I love the most—thrift fashion and video making—combined into one whole strenuous process that I can share to the world who I am and what I am capable of.
In the future, the Youtube community will remain open to individuals who want something different for themselves and the world is more than willing for this platform to evolve for the years and beyond. Youtube is more than just uploading videos over the internet, it requires a lot of brainstorming, hours of editing and most importantly, being oneself. If you aspire to have Youtube as a career, here are five dos and don’ts on how to make your content better:
Don’t have lengthy intros
Some Youtubers take about two minutes or more with their introduction before they actually jump into the whole reason why viewers clicked on their thumbnail. Mostly an introduction includes, “Follow me on…” and “Please subscribe.” Enough with that. Instead, give your audience a reason for them to hit that subscribe button and not repeatedly plea them to do so. We live in a time where a piece of gum lasts longer than one person’s attention span so make your introduction concise for not longer than a minute.
Do find your aesthetic
This is very crucial for this provides your channel an identity. After you have thought about what kind of content you will be giving your audience, search for inspiration from other Youtubers you look up to. Observe how they deliver, what color scheme they use, their style of editing, and what kind of music they use. Personally, since my content is mostly fashion, I look up for aesthetic inspiration on fashion Youtube channels such as British Vogue and i-D.
Don’t let numbers eat you
Views, subscribers, followers. Don’t let these statistics take over you too much. As a creator, put concentration on your craft and the fact that you have the freedom to create anything as far as your creativity goes without having to worry about the numbers.
Do maximize what you have
Basically, all you need is a camera, an editing software and lots and lots of creativity. You don’t need an expensive camera or a fancy setting for your videos. Get creative with what you have and focus on what you want to deliver to your audience.
Don’t ever do clickbaits
The internet had it enough with clickbaits. Don’t give your audience this frustration. It decreases quality on your craft, making the video possess “desperate for views” written all over it. Otherwise, give your audience justice and present them what they actually clicked for.
Art by: Audrina Carcamo