Hey what’s up it’s Chris from DailyTekk. Not quite a year ago I started a YouTube channel and while I found several helpful videos about getting started, none of them gave me all the info I needed in one convenient place (or with info I didn’t actually need). So this is the start of a series I’m calling How to YouTube where I’ll be explaining everything I wish I had known getting started. And while this series will be geared toward complete beginners, people who have been at it for awhile might pick up some useful tips as well.
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So before I get into talking about cameras and lighting and audio and the nuts and bolts of the gear and software you’ll need to create YouTube videos, there are a few things I think you need to know first — and these are things nobody really tells you before you get started.
First off, making videos for YouTube costs a decent amount of money. You might think that if you’ve got a camera laying around you’re good to go but that’s not really the case. If you want your videos be look professional, you’re going to need some additional gear — and all that gear can really add up. Don’t worry, I’ll get into specifics in the next few videos, but know that you can easily spend $500-1,500 on gear and software to feel like your videos aren’t going to be embarrassing. That said, it’s perfectly acceptable to start with what you’ve got an upgrade as you go: that’s basically what almost every professional YouTuber has done: it’s almost like a rite of passage.
Second, YouTube takes a huge time commitment if you want to make it a career. Chances are you are not going to become an overnight success on YouTube and from the research I’ve seen and done myself it can take 5 years of hard, consistent work to become a bonafide YouTube star. That’s one reason why you see a lot of younger people finding success on YouTube because they aren’t tied down to a career or job already and by the time they graduate from college they’ve already established a huge audience.
Third, making money from YouTube is tricky. Getting started, you’ll definitely need another source of income. When I started DailyTekk I already had a successful blog to fuel the growth of this YouTube channel. You’ll need something similar: whether it’s just your parents wallet or a job you hold down in the meantime. YouTube ads or YouTube Red subscriptions aren’t going to be paying any of your bills for the first few years of your channel’s life. But once it’s larger, sponsorships can make it rain green.
Planning, shooting, editing and uploading a video takes a VERY long time. If you think you’re gonna be able to hammer out a video in an hour or two you have a huge surprise coming.
The last thing you need to know is don’t copy anybody, which is hard I know since all you can see is what’s already been done. But be your own person in your own space and embrace your own ideas. More than anything you end up making videos about people are going. To subscribe because they like you. If there’s a really awesome channel you love, don’t imitate everything they do. You’ll never be able to be them better then they can themselves. Instead learn from what other people are doing but put your own spin on things.
Finally: ignore the trolls. They’re either jealous or sad or both. Either way just do your thing, make sure you have the time and money to set aside for YouTubing, expect to learn and upgrade as you go and if you put in some serious work it will eventually pay off.
Stay tuned for upcoming videos and articles on cameras, audio, lightning, editing, accessories and general YouTube tips and tricks.