So this week- well actually this whole month if I’m being honest- I’ve been building myself up towards starting a Youtube channel. It’s a big undertaking. I feel like I can’t responsibly start a channel until I can reliably say I will be capable of releasing two videos a week (maybe eventually down the road even four videos, who knows?) and I still want to do some playing around and practicing with it before I feel ready to go public. So far my so called “practicing” has been talking to myself in front of mirrors, but every undertaking has to start somewhere, right?
I’ve been binge watching educational videos on the subject too- I figure if anyone knows how to do it, it’s actual established Youtubers. Most of them have either been a little bare bones educationally speaking and maxed out at encouraging you to “just do it” in the words of sportsy people, or have gone into the deep end of camera and lighting recommendations that add up to hundreds of dollars that have to be spent before actually making any videos at all. It’s all a little overwhelming and confusing, honestly speaking. That’s okay though because I’ve already taken the leap of committing to having a full time job as a writer before I’m making anything near full time writer income from my work, so if I have the guts to do something as crazy as that I can probably figure out how to diy a few lights and make my crummy laptop or phone camera work well enough to vlog because the one crappy ten year old digital camera I have has been missing since I last moved out of my dorm about a year ago- I won’t worry about it too much though because I’m sure it will show up again in a year or so.
In the meantime I’ll just have to pull myself together and move on from just talking to the mirror and work on talking in front of an actual camera. It’s a process, but I know it will be satisfying to share bookish things, and finding inspiration, and giving you guys a glimpse at the behind the scenes process of a full time writer.