Q. Any tips on how to start out on YouTube?
1. I know this first tip sounds stupid, but actually do it. I see channels all the time that say in the description that it will be uploading videos soon, just for it to never upload videos. You’ll never know if you’ll like it if you don’t try it.
2. Your first few videos will almost always suck. You might like them in the moment, you might not, but in the future you’ll look back and cringe because of how far you’ve come. That’s normal, don’t let it discourage you.
3. Don’t list all of the YouTuber’s who inspired you to start making videos in your first video or series. It will make you cringe even harder looking back on it, as well as make any of the people you listed cringe. No YouTuber wants to watch a bad video then be told they inspired it. Take time, practice your craft, and make a video talking about who inspired you once you’ve really mastered your own style and are happy with your content.
4. Don’t get into YouTube for the money, it really doesn’t work that way. VERY few people make a living off of YouTube. It took me almost two years before I got any kind of pay for it. I’m 4 years into a-video-a-day while writing this and I still make less than minimum wage and that’s with the help of both live streaming on Hitbox.tv and getting donations on Patreon. YouTube does not pay the bills unless you are crazy popular.
5. Be willing to learn. Spend time on YouTube and google learning how to profile and remove white noise from your audio track if you are speaking. Watch videos that teach you how to edit video. Look up strategies on games you want to do high quality playthroughs of. You need to really put a lot of time into it to make sure it’s good.
6. Always stay humble.
Q: What disabilities do you have and what are they?
A: I used to have to answer this all the time, so I’ll just write it here for future reference. I have Cerebral Palsy and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Both of these things can be extremely different and need to be taken on a somewhat case-by-case basis, especially with Cerebral Palsy. I’ll explain how they affect me in brief below. If you want to learn more about them, I recommend googling around for information, or if you are super interested, talk to your doctor about them. Your doctor might not know much about Ehlers-Danlos since it’s reasonably rare, but Cerebral Palsy is very common.
Cerebral Palsy is essentially brain damage you can be born with, usually due to a lack of oxygen during birth. As with any kind of brain damage, it can not be fixed or treated. Since it’s brain damage, the results can vary greatly depending on what parts are damaged and how damaged they are. Some people can have such minor damage that their day to day life isn’t affected, and some are so impaired that they are unable to take care of themselves and need to be tended to for their whole lives. I got off pretty easily in that regard. Keep in mind that there is no real test you can take that just identifies all of the parts that are damaged and your limitations, they just have to run you through tests by having you answer questions and perform physical actions, so it’s entirely possible to miss handicaps for years. In fact my most recent discovery of a handicap I have I didn’t even realise until after I graduated High School. I’ll talk about it more in the next paragraph.
Here is a list of the ways my Cerebral Palsy affects me that I currently know of. The muscles in my lower body are too tense and tight, the ones in my upper body are a bit too loose and hard to control. I can’t catch things, my hands never seem to go in the right spot. Due to my leg muscles being so tense, it can be very difficult to stand or walk for more than 10 minutes at a time. Some days it’s better than that, but I’d say 10 is the average before I start to feel pain. I am unable to willingly picture visuals in my head. This is hard to explain since it’s kinda like a blind man explaining colour. I’ve never known what it’s like to willingly picture something in my head, so I don’t know how to explain what it’s like to not be able to do that. All I know is people tell me that they can, and I know that I can’t. Sometimes I see things but can’t make them out. I can picture a number or word in my head and I know they are correct, but when I focus on them they blur, kinda like if it was in my peripheral vision. I don’t understand how I know it’s right since I can’t make it out, but I don’t know how else to explain it. Regardless, I can’t read the word or number. I’m unable to drive or travel on my own to most places because I can’t picture things in my head and thus navigation is very difficult. I can see a thing and remember that it’s there, but I won’t know what’s up ahead until I get there unless I’m used to it, probably by muscle memory. So I have no issue walking around a house I’ve been in a lot, but walking around town is extremely difficult.
Ehlers-Danlos is very hard to explain because I know a lot less about it. It’s a condition that seems to stem from an issue with the spine, something about it not being angled correctly. That may be a side effect and not the cause, I’m not sure. Either way, it’s hereditary and I was born with it, as was my sister and mother. It has a massive list of symptoms but the main ones that have been identified in myself would be a lot of joint pain from my joints breaking down faster than they should (This also makes walking long distances difficult), small but apparently not at all dangerous white balls inside my earlobe (About the size of sand), it probably is the cause for why I am very pale and burn easily in the sun, and it’s why I have large purple bags under my eyes (you can usually see it best when I use my fluorescent light during recent streams).
I’ve also had a few very mild strokes in my life, that’s probably the cause of my occasional stuttering and tripping over my words.
Q: Can I have a shout out?
A: Sorry but I get asked this so often that I can’t realistically give everyone shoutouts and continue to actually do stuff. I don’t want to take away from the quality of my content by putting minute long shout out segments in my videos, no one wants to see that but the people asking for the shoutouts and that’s the vast minority. When I decide to do a shoutout, it’s not by request, it’s just someone I want to bring attention to.
Q: What are your computer’s specs?
Operating Systems: Windows 7 64 bit
Computer Tower: Cooler Master HAF 922
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
Ram: 32GB G.Skill Trident X Series DDR3-2400 Memory
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 980
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
Power Supply: 700 Watt
Storage: 977GB Seagate Barracuda – 3.5 TB Harddrive – 500GB Solid State Drive
Network Card: ASUS PCE-AC68
Q: Is working fulltime on a YouTube show a “real job”?
A: Yes. If you do what I do, you’d be legally recognised as an independent video producer. Most big YouTubers register their channel as their home owned business, because it is. We pay our taxes, get write offs for business expenses, and are legally recognised by our countries governments just like every other job. People who tell you that it’s not a real job don’t know anything about the job they are talking about.