I realised I’ve been creating YouTube videos for just over 4 years, most of that while working full time! I’ve developed quite a nice routine for producing at least 2 videos a week, recently I’ve even upped that to daily videos! So I thought I would share my top 5 tips for getting started on YouTube and help you figure out how you can fit it into your schedule.
1. Start with what you have
You don’t need anything fancy. If you have a point and shot camera, that will work. If you have a smart phone with a camera, again, that will work. You don’t need any lighting – get in front of a window, or anywhere you can get some natural light on your face. Make the most of bright or slightly grey days, bulk record when you have the opportunity. I’d recommend a bit of space between you and your camera if you’re going to do a sit down and chat video, if you’re aiming for vlogging, do what suits. Turn on the lights in the room, they can help back light you. For software use the free stuff. If you’ve a mac, that’s iMovie, PC means Windows Movie Maker. If you don’t like either of those, get onto Google and figure it out. Don’t let equipment prevent you from telling your story.
2. What makes you unique?
What is your unique outlook? What will make you stand out. For example, I’m in my 30s and I’m all about the colour. I will only give you honest, upfront info. I’m also not about living up to society norms. My aim is to help provide good information to give you the confidence to wear whatever clothes and makeup you fancy. I also like to throw in some life advice, whether it’s career, travels or mental health. It’s all about giving you the information you need to be the best version of you.
3. Plan, plan, plan
Think about what you story you want to convey. Think about what you would want to see. If you watch YouTube videos, why do you watch them? Pick out the things you enjoy and figure out ways you can incorporate these ideas into your videos. Plan what shots you need – there is nothing worse than packing up and realising that you forgot to do your close up shots. If you want to do certain types of shots – for example cut away shots, go and look up how to achieve those. Plan it all out. It also prevents you from waffling, which means less editing. It also means you can bulk record! You can plan out everything and just record everything on a Saturday morning, or which ever morning
4. Ease into it
Start with a video a week, or a video a fortnight. Give yourself time. Give yourself a chance to get the hang of it all, build some confidence in what you’re doing. If you try to do too many too quickly there is a high chance you’ll burn yourself out! If you ease into it, you also get to learn more and that in turn means better content!
5. Don’t pick your channel URL too quickly
After a certain point you are given the option to have a unique url / channel name, don’t change it. Give it a few years, even then, maybe wait a bit longer. I changed mine to Ainebeauty and now I can’t change it to Honestly Aine which is going to be much more permanent. It’s more than a little bit frustrating but that’s YouTube rules. Maybe when I’ve millions of subscribers they’ll change their minds, one day.
I’ve a few words of wisdom that aren’t tips necessarily. Don’t worry we all sound weird to ourselves when we first start editing. We also all think that we sound daft. We all think that we’re talking nonsense. If you are talking about something that interests you, there will be other people out there with the same interest and are going to be interested in hearing what you have to say. Please remember that we all learn from our mistakes, you also don’t have to publish anything you’re not happy with. If it’s just nerves though, publish it, push comes to shove you can just private the video.