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Nutmeg Gazette: "Being a Youtuber" - Russ Lyman

March 14, 2018



The year was 2005 and with it came Youtube. After it’s launch, like many, I watched several videos on the platform and became interested to create content of my own to upload. It wasn't until years later that I started my channel. I was nervous at first, but I was determined so I just started recording.  Sometimes that’s what it takes, to just push past all those scary feelings and just start. So let’s take a look back to when I started.


I have always enjoyed creating content. During my high school years I was a part of the AV club. Back then we shot videos with cameras that took High 8 tapes and VHS tapes. We had to edit on huge machines and it took hours. Even though it would take up a lot of time, it was very rewarding and I enjoyed it. Any chance I could, I was recording video. My friends and I played in a band and I would record our concerts. As technology advanced, things became easier and even more enjoyable. Once Youtube launched and began gaining popularity, it changed video forever. I could see that I could share my videos with the whole world instead of only my family and friends.


It was in June of 2009 when I first made a Youtube account. At that time, Youtube was still fairly new and exciting for many content creators. In only one month I uploaded my very first video. I had recorded a DIY video on how to make a Ba Bomb prop (a Super Mario bomb). My hardware and software was very limited back then. To record, I used my Macbook with a web camera to shoot the video and iMovie to edit. I was excited to share what I had created with the internet.


Nine years have passed since my first video and I have learned a lot in that time. Many things by trial and error, and many others from fellow content creators in the community. Supporting each other is important in any community, and in my Youtube community, I love connecting with people and learning new things. At the time of this article, I have 469 videos, over 18,000 watch time minutes, and over 2k subscribers and growing. For 2 years now, I have been consistently uploading at least one video a week. Currently, I have been uploading three videos a week and I often live stream on Youtube.


Being a content creator and working two part time jobs as well can be a struggle. I find myself having to use my time wisely and batch shoot what I can. I shoot a few videos in one day, therefore I can have them ready to edit. It takes time to set up the camera, lights and prepare myself for what I am going to say. The most difficult thing I deal with is time management. I try to keep my upload schedule consistent and this can result in staying up until late at night to complete the editing process, often finishing at 2 or 3 a.m to ensure the video is ready to be uploaded in the morning. There are times when I ask myself if it is worth it to keep up this pace with my videos. I think of my viewers and fellow content creators out there, and remind myself why I do this and why I started in the first place. My love for creating quality videos for people has not faded.


Although I do not make my main income from Youtube, I will still create because it is my passion. It is a good source of supplemental income for me, which is a bonus. My channel is currently monetized, allowing me to include ads on certain videos. It helps to fund the equipment I need to create better quality content for my viewers. Most creative people don’t start up on Youtube to make a lot of money. They do it for the love. To help support the creative community in a more direct way, there is a website called Patreon. Here people can pay a small monthly donation to their creator of choice and receive rewards based on a certain tier level of the donation. It is a great way to directly support your favorite content creators. For only $1 a month I can shout out a supporters name at the end of my video and give them some recognition and appreciation for their support.  


If you are someone that is interested in starting a Youtube channel there are tons of resources available to you. The first step is to determine what your channel will be about. What is your theme? Once you have that figured out, research other content creators who are doing something similar and learn from them. I encourage you to reach out and ask questions. That is the best way to learn. I am still learning new things weekly and finding better ways to do things to save time. The biggest fear for anyone is actually shooting and uploading that first video. Many people make up excuses such as, “I don’t have a good enough camera” or, “I need a better microphone” or, “I’m awkward in front of the camera”. The only way you can get better is with practice. So push through all of those scary emotions and excuses and just start.


Check out all my videos and follow me on social media to keep up to date on what I’m doing. I will be making a behind the scenes on how I make videos and what goes into it, you don’t want to miss that. Stay positive and don’t let other people discourage you from wanting to create something.


- Russ Lyman



hereRuss Lyman is a Content Creator & Youtuber. His videos focuses on video game reviews, both new and retro, along with DIY projects, and a weekly vlog. You can find his channel and follow along on his adventures here (Instagram), here (Twitter), & here (Patreon). 


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