I go by the name of "Shaostyle" on the internet. Im working my way up on YouTube and want to become a movie director. I decided to document my progress as a way to share real life experiance that you can not get in school.
December 8, 2013
So first of all happy holidays, marry Christmas, happy whatever you believe in, and if you don’t celebrate anything than just enjoy whatever is going on around you. So lately I felt like I been posting a lot of downers and honestly NO, I’m not depressed or upset but I have been a bit unmotivated to do anything film creative. I’m not satisfied with the progress I have made in regards to my film “career”, and recently I feel that has been my main problem.
When I started making video for YouTube, I fell into the whole mindset of “I can make money with my videos” type of thing, and I started creating videos with that in mind. BIG NO NO! Since I was creating videos with the only intention to make money, I believe that has limited me as a film creator. I was focusing more on creating the type of videos that would get me more views, rather than just creating something that I could be proud of. Of course every videos I have made I’m happy with, but I feel the great majority of my videos don’t satisfy that creative part of me.
So yeah, if your aiming for the YouTube spotlight, that desire to “be in the spotlight” can screw you over. Because honestly, you have many other people going after the same thing on YouTube, and if they are all doing the same thing as you are, than your just gonna be buried under the same dead horse that every one is beating the fuck out of.
YouTube channel “TheArchfiend” explains better of what I’m talking about.
So at the moment of this post, I’m not making anything but I’m trying to find inspiration for my new videos. Since I have been trying to make videos that other people would like, I wasn’t really exploring on creating the videos that I like. And so far I been finding A LOT of inspiration from deviantART http://www.deviantart.com/ GREAT website to find extremely talented artist! I been exploring more into the surreal category of art, and it has been motivating me to create videos in that visual style.
So thanks for reading, lets see where I go with this new creative mindset, and as always, thanks for reading!
December 1, 2013
So one thing that I have been experiencing since I started to chase the film career is constant disappointment. Maybe this situation sounds like you. I made the business cards, I went to networking events, I went to private parties, I handed out my cards like candy, I spammed my videos to everyone that I know, I read tips and advice on how to get more views, I watched every video that I could find from big YouTube channels and interviews from famous movie directors on how to “make it big”, I created accounts on many websites just to share my videos, and I even went jobless for almost a year just to dedicate more time to find a film related job. So what have been my results after doing everything that I thought I was supposed to do….
No one has contacted me from my business cards, my videos are getting very little views, considering that its in the INTERNET! I got blocked from websites because I was considered spam. I got a job that basically paid me $2 dollars an hour. Worked on some projects that stressed me the fuck out and never went anywhere. Spent money that I could definitely have used to pay my bills, and probably the most annoying thing I have experienced is having people flake on you.
However something happened today that made me forget all those negative feelings I had and made me realize that results do come after hard work. On this day that I’m writing this entry, one of my buddies film short that I helped edit together got accepted to a horror film festival.
One of the very first projects that I helped edit together is going to be on a big screen in front of people for the first time in my life. Its kind of a strange moment for me honestly. Considering how many thousands of people submit there work to be picked, the project I helped with got to be one of the 40 to be showed at the festival. So yeah, that’s something to be proud of.
Obviously the rest of the cast has to be proud and it will be a great time to get together again and watch our hard work for 10 great minutes on a movie theater screen! So what happens after that? I’m excited to find out. And of course I’ll continue to post my experiences here in hopes to keep you motivated to reach your goals.
Thanks for reading and peace!
Here’s the short film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2598018/?ref_=nm_knf_t1
My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/shaostyle
November 15, 2013
OK so this is in response to all the hype about Google+ being merged with YouTube. So first of all, I feel that Google has done more to fuck up the YouTube experience for both viewers and creators. I really do not like any of the changes that has happened since Google bought YouTube. But with every change they make with the layout, all I can do is get used to it. And this is the fucking problem.
Believe me when I tell you that I have tried to move to other video sharing sites and of course, I keep returning to YouTube. The only reason I keep staying with YouTube is because EVERY CHANNEL that I like is still with YouTube. The thing that makes YouTube great is that there is a greater chance of you being able to interact with viewers and the content creators. And that’s what I feel is the main reason why people keep staying with YouTube. Until people say “enough with this shit, I’m leaving” only then will people actually make a change, but for the mean time, people can only vent and tough it out.
So this brings me to my main point. What if Google is able to piss enough people off to the point that everyone starts deleting their accounts and move to other video sharing sites. Lets say people start going to Dailymotion and start looking for new content there. Obviously in this situation, well known YouTube channels will have to go where the people are and that’s what I’m trying to get at.
Whether you like them or not, I’m sure these names will sound familiar if you consider yourself a YouTuber. Ray William Johnson, Freddiew, Smosh, iJustine, JennaMarbles, Phillip Defranco. Whether you like them or not is not the point, what I’m saying is that these people have already made a name for themselves and no matter where they go, I’m very sure their group of viewers will follow and search for them. If YouTube was to be shutdown tomorrow, they will have no problem starting a new page somewhere else because they have enough people that love their videos and will search for them.
So for any artist, that’s probably the best thing to do for yourself. Being able to create a good artistic product that people will follow you off a cliff for because they love your work. And the only way for that to happen is good old fashion hard work. So yes this whole Google+ thing sucks but people will stay because they love their YouTube channels. Thanks for reading and peace!
October 8, 2013
So after creating videos on YouTube for nearly 2 years now, I have a good amount of videos on my channel to make an analysis on what type of videos get more attention and which don’t. Obviously I’m only speaking about my style of video making so your results may be better than mine depending on what you make. So what did I learn after nearly 2 years of video making?…………… jack shit.
No honestly this is something you got to figure out yourself! I’ve done prank videos, original ideas, test video, VFX only, commercials and the results vary from each style of video. All in all the main thing you need to find out is what type of videos are “sharable” because the best advertisement you can have is the word of mouth. Friends sharing your videos with other friends and so on is what gets your channel recognized quick. And that’s where I been failing, my videos are good on there own, but they are not something that make people go “hey look what I found” type of thing.
So this is where I’m trying to change my video making process. At the moment, I know for certain that my videos don’t completely suck, mainly because the people that do see them tell me so, and the likes are higher than the dislikes. So far so good right. However, I’m trying to reach out to more people but without sacrificing my creative freedom. So after thinking about it, I think I may have found my solution. Multiple channels with different content quality for each.
I noticed that some of the videos that did well are what I call “time sensitive” videos. This is when a certain topic is hot on the internet and you can cash in on views if you make something related to that topic. For example, if a popular song is being passed around and played on the radio a thousand times, if you make a parody of the same song, than chances are your video will be viewed because its a trendy topic that people search for. However, the thing I don’t like about this method is that I don’t feel its completely original and its not my own. Riding on the fame of others is kind of dip shit like in my opinion. Also, no matter how good your parody is, people are still celebrating the original and not your own work.
Now again, its your choice on what to do, but there are certain topics that I need to address and that’s when I’ll make a video that can only be understood at the moment. I have thrown out ideas for videos because I took too long to create them and the topic behind the video has become irrelevant. These videos are fun to make because they don’t require too much production time but the quality of the video is very low by my standards, so they are not something I’m fully proud of, but again, they do get attention.
So that’s why I decided to separate my videos by subject quality on different channels. For my own original videos, that I want to feel proud of, I’ll have them on my main channel for people to find eventually. For my “get quick views” videos I’ll post them on my second channel that are fun to make but don’t required much production time. Finally, for my third channel, I’m going to create I new style of video making that I’m experimenting with right now.
My goal is simply to stay busy creating something new, which is what I like to do, meanwhile I create three different types of content quality that may attract different viewers. By them finding one of my channels, it may lead them to my other channels to find content that may have been difficult to find on its own.
Either way I want to create unique stuff. I don’t like creating repetitive content and I don’t like taking forever to create something new. This way I can stay productive and still create the stuff I want but in a organized manner. Each channel will be its own, and be more organized than having random shit all in one channel.
Thanks for reading, peace.
Oct. 3, 2013
So after a year of uploading videos on a near weekly schedule, I finally decided to cut back a bit. Its been a rough past year. I work with my Dad in the construction business, we have our own business together, and a year ago we had a major argument that made quit working for him and led me to attempt the YouTube revenue sharing program. Since I was going to school to be a film maker and I wanted to work in the industry, at the moment, I turned to YouTube thinking that I could attain enough of a following to help me get by with monetizing my videos. Meanwhile, I can gain experience to eventually find a job in something film related, preferably post production work.
OK, first fucking mistake! YouTube is no longer about YOU! Its a major fucking google business that gives priority to already well established channels and the odds of your channel being found is very small. YouTube is very saturated with bullshit and if you want to increase your chances of being known than you may have to pay to advertise your channel. Or make something that goes viral.
Second mistake, money in the film business is usually in the form of a lunch. I tried finding work in the local area in Orange County, I found work but it was little to no pay. I still can not wrap my mind on how someone would hire me knowing that they cant not pay me.
Third mistake, no back up plan. As mentioned I just quit working with my Dad. I started donating plasma to get cash. I was already looking for ways to get extra cash so donating was not that big of a deal, but I did it religiously without missing any opportunity to donate. Yeah it sucked but I learned to get by with only $200+ a month.
So after the all the bullshit with me not being able to find work, I decided to find a regular job until I finished school. While I was looking for a new job my Dad finally decided to talk to me about our past argument and we worked something out. If your wondering what we argued about, I was in charge of dealing with the costumers and my Dad would mainly stay at the shop getting work done. So when I got everything planned out with our costumers, my Dad would change the plans at the last minute causing the customer to get upset with me and it just trickled down from there. Also I wasn’t being payed shit since every dollar we made went straight to the mortgage and other bills. So yeah, working and not being payed is a great recipe for depression and frustration. So I decided to go back to work with him on the condition that I no longer deal with the costumers and I get payed an hourly rate. Everything has been great after that.
So now I’m working and since I don’t have to worry about money anymore I’m able to take time to chill out and think things through. Recently, I decided to take a step back and see how my channel and videos are doing. Well truthfully, I can see the giant progress I have made in regards to VFX. On the plus side, making videos as much as I have really was a great form of practice to understand my software better. On the negative side, my channel is by no means “successful” in any manner. At this moment my channel averages 20-50 views a day and the subscriber rate is maybe 1 new subscriber ever two months. So obviously my channel numbers are a bit depressing.
So that’s when I decided to make some changes and try I new game plan for my channel. Up to this point I noticed that the majority of my videos are mainly “test videos”. By themselves, they are just videos of me standing there doing some random shit along with a VFX and that’s all. So I decided not to upload as much to my main channel and focus more on the quality of my content. In other words, instead of having the constant drive to upload something new on YouTube every week, I’ll take my time to create something worthwhile from beginning to end. I’m not sure how long it will take me to upload something new from now on but I’m definitely going to focus more on quality vs. quantity. So hopefully, I’ll see some positive results on my channel with better produced videos.
Thanks for reading, peace!
At my second YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/Shaostyle2, I uploaded many videos that I decided to make unlisted because I felt that some people will get the wrong idea if they are not interested in learning about what I experience as a film maker.
This to me is like an open diary, I want to share what I have learned ONLY to those that are interested and go out of there way to learn more about me. I know that I’m not someone that has any big recognition on the internet and I don’t know if I ever will have that recognition. But one thing for sure is that, what I go through, another film maker may experience similar situations and I hope that me sharing these stories can help someone out.
So all of these videos that I post on tumblr are set to unlisted and have been hidden in the dark for a while. I hope some of them are of help to you.
Thanks for reading and peace.