BIRTH OF YOUTUBE
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
I had just graduated college, moved to LA, and watched my yo-yo sponsor (for the last 15 years) close shop. I was hungry, directionless, and confused. Yes, typical millennial. I worked as a designer for a start-up company not getting any creative satisfaction out of it. I knew I had always wanted to start a YouTube channel and share what it's like being a professional yo-yo player and hopefully collaborate with some pretty cool YouTubers.
I found myself at dinner discussing yo-yo business. I was asked about my plan as an unsponsored yo-yo player. I gave the spiel about all my video ideas, stories, and YouTubers I wanted to work with. And I was advised:
"All you gotta do is start."
I knew they were right. I began writing and reaching out to people in the YouTube industry. One connection led me to another and I was like a sponge, soaking in all this information about the YouTube world. I loved it. I kept planning and planning and planning, but I knew at the end of the day, if I did not hit record, upload, and publish, these plans would mean nothing. For those of you who haven't started your passion project because it's not ready, just start.
It's incredibly difficult to get things done without help. The people in my life came in clutch. Not only encouraging the idea, but going out of their way to make time for my projects. I had a very little network in LA, but it happen to be a very effective one. To those who help make it happen, I cannot thank you enough. Surround yourself with people who not only talk with you but also walk with you.
TAKE IT ANYWHERE
A lot of my projects have been experimental. Many times I am unsure how others will react. Although that makes me nervous, that doesn't stop me from going after these ideas. I believe being yourself and sharing your work will pay off. Don't let the fear of criticism stop you from having a voice. Take your craft anywhere.