Hosting a YouTube channel can be an intensely rewarding experience. Watching your subscriber count grow is always satisfying. And, nothing beats when those subscribers reach out in your comments section. This is a sure way to make new friends, document your life, and even make a few pennies. Whether you want to embark on daily vlog videos or post once or twice a week, you’re sure to reap the benefits in no time at all.
For the most part, you don’t need to make any special allowances to start. Some people film videos on their webcams, so expensive equipment is not a must to get you going. This is, after all, a process of trial and error. You’ll learn what your channel does and doesn’t need once you’re up and running.
But, one thing which will come to the fore fairly fast is that you do need to take some time over how you appear on camera. We’re used to putting ourselves out there on social media, but YouTube takes this to a whole other level. As such, you may want to put some thought into your appearance while filming. Let’s look at some of the things worth considering.
One surprising aspect of YouTube is that you’ll need to get used to seeing yourself during the editing process. A few other times do you get to watch yourself in action, so this can be a daunting experience to start with? And, you can rest easy that any small niggles you have with your appearance will rear their ugly heads here. That can make editing difficult and could shake your confidence in this pursuit. Some things, like that slight kink in your nose, will probably stop bothering you after a while. But, issues such as wonky teeth could start to drive you crazy. If you find this is distracting you from your goal, you could always contact companies and get braces installed to tackle the issue. It’s also worth practicing kindness during the editing process, and trying not to pick yourself apart too much!
Putting makeup on for a video may seem strange, but again, this can work wonders for on-camera confidence. That’s not to say that you need to go all out here. In fact, heavy makeup would look a little scary in hi-def. Instead, keep things as natural as possible while covering any blemishes. Keep foundation minimal but efficient, and consider some lipstick or a small amount of eyeliner. That’s all it takes to make a difference here.
Consider your outfit
It may also be worth taking some time over your outfit. As well as being a confidence booster, this can impact how long people watch your videos. Stripes or bright colors can be off-putting on screen, and could even make a video impossible to watch. To make sure that doesn’t happen, consider the camera compatibility of any outfit you slip on. Block colors which aren’t too bold would work best here.