‘Why Are Less Personality?’ lives and breathes online content and is proud to support all online influencers. I thought it would be nice to hear about all things YouTube from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
I have been lucky enough to chat with Nadine McAuliffe, an Aussie YouTuber who loves to vlog about science, travel, pop culture, classic YouTube challenges and her everyday life. In this interview, we talk about how Nadine got her start in YouTube. Hopefully this is insightful for viewing audiences and useful to anyone who is thinking about starting up a channel of their own.
- Why did you start a YouTube channel?
I decided on starting a YouTube channel because I was a fan of other YouTubers like the Vlogbrothers and charlieissocoollike in 2008. It looked like a lot of fun and I thought it might be a great way to meet new people, both viewers and content creators. (And it was!)
- How would you describe your content?
Fun and silly science. I’ve made a lot of different stuff over the years from making a fool of myself shoving marshmallows in my face to some travel montage videos. But the ‘series’ I guess you could call it is ‘Science with Nadine’ where I talk about different science topics which can be a little controversial. About a year ago I made a video about trophy hunting and whether the practice can be sustainable when it’s managed correctly which sparked a lot of angry comments. They’re not all that crazy though, I also talk about animals and I even ate bugs in my last one.
- What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of starting up a YouTube channel?I think the most important piece of advice I could give, which is a bit cheesy, is to just be yourself and have fun. If you’re not enjoying the content you’re making the process of scripting, filming, editing and then uploading can be exhausting and daunting to say the least. The reality is, the amount of ‘successful’ YouTubers, who actually make their living off the site are in the minority so making videos with the hope of fame and fortune is misguided. If that’s your intention then you’re probably going to be very disappointed. say the least.
- What is the most common misconception that you think people have about bloggers and vloggers?
One major misconception is that it’s an easy job. It’s hard enough to come up with ideas once a week let alone vlogging my entire life every day. Sure, they don’t have to script, but the editing would be a nightmare.
There’s a lot of hours and commitment involved in making videos, it mightn’t seem like there is but it’s time consuming! You’re looking at a good 1-2 hours, if you’re lucky, when scripting, 30minutes – an hour of filming and then at least 3 hours editing (for myself anyway) and then you need to process which takes time and then uploading the whole thing which is a good hour or so, then there’s posting it, replying to comments etc, etc, etc.
- Would you ever consider being a YouTuber full-time? Why/Why not?
If it was an option for me? I definitely would. I really enjoy the whole process and having the freedom to make even more content across a broader range sounds amazing, but for the most part, at least at the moment, I just don’t have the time. However, I see a lot of young YouTubers, some just coming out of high school that decide to take YouTube on full-time. I wouldn’t be able to do that. I feel like it’d be too risky.
The internet is unpredictable. Look at how successful MySpace was, and look at it now. There’s no way to know that YouTube will stand the test of time and if it doesn’t, what happens to the people who decided to choose YouTube over a higher education and experience for more conventional jobs? That sounds terrifying!
Keep an eye out for Part 2 of my interview with Nadine coming soon!