Dixie-Leigh - Finding The Courage to Start My YouTube Channel
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1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?
It was only while looking through the different dives, on offer, that I realised I could accomplish a dive myself simply because I’d started this channel. That was a pretty exciting moment. I guess we all tend to think we’ve done nothing special in life that others would find interesting or that we haven’t done anything that could actually inspire others to follow their own path. But now I realize I have!
At the moment, I only have a couple of subscribers but that’s enough to make me want to create content that is valuable for them. I also have keen interest in this subject and its use in counselling and have thought of using it as the basis of a thesis.
2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
So I signed up for a channel a few months ago hoping that, perhaps, an idea would come to me.
Once I got my head around the idea that someone might actually watch my videos, it only took a few days to work out what I wanted and how I was going to set everything out. I also started a Facebook page around the same subject and shared my videos on that page.
I had my first subscribers within a week and I’m really looking forward to growing my channel. Who knows? I might even start one for art.
3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
I also wanted to make my own cover art so looked into Canva, and using their templates, made, what I think, is a cute cover.
Another part which was hard, and I think turns people off, is having to be perfect. We’re told to always strive for perfectionism and that can stop us from achieving any goal in life. Perfectionism isn’t attainable. There’s always something we could do better, so rather than aiming for it….just aim to get started.
4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?
I also don’t have a lot of fancy equipment. I just use my phone and a ring light. Then I upload to the app ‘Inshot’ and that app automatically links to YouTube, and other social media sites, with the click of a button.
Another thing that made this easy was keeping my anonymity. I didn’t let friends or family know except for those who are very close to me, so I didn’t have to worry about being judged or having advice thrown at me, from those don’t have their own channel.
5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
You don’t have to be perfect.
In fact, a lot of successful YouTubers are just normal people like you and me.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that anyone can do it.
Don’t want to show your face? Then have the camera pointing down at what you want to showcase. I try and make sure my videos are around the five minute mark as. Not only am I doing a free mini-course, but people are inundated with videos and social media so shorter is better.
Once you have that very first subscriber, all of a sudden you feel you could accomplish anything. I was so incredibly excited and felt on top of the world.
Don’t stop just because you have one subscriber, either. You’ll need to keep creating content but if you’ve chosen a channel around your passion, then that’s easy.
My final piece of advice is: don’t tell your friends or family. You’ll find they’ll give you all sorts of advice that isn’t necessarily beneficial. One you’ve reached your first 1000 subscribers then let them know. Or not, the choice is yours!
6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
Canva – channel covers and art work.
InShot – you can edit videos, join them together and upload directly to the social media site.
PicsArt – another site for art work.
Facebook – for sharing your videos and getting more subscribers.
Instagram – videos can be shared as ‘reels’.
These are the resources I’ve found that are the easiest to use, plus they have the added advantage of being free. And we all love free, right?
I also have a:
- Ring light –can be purchased from your dollar store or Kmart.
- Phone mount – holds my camera and allows me to angle it where I want. This isn’t a ‘must have’ item, if you don’t have one then get creative. Propping your phone on books works just as well.
I also suggest you come join the BreakDiving.io community. Many of us there are YouTubers and we’d love to help you out!
Resource 1: Break Diving - Come and meet other YouTubers!
Resource 2: Canva - Very useful to create all your channel and video art.
7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).
She checked out my channel and told me that not only was she proud of me for giving it a go, but that my videos were great and she’d learned a lot just from the few I had up.
It was then she said something that really blew me away. ‘You’ve mentioned this is a free course, but with the info that you’re providing you should be making it a ‘teaser’ course and have another, more in-depth, course, that people can subscribe to, and, of course, pay for.”
I honestly hadn’t thought about having a course, or business, come out of the idea of having a YouTube channel. I sat there stunned for a few minutes and then thought, ‘why not’?
As I also like to write, I decided to outline a cozy mystery and tie that into my course (which I’ve outlined as well) and channel. I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled that other people like what I do. Now I just need to finish my novel and course and deliver then to the world!
Plus I can pursue those as my next dives!
8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?
9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?
10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Dixie Leigh Franklin is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Artist - YouTuber - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
Certificate number: 89
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