This video is for a Huffington Post Article in their “5 Things I wish Someone had Told me …” series. Pretty cool!
5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before YouTube
Can you share the funniest of most interesting story that happened to you in the course of your career?
I remember one time I was at this dive bar in LA and a biker dude with tattoos and bad piercings kept staring at me from the bar. This guy looked like he was right out of Sons of Anarchy – SCARY looking dude and he kept giving me these mean looks. So finally he finishes his drink and walks right over to me and gets in my face and goes, “… are you NoSleeves?”
Hahaha turns out he was a fan and instead of getting in a fight I took a picture with the guy. It was amazing.
What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I have a new show on Facebook called Relationship Goals – I do funny games and challenges with my Girlfriend that you can do at home.
And then there’s my favorite talk show, Chip Chat where I bring guests on and we discuss the most important issue of all time – Chips.
5 things i wish someone had told me before I started making youtube videos
#1: There are no days off: if you commit to making internet videos, if you want to travel the world and have these amazing experiences and get paid for being you, you have to be prepared to crank out content no matter what. Oh you’re sick? Too bad make a video about being sick. There was a storm and the power’s out at your house? Doesn’t matter make something funny. The microphone wasn’t working and everything you filmed has no sound? Better record a song and make a music video out of it. There’s no i should’ve succeeded, there’s nobody to give you a mulligan or say that it’s ok if you don’t get your stuff done./ Things are gonna go wrong. Figure. It. Out.
#2: Know how the Sausage gets made: I know it looks like we’re running around taping funny stuff with our friends, but the truth is it take a lot of work to make it look this easy. Writing, acting directing editing – you have to be able to think of the concepts and then execute them and do them in a way that you can do them. You don’t have access to a helicopter or a CGI department? Better think of some camera tricks or learn to edit. Or both.
#2a Jump Cuts!
#3: Manage the Haters: No matter what you do, someone is going to hate it. You could make a video about puppies eating ice cream and somebody’s think you’re an asshole. The problem is on the internet, they will write some mean nasty comment that feels like you’re getting stabbed in the soul. That’s just the nature of the internet. You have to learn to handle the irrational, illogical hate comments, shake it off, and get back to work. They never mean it anyway – I’ve had a million people write horrible things about me on the internet but when i call them out or meet them in person? They’re cute as kittens.
#4: Start, Don’t Stop. I can’t even tell you how many times people have said to me “oh i want to start a youtube channel, but I haven’t made anything yet because I want it to look really really good.” That’s the opposite of progress. You want to start a youtube channel? The secret is start the youtube channel. Make a terrible first video. Watch it over and over again, figure out why it sucked, and make another one that’s slightly better.
No matter what you do, when you start you’re going to suck. You suck less by doing it again and again and trying things and failing and learning from your mistakes and eventually, you get good. But you’ll never get good if you don’t start.
Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.
#5: Nobody can do you better than you: If you’re doing something creative, you’re bound to have influences and inspirations, but don’t try to be a carbon copy someone else because then the best you’ll be is a pretty good replica. But if you focus on being the coolest, best version of yourself then nobody can touch you. Find your own voice and not only will people respect it, you’ll respect yourself.