I wasn't sure where to post this, so it's ending up in the clusterpineapple that is Shenanigans. I've been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting over my personal life for the past several months, because jesus I have nothing else to do right now. I quit my job to go on a bike tour back in July, but I just recently finished the massive amounts of work on my bike within the past week. It's already getting very cold where I live, so training for a tour every day isn't such a great option, so I spend a lot of my time inside (on the computer, duh). Over the past two weeks, I have watched INSANE amounts of current Youtube celebrities, trying to see how they got started and what techniques they used to make them fun and unique. I think I want to jump into this world of entertainment, but moreso for myself right now rather than trying to entertain other people. I have struggled with mild depression for around a year and a half now, and I really need to be okay with myself at this point in time, and learning skills like being in front of a camera and practicing writing a script for a show would really help my self-esteem, I feel. So my idea is this:
Many of my current favorite Youtubers do something unique with their show, and I feel like I've found something niche that no one else does currently (or at least no one my age on Youtube). I've taken to studying the art of food preservation, starting many months ago at a class I attended. I'm completely fascinated with food science right now, and I hope to go to school to study it further once I settle down somewhere. I can make jellies, jams, pickles and a plethora of other things, and it all comes very naturally to me, since I like to mess around in the kitchen in the first place. I want to an instructional video, but while I imbibe, ala My Drunk Kitchen (FOLLOW YOUR HARTO, KIDS). At one point in time, I also wanted to do cocktail tutorials featuring drinks from thedrunkenmoogle.com, but I have yet to receive any response from the team over there, so it's on the backburner. I have all of the resources available to do a weekly or bi-weekly episode, except I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET STARTED! The only things I currently have as far as recording equipment is a Logitech webcam that records in 720p, and an HTC One M7 phone. No cameras, no microphones, no lighting equipment, no tripods, nothing fancy. I also have no idea about what kind of software I will need to get my hands on for editing. I think I have a copy of Sony Vegas Pro lying around somewhere, but I never really used it for anything.
Does anyone have experience producing Youtube videos? Anything from vlogs to interviews to collaborations, it doesn't matter as anything will help. I do have a friend who does short vlog-style videos and I will be meeting with him this weekend to discuss everything and get tips, but I thought I would also reach out to you guys, because I know y'all have experience in a lot of different mediums, and I thought Youtube might be one of them. If you have any recommendations on software, hardware, recording locations, topics of discussion, show ideas or themes, ANYTHING please let me know. I would forever be grateful!