You don’t have to. I will keep on saying you don’t have to because not so many people especially in the world we’re living today tell you that you actually don’t have to.
What I mean is that, when I started to blog, I did have these crazy big stars that made it well in the industry and I did aspire to be like them, I still so aspire … not to be like them, but to be me, in the best way could possibly be. I started blogging not so long ago if I am being honest, it’s just over 7 months. Sorry for the accurate calculation, but this is a relationship right here… it is a relationship I made with myself and letting that 21-year-old who got the guts to leave her comfort zone to juggle all these things that involve taking photos by herself, editing them, filming, posting on the Tube, going to college, getting good grades, working and trying to earn something; that in itself is so much of an achievement and even though she doesn’t always give herself a pat on the back for it, she sure does deserve it.
What am I even trying to say? That you don’t have to wait for someone to congratulate you on those very small wins that as per now do not seem as if they are worth a thing, but when you do thank yourself for taking those small steps then you get the motivation to move forward and plan greater things. I do work quite well will self-motivation, I don’t know about you… let me know
Another thing I am trying to say is that you don’t have to have a MacBook to get fantastic clips to posy on YouTube, I feel the need to put that across because, the other day I was having a conversation with my girl and then a bit into the conversation she mentioned how she struggled to edit videos and all on her laptop because it was kind of having issues and her solution to producing content was by having a Mac. It is very much okay to feel that way, why you ask? Because the society we live in makes it so easy to feel when you are lacking; although, lacking in expensive materials doesn’t mean lack in talent. So I obviously ran her through the basic and voila! Girl can do this magic like no one’s business.
You also don’t have to have an expensive outfit, I am speaking to my sisters in the (254) I do see the trend that if it is not Adidas, it is not interesting; or if it doesn’t have a Gucci logo, it is not worth the gaze. Truth is, I started dressing up my Primark outfits and people didn’t know how cheap it was until I told them, I did wear a whole lot of cheap heels, cheap accessories but I mixed that with an expensive style and confidence, and that is all you need.
You also don’t necessarily have to have a huge fan base, and when I talk of fan base I don’t mean the people that you do not know, I am referring to the people around you, those friends, family and all the titles they have. Those people are obviously expected to be the number one supporters; I know and thank God that I do have amazing family, and some friends, but usually the reality is most of them just come around when they see you moving. It is always a bad idea to start off something that not as common and traditional as they are used to, but the key point was, that is them, not me and so I am entitles to make my decisions eventually. So, next time they say it is a bad idea, remind them that when the business is up and running, or when you turn your passion into something big.
You also don’t have to start easy, or rough. Many people say they started rough, but it does not mean you will too, and neither do the fact that most people start easy mean you will too. Everyone’s journey is different and that’s that.
You don’t have to be perfect; well this doesn’t mean you don’t have to be great because I believe so much in being great, rather giving your best in whatever you do but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Man is to error and growth is beautiful.
You do not have to have a large space to begin your channel, boy oh boy! This is a ‘thing’ I needed to hear a while back. Practically my house is a box (compared to the people we see on YouTube) and so the moment I had done my first two videos last year, I really felt so intimidated by the videos I watched. The houses were big and very ‘youtub-ey’ if that is a word I have made up … forgive me but you understand though. All the white-rooms, standard white carpets and then the framed plants photographs, rose gold rails and copper hangers for the clothes and big compounds to tip it off, that was (still is) so out of my league. I should have known better because I was in journalism school where we had to make do with what we had, it didn’t go past theory. I learnt as I went, and look at me now, shamelessly using all the props I have in my house. That right there is the growth I was talking about, but this one is mental.
I know this is quite a lengthy post, and I hope if anyone though they had to… in any of these scenarios, I hope that now you know it is not that necessary. Let know what you might have struggled with, or what you thought was quite necessary to have but then it actually wasn’t. I love hearing from you.