Dear Melly: Tips on Making Videos

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“I want to make YouTube videos, but I’m not sure where to start. Any tips?” – Richard


Dear Richard,

A lot depends on what kind of videos you would like to make (e.g. vlogs, beauty tutorials, gaming, etc.) However, I think there are a few things that apply to any type of video:


  1. Just start doing it

To be quite honest, the hardest part about a new project is the beginning, but you can’t do anything else until you’re willing to try that. Turn on your camera and start filming.


  1. Keep practicing

To get good at making videos is like anything else. It takes time and effort. Make a video. Make another video, and another, and another… Do you see where I’m going with this?


  1. Make videos for yourself

I understand the desire to get a lot of views, but if that’s your only goal eventually you are going to get tired of creating. Let’s try to avoid that. It’s okay to have that goal, but you have to have other goals to keep you going. Make videos you find interesting or funny or whatever and with the number of people currently residing on our planet, chances are some of them will also like your videos.


  1. Don’t worry about the numbers

This was kind of implied in the last tip, but I think this is really important to remember. Everyone starts with a low subscriber count. It’s hard to remember that when you see channels with thousands of subscribers, but this is true even for them. Your numbers might grow quickly or they might not, but either way don’t let that stop you from creating.


  1. Share the things you’re proud of

Sharing what you create, even if it’s just with one friend, is the only way to get feedback. If you want to get better, it’s important to look for advice from others. With that said, you may want to share the things you’re not so proud of as well.


I hope this helps, but just in case you can watch one of my favorite videos on the subject of creating here.

Good luck future video creators,


About the author

Melissa Fife

When Melissa isn’t writing for CommonGeek, she keeps busy working with smalls in a preschool classroom, attending her own classes at her local university, and just being a Hufflepuff. She’s really passionate about education, technology, and literature in various forms.