WHY I”M MAKING VIDEOS

WHY I”M MAKING VIDEOS

I reach around the tripod.

After three weeks, I have a decent idea of where my red circle lives – on the right side, about an inch and a half up.

I brush the tip of my finger over the button, just to confirm it’s what I’m looking for. I’m really not sure why I do this; as all of the buttons feel the same. I hear a beep, and I’m on.

It feels different to be on camera. I wouldn’t call it nervousness. It’s more like an uncertainty. Or a strange form of transparency that isn’t quite “natural” in our lives. In the back of your mind you can’t shake the reality that what you are doing could go viral. You could go from 291 views, to the Ellen show – in one week.

Video is weird like that. It behaves in such a unique way; unlike any medium that has come before. People want to watch. I don’t know the psychology behind it – I just know it’s true.

So, I’m making videos. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably watched a couple. And while it might not seem like a huge transition – trust me, it’s been challenging.

For starters, it’s not where my roots are. I’ve been blogging for – gosh – 20 months now, I suppose. My audience – granted, not massive by any measure – was built on words, on my ability to tell stories. It’s impossible not to wonder: Will people even be interested in watching me on camera? I couldn’t be certain – but I thought that they would. I really believe that I’m built for this kind of thing.

Writing and making videos are two very different disciplines. I won’t pretend that they have much in common – because they really don’t. Of course, there’s always an audience involved; but to entertain that audience – to keep that group of people coming back – is where the difference really lies.

I can, for the most part, predict when a blog post is going to do well. I just get this feeling. I’m confident about the message; the message allows for a catchy title, and I get 800 views.

Videos, however, have proven to be altogether unpredictable. I’ve made videos that I’m extremely happy with, that have gotten 400 views; and videos that I think could’ve been better, that have racked up a 1000. I’ve tried to dissect what makes a video perform better: Is it the title? Is it the music? The copy? The intro? Is it the time of release, perhaps? And I haven’t had much luck – if any – of cracking the code.

But I’m staying consistent, and I’m hopeful that I will figure it out soon. Simply having the opportunity to create content for you guys is a really an incredible dream. I enjoy every minute of filming, writing, editing, interacting –  or whatever the task entails. That’s why I talk so much about following your passion. Because work suddenly becomes something else. It isn’t “work” anymore. Your energy levels seem to be at an all-time high. You envision the future, and what it could be. But the hands down, most thrilling part of the entire process is the moment you realize that YOU REALLY CAN DO IT. That you can make your dream a reality. I don’t know your path, but I do know what you have to do; or rather what you have to be.

Consistent.

Did you really think that I’d make it through a blog post without throwing in some sort of advice?

I’ve closed with a bit of a tangent. But I will end this article with the following quote:

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you’re right”

-Henry Ford


 

Friends, thank you guys for reading this blog post. I really hope you found VALUE in this piece. You didn’t like it and want to trash it in the comments, cool. But if you loved it and want to SHARE it with others, even better J

It’s 2017 – Content Consumption has Changed

It’s 2017 – Content Consumption has Changed

For the creator and the consumer, there has never been a time in history greater than today.

It was only five years ago that we didn’t have the opportunity to consume content from creators like Jake Paul or artists like Bryson Tiller. We had no idea what a music producer like DJ Khaled’s daily life was like. And we weren’t graced with a mass of Netflix Originals – some of which are the most popular shows in entertainment (see House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, etc.).

We now have so many different choices that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content that’s available. And with limited time, we are forced into the utmost of first world problems – we have to choose. We not only have to choose what specific content to watch, but on which platform. Is it YouTube, Netflix, or TV tonight? Am I going to listen to a podcast, watch Instagram live, or dig through snapchat stories?

I know, I know… what a great “problem” to have. Why am I even talking about this?

In a world where the quantity of content is only going to increase, I think it’s really important for people to develop self-awareness about how and when they are consuming content. No longer are we forced to clear our calendars for Wednesday nights at 8 to watch Lost. You can thank social media for that, which by the day becomes more and more about entertainment. Think about the last time you were on Facebook, what did you see?

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Maybe it was some “Matthew McConaughinspiration”…. I mean come on, who could pass this up – really.

I think what’s also important to recognize is that you can like everything – and that might be my biggest piece of advice in this article. Platforms and creators aren’t mutually exclusive. We don’t live in a world where it’s red OR blue; YouTube OR Netflix; Facebook OR Twitter. But for an odd reason some like the narrative of their platform vs the other.

But even if that idea was somehow accepted, it would fall flat due to the constant evolution of said platforms. YouTube is becoming television. I would be astounded if the percentage of 12 year olds that preferred another form of visual content to YouTube was over 50%. Netflix, on the other hand, is becoming a stand-alone network. Many of the Netflix Originals series are highly, highly acclaimed – and rightfully so. When you look at the way Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are constantly innovating on what their one “thing” is. A person would be foolish to go all in on a single network, creator or consumer.

So, how does this apply to you? After all, you just want to consume, right? I guess what I’m trying to get at is that the way we enjoy media is in a major flux right now. There’s a possibility that something like Facebook could become the entertainment platform for all of us. And whether or not that’s inherently bad – I don’t have an answer.

Keep this article in mind the next time you find yourself 30 minutes into a Facebook “How to cook ____ food” video binge.

 

Much love!

What to do when you are FORCED out of routine

What to do when you are FORCED out of routine

I’m a morning person. I live roughly 6am to 10:30. That’s my spot; my comfort zone. However, over the next month that will change – drastically. Instead of a morning jog, coffee, and a book, I’ll jump into a foreign routine at 10am and operate until 3am.

I told you it was drastic.

Staring at my laptop in the middle of the night just isn’t my thing. It’s hard to focus. So I teeter, back and forth; In and out.

I turn to excuses.

Man, you’re in a job.

You’ve “worked” all day.

Take a break. Kick back and relax. It’s all good.

Then I remember that I’m 20. And that rolls over and over again in my head. I’m 20. I’m 20. I’m 20.

Come again, how old?

 

20.

 

And I remember that I make statements like: I want to build a company. I want to change the world. I want to have a massive impact.

And, according to me, those aren’t empty words. They are truths. They are my promises.

I will build a company. I will change the world. I will have a massive impact.

Holding myself accountable, I cannot afford 4 hours of daily escapism viewing the arrow; regardless of how much I justify watching Oliver Queen as a product of having to stay up late.

I “just can’t think” at 2am isn’t good enough for me.

Because here’s what I know.

Want to find out how committed you really are to your dreams?

Rip up your schedule and trash your routine.

Because routines are just that, routine. Any fool can thrive in routine. It’s rinse and repeat.

But when chaos sets in. When you’re FORCED to adapt. Things change.

 

And it becomes a game of 1 on 1. Your dreams vs your present.

It’s THE most important game any dreamer plays. Because life will never be steady long enough for you to smoothly reach your dreams.

It’s like the All State insurance commercial. Mayhem is everywhere. It knows no proper time, place, or person. It just strikes.

You can’t allow any environment to dictate what you do. An excuse is an excuse. Sure, some are better than others. But it doesn’t matter. Because – say it with me – an excuse is still an excuse.

In the space of a day, you can find the hour to read 7 habits. You have the time to call that potential customer. You absolutely can write your next blog post.

But do you want to? Because that’s ultimately the determinate of whether you will or you won’t.

The game is always live as a dreamer. No routine and no environment can dictate what you do.

 

We have to make things happen.


 

Did you enjoy this post? I would be forever appreciative for a share, like, or comment.

Much love

-Harrison

Successful Steps: Q&A; How to live a successful life!

Successful Steps: Q&A; How to live a successful life!

Friends,

I am extremely excited to bring you all something a little different today. This is a guest post in Q&A format with one of my favorite blogs, Successful Steps. I have gotten to know Andrew over the course of several months and we have been planning this project for a while.

Andrew is someone with awesome ideas, a great mindset, and a passion for helping others. I think you guys will really enjoy this content.

-Harrison

P.S. – Make sure to go check out my portion of the Q&A over on Successful Steps blog!


 

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Hi Harrison’s readers!

My name is Andrew and it is an honor to be featured on Harrison’s page. Our conversation began when he reached out to me on my page, Successful Steps. We quickly came to the realization that we are both creative thinkers who want to help others grow and see their own potential.

I love connecting with creative minds, hearing different perspectives, and learning more about mindfulness, minimalism, personal growth, among many other topics. Other than that, I enjoy running, reading, writing, as well as spending time with friends and loved ones.

I haven’t always enjoyed these activities, but after years of reading and consuming personal development content I realized that I wanted more out of life, and it was one of the best realizations I’ve ever had.

But it didn’t happen overnight. I experimented with different ideas, to see what worked for me and what didn’t. I tried, had some failures, and picked myself back up. Over time, I realized that I needed to achieve success, one step a time.

My journey is far from over, but now I am helping people achieve success their journey too. If you’d like to learn how to take steps to success, please join me on my blog, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

 

  1. Where do you see your blog in 2 years?

I want to improve my blog so it becomes a better resource that people can use to find motivation, inspiration, and successful strategies so they can improve themselves and the world around them. I am constantly on the hunt for new opportunities to grow, challenge myself, and create a better blog for my readers. If you have any suggestions, feel free to reach out.

 

  1. If you had a 30-second Super Bowl commercial, what would you tell the world?

Live a life of love, and love the life you live. Do what you can to improve yourself, and make the world a better place. Oh, and if I had some extra time I would tell them to check out Successful Steps to find more great tips on how to make that happen, of course.

 

  1. Do you see blogging as an outlet for your own experiences? Or do you view it more as a passion for sharing a message with others?

My blog was born when my three passions met: Writing, helping others, and self-growth. In the infancy stages, I would have said that I saw blogging as a vehicle to share my message with others. As the blog matured, I realized that it was helping others as well as myself. As I wrote content for the blog, reminding myself of the crucial steps to success really provided a lot of value in my own life. Not all of my messages are completely revolutionary, but having a kind reminder and a slightly different perspective can go a long way.

 

  1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start blogging?

Don’t give up. Blogging is rewarding, but it’s not as easy as it looks. There is always an opportunity to grow, so improve every chance you get. Sometimes it’ll be easy, sometimes it’ll be difficult, but if you stick around and keep at it, you will see how rewarding blogging can really be.

 

  1. Specific to your education, have you always been a writer/had an affinity for it? And also, how do you balance a love for writing and educating others with your college major that, in a practical sense, seems a future career?

Writing has not always been an interest of mine. In fact, I remember in elementary school I would spend time trying to figure out the shortest sentence I could get away with so that I would write less. My passion for writing started with journaling, and it just began to branch out as I wanted to try different writing styles. As a psychology major, my blog aligns with my personal and academic goal of helping others.

 

  1. Why did you start writing?

I love using to-do lists, so that’s where my writing began. Being able to write out everything that I had to do helped me clear my mind, but I wanted to take it a step further. Then I began journaling, and I loved being able to swim in a sea of my thoughts. Journaling allowed me to see my thoughts from a distance, and gain a better perspective of the full picture. Once this happened, I realized the power of writing and written words. Writing became a mystery that I yearned to learn, and I am still learning every day.

 

  1. If there is one lesson you’d want to teach the people who come into your life, what would it be?

Love the life you have, and be grateful for the simple pleasures that life gives you. I think that most of us are grateful and enjoy life on the surface, but lack a deep and genuine appreciation for life. I had a close and unexpected encounter with death, and it changed everything. Fortunately, I survived and carried every ounce of appreciation, love, and gratitude that I could with me. Don’t learn the hard way like I did. Appreciate life without the slap in the face from death himself. It’s much better that way.

 

  1. What did you want to be growing up?

Believe it or not, when I was a kid I wanted to work at a retail store called Target. When I went there as a child, I always thought it was such a cool place and would be an even cooler place to work. I have never worked there, but my interest has moved on to other ideas, such as writing and helping people outside of retail.

 

  1. Who inspires you?

My family and friends are one of my biggest sources of inspiration. They each have amazing qualities about them that are too long to list here. Aside from them, I am inspired by some of my favorite authors, mentors, and anyone who is able to overcome their challenges and make this world a better place.

 

  1. What is your proudest achievement so far?

What comes to mind is completing my first trail marathon when I was twenty years old. As a kid, I was overweight and hated running. I would’ve never thought that I’d end up running a marathon, but I did and it changed everything. Running a marathon has taught me so much about myself, and about life in general. It’s been a great reminder to myself that I can do anything that I prepare for and put my mind to.

 

  1. What dream do you want to fulfill?

I want to travel the world. We see such a small piece of the world in our life compared to the great vastness of this planet. I also believe that traveling would help me learn more about myself and grow as an individual, so I am planning on doing some traveling sometime soon.

 

  1. If you knew you could do anything without failure, what would you do?

I’d become a full-time writer. I love writing and helping others, and it would be an honor to pursue this work full time. Nevertheless, I will continue to write and share my message. Who knows, maybe someday I will turn this into a full-time gig. Follow me and stay tuned.

 

A note from Harrison –

Hey guys! As always, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the peak into Andrew’s mind and the way that he approaches these important questions.

I thought it would be fun to ask you all to answer my favorite of the bunch: If you had a 30-second super bowl commercial, what would you tell the world?

Comment below and let me know!

All the best!