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Checklist: How to be a Vlogger

The amount of girls that are on YouTube sharing their OOTD’s, shopping hauls, product reviews, advice and opinions are overwhelming. Sometimes I wish I was as fabulous as these fashion and beauty vloggers seemed.

One day I stopped myself.

Why couldn’t I be doing what all these girls are accomplishing? So I decided to take matters into my own hand. As a Ryerson fashion student living in downtown Toronto, I felt I had just as much interesting video material to start my own channel.

Here’s a list of 8 important checklist items a wannabe fashion and beauty vlogger always needs.

Complete with self-depricating GIFs.

 

SHAMELESSLY SLAVE DRIVE A CORNERED PHOTOGRAPHER FRIEND/BOYFRIEND

Videos don’t film themselves sadly and you’ll need help from time to time when that trusty tripod of yours just can’t get that 360 degree shot you’ve been dying for.

1 Hostage + 1 Camera = Photographer

 

ABILITY TO MAKE YOURSELF SEEM FABULOUS

People don’t spend hours on YouTube so they can see videos of someone eating Fritos off their own chest while watching TV, they want to see something awesome.

Dash of Confidence + 2 Cups of Pretentiousness = FABULOUSNESS

 

MUSTER UP CONFIDENCE TO TALK TO AN INANIMATE OBJECT

You will need to learn how to talk to a camera as if it was a real human being that actually cares about anything you have to say, while it really doesn’t, ’cause it’s not human.

1 Inanimate Object + 5 Cups of Talking to Yourself = Video in the Making

 

SCOUT THE PERFECT SHOOTING LOCATION

The background of where you’re shooting can have a positive or negative effect towards your viewership. Shooting downstairs in your parents’ basement? Probably not a good idea. Breaking onto the rooftop of your apartment building? Splendid.

 1 Part Breaking & Entering Skills + 1 Part Sneakyness = Awesome Background

BECOME A FILM EDITING WIZARD

You can’t be a vlogger without a film editing program or film editing skills. Either acquire them through personal training or blackmail someone to do it for you. Possibly easier.

1 Film Editing Program + 1 Blackmail Photo = Edited Film

 

SHAMELESS SELF PROMO & BEG FRIENDS TO SHARE YOUR VLOGS

Starting out, your videos aren’t going to go anywhere if there isn’t exposure, this is why you have friends. You force them to share your videos or threaten them with their deepest darkest secrets and treat them to a McDonalds Happy Meal afterwards.

Any # of Friends + Happy Meal = Exposure

 

JOIN ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS KNOWN TO MAN

You want to reach out to everyone? Join everything and anything. It’s the 21st century, social media can be your biggest friend.

9873231 Social Media Channels + A Lot of Signing Up = Cool New Sites 

 

PRAY FOR DECENT LIGHTING & A SUNNY DAY

Last, but not least, you can’t make a video without some good lighting and help from Mother Nature. If she’s on your side, a sunny day will make your video exposure and lighting that much better and above the rest.

 100% Mother Nature = Perfect Lighting

 

All that said and done, after I had acquired all 8 things off the vlogging checklist, I was ready to talk to an inanimate object like it was my imaginary best friend and shamelessly plug myself… This post really is about the 8 important facts on how to be a fashion and beauty vlogger! Seriously, I’m not shamelessly plugging! Guys com’on… But of course be sure to check out my newest YouTube vlog trying my hand out at the checklist 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paZGXZFKV1s

Anyone can be a vlogger with just a smidge of confidence and a trusty camera. I know I watch way too much fashion and beauty vlogs to be healthy, so I’ve decided to cross over to the dark side. Please welcome me with open arms. Support in any form would be amazing. Ciao!

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