YouTube have chosen me!
This summer the YouTube team scoured all of Europe for the most exciting, influential, relevant and interesting female creators. And what do you know, yours truly is one of the finalists!
Along with a fascinating group of women working in fields as diverse as activism, food, style and sport, I’m beyond excited to have been hand selected by YouTube themselves as a ‘Woman To Watch,’ someone who communicates passionately and speaks to women and men alike.
My prize is an all expenses paid week-long YouTube Creator camp in London with mentoring, training and workshops, access to studios, lighting, cameras and equipment, cash for equipment and even a personal YouTube account manager!
How Did I Get Here?
There wasn’t any great plan behind my YouTube channel, I just found myself watching more YouTube content so it seemed like an obvious next step for me. I thought it would be interesting to take people behind the scenes at races like Red Hook Crit as I enjoy content like that myself. After I was invited on events like Maratone de Les Dolomites and to Australia I figured, ‘hey, this is such a good opportunity to film!’ Then at the end of 2017 I made the decision (prompted by Dave) to start releasing videos weekly (where possible). It’s all really snowballed since then.
My YouTube journey has been a real epic of discovery as like with everything I do, I’ve learnt on the fly and experimented to see what does and doesn’t work. I feel largely happy with the content of the videos I’m producing – as long as I’m doing interesting rides, races and training I’ll always have plenty to share.
The production side is more difficult. It’s time consuming even to produce one video per week around all the other stuff that I do. I’ve invested a lot of time and money into my channel, whether that’s the alarming amount of cash I’ve dropped on cameras, microphones and lights or the late nights I’ve sat up editing in order to release a video on time but I still often feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.
As I’m so busy creating I haven’t had time to learn a better editing programme; l don’t have the software I need or a powerful enough computer so I’m still editing everything on iMovie, which is no way near good enough.
My point is, the training camp is going to be so useful! To spend five days just focusing on one thing – video – is such a rarity for me. I can’t wait to learn how to raise the production values of my videos, receive instruction on colour-grading , bounce ideas off mentors and participate in the challenges the YouTube team have devised for us. Along with that, I’ll also get access to professional studios, lighting and editing suites and I can choose from a vast array of amazing cameras. The money I’ve won I can spend on software. YASS!
Stay tuned for some content from YouTube Next Up Creator camp next week. And if you don’t subscribe to my channel, click here if you’d like to. I really value your support, feedback and questions so please do get involved in the whole process and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see on my channel.
And those of you that already subscribe… T H A N K Y O U! It’s entirely down to your support and enthusiasm that I’m able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. YOU RULE.