Why should I start making online videos?

Howdy! I assume that you felt that tingle. The tingle of excitement connected to the thought of making a video and uploading it to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram or a different platform. You found yourself asking “Why should I start making online videos?”. And I’ve got the answers below:

You’ll have lots of fun with your friends

Making online videos is a lot of fun! Especially when have good company. It’s better than doing it alone. Of course, it will take twice as long, but at the end of the day the sense of doing something creative in a community is worth the time spent. And you’ll laugh your head off.

soldier kicking a log in a forest
Picture taken on set of this video. Moments before my friend kicked a log mid-air. He said the pain was real
boy wearing boxing gloves
Scene from this video. The guys were sleeping on the floor waiting for the air raid-siren to stop. We didn’t notice that one of our friends was wearing boxing gloves in the scene and so it made it to the final video.

It’ll give you a reason to do crazy stuff

Tim Ferriss in his book called The 4 Hour Workweek used the term Adventure Deficit Disorder. What he meant by this is that adults tend to fall into the mundane routine of working, eating and sleeping. Therefore they don’t seek for excitement and are chronically unhappy and unfulfilled.

Sad, sad people

What does this have in common with our main question?

“Why should I start making online videos?”

person in a trash bag on set
Three of my friends. One of them is holding a sprinkler. The second one is inside a trash bag and the third one is digging a hole in the ground. Don’t worry, it was just for a short film

What if I told you that making online videos is a great way to escape your comfort zone. You may do something crazy once and have it on the Internet to rewatch whenever you feel like it! So why not spare one afternoon for making a car chasis out of cardboard and going to a drive thru in it? Or why not sled down a ski slope? That’s what me and my friend Brigit Storm once did.

By the way – Brigit is a phaenomenal musician.

Check out her work at brigitstorm.com

It’ll boost your creativity

We hardly ever do creative stuff on a day to day basis. Making online videos is a great way to practice problem solving and improve your creativity. In fact – that’s what this blog is all about!!!

You’ll improve your skills as a storyteller, camera operator and video editor

The first video you make will most likely be so so. But as people, we learn best on our own mistakes and the mistakes you made in your first video won’t be present in the next one. Filmmaking is a fun process of learning. I promise that people will marvel at your works with their jaws down on the floor if only you don’t loose patience on your way.

soldier carrying wounded man
Notice that the soldier being carried is wearing sport shoes. What a fail…
This scene taught me to pay attention to every detail of every actor’s clothing

You’ll create an online portfolio for future freelance jobs

The videos you upload to Youtube will most likely be seen by a lot of people. And the videos you’ll spend the most time on could be the ones you’ll send to companies offering to shoot something similar for them. Why not make money doing something you enjoy?

In this day and era, where online marketing is the key to sales, most small businesses long for a trendy, well paced video. Why? Because it creates an amicable image of the company. That’s why the videos you create for pure fun may be the most valuable ones in your portfolio!

You’ll feel fulfilled, and less afraid of death

Have you ever felt afraid of death? Everyone has. It is a hard topic, but realizing that we have no control over the flow of time is kinda intimidating. We, humans are control freaks. And time is one variable in our life which we have no control over. We, however, do have control over how we spend the time we have. The videos you upload on the internet will most likely be there long after you. So why not create something amazing?

You’ll get tons of feedback

“Why should I start making online videos?” – because of how easy it is to get feedback!

The Internet is one of the most groundbreaking tools for artists. Never before has it been this easy to exhibit your works to the entire world! Moreover, never before could you get your audience’s feedback this fast! How can you not be a content creator yet, having such a wonderful and FREE tool?

Your videos may go viral (and some probably will)

Back in high school we had a task to perform a presentation on what to do in case of radioactive contamination. Me and my friends however decided to shoot an instructional video on the subject. For some reason the video now gets over 600 views a month and is currently at 31.000 views. For a fun and short high school video! Here it is:

This video was probably targeted right, since apparently a lot of people are searching for “What to do in case of a nuclear emergency”

You may be able to turn a passion into a lifestyle.

Still not convinced? Still asking yourself

“Why should I start making online videos?”

What if I told you that it’s really easy to turn your storytelling, video shooting and editing skills into gold? People are willing to pay for capturing important moments of their lifes and videos, which they can use for marketing their product, service or company. Start learning today, and live off your skills in 3 years. Success doesn’t come overnight, but 3 years is more than a realistic time span.

That’s all for this week. I really appreciate that you made it all the way here 🙂

Until next week!