I currently use Pro Tools, although if I were starting now I might start with Logic Pro X!
I use Canon DSLR cameras. I started on the Canon t3i, moved to the Canon 60D, and now use the Canon 5D mark III.
Final Cut X. Although, starting out I would recommend iMovie, which is a super easy version of Final Cut!
To start, make sure you are doing something that you love, because in the beginning you will put in thousands of hours of work, losing money and sleep doing it. If you really want to succeed, don’t have a plan B. While we’re at it, if you aren’t on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, and/or Tumblr engaging and answering your supporters, you are doing something wrong. When you’re starting off, respond to EVERY comment. Engage. Be genuine. Be who you are, and do it YOURSELF, and you will have a better chance of succeeding. Don’t allow anyone to take a huge piece of your revenue stream. They didn’t create your brand, they didn’t develop YOUR talent — don’t give them your money. Do it yourself, and you will do better.
TubeBuddy is a browser extension that I find really helps get a lot of things done quickly! It adds a layer of tools right inside YouTube’s website. You can make bulk updates to videos, Cards and Annotations, and optimize your videos with advanced keyword rankings. It really speeds up your workflow! Check it out here.
To legally sync music to your videos, or any kind of visual media, you’ll need a sync license. It can be confusing, but the best place to get any and all of your answers is at wearethehits.com. Larry Mills, the CEO, does a great job of solving this complex problem. We Are the Hits allows you to create, syndicate, and monetize cover songs – legally!
Yes! I cannot say enough amazing things about Patreon. It has honestly changed my life – I no longer worry about how I’ll pay my team, or fund my next project, or book a flight to my next collab. My amazing patrons help me to make bigger and better productions – and join me on my journey. If you think Kickstarter or Indiegogo is a great way to fund one-off projects, Patreon is the answer for artists of ALL kinds, for an ongoing, sustainable income.
I use tubularlabs.com for diving into all of my social numbers – everything from responding to comments more quickly, to figuring out who to collab with next, to understanding how well my marketing pushes are performing. And best of all, it’s FREE!!
For Twitter, I recommend the Chrome plugin TweetDeck. I also use a website called Epoxy, which allows you to quickly respond to people on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So far I’ve found it to be incredibly helpful! I highly encourage anyone who wants to do this for a living to interact with anyone and everyone who reaches out to you, on ANY social media platform.
I have a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
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