Social Media Influencer?

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I see this term being thrown around a lot lately…. I don’t want to be a social media influencer though. I just like creating and sharing. If you like it – great, if you don’t – no problem. If I have an opportunity to work with a brand that I like and aligns to what we are doing, then I have no problem with that. I would prefer though to make money from google ads, supporters of the podcast and patreon.

There was a time when there weren’t ads on social media nor was there “social media influencers” doing ads on their content. On one hand it is nice that people can be self employed and on another hand it is just another platform for more ads to be shoved into your face. It is like my love / hate relationship with technology and the internet. There are pros and cons.

It is nice to discover a product I am interested in from a creator on youtube, especially if it is a product that is related to what the creator normally talks about. Quite often though that is not the case. It is a norm to see many popular you tubers doing ads for companies that have nothing to do with them. For example, if we did an ad for a really good yoga mat, that would make sense – we do make yoga and mediation videos. But, if we did an ad for Dorito chips, that wouldn’t really make sense considering that I don’t even eat them anymore nor does it have anything to do with the content we create.

I understand the need to work with brands to sustain their career and lifestyle as a creator. I get it. I am open and willing to do it too, as long as it makes sense. I think I would feel like an idiot trying to sell some product I didn’t use, care about or believe in. If it had something to do with camera gear or something related to recreational vehicles then yeah, that makes sense to me.

I think there is nothing wrong with developing relationships with brands and presenting services or products on YouTube or other platforms, but where do you draw the line? Are the brands you are working with in alignment to your own brand or personal beliefs? I guess this comes down to the dollar signs in front of your eyes or integrity.

So, do I consider myself a social media influencer? No. I don’t even have enough followers to be considered anyway. I just want to evolve as a creator and make better content. Plain and simple.

Andrew

3/23/19 | AZ

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Years ago I created a YouTube channel and uploaded a few comedy videos. They weren’t very good and I ended up deleting the channel. Fast forward a few years, my wife and I were living in Chicago. I decided to startup another YouTube Channel and was determined to become a better director and editor. My skills did improve, but my content did not. The channel consisted of short horror films and vlogs. M. Night Shyamalan and Casey Neistat were my sources of inspiration. The best video I probably uploaded during that time was, “Witch of Evansburg.” I received money from a kickstarter campaign to make the film. It was suppose to be a feature length film, but ended up being a series of three short videos. We had a lot of difficulty finding a place to film. It was a period piece, so I couldn’t just film it anywhere. So, I abandoned the idea of a feature length film and shifted my focus towards YouTube. The video and channel never gained any traction, so I deleted it. But, that wouldn’t be the end of YouTube for me. In July of 2017 I created the Souls Gone Wild YouTube Channel!

Our latest channel consists of the following content; yoga, meditation, travel vlogs, comedy and music. I have an old short film I created years ago in community college on this channel called, “Unnerving Tension.” I will also be uploading Witch of Evansburg and occasionally doing short films on this channel. My goal is always to become a better director, editor and become more comfortable in front of the camera.

I am determined to grow an audience via our blog and YouTube Channel. I want to entertain, make people laugh and inspire an audience. I always knew when I was younger that it only took one song or one video to blow up. I don’t know what that will be for me or when, but I know it will happen. Sure, it may sound crazy, but I won’t stop until it happens. You can punch me and knock me down, hell you could even knock me out, but I’m going to wake up, get back up and go at it again.

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Andrew

5.11.18 | NJ

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