My very best friend hates social media and believes technology takes away the ability to enjoy the moment. I agree, but unplugged events won't contribute to my YouTube success as I must stay relevant on other platforms. Let's address how YouTube ruined my friendships.
Unless you live on an artsy college campus or in LA, you most likely aren't surrounded by fellow YouTubers, wannabe actors/actresses, and bored enough individuals with hefty trust funds. Some upcoming YouTubers may have 1-2 engaging friends (actively following your content and/or helping you produce) if they are lucky. But what if your friends don't understand or enjoy the entertainment industry altogether? You can experience several different emotions...
You Appear to be a User
You Seem Self-Absorbed
You make your friends pose and retake pictures to only ignore them. I mean, the pictures aren't going to filter themselves.
Don't even get me started about vlogging. A lot of people have Instagram and Snapchat, but they cater to their inner circle instead of the general public. These friends have jobs and don't want to be filmed at a bar. They are shy and don't know what to say. Please give us three minutes to vlog the night and get exactly what we need.
You Feel Socially Awkward
But a plea to our friends... Talking to a camera in public feels really dorky. That's why you still rarely see vloggers when you go to the mall. It takes a lot of confidence to interact with "nobody" in front of everybody. Please don't roll your eyes and shame us for trying to build our brand.
Did I miss anything? If so, please sound off in the comments. If you're a small YouTuber struggling, please know that you can always reach out to me. YouTube is a wonderful place, but it can be it's own social bubble.
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