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Justin Tse On Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur & Content Creator

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Justin Tse is a massively successful Tech Content Creator, Entrepreneur & Podcaster. He makes quality tech & lifestyle videos on YouTube and has achieved over 560k+ subscribers. He co-owns a clothing company called Dangerfield with Alexx Davies & has a podcast called FEATURE where he talks about Business, Tech, Lifestyle, Travel, and gets into conversations with other creators! Justin was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to talk to us about his journey! Read on-

1. Who is Justin Tse in real life?

I don’t know.  Almost everything I do is some form of work.  Between planning, filming, and editing videos for my channel, building up the Feature podcast, or working on the clothing company I co-own,  Dangerfield… I stay pretty busy.

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2. What sparked your love for Entrepreneurship and Filmmaking?

When I was a kid I wanted to find a way to make money.  I loved selling stuff, and when I tried to sell one device I learned more about YouTube and its possible revenue streams.  After learning more about tech, I decided to try and make some videos.  Over time, I began improving my filming and diversified the style of videos I upload.  Such as the cinematic travel videos and more.  The skills and equipment could also be seen as a competitive advantage.

3. What are your key takeaways running a successful Tech YouTube channel? (JUSTIN TSE)

My takeaways are that running a YouTube channel is a lot more work than people think.  For me, it’s a media company, and to do this full time, it requires a full commitment and adaptation of lifestyle to maintain and grow a channel.  Especially when you factor in traveling in a normal year, and making content it becomes difficult to manage.  Therefore, staying organized and using a schedule is extremely important.  A YouTube channel is a small business, for the first 9 years I did all the filming, editing, emailing, negotiating, selling, and accounting. 

4. You recently co-founded and launched “Dangerfield”, what problems did you face before launching it? 

Some issues I faced were that the co-owner and I sometimes weren’t in complete agreement over aspects that are important to a brand’s identity.  For example, choosing the style and theme should not be rushed, it took time to decide.  In addition to that, picking the target audience and the content strategy to go along with it is important and we felt we had to be confident in our strategy prior to launch.

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5. What was your inspiration behind starting the “Feature” podcast & what do you wish to achieve as a Podcaster & content creator?

The podcast is a project I have always wanted to start.  The free-flowing unscripted conversation is something I am not usually able to do on my YouTube channel so this felt like a good platform to post.  I’m able to naturally discuss subjects I enjoy talking about, which includes F1, business, travel, and more.  Previously, starting new projects has been tough to implement especially because they likely are not profitable to start, but with the quarantine that had occurred for so long, I figured it’d be a good time to start.  Especially since I have thought about it for a long time now.  I had no expectations for it and its primarily for fun.  Meanwhile, my personal channel has expectations and deliverables that must be reached.  As a content creator, I want to create a sustainable, growing business that can last for years to come, and in the future, I’d like to have the resources to expand into other industries I’m passionate about while using the tools and resources I have acquired over my time.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life? 

No, I don’t feel its necessary to always get post-secondary education to succeed.  Although it can be very helpful and lead to great success, it’s not always needed.  I say this because if someone feels they already know what they’d like to do in life, and it’s something they feel they already have the resources continuing in school doesn’t always make sense for that individual.  I only dropped out because I had a steady income and I knew I could make a career out of YouTube for a while.  I’m not an advocate for people sitting around hoping for success, you have to make it happen for yourself.

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7. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Be prepared to give up everything if you are truly dedicated and have aspirations to grow constantly turning YouTube into a full-time job.  Also start young, it often gives you more flexibility to take risks and learn from mistakes with little consequences.  Use the resources you have available, and don’t feel the need to have the best equipment to succeed.  The process of saving up for your first camera alone will teach you a lot. 

8. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Don’t give up, if you’re willing to put every second you have to work on something, then you probably picked the right thing. 

ALSO READ: BEN GESKIN TALKS ABOUT BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONCEPT DESIGNER AND CONTENT CREATOR

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Sharadchandra Bansode Talks About Starting YouTube

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Sharadchandra Bansode was kind enough to sit down for an interview and talk to us about his YouTube journey & Filmmaking. Read on to find out about our conversation!

Q1. When did you start your YouTube channel and why?

Sharadchandra Bansode – I feel that a major chunk of starting your YouTube channel is about knowing yourself, your strengths and your weakness; be it in a technical aspect or personal. Though unbeknownst to me, I already had a soft start in that aspect. It was around 2018 that I started working on my YouTube channel as a pet project that I could dabble in while continuing my freelance career as a producer, and filmmaker. The process of knowing yourself is one that definitely lacks any finitude. One of my core beliefs is that journaling (be it in the written form or visual) is a great way to assess life and there is a myriad of benefits that one can reap from it, so I figured vlogging (to start with) would be a great place to start from. There were other intentions of course. I wanted to work on my speech and diction, so I figured this could help me with that.

Q2. How did you get into filmmaking?

Sharadchandra Bansode – Albert Camus wrote that we get into the habit of living before we get into the habit of thinking. There are facets of life that happen to us and then there are those that we make happen for us. It was during my first year of engineering that I noticed that fine difference and that led to me dropping out against my parents’ wishes, eventually joining BMM at K.C. where I would like to think the first steps towards filmmaking were taken.
From there, I freelanced a bit before starting my own production house with my close
friend. At some point, we had to go our separate ways and I joined an ad agency as
their senior creative producer, eventually forgoing that for YouTube.

Q3. Do you think YouTube is a viable career option in 2020?

Sharadchandra Bansode – Yes and no. Unfortunately, I’m confident that YouTube is not a short-term fix although it might seem lucrative to think that it could be. However, I do think YouTube can facilitate independence (from the shackles of daily life) and growth for everyone but it’s one that takes a long time and then some. An honest timeline would be between 3 to 7 years, so it bodes well for you to find something (job, freelance, etc) which can sustain your YouTube journey.

Q4. Do you think Indian YouTubers like yourself will see a major push in the coming future
because of the ban on YouTube’s only major competitor TikTok?

Sharadchandra Bansode – I don’t think TikTok and YouTube were each other’s competition in the truest form. Irrespective of their origins, creators do have a proclivity toward comparison and that leads them to compare themselves to other creators on a different platform. While that leads to a you vs me attitude, it doesn’t have to be. You can be a TikTok artist (where a quicker format serves a specific audience), and you also be a YouTube (with scope to extensively information in your choice of genre). While this Tiktok ban will certainly see certain people migrate to YouTube, the vacuum left by Tiktok will definitely be occupied by similar entities that can take advantage of this unforeseeable incident. So to answer your question: Too difficult to say with certainty, too many variables.

Q5. Who are some of your favourite creators?

Sharadchandra Bansode – Oh god, it’s a long list. Here are my top ten, but not in sequence.

  • Peter McKinnon
  • Matt D’avella
  • Sean Tucker
  • Simon Sinek
  • Jordan B. Peterson
  • Casey Neistat
  • Gary V
  • Pewdiepie
  • Simon Sinek
  • Academy of Ideas

Q6. What are your plans for the future?

Sharadchandra Bansode – My plan for the future, when it comes to my YouTube Channel, is to establish a free space for future creators with information and guidance on their (3 to 7 years) journey so that they create content that’s uniquely their own. From a day-to-day perspective, just to make sure that I routinely show up to work (ideating, scripting, filming) and be on a steady course.

Q7. Any tips for new YouTubers?

Sharadchandra Bansode – If you truly want to grow a strong, long-lasting foundation on YouTube then understand that it’s going to be difficult. There’s no question about it. You’ll face obstacles and troubles you can’t even comprehend right now. But if you’re able to face them with the right mindset, with patience and fortitude then I can promise you that it’ll be worth all those difficulties.

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Justin Odisho Talks About YouTube, TikTok & Content

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Today, we are in conversation with Justin Odisho. Justin is a YouTuber, Podcaster & Entrepreneur.

1. When did you start your YouTube channel and why?

Justin Odisho – I started my current YouTube channel in 2011 but I had been uploading since around 2007 on various channels. I got tired of having trouble with copyright issues due to music so I decided to try sharing photoshop content since it was fun and problem-free and it just grew from there.

2. What made you start a podcast?

Justin Odisho – I wanted to expand my content and be able to collaborate with others outside of just a tutorial. I had also been listening to lots of podcasts and I wanted to have my own place to share thoughts on things beyond editing help. It’s been a fun project I’ve travelled and met lots of cool people doing.

3. Do you think YouTube is a viable career option in 2020?

Justin Odisho – I don’t think people should think of youtube as a career, but rather as a platform for some people to share on which may be a viable career. Youtube is simply the stage and it’s about what you do on that stage whether you are a singer or a teacher or else. It’s very hard to make a business for yourself in the first place though I do think digital media has so much opportunity and is the future.

4. What are your views on TikTok as a platform?

Justin Odisho – I think TikTok is having an interesting moment. It is definitely a huge influence on what songs become popular, memes, etc. I’m not sure how long it will last and it has the political drama of being a Chinese company but I’ve experimented with it and some of the biggest new stars have come from it. It might have its moment and go the way of vine who knows. Maybe Instagram will take over again.

5. Who are some of your favourite creators?

Justin Odisho – I like musicians, reading books etc if those count as creators. I don’t have specific YouTubers that I watch regularly but am subscribed to a lot of people who I appreciate.

6. What are your plans for the future?

Justin Odisho – I want to keep growing and building out a library of content perhaps similar to a khan academy. I also want to continue to experiment with new content or podcast etc and cross 1 million subscribers. I want to not waste this platform and the opportunity I have. I also want to launch new products and perhaps write an ebook or even a course on how to grow. Maybe a real book later in life as well.

7. Any tips for new YouTubers?

Justin Odisho – Fail quickly and don’t waste time worrying about little annoying things like gear and titles. Make lots of stuff to practice and get better consistently and also do it for fun. Don’t do anything you don’t naturally attract to. It might not be a business for everyone but if you know you know.

ALSO READ – JULIA EHRLICH TALKS ABOUT MAKING IT AS A FITNESS ENTREPRENEUR

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Arooba Najaf Talks About Making It As A Video Editor

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Today, we are in a conversation with Arooba Najaf. Arooba is a video editor who agreed to sit down with us and talk about how she started off her career as a video editor. Read on!

1. Who is Arooba Najaf in real life?

Arooba – Who am I? Personally, sometimes I ask myself the same question and think I am just a simple person making the world a better place. I’m just an ordinary girl from the Jersey Shore editing videos and always sharing the love of my pets. I would describe myself as an ambitious, humble, and caring person. With a story told through visuals. If you ever see me in person I am the girl who smiles and makes sure you leave with some wisdom and tend to listen then speak. I would say there are many words to describe me but I’ll let you decide on that.

2. Why did you decide to get into video editing as a profession?

Arooba – Personally, I was about to become a dental assistant and follow a path I didn’t settle in my heart. After editing some vlogs and just learning more I decided to take this full-on after university. You can say it was a literal huge leap of faith. I had 4 years of no luck or even clients and learned a lot from editors like Justin Odisho. I knew in my heart as well as my gut I had to do something creative so I took that leap as soon as a felt it. Working wasn’t for me and I felt like I needed to do something that kept me going.

3. How did you start out as a video editor?

Arooba – Video editing was something I actually learned from watching YouTube and just taking my own pace on it. When I first started I had no clue and turned to Youtube to develop my knowledge. Was it easy? Nope, but I didn’t give up on making sure I learned every detail. As my vlogs grew and did some small gigs I got better and built on the craft. One of the key series that helped develop this skill was through the entrepreneur series and I wanted my videos to look and feel like Gary Vanerchuck videos. Through, patience and practice all the small details made sense.

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4. What was that one moment in your career that gave you a sense of accomplishment?

Arooba – I honestly can’t choose one moment because every accomplishment to me matters in making the creative work matter. I’ve grown through every video and growing every day so I would say it keeps me humble for the skill and what every video brings along. Videos just tell the story but the creativity just makes it worthwhile.

5. What would you say to someone who is just starting out in your field?

Arooba – Personally, I would say to learn and just be patient with yourself. Being, creative isn’t easy but the years you put in will eventually pay off. There will be unexpected ups and downs and you never know will the work will take you. You just have to take it a step at a time, build relationships, and keep learning.

6. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?

Arooba Najaf – If you want to learn more head over to my Instagram at ancontentcreation1 or aroobanajaf1. My DM’S are always open and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out.

ALSO READ: DUSTIN LEE TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH GARY VAYNERCHUK

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