How to start a YouTube channel

The Life Of A Wannabe YouTuber

Starting a YouTube channel is harder than I thought, but I'm gonna keep on hustling!


I began uploading videos to YouTube back in the summer of 2015, when I was seventeen years old. My videos consisted of book reviews, monthly favorites, and pop culture gossip. At the time, I did not have good lighting nor editing skills, but I did have a lot of passion. But I became discouraged when I would only get on average 80 views for each video, so I deleted all my videos.

I tried again the winter of my senior, but this time with a focus on pop culture news and I found some success. One of my videos, on Zayn Malik, got 200 views and I was so happy. At the end of my senior year, I tried college videos that consisted of college Q&A;, back to school supplies haul and a dorm haul, but I did not get many views. I only uploaded maybe two vlogs my freshman year of college and then I tried uploading more sit down videos, but I only got maybe 70 views. I finally gave up uploading videos and put away my camera.

So why did I start filming again? I really missed filming and putting my voice in the world. Luckily I met my best friend Janet in community college and we both found out that we wanted to work in the entertainment field. Janet wants to be a scriptwriter and a director, while I want to be a television correspondent. I brought up my idea of starting a channel summer 2018, and she agreed to help me. Prior to my YouTube I started a blog titled Dreamer and the City the first month of 2017 and kept it till October 2018. I deleted the blog to start over again and I finally published my blog again in January. I decided to name my YouTube channel Dreamer and the City because the title is personal for me but also because I want it to be concurrent with my blog.

Filming my four videos was so much fun because I had a professional camera and I had my best friend as the director. We made it a project between two friends, she was in charge of editing and I was in charge of promoting the videos. The challenge though is that I have to rent my camera and having to carry a 15+ pound camera on the CTA is very difficult. So in the meanwhile, I am going to try vlogging and filming on my iPhone. Even though my videos are still not getting many views I am not giving up this time! I hope to become a YouTube just like Tana Mongeau, Daisy Marquez, and Nikita Dragun. I just have to keep on filming and continue being consistent. If you like to check my videos click here.

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.


I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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