Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Rant: Hating On Gurus Who Make Money

Hey all,

so I've been wanting to make a video addressing this for a while: the hate people get for being paid for their videos.
I decided to write a blog post about it because I can't fit this into a tweet, so here goes.
On twitter I saw the lovely meghanrosette setting the record straight on getting paid through YouTube and the hard work that goes into making videos.
People! I know a lot of people will argue that it's super easy to film a video that's five minutes long and upload it, that it should only be a hobby and you should not get paid for it. As a YouTuber and beauty "guru", I'm here to say things as they are: making videos takes a lot of time. Sure, a direct webcam upload takes ten minutes. But no-one wants to watch that. Here's how it goes when I film: I film for 15-30 minutes per video (if it's a tutorial or a big haul, especially), then I import the footage, then I edit, and that takes an hour to two hours per video, then I save the video and in the meantime research my links. Once the video is saved I upload it, write the decription, tags, enter all the information you need, answer comments, messages, etc... And I haven't even hit 200 subscribers yet (getting there though! [: ). This takes hours. And that's not to mention the setup, which I will talk about later.

Now imagine a guru like meghanrosette who is approaching 100k subscribers. Think how many comments she has to reply to, messages, tweets... It consumes a lot of your day. Meanwhile, she's at college, and maintaining a social life as well as good grades. It isn't easy. 
As for being paid. I think it is perfectly reasonable to be paid for making videos if you put a lot of time and effort into them. Because not only do you spend time (which you could be spending having a "proper" job and earning money that way) on them, but you also have to buy equipment.

For instance, I just got an HD camera, it's amazing. But hey it cost around £250. That's like $400 to my US viewers, btw.
I also got a set of professional lights, another £100.
And I'm not even a youtube partner! Yet I've spend hundreds on my youtube channel, not only in money but in time and in effort. I'm not in it for the money, and neither are most people. There are easier ways to ear money.

Now think of people who post more regularly than me, who have even better equipment...
So I think it's fine to be paid by YouTube. I'd much rather video creators were paid by YouTube to keep doing just what they are doing than being sponsored and making videos just about the sponsored product placement, for example (I don't mind the occasional sponsored review though).
So yeah, that's my opinions on all that.

Plus, with most jobs, you don't deal with hate. And it doesn't affect your personal life as much. People have had their personal stuff leaked all over the internet and get hated on every single day, and they keep going. Believe me, money has nothing to do with it.
Now, YT may not be the hardest job in the world, but it isn't the easiest either. There are great things about it, seriously, when you guys comment nice things and message me asking for advice, it's an amazing feeling. And I wouldn't stop doing it for the world.

Now you can argue that doing YouTube isn't as bad as working in sewers, I guess that's true, though i haven't ever been in a sewer so I can't compare. And I'm sure it beats a lot of crappy boring jobs out there.
For me, YouTube is more than a hobby. It's not a job, I'm not paid. But I love it.
But for those who are paid, more power to them! YouTube isn't an easy thing. Not for those who have worked at it enough to get partnership.
To Meghan, good luck with it all girl, your videos are awesome :]

Naomi 
xxx

PS. YouTube contacted me a while ago offering to monetize my videos because I was getting enough views or whatever. I'm not yet decided if I'll do it or not yet. I don't feel like I deserve it to be honest! But I'll think about it :)


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