It started off with a tweet.
After two years of talking about starting a YouTube channel, I had a dream. In that dream I had a channel, was creating videos consistently and engaging with viewers. My mindset was already at the finish line. In my mind I had already achieve the goal. I just needed reality to align my mindset.
I woke up and shared my dream on Twitter. Unintentionally I'd created an accountability partner for myself – my 5,000 twitter followers – and promised them that videos were coming, soon.
Slowly, reality began to align with my mindset. I had a YouTube channel. It was empty, but there.
Over the next couple of months I pressed record on my camera to see what would happen. I shared snippets of my journey. I talked about learning how to shoot film, edit in Premiere and create video thumbnails.
Pretty soon I had created seven videos that were sitting on my computer, locked away in a vault.
I was inches away from reality and my mindset being completely aligned and I'd never been more terrified.
Suddenly, the finish line was right in front of me. All I needed to do was swallow a bucket of courage and press 'publish'. The videos were sitting there. Uploaded. Private. Waiting. Waiting for me to release them into the wild.
Last week I finally did.
Let me tell you, it's really scary putting this out in the world. No longer am I hiding behind a profile picture, my entire physical self is now online for the world to watch in video. I've never felt more exposed or vulnerable, but equally excited.
Teaching has long been a passion of mine. I'm a big believer in teaching what you know and sharing with others.
For a while I did this through writing, but writing for me has long come with barriers. I find it hard to visualise what I want to say, and difficult to articulate my thoughts into written words.
I believe there is a severe lack of women on YouTube talking about design. As a junior designer and woman in tech, I didn't feel there was a lot of other women talking about design and tech through video. I wish there had been someone I could relate to.
These videos are for you. They're about you. They're about you're career, your development, your workflow and your design process. I want to create videos that help you improve your workflow, spark ideas for new techniques or open your mind to a different design method.
Some videos I have coming up are:
... and so much more. Here is just a glimpse at my list of video ideas:
Since launching this, a common question I've received is "how often will you be posting?"
The answer is: I don't know. My goal is to post regularly enough to stay relevant and provide you with value. One video a month seems too little, one a week seems ambitious. Let's just say it will be somewhere in between :)
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