There are many ways to start a YouTube channel if you don’t like being on camera. YouTube can be a lucrative platform if you’re successful, and it can be extremely rewarding too!
Being able to communicate directly with your audience, and getting feedback from thousands of viewers is something that no other online business model can offer to quite the same extent.
But despite this, it’s still one of the less common ways to make money online discussed on marketing forums and the like.
Why is that?
The answer is simple; a lot of people don’t feel comfortable being in front of the camera.
This might be for any number of reasons. Maybe they have a thick accent. It might be because they aren’t conventionally attractive (not that this has stopped some YouTubers!), or it might be because they’re shy. And it sure doesn’t help that YouTube comments can be ridiculously harsh!
Whatever the case, stepping in front of the camera and being viewed by thousands of people is a big ask, and it’s something that not everyone is ready to do.
But here’s the good news: You don’t need to be in front of the camera to create a successful YouTube channel! In fact, there are plenty of types of content you can create to start a YouTube channel if you don’t like being on camera. And as it happens, these are often very popular and can help you to build just as big an audience.
HERE’S HOW TO START A YOUTUBE CHANNEL IF YOU DON’T LIKE BEING ON CAMERA
One way to build a big audience without going in front of the camera is to make tutorial videos showing viewers various technology solutions. This could be a video showing people how to get better performance from their PC, a PhotoShop tutorial etc. Either way, you can create the footage simply by using screen capture software and then just narrating over the top!
There’s a wide range of gaming-related content that you can make, with no need to be in front of the camera.
A ‘Let’s Play’ for example is a video that features you speaking over the top of yourself playing to narrate the experience. Meanwhile, you can also make walkthroughs, playthroughs and more – all without ever going in front of the camera!
It’s possible to make a number of ‘podcast’ style videos too that are only really spoken with no need for you to be on the screen. These can be interviews, opinion videos, comedy bits and more and all you need to hold the viewers’ attention is some kind of image that’s relevant to the topic you’re discussing.
If you want something more dynamic to hold the attention of your viewers while you’re talking, then you can simply make some kind of animation. There are plenty of options here from storyboard animations to whiteboard animations – and there are just as many tools out there to help you make them!
You can also create any number of videos using a montage/mashup approach. This might mean that you splice together various other videos or that you make your own supercuts.
Fails are compilation videos of people falling over, crashing vehicles and generally making fools of themselves. If you can find fail videos that have no copyright, then you can create your own collages with no need to go in front of the camera yourself. ‘Wins’ are also very popular!
I can’t even believe that this is a ‘thing’, but it is.
ASMR is a strange concept if you’re not familiar with it. It stands for ‘Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response’ and it’s the sensation that certain people get when they hear things being rustled or people whispering. There are some people on YouTube with thousands of views and all they do is rustle newspaper!
Want to become a rock star but not sure you can get the attention of a record label? Why not create your own YouTube channel and build a following that way?!
The possibilities are endless, and you can learn much more with the YouTube Quick Start Guide!