The thing I struggle with, and why I don't blog and don't really Instagram or Youtube, is that while I have things to share that I am enthusiastic about, I don't feel like I have anything new to say. Like, I worked hard to make my own natural form wardrobe that I could wear to the office, I did a tonne of research, I built it from the skin out. But you (Bernadette) have already done the "adapting an old sillhouette to now" video. So why am I even bothering?
How would you square that?
Often times you don't know exactly what that special thing you have to say is until you push yourself to get up there and start talking. My videos focus primarily on original practice reconstruction/experimental archaeology of sorts, and having come from working with some of the best original practice stitchers in the world, I *certainly* didn't think I had anything new to bring to the subject (just a lot of flailing noobery). But the way you tell the story, the character people get to meet through your videos and the learning journey are what set them apart from the subject matter. Some brief reassurances: 1) I am not the first person to adapt historical silhouettes for modern dress, and I won't be the last. 2)This is not the single defining subject of my 'brand'--I don't 'own' this topic; in fact, only 2 of the 40ish videos I've released cover this subject. There is still so much room for more! 3) I certainly have not attempted to adapt natural form; how exactly *did* you do that? ;)
Itsmissm: If you modernised and created your own natural form wardrobe to wear to an office, you need to share this with us! The fact that I, and Bernadette, both want to know how you did that, what research you undertook, lets you know that there is an interest in what you do, there is an audience, it's just that you're not aware that its there. Bernadette has mentioned previously about how she is often surprised by the feedback she receives to her channel. You've just got to have faith in yourself, and take the leap.
This is the best article I have ever read here on FR/YWU! Filming content still terrifies me (after almost 10 years of being active on social media XD), but seeing your workflow broken down in such a structured and understandable way inspires and motivates me to give it a try again. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such depth - and as always with the utmost style and grace!
Thank you, Barbara! I'm so glad to hear this was helpful. You can do it!! I am here for you! ;)
I am also most definitely stuck in the "but I have nothing to add/ I have no idea what I'm doing / but I would only look like a cheap version of someone better" but I guess I can only be myself and see what happens... I am seriously thinking about starting making videos... Which is crazy - most days I barely talk, and now I want to talk to the whole world? ???
Trust me, I was in the exact same boat! I can't stand in front of four people without wanting to die, but there's something strangely intimate and really relieving in *finally* getting to talk about all the things that make you most excited, without that pesky social anxiety tripping you up around people. ;) You can do this!
Thank you, this article is fantastic (I have just read it twice in a row. As a baby Youtuber and video editor, this was both super encouraging and highly informative *goes of to search for adjustment layers in KDenlive*
I'm glad this was helpful--and *big cheers* for you for already getting yourself out there!
Great article! I personally love your videos Bernadette. Still, some questions remain. As someone who wants to show historical sewing and historical dress, when does one start making videos? For example, do I start making videos after Ive learned all kinds of skills? Do I start making videos while I'm learn techniques? Should I wait until I can afford decent filming and audio equipment? These are the things that still, in some ways prevent me from jumping straight into YouTube content creation.