So there’s no denying that most of the time, work is a bummer. You might not always really care about the field you’re in (or studying for); but at the same time, the things you have a real passion for might not seem like a sustainable career. Unless your passion is YouTube, apparently.
But in all seriousness, the YouTube community and industry is living proof that it is entirely possible to take a completely random thing that you love, and turn it into a full-time job.
And just to prove it, we’ve partnered with Impulse to reveal just a few methods of how to start working on your real passions for a living, instead of just wishing you could…
1) Study something close to your passion.
Sometimes, if you have a really specific interest, it can be hard to translate that into a qualification that you might go to university to study. Here’s some harsh truth – and sorry if it breaks your heart – but there isn’t a degree in Monster Trucks. That we know of.
BUT, there are fields of study such as Mechanical Engineering; somewhere in which you can apply physics and materials science to develop a sick new suspension system for monster trucks. Sometimes it’s all about looking at the bigger picture; and thinking of the right skills to develop your passion.
2) Find a niche to fill.
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there will be a gap in the workings of the world; that can only be filled by your combination of skills and passions. We might not even know it yet, but somewhere there is a position that requires exactly your strengths, and exactly your interests as well.
Before the launch of ‘We The Unicorns’, there were only a handful of dedicated news sources for the YouTube community. Fans and creators could never depend on mainstream media to tell the full story, as half of the writers never took the time to “get” YouTube; so overall, there was a niche in desperate need of being filled. But with a combination of media savvy and passion for the community and industry, this site has grown into something its whole team can be proud of.
Some of us are YouTube creators, some of us are traditional journalists; but together we bring the news of the best community on the internet to its fans every day. And we know that there’s a position just like this waiting out there for you
3) Find an online community to support you.
Video-makers have YouTube. Craft and DIY types have Etsy. Independent musicians have Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Everything is on the internet now; and there are an infinite number of communities ready and waiting to not only support your particular passion, but inspire you to work on it in ways you never expected.
The YouTube community in particular started out as a bunch of clueless teens and twenty-somethings talking to each other through video; and through support of each other through a shared passion, has since grown into a multimedia empire where the next generation’s directors, writers, producers, and editors have all gotten their start.
If you find the corner of the internet that fosters your particular interests, we guarantee it can only lead to bigger and better things for your career!
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