Is Being A YouTuber The Loneliest Job In The World?
7 June 2016, 10:54
When you think of YouTube, you might think of it as a dream job. With the freedom, creativity, luxury holidays and the goodies sent by PR teams, it's no wonder that people of all ages are reconsidering their career choices. "Goals" is often a word that is very much associated with YouTubers but what about the world away from the events and freebies?
Working completely on your own is bound to be lonely. You need more than a decent camera to become a blogger or vlogger, you need to be able to motivate yourself, be able to stick to personal deadlines, not rely on a team and have the confidence to make all the decisions and take any negativity on the chin.
On one hand, it is a great thing that bloggers/vloggers are being treated with the same respect that many journalists get, but it's worth remembering that a lot of the time PRs are reaching out to YouTube "teams", they're really reaching out to just one person. ONE. More often than not, you see YouTubers solo-vlogging and travelling on trains alone. Despite being in instant contact with thousands of followers and subscribers, what is it really like being in a full-time job with yourself?
Someone who might have a better insight into how lonely working as a YouTuber can really be is the lovely Corrie aka DizzyBrunnette3. Corrie has been vlogging for 4 years, and while she's all big bouncy hair, glowing skin and black skinny jeans, she's also very honest and upfront on Twitter about the downsides to being a full timevlogger.
We speak to Corrie on how she deals with being a one woman team and making the transition from a sociable job to working on her own.
Would you ever describe your job as lonely?
Yes definitely. I'm a very sociable person, I like talking to people, and I do miss having colleagues to chat to! It can be hard sometimes having no-one to bounce ideas off or someone to natter to on your lunch [break]. Social media can make this worse sometimes as you can feel like you're the only person without loads of YouTube/Blog friends but I think that most YouTubers/Bloggers feel this way at some point.
What's the best thing about being your own boss?
The best thing is literally, being your own boss. You set your own rules, deadlines, and so forth. You can plan your own day and work whatever hours suit you. It's nice to be able to be flexible, and set your own working day routine.
What about the worst?
It can be very hard sometimes to motivate yourself. If there's no one to tell you what to do, sometimes you can feel a little lost and don't know where to start and when you work from home, it's very easy to get distracted!
Do you feel like brands/mainstream media need to lower their expectations on vloggers/bloggers as they are only a one person team?
There have been brands who have emailed me in the past, who I don't think appreciate how much work goes into YouTube channels/blogs as they expect so much for so little. It's a two-way street so campaigns need to benefit both the vlogger/blogger and brands. But thankfully, all the brands I've worked with have been really good at giving me lots of time/flexibility.
Do you think we are approaching a time when YouTubers will start hiring someone to help with their channels?
Yes I wouldn't be surprised, because I feel the standard of YouTube videos is becoming higher and higher. It's no longer about just sitting in your bedroom, and I think YouTubers are looking for help with filming and editing.
How do you feel about bloggers becoming brands?
I think it's great. I think it's amazing that some bloggers and vloggers have their own beauty ranges/books/movies. Every YouTuber works hard so they deserve it. I think it's great that bloggers/YT'ers have set up their blogs/YouTube channels in their room as a hobby and now they've become a worldwide brand.
Do you find it is harder to be be motivated without a typical working environment?
Yes and No. Yes, because sometimes you have to physically motivate yourself to stop procrastinating. I'm quite a creative person so I don't usually find it that hard, but you do sometimes have off days where you just want to sit and watch Netflix!
Is negativity in the community harder to handle when your job is so personal?
Yes, it can be to start with. It's always hard when someone says something horrible. I always think 'why?' Like, 'why say something that horrible?' I've been very lucky that I've not had to deal with too much negativity. I try to remember the quote, 'if they don't know you personally, don't take it personal.'
So many people see YouTube as a dream job - is it really as good as it looks?
Yes and no. As much as I love my job and think it's incredible, there are of course days where I may feel really unmotivated. Or I've let myself compare myself to another blogger/vlogger which has made me feel rubbish about mine. But on the whole YouTube is an amazing job, and I never thought I'd one day be lucky enough to make it my job!
Do you think more YouTubers should open up about how lonely it can be working on your own?
Watch the video below to find out what has been going on in the past week in the world of YouTubers.