Posting My First YouTube Video

Daniella Cressman
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I’ve been wanting to actually record a video and post it on YouTube for a few months now.

I started a while back with my Web cam and gained about 14 subscribers.

Now I have 15 after podcasting the first podcast episode of The Writing Life: It was only audio because I’m terrified of being in front of the camera!

I was grateful for each subscriber, but I didn’t like the videos: I wasn’t happy with any aspect of them.

This one still isn’t perfect, but I’m posting it anyway: I’ll get better in time.

I used my iPhone instead of my web cam and I inevitably put my finger in front of the camera at the end of the video…but I didn’t want to re-record everything because I felt pretty good about the rest of the content to be honest, even though the lighting still wasn’t perfect: I’m not exactly a visually gifted individual, but I try!

It was also difficult filming without a tripod.

Anyway, my list of excuses is a mile long, and it has been for months, but if I want to be a content creator, I have to actually start posting content on my channel, so that’s what I’m doing.

You can view the first video today!

It’s not perfect. I am going to study videography and lighting so that my videos can be better, but I ultimately had to start, because otherwise I’d be telling myself the same mile-long list of excuses seven years later, and I still wouldn’t have even begun.

I would live with regrets forever, wondering if I could have ever been a successful YouTuber, mourning what might have been in my old age.

I might fail, but never starting is a lot scarier to me.

I’ve failed before, and the investment is truly minor. Plus, I can delete any videos I don’t want to leave on the World Wide Web forever.

I’m so glad I actually started after months of waiting.

“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
— Chinese Proverb

I have filmed over ten videos that I didn’t post.

I was so anxious I could barely breathe and think straight, let alone put together a relatively cohesive video.

I feel like this has been my best one yet, although that’s not saying a lot, because the other ones weren’t exactly wonderful.

Here’s what I learned from the experience.


Maybe you’re in the same boat as I am: Perhaps you want to be a musician and have an expensive guitar you’ve never had the courage to pick up and play, or maybe you’re scared to pursue your passion for photography during your free time.

Whatever the case may be, just begin.

A single splash of paint or one visceral image can change the world forever.


I have a BA in English. I’ve actually studied the craft enough to know what I’m doing most of the time.

I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to lighting, video editing, and photography, but you have to begin somewhere: Some of us learn as we go, and that’s okay.

I’m learning that — if you show up and put in the work — things don’t always have to be perfect: The more you practice, the better you’ll get, until, finally, you’ll feel proud of every project you share with the world, but you have to start somewhere, and that takes guts, because nothing will ever be extraordinary when it’s your very first time.


I don’t know about you, but I find imperfection beautiful: There’s something about a single crack in a glass window that seems poetic to me, or a million-dollar painting hanging slightly crookedly on a wall.

I guess it’s because life isn’t perfect, and I wouldn’t want it to be: It would be so boring if this world was anyone’s version of flawless — People would all dress the same and think the same, no one would get upset, and we wouldn’t even understand the power of joy because we’d never experience sorrow.

Tears can be beautiful because they are raw.

Storms can be gorgeous if they are captured extraordinarily through a camera lens, and, when it comes to art, there’s really no right or wrong way to do anything if you’re someone who enjoys taking creative license: Rules are meant to be broken when you become a pro!

That’s part of the reason I love to be creative: I am a fan of freedom in all of its forms, and I feel the most uninhibited when I’m writing articles, splashing paint on a canvas, recording videos, or writing songs.


  • I don’t have the right equipment even though it’s coming in the mail soon.
  • I have to wait until I purchase Graham Stephan’s course so everything I post is absolutely perfect (Nothing ever will be…)
  • I don’t think I have the right personality to be a YouTuber (Literally anyone can do this…
  • People will judge me (They will no matter which profession I go into…)

These are only some of the excuses I came up with: We humans are so good at telling ourselves all the reasons why we can’t do something, aren’t we?

At the end of the day, if you want something bad enough, you have to just go for it.

It will be uncomfortable, the lighting might not be perfect, and you might have an annoying finger at the end of your video, but at the end of the day, you did it: You took one small step towards your dream, and that’s what really matters, especially when you’re just starting out!


If you’re an accountant, people will think your job is boring.

If you’re an artist, they’ll probably assume you’re poor.

If you’re a banker, they’ll likely think you’re boring, corrupt, and greedy.

If you’re a YouTuber, they might think your career is trivial.

If you’re an actor, you might be seen as overly promiscuous if you film sex scenes or far too uptight if you don’t.

If you’re a lawyer, you’ll likely be viewed as an immensely corrupt individual.

The list goes on and on.

There will always be folks who judge you, no matter what you do, yet there will also be people who stand by your side and support you, so you might as well live life on your own terms: You’ll be happy regardless of other peoples’ opinions, and that is absolutely priceless.


I haven’t yet managed to earn a living from my writing endeavors, but I don’t regret going this route for one second, because I know I followed my passion and I gave it a shot!

I plan to keep going until I can earn a full-time income from my work, but that takes time and I need to hone my skills, which is simultaneously sad and understandable for me: This isn’t the easiest field to succeed in, and I acknowledge that.

If you fail, you know you tried your best, so you won’t be living a life filled with regrets, wondering what might have been if you had just started.

If you succeed, the rewards are beyond your wildest dreams!


I’m not exactly what you’d call an expert videographer — I have a lot to learn about the details involved in filming a good video! — but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and I’m going to keep posting, simply because I want to, and I’d like to get better, which can often only be accomplished by repeating a task over and over again for years on end!


I’m terrified of trying YouTube and failing.

I’m probably more terrified of attempting to grow my subscriber count on that platform and succeeding, but, if I simply enjoy the process, I’ll just have fun posting videos because I want to and I like exploring another facet of my creativity!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the results — the number of views, likes, subscribers/followers, and comments! — but it’s a lot simpler to just focus on your own habits and how you can improve your skills: You only have full control over yourself at the end of the day.

I cannot tell you how often I concern myself with other peoples’ opinions of me even though they may not be thinking of me at all: I’m realizing that, in most cases, I haven’t even crossed their minds — They were too preoccupied with their own thoughts about whatever is going on in their lives.

As James Clear eloquently puts it in his book titled Atomic Habits, you succeed because of the systems you have in place, so it’s more beneficial to focus on establishing solid habits than it is to obsesses over the results.

That’s much more easily said than done, but it certainly holds true, no matter what area of life you’re concentrating on!

If you have a dream, don’t be afraid to take that first step: You might succeed; you could fail, but you will never live with that pang of regret you’d feel forever if you never tried.

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