5 Easy Ways to Create YouTube Videos Without Showing Your Face

Kristen Walters


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There are roughly 76,000 people who search “how to start a YouTube channel” every single month — and for a good reason.

YouTube presents an unprecedented opportunity for anyone to express their creativity through video, grow a following, and even earn a full time living.

With some YouTubers earning more than A-list celebrities and professional athletes, it’s easy to understand why the idea of becoming a Youtuber is so appealing.

However, I’m convinced that many of those people will never start a YouTube channel because of this one thing -- they are afraid to show their face on camera.

The fact of the matter is that filming yourself is hard, especially if you’re not young, attractive, and affluent.

The internet can be a cruel place. It takes quite a bit of courage to put yourself on display for the world to judge. This fear causes many creators to procrastinate when it comes to growing their channel.

I started my channel in 2018 but haven’t uploaded regularly because I find it really hard to get in front of the camera. Maybe it’s my extreme introversion or crippling anxiety. It’s something that I’m working on, but it’s definitely held me back from making progress toward my goals.

I often wonder how far ahead I would be today if I would have simply uploaded one video a week for the last three years?

Others simply value their personal privacy. When you become a “person on the internet,” you open yourself up to a myriad of potential negative consequences such as harassment, theft, stalking, and other security concerns.

The fears are real and justifiable.

But what if there was a workaround?

What if you could build a successful YouTube channel without showing your face or revealing your identity?

I recently started a second “faceless” YouTube channel to test this theory. I’ll provide progress reports each month. Be sure to follow if me here if you’re curious.

Before settling on a format for my own faceless videos, I wanted to know my options. I spent hours researching successful YouTubers who do not show their face in videos.

Here’s what I found.

1. Combine Video Clips or Images

During my research, I discovered that there are thousands of successful YouTube channels that create videos by combining existing videos or images.

For example, the popular YouTube channel “Spill Sesh” is a gossip channel with 571k subscribers. Her channel summarizes the latest drama of famous YouTubers like Jeffery Star, Shane Dawson, Trisha Paytas, and others.

As you can see from the video below, the creator never appears on camera herself, but merely provides commentary while playing short clips and screenshots from other YouTuber’s recent videos.

Under the “Fair Use Doctrine,” creators are allowed to use short clips of copyright-protected videos, audio, or images for the purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, or research.

Typically, you will need to add something to the work, such as commentary or graphics in order to fall within the protections of fair use. Simply re-posting clips of another creator’s video is not allowed and can result in a copyright strike to your channel.

However, if you play by the rules of the Fair Use Doctrine, you can use clips, screenshots, images, and audio from other creators to create your own videos. This would work well for most news related channels reporting on politics, local news, sports, celebrity gossip, and so on.

You can also use “stock video” footage or “stock images” to convey your message in a video. I’ve seen this done with self-help and inspiration channels.

2. Animations

YouTuber Andrea Roman has grown her channel to over 175k subscribers creating inspirational animated videos that do not show her face.

Videos like this can be created easily using a tool like Animaker or Toonly.

In Andrea’s case, she isn’t performing the voice-over for her videos. Rather, she uses audio footage from a collection of seminars put on by Esther Hicks, a popular leader in the law of attraction community.

Since Andrea is adding a creative element through the use of animation to the existing audio files, this technically falls under Fair Use. You could use this concept and apply it to any topic or you could narrate your animations with your own original stories or ideas.

3. Tutorials

The channel Technology for Teachers and Students has accumulated over 691k YouTube subscribers by creating 4 to 10-minute tutorial videos. Most of the videos focus on how to complete a certain function using software programs like Microsoft Excel or Google Classroom.

If you have experience with software programs, programming, website design, or anything else that can be demonstrated using a computer, then tutorial style videos might be a good fit for you.

You can easily put these types of screen-share tutorial videos together using a free tool like Tella (or the screen recording software of your choice.)

4. Demonstrations

Yummy Food World is a cooking channel on YouTube with more than 755k subscribers. The creator artfully demonstrates how to cook different dishes, but she never shows her face in the videos.

The demonstration video concept isn’t just for food videos. You could apply this concept to art demonstrations, crafts, product reviews, woodworking, animal care, or any other activity that doesn’t explicitly require having your face in the shot.

5. Audio Only

The last type of YouTube video that you can create easily without showing your face are “audio-only” videos that feature:

  • podcasts
  • music
  • meditations
  • audiobooks and stories.

Casefile Presents is a true-crime podcast hosted on YouTube with over 33k subscribers. Their videos consist of narrated episodes with a simple background image.

Another example of a successful audio-only YouTube channel is Halidon Music with over 2.45 million subscribers. The channel offers videos composed of classical music with a simple background image.

Finally, there are YouTube channels like Goodful with over 1 million subscribers that offer meditation videos. The videos are audio-only with a simple solid color background.

In addition to the ideas listed here, you could create a gaming channel, dress up as a character to disguise your identity, or create videos using educational or business style presentations.

I hope that you found these ideas to be inspiring and helpful. If you’ve been procrastinating on creating YouTube videos because you are hesitant to show your face or reveal your identity, you can use any of these video formats to safely grow your channel.

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