YouTuber Spotlight: Trenius Henderson on What it’s like to be a full-time YouTuber
Trenius Henderson’s journey to YouTube wasn’t easy. It took him years before he got to where he is now. But all of that perseverance goes hand in hand with his content.
Going in-depth on topics like “The Law of Attraction”, visualization, and manifestation; Trenius is a constant source of positivity.
His positivity has earned him 95,000 subscribers (and counting!) with over millions of views on YouTube!
Find out what contributed to his success with this spotlight interview and learn the key ingredients to becoming a successful YouTuber yourself.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your story as a YouTuber? How/why did you start a YouTube channel?
A: As a YouTube content creator, I remember I started my channel when nobody was hearing me out. I felt very misunderstood, out of place, and I didn’t have a lot of friends. I didn’t have a lot of money either. There were a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to express with the world.
And I remember one day I just started recording videos on my cell phone and I had all these videos. So I just began to upload them one by one to YouTube. That’s when people started to watch them. That’s when I received feedback that people actually liked what I was uploading.
I just kept uploading at a faster rate and never stopped. That’s how it started out for me. Creating videos made me feel like I had a voice and also gave me an outlet. YouTube was the best place for me at the time.
Q: What were you doing before you started your YouTube channel, and what made you decide to pursue your YouTube career full-time?
A: Before I started my YouTube channel I was working a regular nine to five, walking to work, riding bikes, taking buses. I remember when I got my first Google AdSense cheque for $300. That really gave me the understanding that I could take it on full time. I eventually would quit my job after my second cheque and I just dove full-time into YouTube which increased my revenue.
And so I began to make more money than I was making at my job per week on YouTube. Okay. That’s how it worked out for me. I decided to go full-time when I got my first paycheck.
Q: How long have you been on YouTube? How long does it take to be successful?
A: I’ve been on YouTube for approximately four years as of this year, 2019. And I know for me, it took me about three years. We didn’t start becoming really popular on YouTube until a couple of years before that. It was a struggle going uphill and gaining that traction that I needed to blow up.
On YouTube, anybody could become successful in a short amount of time. It just depends on your charisma, the type of information that you’re giving out, and how much your audience is engaging with your videos. So I don’t really think that there’s a timeframe to be successful.
It’s just that everybody has their own journey. And however, you finesse your channel and how you get along with your audience is what determines how successful you will be.
Q: What advice can you give to people who want to become a video creator in the future?
A: Ah, that’s a good question. Advice that I can give content creators for the future is to make sure you’re doing videos about something that you’re passionate about because if you’re not passionate about it, you won’t do it. When times are hard, make sure that you’re very disciplined, like knowing that you have to upload videos versus going out and partying some days.
Also, be consistent. Consistency is key. If people are showing up to watch your channel and you’re not uploading, people’s expectations drop. So consistency, passion, and discipline are the three essential ingredients that you need to become a success for YouTube.
Other than that, success is inevitable.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced when you started as a creator?
A: One of the biggest challenges that I faced on YouTube, from the very beginning when I first started was getting used to the camera, getting out of camera shyness, and also just learning how the YouTube system worked all together, the algorithm. Another thing that was a challenge for me was understanding who my audience was, like, who were the people that were watching me.
And so I found that to be quite challenging.
Q: How long does it take you to make a YouTube video, including scripting, filming, audio, editing, thumbnail, and SEO?
A: It takes me about, I would say at least an hour and a half to record my videos. I’ve been doing YouTube for four years, so I’ve become used to the process. I just know YouTube like the back of my hand. I know how to upload, how to optimize my videos, and how to edit them super fast.
Q: What motivates you to keep making YouTube videos? Do you enjoy being an influencer?
A: What motivates me about being a content creator is knowing that I’m able to make other people’s lives better, and they can make their life better. As a collective, it feels good knowing that you can connect with people from all around the world. Being a content creator allows them to hear your voice and take your advice into consideration.
So, it’s mind-blowing to know that we’re able to do that and contribute in our society nowadays.
Q: Do you think Rizzle can be a good place to start for new creators?
A: Absolutely, because it’s a fresh new application, and it’s the newest thing that’s going right now. Most of the applications that everybody uses nowadays eventually will become fads in the future.
So, you know, Rizzle being the next best thing. I’m pretty sure that it’ll be just as big as the platforms that we use today. I think it’s an excellent place for any content creator to start.
Q: How did you choose the theme for your YouTube channel?
A: When I first started my YouTube channel, I really didn’t have a theme like I do today. But the more you continue to create content and you begin to get a better understanding of what your audience wants, you will begin to craft your theme around the type of people that are attracted to your channel.
So, I don’t think that you’ll necessarily pinpoint exactly what your channel theme should be at the beginning when you first start your channel. But like I said, the more you continue on and persevere, the more your vision will begin to come to reality as to what people are expecting your channel to be like.
Q: What are your thoughts on how Rizzle can be effective for short vlogs and storytelling?
A: I think that Rizzle could be more effective. When it comes to short vlogs and storytelling if they make it to where the creator can earn more money. That’s one of the biggest things. A video vlog platform that could actually make huge profits off of their very own content.
I mean. I’m pretty sure everybody would love to have more money.
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