Who are you?
I'm Creative Ryan, a content creator and music video director, editor, DP & all around creator.
How did you get into YouTube and how did you decide to make a living out of it?
I started vlogging my behind the scenes of my shoots because a lot of people wanted to see how I created the projects and the more I did it, It become a part of my lifestyle, not to mention I could monetize on YouTube.
What was the turning point in your career?
I moved to Atlanta from Virginia, I was having a child here in Atlanta and I plugged in with some bigger artists like K-Camp and others, I believe I began to find my style and how I liked my work to look around that time, 2015.
Did you have a mentor or a person you learnt the most from?
When I was coming up, there wasn't many people that were teaching, a lot of people were keeping their secrets to themselves but 1 guy who I did learn a lot of techniques and business moves from was Jakob Owens.
How did you find Jakob Owens?
I found Jakob Owens through a graphic designer friend of mine in Connecticut, LoopGfx.
What was a key lesson?
Learning the camera settings was something I took longer to learn but once I understood the exposure triangle, things were better.
What is your top strength and what's your main area of improvement?
I believe my strength is editing, I’m really good at piecing together nice edits. I believe I need to improve in being patient on-set with getting all the shots I NEED rather than rushing my shoots at times.
What has been your biggest mistake as a YouTuber and what lesson did you learn from it?
I don’t think I necessarily made any mistakes, I think every video I learned something new about the way I shot it, the way I edited it, the background of my videos and so on.
What's the most rewarding part of your very successful YouTube channel?
I truly love that people support anything I typically put out and making a little money off helping people is a double win.
How did you promote your channel when you first started? What did you do to get so many subscribers?
I promoted to my Instagram and Facebook, which I don’t use Facebook anymore that often but I already had a good amount of followers and fans on those platforms that converted over to YouTube subscribers and I think just making searchable content really spread over the YouTube platform without me even having to "promote" that much.
What opportunities have arisen from having a popular Youtube channel?
I get sent gear often to test out or check out, which can be cool but the obligation to review it can also be a little pressure. Also have met a lot of really cool people that run businesses in the same field and others that really hook me up but I assume the more I give, the more ill receive. If you got your hands full, you can't receive anymore if you don’t give out some.
What are challenges that you are facing as a YouTuber and what are you doing to overcome that?
I tend to overthink a lot about my channels aesthetics & the subjects I cover, most likely because I’m torn between things I want to do and things my subscribers want to see. I’m working on just creating what comes to my mind and getting rid of a "to-do" list.
How do you keep coming up with new ideas for videos?
Well people always are asking for things and when I’m actually out and creating, I tend to think about good ideas when I either stumble across something while working or when I’m on my free time, if I come up with a good idea, ill jot it down, ive learned to write down EVERYTHING or ill forget.
What’s involved in making one of your videos e.g. equipment, script, storyboard, scheduling, etc?
I try to work in the mornings, I tend to film in my workspace, camera, tripod, mic boomed over me and aputure 120D mark ii at a 45 degree downward angle on me. I like neon lights in my background which I have on my desk and around my workspace. Vibes while editing are very important to me and I also like a very minimal workspace, I have a bit of OCD.
How much time do you spend every week, working on your YouTube channel?
A lot of time actually, I’m constantly thinking of new things and get ahead of myself trying to put ideas together. Some make it and some don’t. I’m currently working on sticking to a schedule/routine for my YouTube.
What's next for you?
Continuing in the path I’m on, creating cool content for a lifetime. Could possibly be opening up a space in ATL for creators, I won't say anymore yet lol.
What interesting book have you read recently?
I absolutely love the 3 books by Austin Kleon released "Steal Like a Artist", "Show Your Work" & "Keep Going". Really sick books!
What are you favourite YouTube channels and why?
Who do you admire (outside of YouTube) and why?
YCImaging for his wisdom, my brother for looking up to me and actually beginning the work I do, all of my day 1 friends/brothers & all the people that follow me and give thanks for helping them, that really pushes me in my life.
What advice can you give to people who feel they are too shy to start making their own YouTube videos?
It’s common and natural to be nerves about making YouTube videos or starting. Make sure they are using a simple camera and they understand their camera settings, make sure the frame you shoot look nice (how they prefer) and imagine when looking at the camera lens that you are simply speaking to a group of people who want to hear what you have to say.
What is your passion in life, besides your job?
My son, building a family, motivating/helping people, I love fashion, staying positive & having fun.
Any final thoughts or anything else you would like to share?
If you haven't already, check out my work & if you are a beginner creator, just remember, have fun, create from the core and don’t let results affect your creative process, your work will always be good period because it came from YOU.
Where can we find more about you?
Youtube - http://youtube.com/creativeryan
Twitter - http://twitter.com/creativeryanatl
FB - Chris Cryan Ryan
Website - http://creativeryan.com