If you’ve ever swung by twitch.tv/trubros, you know I’m the gainz of twitch aka the most-of-the-time number one player in the world in Disney’s Emoji Blitz and I have a ton of fun while streaming. If you’re toying around with the idea of beginning your streaming journey (I find the use of the word “career” when someone hasn’t even started out reprehensible) and don’t have the time nor inclination to read a full page post, let me build you a small list of questions to run through to determine if you should begin streaming:
- Are you comfortable with the prospect of streaming your gaming/cooking/painting/whatever-it-is-you’re-wanting-to-broadcast?
- Are you comfortable with the idea of being a source of entertainment for the faceless internet masses?
- Are you genuinely interested in having conversations with anyone who swings by your channel?
If you answered “Yes” to each of the three questions above, I’d say you’re ready and willing to begin your streaming career. The purpose of this post is not to provide “tips and tricks” for channel growth nor is it to discuss monetizing a channel-I’m not a full time streamer nor am I even remotely interested in growing my channel to the point of having it become a full time job. Rather, the purpose of this is to spark a genuine discussion with yourself about why you truly want to begin broadcasting on Twitch, Mixer or your platform of choice.
If your goal is to make money, “become a star” or any of those other (IMO) frivolous goals, I’d encourage you to ask yourself if this is truly the best medium to pursue. Achieving goals requires drive, commitment, work ethic and a willingness to adapt-regardless of the goal being pursued. This is true in all walks of life and it’s something I relay to my fitness clients. As someone who is committed to their fitness goals and has dabbled in the fine art of video production and podcasting, in my estimation streaming is a huge time commitment-more so than other modern entertainment mediums.
While podcasts, YouTube and Instagram allow you to produce content and trickle it out in accordance with a predetermined schedule, there is no substitute for being physically “on” and live during a streaming broadcast. Provided you’re streaming regularly, you’ll be live for and (unless you’re literally just streaming gameplay-which there’s nothing wrong with) engaging with strangers for hours a day if you truly want to begin meeting people and building a community-which at the end of the day, streaming is all about.
If you were to put a follower goal or monetary goal in your head and then not reach it, it’d be easy to become disheartened. Don’t commit yourself to something to chase money or fame-do it because you derive some type of utility. I stream because it’s fun and I like catching up with the handful of people who swing by consistently when I’m live. If you answered “yes” to each of the three questions posed at the beginning of this post, I’d say fire up your console/PC/phone and start streaming for the world to see. You may not get any viewers at first, but as long as you’re having fun-who cares? Do something for you and have fun-you’re already playing video games, might as well enjoy it!
See y’all on Twitch!