Last week I challenged myself to record, edit and post a video on YouTube every day for a week. It was hard, but I did it!
I had been feeling a bit unmotivated and lazy the last couple of months. I wasn’t drawing as much as I wanted, I hadn’t posted to this blog in weeks and I was halfheartedly making videos for YouTube. I think this feeling of apathy came from forcing myself to do things I didn’t really want to do – in March I tried to draw in Procreate every day – but I wasn’t feeling it. In April I tried to do bybuns’s April Art Challenge entirely in Copic markers and I really ended up hating Copic markers after a couple of weeks! In May I thought about attempting Mermay but I just couldn’t be bothered. (If I’m being completely honest I avoided Instagram after May 6th because I was so BORED of seeing Mermaids – way to support the art community, huh?)
So I was in a funk.
Then June came. And my birthday! I LOVE my birthday. Some people hate birthdays because it reminds them another year has passed and they are getting older and blah blah blah. Who cares that you’re pretty sure your upper lip hair is getting darker, or that you didn’t achieve fame in the last year, or that you really wanted to fit into that sexy lingerie you bought back in February but have somehow managed to put on another 8 pounds instead?
Birthdays are about presents and cake and people celebrating that you’re alive! So I love birthdays and I make a pretty big deal out of them.
This year my birthday fell on a weekend, the same weekend we went to the Birmingham Design Festival. Fuelled from a weekend of creativity and motivation, armed with a brand new camera (thanks to my amazing boyfriend, Martin) and stocked up with £80 of new art supplies I was ready to get working again.
I had so much fun making my Birthday Art Haul video that I got a little crazy and thought: “Why don’t I use these new supplies next week? And make a video each day? And post it!” I was super into the idea. I told Martin and he promptly rolled his eyes. I was always starting challenges and not finishing them, Remember my 365 days of Yoga challenge? Remember when I was going to go Vegan for real? Remember that One Week Sketchbook that took 5 weeks?
Yeah, I suck at challenges.
But, guess what? I actually did it! And here are the things I learnt:
1: I can survive on 5 hours sleep a night. But it’s not fun.
In between biking to work in a heat wave, working my real-life job (I’m a 3D artist) and watching three seasons and two films of The Inbetweeners (for the third time) I managed to film, edit and post a video every day. Some would argue that because I uploaded after midnight each day I actually took two days. I’m choosing to ignore these people.
I normally started filmed between 7am and 8am and then continued in the evening at about 9pm. I went to bed about 1:30am on average. I had about 5 hours sleep a night and about 4 coffees a day. It wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had, and the worst part was laying in bed after pressing “publish” and not being able to turn my brain off. It seems that spending 13 hours on the computer each day isn’t good for the mental health. Who would have thought?!
2. It’s hard finding music that you haven’t heard a thousand times on other people’s videos.
I started using this channel on YouTube to find music. They put everything in nifty playlists based on artists or moods and even have a paragraph you can copy and paste into our description of the artist and song. The only problem is – everyone seems to use this channel, or the music within it. I had to search through A LOT of music to find tracks I didn’t recognize. I think finding music is probably the hardest part of editing a film. And some of the songs are so awesome – but trust me – you would have heard them before.
3. I can no longer use the excuse “It’s too late to start a video.” at 5pm on a Sunday night.
I used to post on a Sunday and sometimes I would get super lazy and put off filming a video till Sunday afternoon. When 4 or 5 pm rolled around I was always like “well, it’s basically bedtime now…so I’ll just make a video next week.” Hah! I can’t do that anymore seeing as on average I didn’t even start filming till 8pm at night! I don’t think starting a video at 8 or 9pm is a good idea btw. You’re tired, the sun is going down and by the time you actually finishing editing and posting the video most of the world is asleep.
4. Some things that look super fun online, actually arent.
Making a washi tape illustration has been on my To-Do list for ages! I was so excited to try it last week with this cool washi tape I got from Muji – but it wasn’t actually that fun. The washi tape was really dark and I just couldn’t see the lines through it. I ended up peeling up the tape, drawing my lines in black ink, re-laying the tape and I STILL couldn’t see it. Maybe I used the wrong tape for my first time. I was also being pretty impatient with cutting and ended up cutting too much or even cutting through the paper. It turned out okay, and I still want to try this again, but I didn’t really enjoy it this week.
5. Some things that look super fun on line, really are!
On the other hand – stamp making was just as fun as it looks! This was probably my favourite art material I used this week and I can’t wait to make more. I guess, we just have to try things, right? Who knows what we’re going to love or hate doing until we’ve tried it ourselves. Keep an open mind!
6. My voice isn’t that bad?
I’m sure everyone hates hearing their voice as much as I do. when I first started making YouTube videos I couldn’t watch them back. Editing them made me cringe. Do I really sound like that? This week I had to listen to myself. A lot. And it wasn’t too bad. Maybe it’s because I’ve been really trying to make my audio sound better (it’s not quite there yet) or maybe because I was speaking quietly because I was tired and it was 1am? I think tired quite me sounds a bit better than over-excited yell-y me. One thing I still forget to do is breath in-between words though. Must remember to breathe!
7. I don’t want to do this again anytime soon.
While this week was interesting, challenging and kinda fun – I don’t want to repeat it in the near future. Before this experiment, I was thinking I could do a video a day for Inktober. Hahahahahahahaha! I used to be so naive. Props to those people who can work a full-time job and get a video out a day – but I also really like sleeping, so I’m gonna be a video-a-week girl for a while.
At least I got my mojo back a bit – I’m really excited to make more videos in the future, try new editing techniques, improve my sound and most importantly make a ton of art! Have you tried a challenge like this? How did you find it?
Thanks for reading! Check out this playlist to watch all the videos I made this week!