Play the game, but don’t be defined by the game.
I’m thinking about what Youtube will look like in the year 2020. Will people still be making their living off it? Yeah, I think so. However corporations will definitely be rampant on Youtube.
I’m not afraid of business or companies though, I just like to think about them. I watched a video that came out recently, where a few well-known Youtube personalities met with President Obama. That’s pretty cool yo.
A few people I remember off the top of my head: Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart, TheFineBros, AlphaCat, and EpicRapBattlesOfHistory. Of course, all these individuals have a very loud voice, and a huge reach to millions of people. That’s pretty useful for someone like Obama to use.
I don’t look into the politics of all that stuff but it’s cool that once you build your following, you have a chance to meet someone like the President. I saw some people in the comments calling the Youtube individuals “sellouts” and things like that. There’s always people who don’t understand, or who see successful people and call it “luck,” when really they don’t think about how much time goes into growth and success.
So…yeah I’ve been thinking about that phrase “Play the game but don’t be defined by the game.” It’s paraphrasing of course lol. It’s kind of a gangster quote.
It makes me think of Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp right now is a pretty talented and well known actor, who makes these huge successful movies. What’s funny though is he says he doesn’t even watch his own movies. He would prefer to spend time with his family, than live the typical “Hollywood” live of success, basically feeling like a huge celebrity.
So some people work really hard, and they get big and get to these huge places, they get to be these awesome influential people, but they stay the same humble people, that’s pretty cool, I’m working towards that too haha.
Youtube is its own type of Hollywood. It’s just a game you’ve got to play. You don’t let it define, but you still know how it works. Like high school.
Oh now I remember where I heard the quote. In 48 Laws of Power. The most successful people in the world are actors. Not in the literal sense, like a “Hollywood” actor, but an actor in the sense that people know how to wear masks, be the person they need to be at a specific time and place. Actors command crowds and have this incredible charisma. But the key is knowing who you really are, never losing sight of that.
I think that’s why a lot of successful public celebrities go crazy. They kind of forget who they are and lose themselves in the game. That’s why I have so much respect for people like Dave Chappelle.
Didn’t Shakespeare say something like that to? “The world is a play.” Something like that. Speaking of plays, why the heck are there never any plays about Kung Fu or like The Godfather or something. Ever play has to be literature or poetic stuff, it’s pretty boring lol. Every hardcore play person I’ve asked looks at me like I’m crazy when I ask that. “Why would plays NOT be about something boring from a long time ago?”
I mean I’d watch a Pulp Fiction version of a play. At least American Idiot was made into a broadway play. My younger sister’s super into acting. She’s really talented. She’s in her middle school play acting as “Lucy” from Charlie Brown. Since she knows her stuff, I’ll have to ask her sometime!
Oh one more thing I’ve been thinking about. I really dislike this whole “viral” game on Youtube. I mean yeah, every Youtube tries to do it, no matter what types of videos you make. I don’t like it though. I’d much prefer to have a solid audience of viewers who I make stuff specifically for, so they keep coming back. I don’t want to think of some viral video everytime I get creative, feels like I’m desperate to get every last viewer.
So, “series” videos are very appealing to me. Part One’s and Part Two’s. Or even sketches. Anyway yeah…..my goal next week is to film every single day. Monday, Tues, Weds, Thurs. Fingers crossed, it’s gonna be sweet.
Michael Anthony Vera