You're not wrong in what you say. It's a competition and youtube is growing daily with new channels. Sometimes you do have to ride on coat tails or pull a Brittany Spears (though I feel you're higher than that)
We have yet to see your main stuff, so we'll leave what you can do that's different on the back burner until then.
But, from the cons you've went to, I feel you have to gather as much inspiration from others while adding your personal touch.
In your cosplays, direct copy cat is good but adding a twist is what makes it fun.
Like your Yoko bunny and those Victorian Sailor Moons.
Do a character you feel you can make their style malleable. Change a costume. I know this is easier said than done but a challenge is a challenge.
I have a newtype magazine with Cosplayers in it. I'll reread their advice and see if you can benifit from it.
Try working up your courage. Being a youtuber is about shoot and miss. If no one likes it, screw it. We know what not to do next time.
You take criticism very well, so I feel that while not deluding your content, try new things.
Don't be afraid. Be brave. If it doesn't work. Move on and try something new.
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I do try to add my personal touch, I'm glad you've noticed! Acurate cosplaying is a talent but some of my absolute favorites are reimaginings! I'm confident in my looks and I'm pretty darn proud of my skills having not been traditionally trained, it's specifically talking to a camera that get's me all weird. You'd think talking about yourself and something you love would be easier than reading the news! I just need to suck it up and do it often so I get more comfortable ^^;
foxymoxxy wrote:Who cares if a million people have used the same technique, if you wanna use it then do it!
This. It's not about technique, it's about how one makes use of that technique and turning it into something fresh.
Oh I agree! I was talking more on the overall format of a video rather than techniques. Typically it's make up tutorials, BTS, hauls, OOTD, unboxing. I took a hard look at those and said "how can I do this video with my own spin?" For Unboxing, I chose to make it ASMR! For crafting videos, I decided on adding some stop motion heavy elements. Things like that^^
I have had the same experience for the most part, I think it's different for Japanese Americans versus native Japanese. It's one thing to wear a cheap halloween costume that synonymies geisha with prostitute versus going to a traditional tea house or lantern festival in authentic kimono or yukata! Overall they're a very welcoming, polite, and helpful people as a whole! There are very few things I've seen true offense taken with, the people I've met definitely wanted to bring us in and show us their world, but that's just my experience. I think the worst thing you can do as a tourist is not be up on social queues and etiquette. We went bowling and my rusty Japanese definitely didn't include any bowling vocabulary so we had to speak english and the guy apologized to us for not knowing how to say certain things and we were like nonono! We're in your country this is our fault we are inconveniencing you!
What I meant was you'll never see me using the culture as an accessory or a costume. I know enough to know what's respectful and what isn't. And of course, again, the anime bit is already shameful on both ends
So I just let that freak flag fly there's no helping me there I'm too far gone.
I for sure have a lot of ambitions, I worry sometimes I may have bitten off more than I can chew but there's no turning back! The problem is never drive, it's resources. The more successful I become, the more comfortable it will be to branch out to more and more things and not have to worry about running out of money^^; My schooling was focused on broadcasting and live TV, I am versed(albeit rusty) in industry standard sound and editing programs. I even have a little production background as once upon a time I wanted to be a producer. One thing I never dabbled in during school though was make up and wardrobe, but dang I wish I had cause I love it! These skills aren't hyper specific to costuming. There's a lot I can do with a sewing machine and prop making skills outside of this subculture! I'm focused on what's ahead of me, but I'm confident in the doors that will be opened along the way^^