My name is Matej, and I’m from Slovenija. YouTube is still a side hustle. My full-time job is as a telecommunication technician, but I also work in a video production company.
I do all the work for my YouTube channel named GRANDOS. I am a big fan of Rockstar games and their series Grand theft auto. That’s where I got the channel name from the first word Grand and added OS. First, I was planning to make only GTA videos, but I really like technology and all the game developing process, so I started to upload content like that. But the most significant boost in views and subscriptions gave me the fantastic game was from Rockstar games, Red Dead Redemption 2.
I joined YouTube on June 14, 2014.
I remember that I wanted to test how YouTube works (how many views I will get, and how much I will be paid.) The first video I uploaded was about how the next Grand theft auto six graphics could look like, and it got a million views really fast. Then I received a payment from Google and
I was hooked. At that time, I had a job that I didn't like and with a low salary. My dream was to work on something that I like and being paid, so here, I’ve seen an opportunity on YouTube.
I get some of my ideas from something that I see. Other times, I dream of ideas. But then, I just do the video from my head. I don't complicate and write things down.
I do all the work on my windows PC (still waiting for delivery of RTX3090 :D ) For editing, I use Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. I have a Facebook page Grandos gaming videos, that helps me advertise my channel.
I didn't have fears because I didn't really want to film myself, but that can change in the future.
I post videos three or four times a week, trying to be consistent.
The start was not hard because all I needed was a PC and some editing skills, which I had.
Just choose the category you are most passionate about and just make videos.
Persistence is the key to success.
Still doing my day job, I plan to go on my own path and put everything on a new level.
Well, I really wanted to reach that 100k milestone and get the play button award from YouTube, so I was delighted when I reached that. Now I’m at 515k and dreaming about the 1,000,000 mark. :)
Sometimes I did pay the ads on Facebook, but the most that helped me was probably people sharing my videos.
I don’t reach out to brands. Sometimes companies contact me and give me an offer, and then I decide upon how much work I have to do for that payment. I don't have criteria for the brands, but I carefully investigate if the brand is legit.