We Got together and interviewed with YouTube’s TechFox – A great channel to check out for PC Builds, some FPS gaming and a great show. Check out the interview and leave your comments below!
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a husband and father. I’m a web developer by day and a gamer by night. I enjoy trying new things and sharing those experiences with others, usually through YouTube. Also, I can juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time, I collect large reptiles, and I speak English and Spanish fluently.
How long have you been gaming? What are your top picks right now? Top Picks of all time?
I’ve been gaming since I was about 10 years old. The Nintendo 64 was my first new console and I played countless hours of Banjo Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Starfox, Pokemon Snap, Gauntlet Legends, and the OG Mario Party. I currently play a lot of Halo 5: Guardians, GTA V, Planet Coaster, and a few indie games on Steam. My all-time favorite game has to be Halo 2. I was basically a deity at that game.
Favourite character(s) and why?
Master Chief, of course! I know he’s a pretty 2-dimensional character (heck, we haven’t even seen his face) but that’s kind of the way I like him. He’s a shell and it’s very easy to put yourself in his shoes.
How long have you been steaming? What are your goals?
I don’t stream as often as I probably should but I’ve been doing it for about a year now. I like to build things and most of my audience seems to enjoy that brand of content from me.
How did you get started / what made you want to do it?
I made a machinima video for a college assignment a few years ago and fell in love with the video production aspect of it. It’s still more of a hobby than a legitimate source of income, but for now that’s good enough for me. I love my day job but eventually it would be nice to work with tech and make videos full-time. I guess that’s the ultimate goal. I want my hobby to be my career.
What has been the most challenging part about twitch/youtube respectively?
Twitch is really difficult to grow an audience because you have to constantly be online. YouTube is a little easier in that regard but it’s always a tossup between making content I know will get a lot of views and making content I’m passionate about.
what about the most rewarding?
I had a video go viral a little over a year ago and it was such a rush! It would be neat to get to a point where that becomes a regular thing. I guess I enjoy seeing people enjoy the content I produce.
What are some things that you attribute your success to?
I try to be a real person. Obviously I remain professional because I do want to eventually make the transition to a career one day but I hope I can always be candid with my audience.
can you speak to any resources that you used to help you get to where you are today?
By no means do I have the largest following around but I can say for the followers I do have that consistency is a big deal. If you’re consistent enough for long enough, you will eventually grow an audience. That being said, it’s also important to be open to change and to adapt to what you feel is best for you and your followers.
What has been the most fun, or interesting experience you’ve had while steaming?
Well my wife accidentally walked by in the background in her underwear once The video has obviously been removed but that was pretty funny. Some of my viewers got more than they were expecting.
Which do you think has a better monetization model, youtube / twitch – and why?
YouTube is probably best for most people. As long as your content is engaging people will watch it. Twitch is a different beast because people watch you for your personality as much as they are watching what you are doing. There’s a personality type that definitely helps in that capacity. It’s tough to get there if you aren’t naturally outspoken.
Who are some of your favourite streamers?
What can we expect to see from you next?
I just invested in some quality camera equipment and lighting so there should hopefully be a noticeable bump in overall quality in the coming weeks.
What programs / tools / gear / specs do you use to stream?
I have a custom-built PC that I made specifically for streaming and rendering video (although it games pretty well too). I use OBS or the Elgato capture software to stream and record. Adobe After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop are all used regularly to create my videos. Finally, I use a Blue Snowball for most of my voice capture.
What tips do you have for an aspiring steamers, youtubers to help them if they’re just starting out.
The most important thing is that you enjoy it. It’s easy to put in the effort when you know you’re going to get thousands of views, but that doesn’t happen right away. You have to enjoy it when you’re only getting a handful of people watching your content.
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