11 Tips for beginner Elevator Enthusiasts:
I'm never sure where my time on elevator filming is, but some drastic changes could come 2016 regarding on where I go and what I film (and how often I film). But I think it's time for me to pass on some tips for starting a channel.
One of the biggest mistakes new elevator filmers make is that they shoot too high too soon. The biggest pieces of advice I would offer are:
1. Do not expect to be Dieselducy right away. That will never happen anyway.
2. Do not expect to get the attention of Dieselducy right away either. Find a smaller elevator enthusiast (less than 300 subscribers) and get their attention first. They are most likely to be the most interested in your content because they were in your shoes at one time recently.
3. DO NOT ask people to subscribe to you or watch your videos! Anyone who built their channel without begging or advertising vehemently hates it when people beg for subscribers and views! The best thing you can do is link a similar elevator you filmed in the comments section of the video and compare them.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice! Do what you can to make the best possible elevator video. Start in an empty parking garage on a weekend, and run through the process step by step.
5. Elevator photography is as much an art as it is a science. Try different things, and don't be afraid of mistakes.
6. Be yourself. It is ok to copy another elevator filmer at first, but you'll eventually want to stray off on your own path, because your channel should reflect you in some way. Everyone's different and can bring different ideas to elevator enthusiasm.
7. Be open to criticism. This should go without saying. This includes not disabling comments.
8. Just make content. Generally, it is better to start out posting 5 or 6 videos right away so people don't have to make a judgement call of your channel based on one video.
9. Be your own boss. I generally don't accept requests unless I ask for help finding elevators (you can read more here). You should prepare to deal with requests. Some enthusiasts love taking requests, but others like me hate them (you don't call your favorite TV station and tell them which episode to play next, do you?). There are ups and downs to both options.
10. Define what you want to do. The concept of a "variety channel" was popularized by Dieselducy and at one time claimed that it's the reason his channel is the most popular, and that "elevators" is a very limited audience. That never settled well with me. It's better to have a primary interest, which is about 85-95% of your videos, and a secondary interest, for the other 5-15%. Also, add all your secondary interest videos into a unique playlist for those interested in your secondary interest!
11. Have fun. If you don't enjoy what you do, don't do it! I don't film elevators for the money or the views/subscribers, I do it because I enjoy it! If I wanted to make money or do YouTube for the views, I would film myself screaming profanities at video games.