11 tips for advanced Elevator Enthusiasts:
1. Sample at least two elevators in a bank. It is possible one elevator rides differently than the other. Often times, switching cabs is the most difficult aspect of filming elevators as it is the most vulnerable, meaning it draws suspicion from security because most people don't turn right around and get back on an elevator. This is a skill of an advanced enthusiast.
HOW TO: On a regular bank, select a floor on the car you are leaving, exit the car, wait for the doors to close before calling another one. On a Destination Dispatch bank, exit the car, select a floor on the panel. If you get a different car, take it, otherwise wait for the car you exited before selecting another floor.
2. Stop doubting yourself. If you are confident, cool, and look like you know what you are doing, most security guards will leave you alone. I've stressed this elsewhere, but it is true and bears repeating. Warming up by filming an easy to film elevator helps tremendously.
3. You can't please everybody. While all of us have room for improvement, not everybody likes everything one or many elevator enthusiasts do. You have your channel, and you are free to not do something if you don't like it.
4. Learn how to comment on others' videos. Going along with my previous point, if there is something you absolutely can't stand and you have to tell someone that they are doing something you don't like, DO NOT let them know you don't like it just because you don't! If you want to suggest a change, explain to them why you don't like it and convince them to change it. I may make a post dedicated to this idea later.
5. Get to know other enthusiasts in your area. They can be handy resources for finding elevators when you are looking for them. Also, they are filming elevators you can potentially ride, so pay attention to details to make your filming experience easier.
6. Meet up! For whatever reason, collaboration is encouraged on youtube because it boosts viewership. Also, you can attract viewers from both channels and promote each other!
7. Talk less. While (almost) everyone wants to comment on what they are experiencing, don't talk constantly. I know you're excited, but even though viewers aren't physically riding it, many of my viewers want to experience the elevator as is.
8. Plan ahead on allowing adequate time to get a good elevator video. Nobody like to watch an elevator video that was filmed in a rush. Take your time to show off everything and stay calm. If you find a vintage elevator, surely you want to spend more time riding it!
9. Learn how to predict an elevator's next move. Some elevators have arrows that change direction when it has to take another call, and turn off when they don't. Other elevators have arrows that change direction regardless. Some elevators always chime when the doors open, others chime only when they have to take another call. Still others don't chime at all when arriving at a destination. If an elevator has to take another call, that means you will likely make a stop during the video.
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10. Study up! For the previous reasons, and knowing more about elevators makes you smarter (it's obvious, but many don't seem to think so). Once you have mastered recognizing brands, start studying fixtures. Watch a lot of other people's elevator videos to recognize patterns among elevators and make observations in your videos. Everybody has more to learn.
11. Have fun. This is always the most important piece of advice. Elevator enthusiasm on youtube will never be a sustainable source of income, so if you don't enjoy doing it, don't do it! I do what I do because I enjoy it!