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DAILY VLOGGING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE

I remember meeting with Jared Mecham two years ago to talk to him about speaking at a UTuber Meet Up, thus becoming the first Vlogger to speak at a meet up.

While I was talking with him about the meet up, we got on the subject of daily vlogging and he said, it's not for everyone. He suggested make people want more and told me how when he started vlogging it was sporadic, then it was 3 vlogs a week, and finally it was daily! Once they went daily they blew up!!!!

Now there are vloggers and YouTube Marketers who recommend daily content! My homie Josh Dyches of the Dyches Fam is a huge proponent of daily vlogging, Derral Eves recommends his clients to create daily content and tells those who are interested in vlogging to do daily vlogs, and I've heard Jared now promote daily vlogs or daily content.

So why would I say DAILY VLOGGING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE?

Well, because look at the creators who are successful at doing daily vlogs.

Ellie and Jared in their UTuber Meet Up presentation talked about their timeline of going into daily vlogs and quitting his job a few weeks after. They saw that they would make enough via their vlogs for him to focus full-time on vlogging. So Daily Vlogging is his job, he doesn't have an excuse for not vlogging daily right?

My homie Josh doesn't have a traditional job and his dream is to make a living as a YouTube Creator/Daily Vlogger and he's doing that.

So why do people promote daily vlogging? Well, I hear from Derral and Jared that it has to do with the YouTube Algorithm favoring daily content and that Vloggers do better with longer form content and watch time.

Forget the algorithm, there are so many ways to get around the daily uploads. Create AWESOME CONTENT! Optimize your content, collaborate with others, distribute your content, make it engaging, use media exposure, pay for ads to promote your content. If your plan is to one day make a living off your content then work towards that goal.

But let's think about something more important than daily vlogging let's think about our priorities.

I would say for most of us Family is a priority. If your daily vlogging is eating up your family time than STOP! Health is another priority for some of us and if daily vlogging is becoming the excuse for not living a healthy lifestyle where you're eating well, exercising, or the most important thing you can do for your body, sleeping than STOP! Paying bills is a priority right?  If daily vlogs are not paying your bills just STOP!

So when I say it's not for everyone it means you need to look at your circumstances and see if it's feasible. When I started daily vlogging I had a full-time job and that was it. Daily vlogging wasn't so bad, because once I left work I could focus on vlogging and my family.

My current circumstance is a little more intense and requires more from me. I work as a contractor at a video marketing agency, I have an online course to manage, another online course I'm creating, a creator bootcamp I'm creating, and 2-3 YouTube Channels I'm creating content for as well as an organization I manage known as UTuber Nation. Then let's add family responsibilities, church duties, and spending time with friends and I'm tapped out!

When people tell me they want to vlog and what advice I recommend for them I tell them if you're going to do daily be sure to allocate at least 4 hours of your life to your vlog. This is what that looks like.

  • Shooting your vlog: 1hr
  • Editing your vlog: 1-2hr
  • Optimizing your vlog: 1hr 
  • Distributing your vlog and managing other networks: 1hr

This is for someone who is fast and has systems in place that automates most of the process so not sure what it's like for someone who doesn't have this set up.

I use to have 4 hours in my day to dedicate to vlogging, but that's hasn't been the case for a few months now.

 

3 Ways To Set Goals And Never Fail

Setting goals for the new year is a bit ridiculous. We shouldn't wait until a new year to make a resolve to change!

I like to believe we reset and start anew when we wake up everyday. And while I was thinking about the goals I want to set for the year, the month, the week, and today I heard the following advice for setting goals.

1. Know what God wants for you.
Let's humbly pray and ponder over our scriptures and listen to what The Lord wants for and from us. 

2. Know that God can help you succeed.
If we know what the Lord wants from us, we know that He can help us succeed. Having the Lord on our side will make what we feel is impossible, possible.

3. Know that God loves you, even if you feel like you have failed. 

Now if I were to think back on 2016 I would give myself a cookie, to reward myself for all the success I had, but I would also think about how often I failed and still eat the cookie because I'm a millennial. 😜

I read the following counsel today from President Uchtdorf 

“God loves you this very day and always. He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. … He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you. … He wants you to achieve your destiny—to return to your heavenly home in honor.”

What a comforting truth that the Lord loves us, has a plan for us, and wants us to succeed.

The goal I want to set on a daily basis and for this year is to make sure there is love in the Ambriz family home and that I remain worthy in the eyes of the Lord.

The Lord taught: 
For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (In speaking about food, clothing, shelter, and any of the things we need to live whether it's a job to earn money or to lose weight to be healthy. He knows what we need)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

How To Find Your Passion

This is written for my YouTube Creators and other creatives, but these principles can also be applied to anyone wanting to figure out their passion.

Let me cut to the chase.

Is what you’re creating any good? Are you good at creating awesome content? Have you created awesome content?

Answer those questions truthfully and honestly.

Now I’m not having you do this self-reflection to get depressed in anyway, though it may happen, but what I hope will happen is that you’ll have a self-awareness of where you stand.

We all have goals, passions, and things we aspire to become. But you want to know the secret of how the people we admire or aspire to be like one day got to where they’re at?

They created good stuff! They created awesome stuff! They created quality stuff! They created (worked)!

Let me take a quick step back and breakdown a few principles we can all agree on.

Goals setting.

This is important right?

We set a goal to reach a higher level, score, or just be better.

You know what you need to do to accomplish that goal?

  1. Know where you stand.
  2. Make a plan.
  3. And….

WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK!

You know what happens when you do that?

You get better!

In fact you get GOOD. So good people can’t ignore you.

You know what else happens when you put in the work?

You become passionate about your work.

If you’re passionate about something, get to work on developing those skills to be recognized for your passion.

If you don’t know what your passionate about, just get GOOD at something, and you’ll be doing the world more good, and you’ll become passionate about the good work you’re doing.

You won’t know what your passion is until you work, and become so good they can’t ignore you!

If you put too much focus on figuring out your passion or pursuing your passion and ignore what you’re really good at.

You’ll be miserable, because you’ll be hyper focused on why you haven’t found it. And not realize you have.

Let’s analyze the people we admire. How did they get there? Why do we like what they do? Why are they so good?

We’ve already answered these questions, but it’s because they put in the work, got really good at developing their skills, and got so good they couldn’t be ignored.

The overnight success comes to those who worked every other night, before that night, when the world couldn’t ignore them anymore.

We all want to be good at something, we want the freedom to create, and to make a living creating awesome stuff.

So get to work!

Year End Review for 2015

The year of Feast and Famine.

I ended 2015 exactly the same way I ended 2014 without a job and not knowing how I was going to pay the bills.

Lark and Owl, LLC

I created Lark and Owl with the idea of creating online courses and digital products in marketing. I never moved forward with this plan. I kept trying to turn Lark and Owl into something else every time I started to work on it. I wanted to turn it into a consulting firm, advertising and marketing agency, and so many other things. I had no focus. At the end of the year I brought it to a close.

YouTube Consulting

I started off the year by becoming a consultant in YouTube and digital marketing for two awesome YouTube Creators. The King of Random and Kuma Films. Both have gone on to achieve tremendous success and it was an honor to play a small role in accelerating that process. Taking on these consulting gigs helped provide for my family early in the year and allowed me to cultivate my skills.

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Connor Group

At the beginning of the year I received a call back for a social media manager position. I went in for my interview, which lasted 2 hours and was asked to return again later that night for a second interview that lasted 4 hours! By the end of this long interview processes I was hired and put straight to work the very next day, which was a Saturday at 9AM. I was hired on as a independent contractor at first, but within a week or two I was in a full-time position as their Senior Brand Marketing Manager. My role there consisted of building and managing branding, marketing, website optimization, and social media strategies. I helped launch companies and brands. Created internal training videos and was to oversee all training material for the company. I loved working at Connor Group. I had an incredible boss, awesome co-workers, and a stress-free environment. I was paid $60K with the best benefits I've ever heard of in my entire life. The money we made helped my family pay off debt, save money, and go on fun vacations without worry. We were happy and comfortable and had a 5 year plan to be debt free! Then I quit my job to be an entrepreneur.

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The Family Vlog

In May of 2015 we started doing a daily family vlog. This was a way for me to create something new everyday and document our journey. To see how 2015 played out in real time go to our YouTube channel: The Ambriz Family.

Creative Flannel

When I initially quit my job, I had a plan to do YouTube full-time and make something out of Lark and Owl, but I had previously been talking with a friend about starting an agency called Creative Flannel. This agency was going to be in the vain of Sandwich Video and Shareability. I was to bring my knowledge of YouTube/Video Marketing and creativity and my partner was going to bring his knowledge of salesmanship and connections. In the end we never could narrow down a business plan and for 2 months went nowhere. He went off to invest in a company and I started putting my focus into the UTuber Community.

UTuber Nation

I wasn't putting my focus into my YouTube channels like I wanted to, Lark and Owl was on hold, and Creative Flannel was a hype dream. But somewhere along the way I took the reigns of UTuber Community and put all my focus on a venture that wasn't going to provide me with any source of income. But I loved every minute of it. The UTuber community turned to UTuber Nation on the call of one of the admins of the group, who ironically isn't an admin anymore and went on to do other things. So the name UTuber Nation stuck and I started building a website, getting sponsors, setting up presenters, finding venues for the meet ups, growing our social media presence, setting up merch, and managing an entire organization. The Utah Film Commission took noticed and I was brought on board to be a liaison for YouTubers in Utah. I made a ton of awesome friends, connections and became some what of an authority in the YouTube realm here in Utah. I never set out to do any of this, but I had so much fun doing it and I felt I was good at it that I made it happen.

VidStrategy

As Lark and Owl, Creative Flannel came to a close I started focusing on building something new. VidStrategy. I had been inspired to form this company after attending VidSummit. At this conference on video marketing I was validated on my own knowledge and experience. I had spent the past several years trying to prove myself to everyone and I realized while sitting in a room of people esteemed as professionals that I was one of them. Someone who just had a passion for video and marketing and geeked out about it. My plan to start building online courses began again and it was going to be under the VidStrategy name. That was until...

2015 Conclusion

I thought I had figured things out, but as 2015 was coming to an end I had depleted our savings, gotten us into more debt, and still didn't have a steady income. I even had my younger brother invest in my business, but that money was used to stay afloat. I was offered a few full-time jobs, but I would turn them down because it didn't feel right. I took on a few freelance gigs here and there. I had reached a humbling point from the constant struggle of trying to start a business and not actually starting it. The year ended on a high note. My mom and sister came to visit for the holidays. My younger brother and I did the crazy thing of taking my little sister to Disneyland for a day by road tripping to California one day, going to Disneyland the next and returning home the day after. The year ended and I had no job, no money, and no idea of how to support my family.

Through it all my wife supported me, my little girls were happy and healthy, and I was more confident in myself and what I could accomplish.

2016 started in the most unexpected way possible. I took UTuber Nation to another level, I continued doing YouTube Consulting for different creators, I started outlining my YouTube course, started working for two marketing agencies one in video marketing and one in social media marketing, I started building an online course on crowdfunding in partnership with an awesome company, and in the month of January 2016 I made more money in 2 weeks than I had ever made in my entire career. I pulled in $4,500 more than enough to provide for my family for that month and the month to come.

I can honestly say the Lord brought three amazing people into my life that for the first time saw my potential and gave me the opportunity to grow and encouraged me to continue being an entrepreneur and make something of myself. 

Thank you Bryce Fisher, Jake Larsen, and Joseph Allen. All three of you were answers to the many prayers my family and friends extended in my behalf.

Year End Review For 2014

To understand my quest you need to know the story behind it. And if you don't know what exactly my quest is about let me refresh your memory.

"to use all my skills, knowledge, and experiences to add value to what I do in life and obtain personal freedom. I want to continue learning and creating products that will make people's lives better."

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