YouTube Spotlight: Shep689 AKA Will and RJ

Share your story of becoming a YouTuber. How did you get started?

RJ: Well Will was already doing YouTube when we met.

Will: Yeah, so I first started my channel back in 2008. A friend of mine kept posting these funny little sketch videos on his Facebook timeline. So I found his channel and saw that he was subscribed to a channel called "5 Awesome Gays", and that what fist turned me on to the idea of vlogging.

RJ: And then I pretty much learned everything I knew from watching him. I was majoring in Media Production at FSU at the time so I kept trying to backseat drive and tell him how to light and shoot and edit and all of that. Eventually he got fed up and told me to start making my own stuff. Now, we've got three channels between the two of us and we're doing this stuff for a living.

What do you love most about creating videos?

Will: Getting the chance to connect with literally thousands of people world and creating a community that lets everyone interact with each other.

RJ: Yeah, that's pretty much why we got into this and have stuck with it for so long. I also like that now I have a platform that I can use to discuss and raise awareness for issues that I feel like are really important.

Describe your lifestyle (what makes you choose the things you reviews) and a few of your favorite brands. Who do you wish to work with in the future on a collaboration?

RJ: Well due to the nature of our channel and our platform, we definitely want to make sure we work with brands who support our message and what we're trying to accomplish.

Will: Yeah but we also want to stay true to the day-to-day nature of our brand. So it's really just about finding brands that are doing and making things that we'd be interested in even if we weren't in YouTube. RJ: Yeah I feel like you can't go wrong if you're promoting stuff you'd actually use yourself. It's one of the reasons why we'd kill to work with, like, Chipotle or Cheesecake Factory or Topman...brands that we already mention because we like them.

What is your current setup for shooting videos?

Will: We have a handful of handheld Canon S110 cameras that we use for daily vlogging.

RJ: They're small, they fit in a pocket, they shoot in HD, they work great in low light, and they play nice with our computers.

Will: And then I have software set up on my gaming computer to record anything that's on my screen. And then I also have a webcam and an external mic that I use to record myself as I play.

RJ: And then we also have a Canon 60D, Rode mic, and a couple of soft boxes that I use to do a majority of the videos on my channel.

What advice would you give to YouTubers just starting out?

Will: Find a passion and be consistent. Find something that you love to talk about, and then make sure that you pick a consistent upload schedule and stick to it. Don't worry about the numbers at first. If you have passion and you manage to be consistent, the numbers will come.

RJ: Embrace the fact that your first videos will suck. It's inevitable. I have a degree in media and my first videos were still terrible, and that's okay. One of the great things about YouTube is that you don't have to get it right immediately. You can try things and make mistakes and your channel will be better for it in the long run. And that's also why it's important to develop a relationship with your audience, because they'll be the ones to let you know what works and what doesn't.

What do you like best about FameBit?

Will: I like how relaxed everything is. It's not like an MCN where you have to sign a contract or something.

RJ: I like that they work with a lot of brands I didn't know before. I've found out about some really cool stuff thanks to some of the deals we made with FameBit.

A few faves please! (food, movie, quote, etc)

Will:

  • Food - Chipotle burrito bowls
  • Movie - The Birdcage
  • Quote - "Own your happiness."
  • Book - Life of Pi
  • TV Show - Six Feet Under
  • Music Artist - Coldplay

RJ:

  • Food - Thai style curry
  • Movie - Fight Club
  • Quote - "Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when a man falls into an open sewer and dies." -Mel Brooks
  • Book - Slaughterhouse Five
  • TV Show - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Music Artist - Bonobo

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