How To Become A Poker Vlogger?
Poker From The Eyes of A Vlogger & Content Creator
Ever wonder what goes into making a poker vlog? Well don’t you worry, I’m gonna shed a little light into the world of poker vloggers.
It’s actually insane the amount of new vloggers showing up to the scene every single week. Although, many quit after only a few vlogs for many reasons. First, it’s NOT easy. Vlogging takes up so much time and energy. I’m shocked to find out the average poker vlog watcher has NO idea the amount of time a single vlog can take. A great rule of thumb is: for every minute of a vlog is about one hour of editing time. So do the math: a 20 minute vlog is about 20 hours of work. Crazy right?! We have to go record the vlog, plan what shots we’re going to get, make sure to take solid notes at the table (or good luck remembering that flop, turn, and river card). Once we get home with our newly acquired footage it’s time to sort through it all and make a storyline for the vlog! This is the fun part for me :)
The actual editing is the nitty and gritty part. This takes HOURS and HOURS! Inputting the action, pot size, hole cards, etc. I spent a lot of time google searching and YouTubing a lot of editing questions. Luckily, I had a little experience in this prior to starting my own vlog. So that definitely helped speed up my learning process.
The second reason people stop making vlogs is not seeing immediate results. It’s easy to get discouraged in anything in life if we don’t see instant progress (like trying to lose weight or get in shape). This is where real grit and determination comes in. The truth is, if you continue creating engaging content, you will see your subscribers grow and your views go up. It just takes the willingness to not give up.
I get asked all the time what my advice would be to someone who wants to start a poker vlog. My answer is usually fairly short, sweet, and to the point. People complicate it too much. It’s as easy as grabbing a camera and hitting record. I started my poker vlog with an iPhone 8 and a dream. I even edited my first vlog on my phone app!
Just Do It - No really, the Nike slogan is right. There’s no right time to start. I remember Jaman Burton (The Drawing Dead Vlog) & Andrew Neeme urging me to start a vlog and I said, “I’m not ready!” Jaman Burton told me, “You don’t need to be ready… just do it.” Don’t wait until you have the best camera, a drone, and high end editing software. You don’t need it. After I finally took the dive I started to understand this. Great content is made from trial and error. Learning how to create engaging content is an amazing journey. One I’m still trying to master. But I couldn’t have started on this path if I didn’t take the first step. Don’t overthink it.
Be You - The world doesn’t need another PokerfaceAsh, Andrew Neeme, or Lex O… They need what YOU have to offer. The best thing you can do is be unique and add your personality to your vlog. The best vlogs out there (poker or not) are people who capture an audience because of their uniqueness.
I hope this gives you a little glimpse into the world of poker vlogs. It’s truly a special thing that’s added so much positivity to poker and has become a big part of the poker world. It’s brought this community together in ways that wouldn’t have otherwise happened if not for poker vlogging.