March 15, 2016 / Yarden Leshem

Why They Vlog - Top Vloggers Tell Us What Drives Them

We like to think that Showbox can give you all the tools you need to be a successful vlogger - graphics, easy editing, music, background replacement tech… etc. We have the ingredients, and you put them together. We love sharing helpful tips on how to shoot, and ways to help promote yourself, but... what about the very important question that starts it all...

What drives you?

Deciding to make a vlog -- really going for it -- has to be inspired by something. It’s tough waiting to find your inspiration, your purpose, the thing that gives you just the push you need. Getting that very first vlog done can be tough, but once you see the finished product, it can be really encouraging!

Staring at a blank page (or an empty screen) may seem a bit daunting, we get it. So, we looked to the vlogging pros for inspiration, and to find out why they vlog, on our mission to find some inspiring little tid bits for you to chomp your creative teeth into.

Your Inspiration:

Bethany Mota, an interview with Elle Magazine

why top vloggers vlog

“I started my YouTube channel when I was 13. At the time, I was being bullied by a few people who I used to be very close to. I felt very alone and unmotivated. After discovering the beauty community I decided it would be a great way to express myself and use it as an outlet to be who I am.”

Zoella, interview with Glamour

top vloggers tell us what drives them

“I first started my YouTube channel because I was watching a lot of other people do YouTube and I was getting a lot of really useful tips from other people, and I felt very passionate about makeup and beauty, and because I was too shy to make [videos] I started blogging, and then once I felt confident blogging, I thought, ‘Oh maybe i can do video, some people might want to watch it.’ From there, I absolutely loved it and just carried on.”

Jenna marbles, interview with Larry King

why they vlog - top vloggers tell us what drives them

“I think just trying to see where you can go on the Internet and being your own boss, and you know, not maybe climbing a traditional ladder... I’m really interested to see what you can do by yourself and how far you can go by yourself."

Michelle Phan interview with Pop Sugar

why top vloggers vlog

“It's important to know that it's a lot of work and commitment, but it's so fulfilling, because you're in control of your message, vision, and career. You sacrifice a lot, but you gain so much more. I just kept pushing the envelope. I didn't want to do the same thing everyone else was doing; I wanted to create a story and almost bring a more theatrical element to my videos.”

Ray William Johnson, interview with Complex

top vloggers tell us what drives them

“I'm motivated by entertaining people. If we happen to impress the Guinness Book Of World Records to the extent that they want to give us a record, it's a nice byproduct of the whole thing.”

Lilly Singh, interview with Flare Magazine

why they vlog - top vloggers tell us what drives them

“I was dealing with a lot in my life when I started making YouTube videos and I thought if I could make other people laugh, I could make myself laugh. It was self-medicating. Every bit of success I have gained has helped me become a more mentally and emotionally strong person. From a business standpoint, [these numbers] have proven that I can make a career out of this. I grew up in a South Asian family where [entertainment jobs] are unheard of and to take that leap of faith to actually pursue this has taught me to trust my plan A. We are so used to having a plan B all of the time that we don’t put enough effort into our plan A. This whole experience has just taught me to work really hard at my plan A.”

Roman Atwood, interview with columbus live

why they vlog - top vloggers tell us what drives them

“I really just like making people laugh. When a person I prank in a video finds out it’s a prank and starts laughing, that is the best feeling in the world. I’m a pretty goofy guy and I just want to make people smile. In fact, I started a clothing line called “Smile More” because that is what people need to do.

If all that wasn’t inspiring enough, go play around with the Showbox creator studio right now, and see how easy it is to start vlogging. Because why not? Something amazing might happen.

   
Yarden Leshem

VP Marketing @ Showbox Yarden is happiest when traveling, preferably to random, distant locations around the world, exploring culture through art and culinary. She loves writing about current trends in advertising, social media and content marketing and enjoys watching awesome videos creating by the Showbox community.

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