Like lots of people, Squall had his sights set on working the create media for TV and the big screen, but quickly saw the tremendous benefits of the smaller-scale format of YouTube, like having full creative control of your vision and getting your voice heard. His passion for media and natural hosting ability lends itself to a variety of interesting content, like his new video series where he debates the best seasons of some of his favorite shows.
We had a chance to talk to Squall and learn a bit more about his life as a creator.
Tell us a bit more about your channel.
I host and divulge into a wide gamut of videos and topics within smaller niches such as tokusatsu (Japanese for special effects), and have done a lot of work with larger groups such as Shout! Factory, Rooster Teeth, and more!
Why did you become a creator?
I went to school and wanted to set out to create media on TV and in theaters, but found the simplicity at making my voice heard through creating smaller scale videos for others in the small communities I am part of. Being able to step into my own producer shoes, or edit something how I want gives me more meaning and often those small decisions are talking about or enjoyed by viewers.
Where do you get inspiration for your videos?
Depends on the type, but it really comes from what's topical or what do I want to lend my own, or other's voices to in conversing about the subject at hand.
Who are some of your favorite YouTube creators?
There are a lot of talented creators in this niche, and they make videos that inspire the next wave of creators to try their hands at creating.
Some of my favorite to watch are Red Letter Media (please, let's get drunk together and rip apart the two small movies I have done), Funhaus has always been a favorite and getting to work with them was quite an experience, and of course VanossGaming.
What one piece advice would you give to your fellow creators?
Keep trying new things. Sometimes writing something down on paper sounds like a great idea, and it's not until you try and accomplish it does it need a bunch of reworking. Having skills that spread you further will make collaboration or future jobs that much more of a reality. Who are they going to hire, the guy who can simply host a great show, or the gal who can produce, edit, light, AND host it too? Always keep trying new things; you might be good at them with practice.
Connect with Squall
YouTube: Squall Charlson