I thought that I might answer this one publicly.
I had wanted to do my own livestreams for years but I was never too tech savvy and I got so many different answers that it all kind of jumped into a pile of mess. The first video that I ever posted of myself drawing was a Ralph head sketch ( http://halfys.tumblr.com/post/63355129870/how-i-draw-ralph-im-actually-pretty-upset-that ). I was so nervous. I felt so uncomfortable because I didn’t know what to say even if it was pre-recorded.
I remember a while back my brother was watching LP’s when he was telling me about one his friend had him watch. I remember him telling me that he thought it was alright but the host was so quiet and hardly said anything that he got bored quickly. I had thought about what my brother had said while I made that first video and you can hear me trying to think of something, anything to say. I was so nervous of being too quiet and unattached to any viewers that I had to think about something to talk about. I was stiff and really uncomfortable.
About a few minutes after I had posted the video I played it back to make sure it was working. My sister had walked in while it was playing and she asks me “Dude, is that you? OMG PLEASE don’t be that monotoned professor who is like sooooo boooorriiiing”. I was horrified and immediately stopped the video. I was so embarrassed that she thought I sounded that way. But as defeated as I felt I’m kind of glad that she said it. I really wanted to get more comfortable talking and drawing at the same time.
The thing is, I’m not a shy person. I’m pretty outgoing and very much an extrovert. But when it comes to drawing I’m used to things being relatively silent. I believe that I might be like most artists when I say that I don’t normally like to be bothered while I’m focusing on drawing. So, doing the livestreams is something that takes me out of my comfort zone. It forces me to learn things that I think benefits me as an artist. It teaches me to become more confident when people are watching me (Which honestly has always given me nerves because I don’t want to mess up in a room full of strangers) but it also teaches me how to become a more proficient multi-tasker.
If you’re thinking of doing livestreams do it. Go for it. Try it. Like with all things you’re gonna be hesitant and not very good but if you keep on doing it you’ll get better and the nerves will fade away.
Trust me. You’ll do famously.
p.s. my voice cute?!?! t-t-that’s the first time anyone’s ever said that… like… wao.. *blushblushblushblush*