Sooo this happened last week…
And, as a result, this week’s newsletter is gonna be a little different.
The thing is, you’d have thought a follow from the Beastie Boy would have been the coolest moment of my career.
(Which it was lol).
Buuuut it also prompted an absolutely classic existential crisis.
*pause for celebratory scream into the void* (join in!)
Since the moment wee Jimmy’s face popped up in my notifications, I’ve been in a weird business limbo.
But that’s where you come in.
Because you can help me escape it by answering a single “YES/NO” question.
First, though, I wanna take 30 seconds to reflect on how we got here…
One Year Ago…
I had 200 followers.
I was venturing into the freelance YouTube world with 0 clients.
I had no idea whether this was gonna be a sustainable career…
Or whether everyone who “warned me” about leaving my normal, boring, soul-destroying, life-shortening job might be right.
Maybe this was too risky.
But last week (almost exactly 52 weeks later) was truly a remarkable one.
One of those rare weeks where, with hindsight, you notice everything went right.
The first video I worked on with a new client did this…
…and my girlfriend Julia and I watched that video on our TV together.
One thing I’ve learned…
Treat the release of your latest video like a frickin movie premiere.
You worked hard on it and you deserve to feel flippin great when it comes out!!
Even more excitingly, I got to meet a bunch of awesome YouTubers IRL at a Creator Now event👇
A few people even knew me from Twitter!
Ricardo (on the left) actually received my newsletter while we were talking! 😂
AND, since I originally wrote this email, we crossed 1000 newsletter subscribers! 🥳
All this to say…
I could not have imagined being in this position a year ago when I went freelance.
Let alone two years ago when I quit my “real job” to work for Ali.
In a future newsletter, I’d love to talk more about how I got to this position with 0 experience and 0 contacts.
But… now comes the question:
Who… Am I?
The surprise appearance of Mr Beast contributed to an already unsustainable amount of inbound requests for my scriptwriting services.
Trust me, I recognise that it’s an incredible problem to have!
But I’ve realised I need to spend some time thinking about exactly WHO I want to serve with my content and WHERE I’m going with all this.
And that means…
I need to figure out which way to take this newsletter.
Transparently, sometimes I ain’t so excited about reviewing YouTube videos.
Some weeks I wanna write an email like this, or talk about specific scriptwriting tips that I’ve learned working on 1/10 videos for cool channels.
So, I want to know:
Do you open this newsletter just to check out the retention graphs?
Or is it for something else?
You can let me know here.
It’s just one box – a Yes or No answer. It should take 3 seconds.
There’s the option for leaving a suggestion too, but all I really need is your vote on that first question.
You’d be helping me out more than I can say!
|Click here to answer!|
Plus, if you answer the form, I promise I’ll get you a shoutout from my new best friend**
**this promise is not guaranteed, nor is it likely.
As always, a huge thanks for reading!
I’m very lucky that this is my job. And it’s down to you that I get to do it 🥰
That’s why I wanna help you live out your YouTube ambitions with whatever nuggets of wisdom I can pack into these emails.