In this episode I’m going to start the conversation about how to start building your own following and traffic to reduce how much you rely on platforms like Shutterstock, Amazon, and Udemy as a content creator.
In this podcast i introduce a tool called ubersuggest that I’m trying out for keyword research. I want to search for competitors in my space to see which sites are linking to their site to give them authority with google. I also use this tool to validate content I plan to create.
After you generate some traffic to your website it’s important to capture that traffic. What I mean is you can try to build up your email list. You can do this by using free email software like Mailchimp. Once you get a bit more advanced and have over 1000 subscribers and are looking to do some automation you can look at a program like convertkit.
If you are a stock footage videographer that is looking to promote and sell your footage direct to the customer you can get more help with this in my course Stock Footage Machine.
Learn how to build traffic, and sell your footage direct to customers
The Nomad Capitalist – Rare interview in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
During a tough year for a lot of people you have to make the most our of a situation. As a content creator that is comfortable behind the camera and in front of it I created my own opportunity while in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I reached our to Andrew Henderson of the Nomad Capitalist for a video interview.You can read his book here.
Andrew is a hard-worker. If you look at his online social media channels in particular his youtube channel you will see how active he is. He has amassed 127000 youtube subscribers without even monetizing on it. Watch the video to find out why.
Some traditional mindsets might think his ideas are quite extreme. Go where you are treated best to even renouncing his American Citizenship. For someone that has already experienced better treatment in other countries like Malaysia I can relate to Andrew on some levels.
Ryan from the Colony Cowork Space helped me set up the slides on the television using Google Slides and casting technology. Big thanks to the Colony Cowork space in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
I filmed the primary camera on my Panasonic GH5 at 4K resolution to crop in with the 24-105 Canon lens on Viltrox lens adaptor. This was not the most flattering angle, but my options were a bit limited in the room plus I was hosting an interview so I had limited time and no assistants to help monitor. I attached a wireless Saramonic Lav microphone for primary audio and I used a wired lav mic to the H5 Zoom recorder.
The second camera I filmed with a Canon SLR 50mm F1.4 and my Rode Video Mic Pro for a 3rd audio backup source.
I also used my Rode Interview SCL6 kit for backup audio. I ended up using the audio from here as were less files to synch. This resulted in a lot of wires ,but I wanted to capture good audio at all costs and have an audio backup.
For the lighting I used natural lighting and an led light. The lighting changed quickly during the hour and I had to make exposure adjustments in post production later on.
I edited the Video in Adobe Premiere Pro and my first pass I just synched the audio with the primary camera. After trimming the video and audio on this first pass I synched it with the second camera angle for a second revision. The 3rd pass I added titles and plenty of Broll from storyblocks.com using my membership and some of the footage from chicvoyageproductions.com this site.
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In this episode I’m going to reveal 3 scams I was exposed to in Vancouver Canada including the Wedding Video QuickBooks Scam, Fake Google Rep scam, and the spam government calls. In my 9 years providing video services internationally I’ve never been scammed until in December 2019.
I think various locations outside Vancouver are targeting our province because of the wealth in this city. As a videographer I’m going to expose them as I ended up losing $200 through a fake wedding where I was encourage to sign up for quickbooks.
In 2020 I will be offering an opportunity for Videographers and Creators to take a unique workation experiences with me through Taiwan and Malaysia. These are 2 overlooked country hotspots for digital nomads. At the end of the journey you will have a good understanding of video editing, stock footage, creating your own youtube channel, marketing, and building your own website
In January we will begin in Taipei , which is where I started my working holidays. Let me show you around, teach you some chinese, and learn to get to know you and your goals. We will eat delicious Taiwanese food and shoot some footage.
We will then travel to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where we will have everything we need to focus on building your future skills and assets.
We will then get down to business in Malaysia. We will travel to the city capital to get setup for a month in your apartment. I will then set you up in a co-work space where will spend the next several weeks on your online business.
For those of you that want to create your own course we will take a trip to Hua hin Thailand to film our courses. We will set up the studio for recording and over the course of the week we will film and edit our courses.
The Workation 2020 – Creators Camp (Content Creation, Video Editing)
Benefit: A Remote Working Experience, Learn Skills in Video and Audio Production, Produce a Youtube Channel, Podcast, Website, and learn other essential marketing and business skills
Website and Seo
Learn the importance of owning a website
Create your own wordpress site, choose a theme
Learn about popular plugins and how to manage them
Learn to Create Posts and Pages and Manage your media
Using your site to promote your services
Using your site to gain leads
Setttig up google analytics
Creating a Post to rank on google
Selling a Digital Product using gumroad
Learn why you need a channel for your business
Learn to Create a channel
How to use the description
End screen and cards
Monitoring your channel using Creator Studio
Cloud Storage: Google Drive & Dropbox
Learn to use cloud storage for business
Backup and share footage
Backup, and store Online Courses
Gumroad Platform for selling Digital Products
What is it and why use it
Integration with Convert Kit
Creating a new product
Creating a Coupon
Creating a Lead Magnet
What type of products can you sell
Teachable for Self Hosting
Creating a Course
Free Versus Paid
Bundling your courses
Integration with Email Marketing
Deciding on a course topic
Structuring your course outline
Recording the Course
Editing the Course
Sales copy, Covert
Where to host your course: Udemy, Skillshare
How to deal with 3rd part course hosts: Skillwise, photowhoa
Launch and reviews
Email Marketing: convert Kit
Creating a form or landing page
Automations with other platforms: Gumroad, Teachable
Creating a Sequence
Creating a Broadcast
Find Guests and topics
Workflow for editing and publishing a podcast
What content to shoot
What settings do you use
Cutting footage from your batch
Which agency or use Blackbox
Structuring a deal
Video Editing: Imovie, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere
Where is the Big Money
Licensing to business
Freelancing: Editing and Producing
We will run various workshop over the course of the month that will arm you with the neccessary skills. In between workshops you will have access to the workspace to spend time working on your business. I will be available to help and answer questions
The time is ripe to be a digital nomad in Asia. You may have heard of the remote year that organizes groups year round in Asia and around the world to remote work. They organize accomodation, co-work space, and logistics for you. However, it is quite expensive and sometimes you may want to organize your own trips, but need some inspiration and information to do so.
I’ve been working Remote since 2013 and invested time to live and experience the laptop lifestyle from Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, And South Korea and more. There’s a lot this side of the world has to offer: Fast Internet, Cowork spaces, Community, Food, Cheap Travel witin the region, good hot sunny weather, and cost of living that are about 1/3 of the cost of Vancouver Canada. h
If you were interested in arming yourself with essential info like survival guide, co-working, and developing production skills. Click to check out some of the free lessons in the course which is set to launch soon
The Digital Nomad Course was designed for Remote Workers, Digital Nomads, and Freelancers that want to start their entrepreneurial journey and do a workation or working holiday in Asia. Included in the course are living guides that contain essential information for the digital nomad in locations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cebu and Bali. There is deep information on locations such as Taiwan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and South Korea. You are also going to get some additional tips that you may encounter living this lifestyle on a long term basis. Some examples are the lifestyle design, productivity, and time management tips.
Digital Nomad in Asia Free Lessons
You are going to learn more than just the guides though.
As a Digital Nomad Videographer of 7 years I share tips for producing Video and Audio Content. I also share some Business and Marketing tips I’ve learned that any freelancer or entrepreneur could apply to their business. You can join the course here
In 2011 I took a major risk. I sold my apartment in Vancouver Canada to fund my dream of starting a travel related business. I left a stable high paying IT manager job in Vancouver after getting my MBA degree. Why? I wasn’t happy. I knew it was time for the next chapter of my life. I discovered my passions for Travel, Video, and Business. After the travel venture didn’t work out I ended going on a tour of Asia for my friends wedding in Taiwan along with my SLR camera. It was eye opening, but I eventually ran out of money.
I went back to corporate life again in 2013 all the while I was experimenting with creating my first product. It started as a trip to Asia on vacation and then a working holiday to Taiwan in 2013. I sold my apartment, car, and packed a laptop and my camera with my dreams. 6 years later I found myself sharing my lessons learned with the next generation of travel videographers
After a 13 year career in IT in Vancouver Canada and a university and MBA degree from SFU I decided to needed a change. I went through a process of self discovery to determine what my values and passions were. (Travel, Business, Video). It started as a trip to Asia on vacation and then a working holiday to Taiwan in 2013. I sold my apartment, car, and packed a laptop and my camera with my dreams. 6 years later I found myself sharing my lessons learned with the next generation of travel videographers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai, was an important part of my Entreprenuarial journey and it’s great to be able to give back some knowledge to the community.
Huahin Digital Nomad Expat Guide The Danang of Thailand. Chiang Mai with a beach. Whatever you want to call it Hua hin was off my radar until a month ago. My Digital Nomad Journey Began in Taiwan and Sophmore year was in Chiang Mai Thailand, but it seems as though there are many destinations that are becoming great options as well like Hua Hin Thailand.
The main draw for Hua Hin is the beautiful long beaches, the ease of getting there from Kuala Lumpur, how quiet and uncrowded it is, and the laid back vibes. Add in the overall fast Wifi, quality low cost condos on Airbnb, Grab Taxi, Golf courses, Tennis Course and a lot of what you may love about Thailand (cheap massage, thai food, 7-11, Pools) and you’ve got a great destination to either to go into mini-retirement or live as an expat/digital nomad. At the time I went there were 2 co-work spaces. If you stay near the True Arena then you are close to both of them. One of them is called Gopro and the other you will see on your way to Cicada market. They are a bit pricier than Chiang mai or Bangkok at 350 baht per day. There are a few cafes that are laptop friendly like coffeelism and the Truesphere cafe in the Bluport Mall. I recommend getting a condo with at least AIS fiber.
I’ve only seen one beach and the sand is a nice texture, clean, and white. There are some options to drink at the beach or you can go for a walk. One of my favorite things to do was to check out the various restaurants, cafes, and bars along the beach. Check my instagram for exact locations, but some suggestions are Mourakesh to catch a sunset, or Azur’s freeflow 699 baht at the Intercontinental. Huahin is a turning up to be the sleeper hit destination of the year. It has a beach. The air quality is better than most Thailand destination’s as it’s further South. Internet Speeds are fast in cafe’s and the home with AIS fiber very common. Good modern condos are cheap and available built by Sansiri similar to the condos built by Dcondo out in Chiang Mai. Good flights in from Kuala Lumpur on Airasia, but not to the rest of Thailand. Getting around on Grab is available, but a bit pricier and hard to get in the hot spot tourist areas. You can motorbike here for short distances as the traffic is less than larger cities. There are 2 large malls with everything that you need from movie theathers, gourmet market for all your culinary needs, and pletny of massage shops. There is an understated upmarket feel to Huahin and you can expect prices to be a bit more than Chiang Mai. Cafes and cowork spaces aren’t as plentiful yet, but there are options in the mall and you can work from home.
There isn’t that many tourists here in general and less Digital Nomads, but that can be a good thing. This is not just some beach town. Huahin hosts many gems if you know where to find them.
Sample Prices Motorbikes 1600 baht Sim AIS 7 days plan 150 baht Accomodation 450 cdn for 2 weeks inluding utilties and wifi with proper gym and super duper long pool Thai Meal 100-150 baht Western Breakfast 200-250 baht Beer 100 baht IPA beer 200 baht bottle wine 500 baht Taxi from airport to city 200 baht (need to take regular taxi from the airport, Can grab to the airport due to the mafia) cowork space per day 250 baht. Internet Speeds 20mbps- 200mbps #huahin#digitalnomad#locationindependent#expat
Recommended for: Beach Lovers, Motorbikers, Sabai sabai Thai lifestyle, Red light District Scene, Hot Weather
Best Time to Go: November – April ( I was there for the 2nd half of May and it was super hot)
How do I live this lifestyle as a Videographer?
I use my skills and content to create a lifestyle of time and location freedom as a Travel Videographer. I fly my drone and license my aerial footage and do videos for clients. Check out my Online Courses for more Info.
For Travel Videography and Content Creators you need to produce epic footage while maintaining your mobility for International Travel. I know it’s cliche ..there has never been a better time to be a travel videographer or travel creator, but it’s also a confusing time with so many choices for gear on the market. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about selecting gear that produces high production videos and doesn’t weight you down over the year. I’ve become more of a slow traveler spending from 3 months to a year at one location, but I understand the unique needs of traveling with gear internationally. Let me serve as a guide to navigate you through a world full of confusing choices for gear. I encourage everyone to assemble their own unique gear kit based on your lifestyle, budget, and choices.
Check out my Videos where I’ll go through items my new Windows 10 laptop for mobile 4K editing, Main camera, Nimble but powerful drone, my special weapon lens speed booster, and lifestyle accessories.
As a Travel Videographer 2018 turned about to be a great year in many aspects. As you’ll see there was plenty of travel and my camera came along for the ride. I brought my camera in each of these locations for my Stock Footage subscribers. I’m still playing a bit of catch up with too much content sitting on my hard-drives. Be sure to check outmy Youtube Channelto see some of the videos.
Upgrades – Purchased some gear upgrades. New Windows laptop (Huawei), Backpack, lens adaptor, luggage
Upgraded Adobe photoshop, Adobe Premiere
New Canadian passport for the next 10 years!
Plans for 2019
I would like to slow down my travel and prioritize more time on getting more content online. 2018 was a wild ride, and somewhere in there I turned 40. I plan to spend more time in Malaysia instead of Thailand in 2019. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back and forth between the two. There is also a lot of places to explore in Malaysia such as Sabah, Ipoh, and Sarawak. My grandmother is in Singapore, and I may be be due for a visit there and refresh my footage as well. Kuala Lumpur has great flights to Cambodia, Shen Zhen, and Sri lanka so don’t be surprised if there are some side trips there. I also want to try to return to Canada in the summer. I want to check out Montreal, Toronto, New York and enjoy a summer in Vancouver with the family.
Resolutions for 2019
I would like to lose some weight from 181 lbs to 165 lbs through exercise and better nutrition
Double the earnings for the business
Visit my family and Canada twice during the year
Less travel and more quality content online and marketing
Master Adobe Premiere on the new laptop
If you’re wondering how I sustain this travel lifestyle throughout the years I offer Video services and have many online passive revenue streams. For example, I offer freelance Videos to client in the Asia region and in Canada. I can also offer video editing services for clients that shoot footage on vacation and don’t have time to edit. If you want to learn more about how I create an online passive income using my footage and other business skills you need please check out my online course “How to Start an Online Business from Anywhere using Video” using this sale price link.
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If you are a Videographer looking to earn an income online or leverage the Internet to help you then check out this episode.
Stock Footage – I discovered this business model by making a $90US sale on a shot from Beijing China. Most people are aware you can sell stock photos. You can do the same, but with Video Footage. For example you can license your aerial footage shot with a drone to nightlife shots done with a DSLR camera and earn from $40 to 199US a video clips. You can sell your clips on stock agencies like Shutterstock that keep a commission from 30 to 50%. Learn more about Stock Footage and which agencies to use.
Gumroad – This is a great platform that allows you to sell anything digital or service related from skype coaching to PDF ebooks. You are only limited by your imagination. You have to take care of your own marketing, but gumroad plays nice with Youtube and email marketing platforms like convert kit.
Online Teaching – I discovered online teaching while teaching English in Taiwan. Platforms like Udemy were growing in popularity with a built-in audience so I started teaching courses about Travel video, How to shoot with a gopro, how to do aerial footage, and do stock footage. I’ve since published 16 courses with about 6500 students on Udemy. With some camera and audio gear, some knowledge, and a desire to teach you can also teach online. It’s a good business model that is passive income and is non exclusive allowing you to build your own school online or host your courses on other platforms like skillshare.
check out the Episode for more ways to earn an income as a videographer