Motivation, Following Your Dreams, and VidCon 2017

Motivation, Following Your Dreams, and VidCon 2017

It's incredible what hanging around other motivated creative aspirational people can do for you spirit. I recently came back from California where I was hanging out in Los Angeles and then Anaheim, California for VidCon. I visited friends from school who are out in LA hustling, and saw youtube friends whose work I admire. In this video I recap my trip and also reflect on how VidCon is inspiring my career in a particular direction. Here's to perusing your dreams.

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The D. C. Holiday Party Circuit

The D. C. Holiday Party Circuit

Since I've been back, I've been told countless times that D.C. is a networking town. From what I've seen, they do it well. I've been pursuing opportunities to mix and mingle and have had a really good time of it so far. As someone fairly new to adulthood, it's bizarre having to get my ID checked so that I can enter the place I'm hanging out, but most of these parties were 21+. I went to all but one party alone. My goals were to meet new people, find out what's going on in D.C., meet other creatives, and figure out which associations are worth joining. The ratings below are based on those goals. Here's what I found:

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YouTube Creator Days - Boston & D.C.

YouTube Creator Days - Boston & D.C.

I was lucky to be able to catch 2 YouTube Creator days, one in Boston and one in D.C. Creator Days are events facilitated by YouTube to connect and educate creators in places around the world that don't have a YouTube spaces. Both days I attended were held on a Friday from around 9am-5pm. The timing surprised me because I'd suppose that most people who are on YouTube aren't doing it full time, meaning they probably have a job to work during those hours, but people still made it out. Both Creator Days were held in the local Google offices, and were free to attend.

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Playlist Live D.C. 2015

Playlist Live D.C. 2015

I was so excited from VidCon that immediately afterwards I signed up for the next video convention that I could. That convention was Playlist Live D.C.  It was only a month after VidCon so I was still riding that high when I arrived in D.C.  Playlist D.C. made me realize that the Green brothers over at VidCon do a wicked good job. Like really outstanding. 

Not to say that Playlist D.C. was definitively worse, it just catered to a different audience. And that audience was white girls 5 to 10 years younger than myself....

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