I absolutely love these interview–style posts and I can’t quite believe that the very fabulous Brogan Tate (who I have loved for so long!) was kind enough to take part. I’m sure the majority of you have come across Brogan already with her wonderful blog and YouTube channel. I personally found her channel first and was hooked by her Disney vlogs instantly (of course) I have been watching ever since.
There’s so much that Brogan talks about from Disney, events and fashion to beauty and life so there really is something for everyone. Her vlogs are so comforting and truthful, in fact they have become a familiar friend to me and I know you will feel the same.
What were your biggest struggles when starting YouTube?
I started my channel 7 years ago, and back then it was much more relaxed and just a hobby for me. I didn’t have many struggles when I first started, but over time I felt the pressure to find my niche, upgrade my equipment for better quality videos and really grow my audience.
Is there anything about creating YouTube content that you still find difficult?
Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and not being afraid to make videos that I really want to make. I am getting much better at this, but it’s really disheartening when you work hard on something and it’s either not seen or pushed into peoples feeds, or isn’t what people want to watch. Finding the balance can be a challenge.
What advice would you give to people who want to start a YouTube channel but suffer with low confidence?
Try practising on your phone. We all have phones with cameras these days, so just practise getting comfortable in front of the camera, filming yourself and editing it together. There’s no pressure to upload it until you’re ready. I’d also recommend experimenting with Instagram Stories, or even the new IGTV. It’s a nice way to transition into YouTube.
What was your inspiration for starting your blog and channel?
I started on Tumblr, and a few of my followers suggested I write a blog. I started following the likes of Zoella, Louise Pentland and Fleur De Force, and was completely inspired by their writing and videos. I was also quite lonely at my new college, and didn’t have many friends, so being part of a community where I felt I fitted in, was really comforting and a huge inspiration to create my own content.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment from your content?
I have so many amazing accomplishments, not the mention the lifestyle and friendships too, but the fact it’s now my full time job with the ability to work with brands I genuinely love, really is a highlight for me.
How do you stay motivated?
As well as being a creator, I’m an avid viewer. I watch YouTube everyday, so other people motivate me to make new things. I see their successes and I want to (hopefully) continue mine!
You can explore Brogan’s social media right here
A huge pixiedust-filled thank you Brogan!