Video games brings everyone together. We care not for looks, color, ideals, or anything else. You game and we vibe well? That's all that matters. We joined DLive on March 14, 2019. We didn't think this platform would change our lives. First of all, we knew nothing about cryptocurrency. We learned little by little—the bare minimum of understanding this new money exchange. We gained good traffic. Met cool people and in turn received donations. DLive was and will always be a community despite the freeloaders, the hobbyists, the take-all streamers, and the 24/7 negative naysayers. We then met an amazing young streamer named Epikism. But we all call him Epik. Epik streams on YouTube, Twitch, and DLive. He's a failed Korean pop idol wannabe, a gamer, a foodie, and humble human being with the best purple hair.
How we're friends? Over chicken.
Seriously. He had his early foodie days on his DLive channel. He sat in front of his webcam, a bright light hovering over him, and ate his Korean Fried Chicken while talking to chat. Why couldn't I look away and deem him jobber? Because it was unique, and different to see on stream. In a time when the gaming market is saturated with Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fornite, and PubG, eating and talking with chatters saves day as standing out. On this day, RavageDragon (game host and founder of RavageLands) and I couldn't decide on what to eat. After watching for some time, we were swindled into buying chicken from Texas Chicken and Burgers. We brought it and posted it to our RavageLands twitter feed and tagged Epik in it.
Fast forward to this month, July 2019. Epik had purchased concert tickets to see the band Twice. Made the announcement that he was traveling to from Toronto, Canada and passing Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. His Airbnb wasn't ready yet, so sleep in the car for one night early. I didn't approve of that. I told him that I worked on Wednesday, July 17. He stopped by and then invited him over the house for dinner. That day, mother nature rained furiously upon us. Driving on the FDR was scary. But we made it in one piece. Cooked. He approved of my Chiense Fried Rice. Had him try Spanish espresso coffee Bustelo. He drank it black—straight up. That's too strong for me. He tried Spanish Malta. Didn't like that. We then watched Detective Pikachu. The car lag was real with Epik, so we offered him to sleep on the couch instead of his car. We made a video for Emily Wants to Play. Look out for that. Night one was dwindling.
Night two. Made breakfast. Watched some WWE Network Evolve anniversary show. Then Epik finally checked into his Jersey Airbnb safely.
Night three. Epik adventure only made by us. Epik decided not to drive on this day. Experiencing the subway made him a true New Yorker even if he used: Sorry I'm Canadian. Epik is a simple guy. Take him to places you know he'd like. I promise him on the next trip we'll eat cake at the well known Vineros spot.
Anyway, he's a basketball fan mainly Toronto Raptors. We're excited that they finally won, Toronto can wave the victory all round, and knocked off Golden State. The ultimate underdogs. So we took Epik to the NBA store. I used to work there in a past job-life, and still get treated as a rockstar. We showed him all three floors while I talked familiar faces that still worked there.
Epik is a gamer. He's a streamer like us. So where do we take him? To the famous: Nintendo World. Exciting times for us. Anyway, Nintendo World is two floors. First floor is clothes, demos, games, accessories. Second floor is plushies, clothes, demos, and figures. We went all around and eventually brought stuff. We purchased Ultimate Alliance 3 for the Switch. Epik purchased an Animal Crossing tee.
We then went inside the newly located FOA Schwartz. It's at least three floors filled to the brim with plushies and toys. It was cool for a bit.
After that, we walked to Sam Ash, a guitar place, to at least wait for JD Alpha whom would accompany us on journey with Epik. But co-workers aren't reliable at times. As time ticked faster, and the ride from 34th street to Coney Island—our final destination—would take an hour, we decided to go and JD Alpha would meet us there. We stopped in front of the Manhattan Center to film a short This Is The Worst Town bit.
We soon boarded the D train that'll take us straight to Coney Island. We sat together and talked about Canada, games, wrestling, life in NYC, and the occasional pointing out of a Japanese Market we saw in Brooklyn. We made it to Coney Island. I insisted Epik take a picture under the Coney Island sign. A rich historical beach in NYC. The area changed since hurricane Sandy. Most of Coney Island submerged underneath water, then. We walked towards our famous roller coaster: The Cyclone. In the past, the ride would be under construction, or not safe to ride. The panels and track alignment made of wood and steel. Ever since its creation in 1972, small upgrades took place throughout 92 years.
We enter the park. Look at all the rides. It wasn't super packed like normal. Epik enjoyed himself, taking small video clips of the amusement park run by Luna Park. We got onto the Broadwalk. An area where any and all types of people walk to and fro in bikinis, full dressed, shorts and shirts with sneakers, shoes, or sandals. No cares how you look or dressed. We walked passed the Karaoke spot that's become a staple on the Boardwalk. Brave enough? Sing in front of people. We then headed towards The Aquarium. RavageDragon had wanted to go in but we wanted to save money. On the next time, promise. We then decided to walk some more along the Boardwalk and turn onto the extended pier. People gathered. Children played on the hill benches. People fished and crabbed. A small group of Puerto Ricans played Spanish music and danced the night away. We chilled on the benches. Talked about life, and the music we heard behind us. Epik let the cool ocean air, the tranquility of beach life, and contemplating soak in.
Honestly, for us, RavageDragon and I, getting away meant a recharging of our batteries for the streaming world and life. We've been going full force with everything that happened to us. I switched jobs: toxic to fun environment. He, still working the same job, streaming more, and feeling like we're making it. We've been through loses of family members and I know being out in that serene calmness that the ocean provides helped us. I didn't want to leave. I wanted to stay. Personal obstacles didn't weight on my mind. But we finally left and met up with JD Alpha. Unfortunately, he couldn't be with us the whole day. We ordered dinner at this place on the Boardwalk called: Ruby's Bar and Grill. Cheap quick food. We didn't want something big and fancy. Hot days call for small dinners, chilled dinners, rather than huge plates of heat. After eating and talking, we went out onto the Boardwalk. It became super packed. And then:
Fireworks display lit up the night sky. We stood on the Boardwalk for its completion. We took video and pictures, capturing this moment in time. We never experienced the fireworks out in Coney Island. Not even RavageDragon's mother before she passed. She always wanted to see them. The fact that we were there, we dedicated the moment to her, a good soul that left too soon.
The fireworks finished and we exited the Boardwalk. Now before we went home, RavageDragon decided to find an arcade so we can have some fun together. We found one. We recorded a Jurassic Park arcade video with RavageDragon and Epik. Then, I hope you noticed the above video. Epik saw a Dance Dance Revolution machine. He's been practicing at home. I record two of the dances. It was interesting to watch.
Sometimes, we wish to be successful overnight. We see it everywhere—social media is our crutch to live vicariously through others and constructs our minds to believe the reality as truth rather than fiction. Inspiration is different from lonely pandering and flaunting as an entertainer in the spotlight.
(For the purpose of this article, the word 'entertainer' will group but not limited to the following: streamers, content creators, singers, actors, writers, artists, ect.)
Inspiration comes from admiring someone you constantly watch or follow because a certain characteristic drawn you to them. For example, RavageLands Production inspiration to start our YouTube channel was and will always be The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe. Why? Because at our very core we are actors always displaying our emotions, speech, beliefs, mannerisms, plays, creations, destructions, and anything else as narrative masterpieces to the world to see and judge. From early ages, we gravitate towards grabbing our parents, friends, and/or family approval of whatever we did.
On the flip side: It's fun.
As a member of RavageLands, we wish to gain the success that others have but we're different. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. There are streamers and content creators that rush into the craft and burnout rather quickly. Then when no one shows up, the annoying voice of guilt and doubt trickle into our minds. Guilt for thinking the content and quality aren't good, and you assume people don't like it. Trust me. We felt like that producing YouTube videos. Little to no interaction except for the push of the LIKE or DISLIKE button. Almost all of our videos during the first year got dislikes. It pissed me off. We were also a victim of rushing. We put out video after video after video until we got burned out and procrastinated and then stopped and started again. Our "grind" was this: made a schedule with each day having a different video gameplay. It gained us followers, mainly family and friends. But YouTube algorithm is broken, and if you don't have that bell icon turned on the notifications won't reach you.
I write this to let the young streamers and content creators to know, and it's perfectly imperfect to slow down with your work. Make time, space, and effort that works with your busy life.
Example: Sarah has a regular job she hates that starts at 9am and ends at 5pm. Sarah gets home on a Monday, unwinds, maybe some stretches to get the blood and hype flowing. Ever since she was little, her father played different video games and once Sarah tried, she became hooked. Now it's 7pm and she boots up her stream, playing a game she loves. She's hyped, talking with the chat, getting them to shower her with love and donations. Around 10/10:30pm she thanks all viewers, promises another stream tomorrow night, then adds a bonus content video to be viewed on YouTube around Thursday because she's going to take the day off streaming on Wednesday.
Example: Jack's wife Bethany is ill, constantly staying in the hospital. Jack is now a stay-at-home father with two children ages nine and five. He scheduleds the week with play dates, traveling with the children, visiting his sick wife, hanging out with friends and family at the house, cooking, putting the little ones to bed, and at night starts up his streaming life. His streaming life gives him comfort and support despite being a stay-at-home father. Most viewers bully him, sometimes saying for him to get a real job. Other viewers just lurk. Others are told not to donate to him because every video is over one thousand worth of donations. While his main core community remains watchful and supportive, they know why Jack streams and they know Jack's wife is ill. Jack doesn't stream full time. He streams part time. Jack doesn't mention his life altering situation because it's not a crutch for him. It's not for sympathy donations even if all the donations go to bills and anything else. If the core audience knows, that's all that matters. Everyone else's opinions don't matter. Jack knows there's more negative in the world than positive because he's living it but his community wants him to succeed and he's never giving up. He's streaming for the hell of it. Never for sympathy donations.
I provided two different examples of how life can just happen. But you know what's important with these two examples? Consistency. Consistency is key! Tweeting about your schedule with times and dates of the streams or uploading a content video boosts your chance of gaining an audience. Tweeting about the game your playing with a picture of it boosts the chance of an audience. Tagging the streaming platform helps too. Appropriate hash-tagging is key too. This small checklist goes very far and I have other techniques with personalized experiences to help you better understand my next topic: BRAND AWARENESS —— because ultimately whatever you are promoting, playing, talking about like mad is your brand and business.
As a streamer/content creator you work around your schedule and no one else's. They say, "Listen to your community. They'll let you know what they want." But that's a dangerous path. While you do want to grow a community that'll support you, you also want to stay true to yourself, your interests, and passions. If you allow others to dictate 100% of the time about which games to play, at what times and days, you'll be miserable and won't want to do this profession. You won't be happy if you have an outsider holding the reins tightly and snapping at it to make you play what they want. Sure you'll gain followers but the moment you change games, those followers are gone. This is a common mistake, and at times it'll make you feel wonderful but the price would be great. All that and more in another streaming article.
We are all going to have rushes. We all want to beat the competition and show viewers why we are worth it to be watched, loved, and supported. But the most successful took years to hone this craft. Take your time. Make sure to follow trends you believe and care for. Make sure you're always having a good time. The more happiness shows on all your videos, the more it'll attract your viewers, your audience that was meant for you.
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"Get good," says one streamer.
"Produce better content," says another streamer.
Do you stream? If so you may have heard those two phrases above. Maybe more hurtful comments at one point. But I'm here to tell you this: those aren't streamers that'll help you grow or want you to succeed.
We do. RavageLands does.
Very quickly: RavageLands Production started on September 2015 with a small YouTube channel making regular gaming videos and the occasional livestreams.
On Tuesday, June 17 we became verified partner on DLive. Dlive is a young platform that gives creative control to the content creators. DLive takes ZERO cuts from the makings of a content creator. DLive community is supportive, encouraging, and enthusiastic about content creators. We didn't become verified partner overnight. We made an account with DLive on March 14, 2019 then once we reached the requirements—smaller at the time—we applied and took the champions quiz. Recently, new rules and direction have been implemented. Any DLive streamer that meet the old requirements would still receive partner. For anyone else that didn't apply yet and met the old requirements had until June 12th to complete the application. After that date, everyone needed to wait until July 1st to apply but adhere to all new rules for the different tier status of partner. We waited for three months until we pushed for an update to get partner. It was a struggle. We came over to DLive with no audience. Our YouTube channel barely had any people. Our friends and family barely watched. New York City makes people you know work long extended hours to make money for bills and food. The city isn't the suburbs. The city is constantly moving, you're invisible, and friends barely stick together for supportive reasons.
Anyway, we have a saying: We retweet all with a DLive handle so ALL can watch.
That's how we build our community. That's how everyone knows RavageLands Production. That's a way of networking besides joining so many discords you can't keep up. Ever since we started retweeting all, mostly everyone passed by our streams and thanked us. Dropping love and gratitude. We are forever thankful for that. We are forever grateful for the core audience we gained over the last couple of months.
Let's talk about some strategies you can implement today to reach Verified Partner:
What software are you using? What social media platforms do you find the best for your brand/business? Let me know! Let's have a discussion! Thanks for reading!
Streaming Streamers: An Inclusive Content Creator is a publication founded by Marie Shadows to discuss RavageLands Production experiences—good, bad, ugly—to the streaming and content creator world. It's a guide for those who don't know where to start or have started and are stuck. If you have questions, leave them in the comments or email: firstname.lastname@example.org