1. What is the story behind your channel name?
MY american mate had started streaming on twitch and badgered me until I made an account. I wanted a name that suited me. I thought, I'm Australian, brutally honest and my names david, therefore my name will be FairDinkumDave, due to Fair Dinkum meaning honest or true depending on context. Since then I became accustomed to it, it had a nice ring to it and no one else had a similar name.
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I've been gaming since I could remember, My dad used to play games like Shadow Man, Second Sight and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. My brother and I would watch and point out secrets or collectables he missed.
Then I had the game cube and played, legend of zelda, metroid prime 1 and 2, medal of honour rising sun which cemented FPS games as my go to, but Wolfenstein always captured my imagination with it's occult aspects and interesting weapons.
As for my favourite game, I'll say Fallout New Vegas because I have literally explored every inch of that game and have completed multiple playthroughs.
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
AnthonyPit1 inspired me to make meme montages as I wanted to learn editing and seeing him insert humour into montages appealed to me.
However I originally had wanted to do a skit show, Lyle Mc'Douchebag (Now Lyle Rath.) was a big inspiration there but I didn't have the money or friends to work with and Outrage Culture in Aus made it a scary path to go down. When it comes to the reviews that I make now, AnthonyCSN and Rags would be my two inspirations, I love watching their content.
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
Technically I had a glitch video for COD black ops 2 zombies back in 2014 but I started seriously creating content in April 2018.
5. What is your content creation setup. Specs and accessories?
This ones evolved a few times. Currently I'm using a I5 8400 paired with a RX 480 which I got at a bargain price and a Stadium adjustable mic stand, pop filter and their basic mic. Originally I had a 200 dollar laptop and an Xbox.
I then saved for 6 months to upgrade to a desk top and get my stadium mic which was my set up a week ago before i found this set up. I use 2 2nd hand monitors to stream line editing, streaming and researching.
6. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
The first few weeks were probably the hardest due to me learning to edit, not getting any views and having to constantly promote them while in game and through friends.
That being said Each video was an improvement on the last so there was a level of satisfaction from that.
7. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
When I first started i twas through talking to people in game lobbies, promoting it to friends and sharing them in discords I was in. When it came to consistent viewer ship and slow continuous growth, twitter was my greatest tool. Viewers are much more likely to share your video than if they watch the video directly or on facebook.
Interacting with others without the intention to promote is a great way to grow naturally especially on twitch. I've met some great people I can now co stream with because there wasn't any alternate motives. (Looking at you Stiffy21 and Shockdoc51.)
My best tip for those on twitter is show off your personality, just tweeting out your content is fucking boring and you want to incentive's them following your twitter as well as your Youtube or Twitch
8. What has been your proudest moment so far?
I'm going to say when my Rook Chef Of Destruction video hit 100 views. over 9 days I spent 8 days working 6 to 9 hours a day to make that video and even had to do some basic frame by frame animation because shot cut doesn't have key framing.
I put more effort in that video than I had on any previous project and seeing it pay off was immensely satisfying.
9. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
Learning you tube UI initially wasn't that hard, having to re-learn it every 3 months on the other hand is a tedious pain in the ass. Coming up with an avatar and banner can be frustrating.
When you're starting out don't over think it, once you know your direction and personality you can really customise it to your channel.
10. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
I really love analysing games to come to a better understanding of what makes them good or bad and giving myself an excuse to play a wider variety of games as well as some older ones. Sometimes editing can be incredibly satisfying, especially when doing sound design or visual effects.
11. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
Sometimes sitting down and editing can be so easy to procrastinate. I quote "I need more footage." Finishing a video but not being happy with the end product and the frustration of feeling like I'm not making any progress.
12. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
My short term goals for this year are to have 2 videos I happy with made per month and to hit 250 subs by January 1st. long term I'm hoping to find a niche or community for myself and in 6 to 10 years I can turn this into a career.
13. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
DO what you enjoy, because YouTube is far more work than you expect and if you don't have a passion for what you make you're not going to make it anywhere.
Have some variety in your content, whether that's a different style of video or just a different game because eventually you will burn yourself out from constantly repeating the same process.
14. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
I'm going to have to do a small list here.
For smaller channels,
Chaotic Geek all do great R6S Meme Montages,
Crankage Games is full of great brand tips and he's a game dev, Matthew Shezman Does fantastic animations and finally General Grigori who's just starting out with food reviews. I've gotta have some faith in him.
If you enjoy in depth analysis of game mechanics with a light sprinkling of shit posting in your reviews then I am the channel for you. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbooh1sjfA3tHHY_VcVFZyA
you can follow my twitter which is https://twitter.com/FairDinkum_Dave to see all my other shenanigans and potentially cut content that doesn't go up on my channel.
You can watch me play games like a cocaine fuelled maniac on twitch. https://www.twitch.tv/fairdinkumdave As you can see I don't take myself too seriously.
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