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Creator of the Week with My Identify is Byf


Meet James Byford, the mastermind behind “My Identify Is Byf” who has cast a profession producing movies about online game lore!

Location: London

Patreon Web page: www.patreon.com/mynameisbyf

Q+A with James Byford

Describe, in your personal phrases, what it’s that you simply create:

What I do is slightly odd. I play Future, a online game by Bungie. However that’s solely the basis of what I do right here on Patreon. Future is a sport stuffed with magnificent tales which might be usually left untold. From gods to kings, dragons and historic leviathans, legendary commanders and their daring feats, skirmishes fought within the depths of house or grand wars throughout whole planets, the range is breathtaking. My job is to take one of the best of those tales and to convey them to life on YouTube. I do that with the help of artists, voice actors, animators and my very own data of Future’s huge lore.

How did you get your begin as a creator?

My story began with YouTube. Like most individuals, it grew from a interest. When Future launched I began getting an increasing number of followers and my channel blossomed. I at all times questioned if I might do extra although. Folks from the US, Canada and virtually wherever on the planet however for my residence nation of Britain advised me that I ought to use my nice voice. The number one request was to inform tales. All of it stemmed from there actually. I knew I wished to inform the tales correctly on YouTube so I regarded for a solution to fund that. Patreon was the Reply.

What did it take to finish up the place you’re right this moment?  

To be candid I can put it down to six elements. Ache, failure, private development, persistence, luck and a superb buddy. An important of these are luck and the buddy, however you want a bit of every to progress for my part.

1) Ache was a variety of late nights engaged on 4 hours of sleep, battling despair and crashing and burning my social life for the sake of labor.

2) Failure was every part that was left unfinished or every part that merely flopped.

3) Private development was the results of these earlier two nevertheless it was additionally some extent of determining what labored and what didn’t. You develop with the territory.

4) Persistence was setting a routine and a schedule with the assistance of that good buddy I used to be mentioning nevertheless it was additionally understanding my limits and what I might count on myself to do. Difficult myself the place I might and slowing down the place obligatory.

5) Luck was the factor that I couldn’t educate however I believe everybody wants it to get the place they wish to go.

6) The great buddy was what I wanted to continuously choose me up and inform me to maintain going. In my case their title was Stephen Eastwood, a buddy I’d made on-line a while in the past and have met in individual a couple of instances since. On reflection it’s like having a brother, a mentor and a PA all rolled into one. He made the schedule that I stick to each week, he helps with my patreon work and social media presence and above all he’s one of the vital loyal individuals I’ve ever met.

Creators take notice! That is what a superb buddy seems like. They will save your life, your profession, your sanity, your ardour. Contain them, be trustworthy with them, speak to them, belief them. An excellent buddy is extra vital than all the teachings failure can educate. Stephen discovering me was presumably the luckiest factor that occurred. Not YouTube discovery or Patreon success. Don’t underestimate your mates.

What are three techniques you’ve used to develop your viewers over time?

Persistence is a fairly key one. Sticking to the schedule the place you may will at all times assist. Folks need to expertise content material. Give it to them recurrently they usually’ll be there ready to obtain it.

One other vital one is to at all times attempt to provide extra. Nothing turns me off greater than lazy, misinformed or simply usually dangerous content material. It’s the quickest method for somebody to click on off a video. If left with an choice that may enhance my movies high quality, I attempt to take it as a rule.

This final one’s slightly bizarre however I prefer to attempt to be personable with individuals. There’s no substitute for truly caring about your followers. Take heed to their suggestions, speak to them, be actual. My twitter is the place I follow this principally and I accomplish that very particularly as a result of I imagine it’s a solution to domesticate a following nevertheless it additionally presents so many nice alternatives. You’d be stunned how a lot good you are able to do simply by replying to a remark. It may possibly make somebody’s day. Much more than that, you could possibly have simply made a buddy. Keep in mind my 6 issues that made me what I’m right this moment.

There’s no substitute for truly caring about your followers. Take heed to their suggestions, speak to them, be… Click on To Tweet

What has been the simplest monetization technique for you the final 12 months?

YouTube doesn’t actually provide a lot leeway on this one. I simply do what I do. Patreon has helped me push the boundaries nevertheless it’s not a private financial achieve for me. I exploit the funds to pay my artists and the surplus goes to charity. On the entrance of Patreon I’ve 6 tiers for followers to pledge their assist at starting from $1 to $100. Protecting that fluid construction and permitting followers to select from a wide range of tiers has undoubtedly helped.

How have your followers helped you all through your inventive profession?

They gave me quite a bit to be trustworthy. They gave me the path to start out making Future Lore. It was a massively vital resolution and one which I couldn’t make with out them. I attempt to give them the enter on content material the place doable. Generally a creator is aware of finest however usually instances it’s as a result of they already know their viewers.

When did you determine to launch on Patreon, and in what methods has it affected your inventive targets?

I’d made a couple of lore initiatives with my very own cash and I knew that I nonetheless wasn’t doing any justice to the tales in query. It was by no means a case of my artists being unable to ship or voice actors being unable to do their strains… I merely wanted extra money to pay them for his or her glorious work. These tales deserved to be advised. It’s been about 9 months since then and we’ve completed quite a bit. Particularly my crew and I’ve additionally had the prospect to take a better look to the targets we will realistically set for ourselves

Gameplay photograph from Future 2

What does Patreon imply for artists and creators?

Patreon gives the freedom to do what we love. It’s an important enabler for our creativity.

How did you first announce your Patreon web page to your group? What was the final suggestions?

I floated the query to the group a couple of months earlier than I truly began it. I keep in mind the time limit when it went dwell. I had simply completed my diploma, the final piece of labor had been despatched via. I slept for 18 hours, awoke with a begin and stated “right this moment’s the day.” I introduced it by video and made a aware effort to supply nice preliminary assist.

The response was largely optimistic and, for people who have been involved, I opened a dialogue to get their opinions. They helped form what I did on the web page. Folks with real issues are nonetheless followers and passionate ones at that.

When instances are powerful as a creator, is there something you proceed to return again to, one thing that retains you going and retains your eye on the prize?

I don’t attempt to power an excessive amount of out of myself. It typically ruins the creativity. I’ve discovered to take a step again when wants be.

Having stated that, progress is likely one of the finest motivators for me. Seeing a imaginative and prescient of one thing I had in my head unravel into one thing that finally is bigger than what I’d dreamed up is a sense that by no means will get previous. It’s thrilling to easily see the worlds I think about unfold with the assistance of gifted artists.

What’s subsequent for you? Are there any thrilling initiatives or large targets you’re working in the direction of?

I’ve a relatively giant aim in thoughts. We’re in shut proximity to finishing a complete plethora of initiatives. Nonetheless I wish to get one thing relatively giant carried out earlier than issues warmth up any extra on the Future 2 entrance. I wish to full the E book of Sorrows collection, which is one which followers of my channel have drastically loved. If we’re trying to get this all carried out on time I’d be trying to get all of it dwell earlier than E3 of this 12 months! (Mid June). I additionally wish to make some important progress on a collection that’s been within the works for a while referred to as Iron Lords. There’s a variety of cool stuff on the horizon, however after all all of us have to easily wait and see how the wind blows.

For those who might problem creators to do one factor that labored for you, or was transformative in your expertise, what wouldn’t it be?

I problem them to fail. Not intentionally or out of malice for themselves however out of a better want to enhance. Failure is an effective factor when it teaches you methods to get again up. Make it part of the plan if one thing goes fallacious. Adapt on the fly.

That’s all, people! Wish to say hey? Attain out to James right here:

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