My LIVE Streaming Journey Entry #2

The goal was to write more often about my journey in the live streaming world. My lack of writing came from a sense of overwhelm. Now that I’ve surfaced for air, I want to share more of my experiences.

Back in my early 20s, I worked at an ABC affiliate station doing live news broadcasts. This included the nightly news, local sportscasts, and prerecorded shows using a live format. This type of work was invigorating for many, but I felt stressed.

To avoid the stress, I took as many production jobs as I could get. These allowed for multiple takes until we were satisfied with the results. Stress was only involved during those sporadic 16-hour days.

No Stress in Live Streaming

I originally thought the live streaming shows would be as stressful as broadcast television. But it wasn’t. The difference might be in the audience’s expectations. Everyone knows that something technical will go wrong or pop up unexpectedly. It’s a given.

You learn to react with speed and roll with the punches. No one cares about the glitch that happened.

At first, I couldn’t understand why. Then it dawned on me. The audience is more interested in authenticity than polish.

Broadcasters vs. Streamers

When little glitches happen in real life, everyone sees it as a moment based on the human condition. But when they watch a television broadcast, the expectation is that the news is planned and the anchors are polished. Any deviation suggests inauthenticity.

When an amateur streams a live show, glitches are expected. If the show is too glitch free, then the audience becomes uncomfortable. A glitched environment allows the viewer to believe they actually know the on-camera personality.

Streamers are expected to be authentic. Most speak from their passionate heart. Their conversational approach is all about a personal connection with their viewers. This is something broadcasters can’t do, or choose not to do.

Interactivity

To improve our connections with the audience, we allow for questions and comments during our live show. When a question is asked that might help others, we address it live during the show. In other words, the audience’s interactivity, to some extent, can alter the direction of the show based on their needs.

This makes the show feel like it’s a two-way conversation. The show’s host must stay on their toes to keep on topic. But if they fail, it’s okay—since failure means the conversation lands exactly where the audience wants it.

Hmm, then is that really failure?

It is certainly not the type of failure associated with stress. This new medium causes failure to endear you more closely with your audience. And, when your show seamlessly exceeds, the audience feels grateful for your shared knowledge.

Check Us Out

Come join me during one of the live shows I host/co-host. Feel free to write comments and questions. We’ll do our best to answer all live questions within the show.

Brown Bag’n It
Tuesdays at Noon Central Time on YouTube

(~45-minutes in length) We feature sand interview an expert in various areas of life. The topic is always centered around leadership and/or communication. The show also has an educational segment for youth developing leadership skills. The hosts are me, Christine Crow, and Marty Jalove.

Just 2 Dads Talking
Sundays at 3:00pm Central Time on YouTube

(~35-minutes in length) Lamont Boyd and I chat about common topics that dads, single dads, and granddads face. Our topics encourage and inspire dads with confidence when addressing those awkward situations with their kids, spouses, and other family members.

CJ’s Corner
Saturdays at 8:30am Central Time on YouTube

(~20-minutes in length) It helps you craft stories that captivate, engage, and influence your audience. The topics range from work to family to community related issues. Past topics have included how to create video memoirs, designing a room based on story, presenting memorable ideas in a business meeting.

I’ll look, forward to connecting with you live online!

The Reach of an Unknown Artist

When I meet a true artist, my soul stirs because they are free to create. They hold a perspective that eludes the average person’s attempt to engage in creativity. The resulting work inspires the heart.

Oh, to be an artist.

Then there are people like me. I’m a person that finds myself creating for others. I have mastered many elements of the craft, but no one takes notice until I create under someone else’s name.

It’s an odd feeling.

I write the equivalent of a book every two months. The clients love the stories I’ve provided. But I’ve got to say it’s an odd sense to see those stories with someone else’s name on it.

My First Book

I’ll never forget when I wrote my first book. I was happy and nervous at the same time. While my story skills were good, my writing abilities left a lot of room for improvement. But, I pressed on to promote my book with hope for a future.

At that time, I knew about 10,000 people from all my activities. It gave me hope in selling at least 100 books. I figured that I’d sell the first dozen to family, the second dozen to close friends, and another 80 to everyone else.

I sold three books.

It was an odd feeling.

Think about it. I had several of my stories read online by millions of people. Should I not have been able to sell more than three copies?

Up to that point, I never called myself an author. After that point, it took years before I’d use that title.
My next book sold about 200 copies to complete strangers. I didn’t even bother to offer any books to people I knew.

Others Promoted

When it came to my fifth book, I decided to tell my pastor about the book. After all, it was inspirational. I thought he might let those who attend church know that I had a new book available. He did not.

Eight weeks later, I felt awkward.

The pastor raved about a woman’s new book fro the pulpit. He encouraged everyone to buy a copy. He talked about it for two weeks at several events. He even had it in the newsletter.

In the meantime, I wrote for other people. I watched my stories get wide distribution with other people’s names as the author.

It was an odd feeling.

I’ve since gotten my MFA in creative writing. My grammar and writing abilities have gotten much stronger. I guess that happens when you write 3,000-5,000 words a day for other people.

I recently attended an online conference. The keynote shared a story that touched the audience. It was one of my stories.

I felt good about my story touching others. But everyone’s amazement focused on how he created such a moving story, which made me feel awkward.

A Fading Away

Recently I bumped into a man who asked me about my first book. He told me that he still intended on buying it—this is some 20-plus years later.

I told him not to bother since the last printing was a long time ago. He then shared his enthusiasm for my next book, which I stopped writing. I explained that only have so much time to write each day and selling stories as a ghost writer seems to be the way others read my stories.

It is better to touch someone’s life through others than never touch them at all.

A friend once shared, “You can do anything you want in life as long as your willing to keep your name off of it.”

My stories have reached millions of people without my name on it. And, my stories have reached hundreds with my name on it. What would you choose to do?

Live in Freedom

Hi Friends! This video is titled “Live in Freedom.” I created it for the mPathChallenge which is a global competition open to anyone. @motionvfx sponsors the contest and wanted each filmmaker to share something about their path in life.

Having an abundance of stories within my life, I decided to share one for this challenge. 

If you enjoyed this story, please like it on social media and share it with others. I’d like to reach as many people as possible, especially with those who need to be reminded of their freedom to live their life according to their choices.

If you’d like to join the challenge by making a film, please go here: https://www.motionvfx.com/store,mpathchallenge,p3632.html

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