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[D] The machine learning community has a toxicity problem
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It is omnipresent! First
of all, the peer-review process is broken
. Every fourth NeurIPS submission is put on arXiv. There are DeepMind researchers publicly going after reviewers who are criticizing their ICLR submission. On top of that, papers by well-known institutes that were put on arXiv are accepted at top conferences, despite the reviewers agreeing on rejection. In contrast, vice versa, some papers with a majority of accepts are overruled by the AC. (I don't want to call any names, just have a look the openreview page of this year's ICRL). Secondly,
there is a reproducibility crisis
. Tuning hyperparameters on the test set seem to be the standard practice nowadays. Papers that do not beat the current state-of-the-art method have a zero chance of getting accepted at a good conference. As a result, hyperparameters get tuned and subtle tricks implemented to observe a gain in performance where there isn't any. Thirdly,
there is a worshiping
problem. Every paper with a Stanford or DeepMind affiliation gets praised like a breakthrough. For instance, BERT has seven times more citations than ULMfit. The Google affiliation gives so much credibility and visibility to a paper. At every ICML conference, there is a crowd of people in front of every DeepMind poster, regardless of the content of the work. The same story happened with the Zoom meetings at the virtual ICLR 2020. Moreover, NeurIPS 2020 had twice as many submissions as ICML, even though both are top-tier ML conferences. Why? Why is the name "neural" praised so much? Next, Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun are truly deep learning pioneers but calling them the "godfathers" of AI is insane. It has reached the level of a cult. Fourthly
, the way Yann LeCun talked about biases and fairness topics was insensitive. However, the toxicity
and backlash that he received are beyond any reasonable quantity. Getting rid of LeCun and silencing people won't solve any issue. Fifthly
, machine learning, and computer science in general, have a huge diversity problem
. At our CS faculty, only 30% of undergrads and 15% of the professors are women. Going on parental leave during a PhD or post-doc usually means the end of an academic career. However, this lack of diversity is often abused as an excuse to shield certain people from any form of criticism. Reducing every negative comment in a scientific discussion to race and gender creates a toxic environment. People are becoming afraid to engage in fear of being called a racist or sexist, which in turn reinforces the diversity problem. Sixthly
, moral and ethics are set arbitrarily
. The U.S. domestic politics dominate every discussion. At this very moment, thousands of Uyghurs are put into concentration camps based on computer vision algorithms invented by this community, and nobody seems even remotely to care. Adding a "broader impact" section at the end of every people will not make this stop. There are huge shitstorms because a researcher wasn't mentioned in an article. Meanwhile, the 1-billion+ people continent of Africa is virtually excluded from any meaningful ML discussion (besides a few Indaba workshops). Seventhly
, there is a cut-throat publish-or-perish mentality
. If you don't publish 5+ NeurIPS/ICML papers per year, you are a looser. Research groups have become so large that the PI does not even know the name of every PhD student anymore. Certain people submit 50+ papers per year to NeurIPS. The sole purpose of writing a paper has become to having one more NeurIPS paper in your CV. Quality is secondary; passing the peer-preview stage has become the primary objective. Finally
, discussions have become disrespectful
. Schmidhuber calls Hinton a thief, Gebru calls LeCun a white supremacist, Anandkumar calls Marcus a sexist, everybody is under attack, but nothing is improved.
Albert Einstein was opposing the theory of quantum mechanics
. Can we please stop demonizing those who do not share our exact views. We are allowed to disagree without going for the jugular.
The moment we start silencing people because of their opinion is the moment scientific and societal progress dies.
Best intentions, Yusuf
Face Masks - A List of Face Coverings for MFA
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Aight -- I've been low-key kinda hyped for wearing masks during the whole epidemic and have started collecting them to accessorize with. To that point, I did my best to spin up a list (AKA spreadsheet) of brands that I've found that have some cool designs going on, as well as to list any causes (AFAIK) that they might be donating to/supporting.
- List here.
- Instagram here. -- UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- Blog/website** here. -- **UNDER CONSTRUCTION
All of this is still a work in progress, so I'm just slowly adding stuff as I go. DISCLAIMER
-- I am NOT
affiliated with any of the businesses, companies, or brands listed. They're just selling some masks I thought were cool that I wanted to share. I am not, and have no intention of, profiting from this in any way. Additionally
-- not all of these masks are up to CDC standards/specs
or classified as N95. Some are and/or have filter pockets though, and I might try to specifically flag those ones if I get the chance. TL;DR
- I tried my best to create a list of masks from a lot of "mainstream" fashion labels. Link
Please let me know if y'all have any comments or suggestions!
P.S.: I really hope this is in line with community guidelines mods plz be merciful. Edit:
Dang y'all -- it's so dope to see all the cordial discussions going on in the comments. Thanks for recommending masks and informing each other on other options and suggestions!! Coupla updates:
- There have been a TON of suggestions -- I stopped at about 100 brands last night, and have about 100 more that I still plan on adding to the main list. Brands I plan on adding can be found in the "pending" tab of the spreadsheet.
- I'm trying to make sure that I
strikethrough any items I'm finding that are "dead" (i.e.: Outdoor Voices), so this will not include items that are currently sold out and might come back, or items that have pre-orders and notifications available.
- The masks on this list aren't necessarily gonna be objectively better than any others AFAIK -- they're all just brands I found that I thought MFA (or anyone for that matter) might like.
- I haven't included eBay, Etsy, or FB Marketplace shops because that could become insanely overwhelming really quickly -- and there has been some self-promotion that I'm trying to avoid.
- To the non-US Redditors -- if there are any options specific to the EU that are suggested to me, I'll try to throw them up on a separate tab as time allows. I'm located in the US of A, so that was my primary focus.
- I'm still not affiliated with any of these brands -- I just wanna help people who like cool stuff cop cool stuff, and maybe direct people to giving towards causes they like in the process as well.
keep the discussions ongoing y'all -- it's so dope to see all the support and care in the sub going on!! Edit II:
Thanks for the continued input and suggestions y'all -- as of this edit, I think we've got about 150+ masks on the list. Several "quality of life" updates to the list:
- Freezing the top row and first 2 columns so that people can better track the brand(s) and row information that their viewing.
- I've created separate columns to try and include:
- If masks have filter pockets (I'll link to the filters on the site if they sell them)
- "Strap" types (elastic, over-ear, behind neck, etc.)
- If masks have adjustable "nose pieces"
- A running list of various causes/organizations for those who are just lookin' to donate, stay in the know, and/or inform others.
List is still going strong and we've got about 150+ brands at the moment, with about 100+ on the way. I'm still fleshing everything else out, but since this has gained a lot more traction and people have been asking about health concerns and CDC
standards, I'm slowly also trying to detail and make more information readily consolidated/available. I also might try to start doing/posting reviews on masks based on availability and (personal funds). Edit IV:
I've had some brands and users reaching out to me to show support, so I'm working to start up a blog and post information, updates, etc. regarding masks (and hopefully even COVID19 info) because people have been asking for recommendations and this has been useful in not only (hopefully) raising awareness for others, but in educating myself and learning more and more about masks, COVID, and current medical standards.
not a healthcare/medical professional, nor am I claiming to be, and this is in no way being done for profit or marketing -- it's just something that progressively spiraled out of a hobby of mine into a legitimate avenue for discussions and education, and I have no formal affiliations or stakes in any of the brands that I've listed/detailed. Starting off with an Instagram
for now while still putting together a blog/website (both currently under construction), but it should just serve to act as a more formal medium for what I'm doing here and on the spreadsheet
but with more write-ups, details, and even fit pics for different masks.
Please keep in mind: I'm a "one man shop" and this list may
or may not
have been made on a whim because I wanted to keep a running list of brands that I liked. So please keep the suggestions coming and I'll do my best to update/course correct accordingly. If you or someone you know personally owns/runs a brand, please PM me and I'll try to include it (once again: I am not including Etsy/eBay/FB/etc. shops because that's a slippery slope and harder to "track").
This is still an ongoing WIP, so thanks for the continued support and feedback! Please also make sure to checkout/show some love to some of the other lists that are out there:
Please reference the following links for information/details regarding health and safety standards with respect to buying, wearing, and even making masks:
- CDC (Center for Disease Control)
- WHO (World Health Organization)
My original list can still be found here
Instagram (WIP) can be found here
. -- UNDER CONSTRUCTION Please feel free to DM me with any questions/inquiries -- thanks y'all!
Case Study 1: Month 48. $4k/m.
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Semi-regular commenter here: this has been a long time coming. I’ve been a 'Just Starter' for over 4 years. I figured it’s time to share my story, lessons learned, and try to open up some good discussion.
I know we've all been frustrated at the lack of original content on here (shout out to all the Case Study: Month 1 posts) so hopefully this gives you something to read. So, instead of Month 1, here's Month 48!
I originally found Humble’s first case studies not long after he posted them. I was already looking at ways to make money online, and was instantly hooked.
With my web developer friend we made a broad home site, and I started writing. Basically just doing best of lists of blenders, ice cream makers, etc. I went through a summer of productivity: getting up at 5.45am before my office job and blasting out writing on the daily.
1 year later, with around 50 posts, two pages struck gold and we peaked at $2,700 in a month from US Amazon affiliate income. These were seasonal pages and a July heatwave helped a ton. It quickly died back off in the winter.
After that summer, productivity nosedived (I got a girlfriend). But sporadically kept building the site. Our income never got back to that peak, but the next summer saw a few $2k months. That's when I started to think doing this full time was possible. My job had become badly managed, and I wanted to move away from the city. So despite the site still making peanuts most months, I quit my full time job on July 1st, 2019.
1 Year Later
This year has flown by so quickly. I wondered so much about what it would be like to do this full time, and now here we are. Here’s the year in summary:
- I’m nowhere near as productive as I thought. Initially my targets were an article published every 3rd day (including weekends) plus producing lead magnets, running outreach, etc. I was still the only writer. Turns out I can’t really stretch the 1-2 focused hours squeezed in around a job into 8-12 focused hours daily. Staying productive and focused has been (and still is) a challenge.
- I remember Humble saying he works 12 hours a day without even noticing. Sometimes I get that, but often it's more of a battle. Especially during quarantine.
- Still, the last few months have seen the full-time efforts kick in – we’ve been getting more traffic than I thought possible (peaking around 4k hits/day) and livable income from it.
- Until the Amazon cuts, that is. My plan was to hit my old salary (circa $4k/m) then diversity away from Amazon into other affiliate programs. We were just about there when Amazon decimated our income. Damn you Bezos.
- Due to the seasonal growth coming back and the momentum we have, our results are still growing despite the cuts. From the outside it looks like there wasn’t a change and it’s normal growth – but in reality we would've hit $7k last month.
- After some trial and error I now have a fantastic writer publishing 2 posts a week ($40/1000 words). This allows me to focus more on outreach, skyscraper posts, and building out a new site.
- Not having a standard job is scary. There’s no pension plan, no career path, and Amazon/Google could screw you in a moment’s notice. Don’t get me wrong – I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. But it does change things.
- I cannot describe how much I miss working in cafés/libraries! Those were the life and soul of my work routine.
- My dream (and inspiration to do this) was to travel the world while earning a real income. I was meant to leave for South America 2 months ago. Can't wait to grab the first plane ticket out of the UK in the next few months.
Traffic & Earnings Traffic
: https://imgur.com/ofnjfVa The recent ‘explosion’ has been from the many informational posts I wrote after going full time. These are now finally maturing. Even with an established site it's still taking 3-6months for many of our posts to mature fully. Also we're still more summer focused than anything - still trying to get away from that. Earnings
(Amazon rate cut was April 21st). These don’t include UK/Canada which run at around 10% of US income. I couldn't get our earnings from the start - Amazon only goes back 2 years. Until 2020, earnings were entirely from Amazon’s affiliate programs. Recently we signed up to Ezoic, though we were getting sweet f all ($6.5/1000 sessions). In the last month we switched to Mediavine and it’s changed everything. We’re seeing $25/1000 sessions, currently bringing $70+ a day. This alone has almost offset the Amazon cuts.
Our Strategy I want to touch on how we’ve built the site, since that's always what I'm most interested in when reading other studies. Ours is about as simple a setup as you can imagine.
Until I went full time, 90% of our posts were simple ‘best of’ lists. These were lower competition keywords. We didn’t build a single backlink (mostly due to my lack of trying). Most of our success came from playing with the wording of semi-long tails. (For example instead of best blender, most reliable blender). Though this is getting harder with semantic search getting better.
Lately I’ve been doing more informational posts, with some
level of link building to our top affiliate ones. These are 10x easier to rank for and, with a decent ad network, a good money maker. Keyword Research
Nothing fancy here.
I’ve used a combination of Ahrefs (batching via their $7/7days trials) and Income School’s “alphabet soup” method to find keywords. Always manually checking the competition before committing to anything. Article Setup
All on-page SEO is now covered in a publish checklist. Mostly watching out for:
- Short URL’s
- Optimized Images
- Easy to read vocabulary
- Highlighted text
- Snippet magnets
I try to keep it up to date with the latest coming out of Authority Hacker, Backlinko, Ahrefs case studies.
Luckily my friend is a web dev wizard, so our theme is entirely custom with some slick formatting for product reviews, pros/cons, etc. This gives us a high authority look which I can only imagine helps. Backlinks
Up until recently I hadn’t built a single backlink for the site.
We’d been pretty lucky with the keywords we went for – and mostly still are. There are very few posts I’ve actively built links to, and I’ve yet to deliberately win a medium/hard keyword with strategically built links.
That said, I’ve been trying to do much more in terms of link building. Especially now that I have the time. I’ve really noticed that it’s not about getting 400 money pages, but striking gold with 5-10 of them. We have 160 posts and the 80/20 principle definitely applies to the results we see from them.
Mostly the link building has been a case of shotgun skyscraper (Authority Hacker) and a few exchanges or paid links here and there. I’ve not had too much success, but I'm looking forward to sticking at it until we do. I’ve been inspired by the massive success jumstakl
was sharing from this, and want to master it to his level. Though I do appreciate it's all pretty outdated now.
That said, our current top post (25% of all traffic) is a fairly random informational post that I’ve never built links to. For some reason it just topped a very nice SERP in Australia. Can't complain. Content
One advantage we've had (imo) is in original, well researched content.
Having written over 150,000 words for this site I've gotten pretty quick at putting out articles. I typically take notes on every post in the top 10 results, collate that into one larger outline, and write. There's so many outsourced posts out there that sound like they were written using a Cambridge Thesaurus - so I try to keep things super conversational and easy to read.
The goal for this site is to keep maintaining what we have while continuing to build. I want minimal input for day-to-day writing, with my only involvement being keyword research, high quality posts, and outreach.
On top of that, I want us to hit a few ‘big’ keywords too. Topics with decent competition where our quality and real links get us to the top and blow up our income.
My ultimate goal is to hit $10k/month in income. This would be huge for me, give me friend some massive side income help (he gets 20%), and put us at a sale value that could buy an apartment. Strategy
I desperately need to work with other affiliate programs away from Amazon. This has been something I thought would take days to fix, but I’ve spent ages analyzing potential affiliates and yet to make a sale with any. We’ve started on two silos built for new affiliate programs, so hopefully these will give some good returns.
From what I understand it’s going to be hitting huge success with smaller affiliate programs that will allow you to cruise past 5 figures a month in income. Though I'm a bit paralyzed because it feels like branching out into a new world – rather than the same old rinse and repeat I’m used to with Amazon.
Ask Me Anything There’s obviously much more to our site than I can cover in one post. So AMA! It’s lockdown and I’m bored: if you want to know anything just ask. I may reply slowly, but I will reply.
- I’d just like to shout out the mods for keeping this subreddit going. I literally wouldn’t be doing this without this sub (and Humble who started it). Thank you.*
- I’d like to agree with the recent sticky – there’s too much spam on here recently. I feel like Humble would lose his mind at the amount of shitposts. It’s up to all of us to report the dumb questions for the automod to remove, and to discourage the ‘Case Study: Month 1’ spam.*
- Are there any other communities you guys subscribe to for sites above the $1k/month mark? Speaking regularly to others with established sites would be a massive help - outside of this forum I don't really have anyone to talk to. Would love to become part of a community and make a few friends who also run sites like mine. If there’s anyone like that on here – particularly based in the UK – please hit me up!
Thanks for reading.
The Bates Family: the Other 19 Kids and Counting
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Hi All. I wasn't originally planning to post this for a few days, but I was able to finish it more quickly than I anticipated due to Fundie Wiki containing most of the necessary information.
Before I say more on the Bates family, I should clarify which families I intend to write about for this series, in case others want to cover some of the families I don't know much about and will not cover. I plan to summarize the information we have about:
Duggar adjacents (one post; Sierra Dominguez, Kristen Young, the Caldwell family).
Emma Mae Jenkins
Paul and Morgan
The Plath Family
The Transformed Wife
I know there are a lot of other families that we discuss here, but I'm not familiar enough with them to write a wiki. Hopefully other users will be! Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following information comes from the main Bates family page on Fundie Wiki.
Again, disclaimer: this does not cover absolutely everything. Please feel free to add things on in the comments! The Bates Family
Many people are already familiar with the Bates because they, like the Duggars, have 19 children. Like the Duggars, the Bates have their own t.v. show and have been featured on numerous t.v. specials, including 19 Kids and Counting. The Bates sisters also run a boutique
selling modest clothing.
Also like the Duggars, the Bates are affiliated with IBLP, the Institute of Basic Life Principles, which was formerly run by Bill Gothard
. Bill Gothard resigned
from IBLP in 2014 following a number of sexual abuse allegations, primarily from then-teenage women who had worked for him at the IBLP headquarters. Gil Bates is now on the board of IBLP (see Bates family wiki). IBLP is
a conservative Christian organization that some have characterized
as a cult. Among other things, IBLP encourages its followers to homeschool
their children, eschew
birth control (see the "vasectomy reversal choir"), and not kiss
until they marry (and teaches that marriages should be brokered by fathers--see the Duggars' Counting On to see this in action).
Edited to add: The Bates, who are from Tennessee, have received scrutiny for displaying
images of Confederate leaders, including a KKK member, in their home. Note
the portrait of Stonewall Jackson. The Bates apparently refer to this display as their "Patriot" or "Patriotic Room." So far as I can tell, the Bates haven't addressed this matter, or said anything more about the Confederacy, since these images were posted around 2012. It's unclear to me if this room still exists, or if they simply choose not to show it on camera. Pickles (of Pickles & Hairspray, a Facebook page devoted to speculating about the Duggars) has suggested
that Kenneth "Nathan" Bates may have chosen his nickname as an homage to a Confederate Leader and KKK member shown in one of these portraits, which I can't verify. Make of this what you will. The Bates family consists of 21 members:
Note: unless otherwise linked, this information is taken from the fundiewiki page for each family member, or the main family fundiewiki page.
Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates: Gil and Kelly Jo met at Bible college and married in 1987, when Gil was 22 and Kelly Jo was 21. Their children are:
Zach Bates (age 31): Currently married to Whitney Bates following an earlier, failed courtship with Sarah Reith. They married in December 2013. Zach and Whitney have three children; Bradley, Kaci, and Khloé. Their wedding colors were notoriously unfortunate
Michael(a) Bates Keilen (30): It seems that the name on her birth certificate is Michael, but it is often spelled or stylized as Michaela. Michael is married to Brandon Keilen
, who works at IBLP. The pair married in August 2015. Michael and Brandon have been open about their struggles with infertility. Notably, the Biblical Michael was also infertile, something a few people on this subreddit have observed
. Michael recently stated that she is attending nursing school.
Erin (Bates) Paine (29): Erin married into another well-known IBLP family when she wed Charles
"Chad" Paine III in November of 2013, making her the first Bates child to marry. Erin and Chad married on Bill Gothard's birthday and had a birthday cake
for him at the ceremony. Erin plays the piano, and has been featured
playing music at several Duggar weddings. Erin attended Crown College in Tennessee, which her brother Lawson paid
for. Erin suffers from a blood clotting disorder that resulted in her experiencing several miscarriages in the early months of her marriage. She was diagnosed and received treatment, and she and her husband now share four children, Charles IV, Brooklyn, Everly, and Holland. Some users on this sub have stated
that Erin is rarely pictured with her daughter Brooklyn, and that she may favor her only son (Charles IV, aka Carson). This is a subjective judgment you'll have to make for yourself!
William "Lawson" Bates (27): Sometimes referred to as "the fundie Bachelor," (I can't find this post atm, someone please find it because it's hilarious) Lawson is 27 and unmarried, though he may
have pre-courted Jinger Duggar shortly before she met Jeremy. Why Lawson has remained single is unknown. Lawson is a pilot who also owned a lawncare business as a teenager. He paid
many of the family's bills for a time, and paid to send his sister, Erin, to college. Lawson was apparently around 19 or 20 at this point. Lawson frequently posts model-type
pictures of himself
on Instagram, and also attempted to become a country singer, leading some people to call him self-absorbed. He has been linked
to the Duggar family's 30-year-old unmarried daughter, Jana, in the past. However, there appears to be no real evidence that the two have ever courted. Much of the speculation is likely due to the fact that Jana and Lawson are both single at an unusually old age in their circles.
Kenneth "Nathan" Bates (26): Nathan is a pilot and experienced one brief, failed courtship with a woman named Ashley Slayer. Some believe that either he or Lawson is courting a girl whose picture was spotted as someone's phone screensaver recently. Both Lawson and Nathan have been associated
with the controversial Duggar nonprofit, Medicorps.
Alyssa (Bates) Webster (25): Alyssa married at 19 (in May 2014) to John, the son of a conservative politician, and now has three daughters: Allie, Lexi, and Zoey. Alyssa suffers from a heart condition that has required surgery. Alyssa is known for her cotton-candy colored bridesmaids dresses
and for dressing herself and her daughters in matching
outfits (some of which are apparently
gifted to her by an Instagram follower).
Tori (Bates) Smith (24): Tori married Bobby Smith in December 2017. She has two sons, Robert "Kade" and Kolter. She also attended Crown College of the Bible.
Trace Bates (23): Trace had a long (from approximately April 2019-December 2019 [edited]) but ultimately failed courtship
with a girl named Chaney. While less than a year may not seem very long, it is not uncommon for fundamentalist couples to become engaged after a few months. Why exactly the courtship ended is unclear, but Trace did make an angsty
Instagram post about it. Trace also attended Crown College.
Carlin (Bates) Stewart (22): Carlin is Joy-Anna Duggar's best
friend, and she took photographs
of Joy-Anna to memorialize her stillborn daughter. She also attended Crown College. Interestingly enough, some speculate
that Joe Duggar attended Crown College for a semester in the hope of getting to know Carlin better, only to ultimately pursue his current wife, Kendra. Carlin spoke
of having her heart broken prior to her May 2019 wedding to Even Stewart, potentially lending credence to these rumors. Evan and Carlin now one share one daughter Layla, who has
a heart condition. A user here once found a Spotify
account under Evan's name, with amusing results. Whether the account was genuinely Evan's is unclear.
Josie (Bates) Balka (20): Josie Bates married at 19 to Kelton Balka. They married in October 2018 and share one daughter, Willow. Kelton (who is four years older than Josie) had been interested in her since she was 14 or 15, but her parents did not allow her to be in a relationship at that age. Kelton began pursuing her again around the time she turned 17. Kelton's mother died in childbirth when he was young. Kelton now owns
and runs a plumbing company.
Katie Bates (19): Courting Travis Clark (as of September 2019).
The family also includes:
Jackson Bates (18)
Warden Bates (17)
Isaiah Bates (15)
Addallee Bates (14)
Ellie Bates (13)
Callie-Anna Bates (10)
Judson Bates (9)
Jeb Bates (8)
Some advice for starting your channel
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I know that most of the people in this subreddit already have this part of the process down, but I feel as if there is still a lot of useful information that could help out some YouTubers who are just starting out. This was another article that I wrote on Medium
but once again I am going to put the information on here because I know it will be more helpful to people.
These are some tips for starting and growing your very own YouTube channel. They can help you improve your mindset and grow as a creator. If you have any questions, reply below or message me and I will answer them!
1) Creating vs Becoming Famous.
The major obstacle that prevents most people from making their own YouTube channel, is that they do not know what they want to post on it. They talk about how they really love the concept of doing YouTube, but that they don’t know of anything that they would be able to upload, because “their life isn’t interesting”.
And this is where I usually interrupt them.
It seems as if a lot of people want to start YouTube, not because they enjoy creating content or participating in a particular hobby, but because they want to become famous. They see other YouTubers who have made their success on the platform and determine that they want to become like these YouTubers.
Approaching YouTube with this mindset will not get you very far most of the time. While there are a few situations in which this would work, a majority of the time, it doesn’t even come close.
I would recommend finding a hobby or activity that you are extremely passionate about. Whether it’s gardening or gaming, make sure you genuinely enjoy the activity. Then, begin branching out and using your expertise to make content on it. Make sure you actually get enjoyment from creating this content and don’t create it solely to “become big” on YouTube.
It is extremely obvious when a content creator doesn’t put their heart into what they are doing, and as potential fans and subscribers discover this, they are going to be turned off from your channel. Make sure you are wanting to pursue this new path for the right reasons. If you have the drive and talent, the “fame” will come naturally.
2) The initial startup.
After you have gone through and made sure you have the right motives behind creating content, it is time to actually create it. Make sure you have a good (and unique) channel name, and a clean and professional banner and profile picture. The banner and profile picture will show that you know what you are doing and that you are going to take YouTube seriously (even if you have no idea what you are doing).
Then, begin planning out your first few videos before you upload the first one. Think about what you want to create, and how it will benefit your viewers. Don’t stress about the proper gear and high-quality camera equipment, because that can come later down the line. Modern iPhones record great quality video, and it is unnecessary to drop a lot of money on expensive gear that you may not need. As you begin to make money, you can use it to upgrade and get the equipment you have always wanted.
It is important to get content out as soon as possible to allow time for people to discover your new channel. During this phase is when most people give up on becoming a YouTuber, so it is important to stick with it and grind it out. I couldn’t even count the number of channels who have created 3 or 4 videos and then have gotten discouraged and given up. It happens all the time, and as long as you keep up with your new channel, you are taking steps in the right direction.
3) Patience is key.
If you stick with your new channel, you will eventually begin to see growth. It may take time, and it may take trial and error to find the type of content that works for you, but it will happen. YouTube is a long-term thing, and trying to take the short-term route will result in a channel that dies extremely quickly. So, have patience.
Don’t lose hope. If you are not growing as much as you would like to during this time, stick with it. It took me nearly a year to gain 1000 subscribers, and it felt like forever. But, it took me the same amount of time to get from 50,000 to 100,000, and it took much less to get from 100,000 to 360,000. If you begin to take off, you will grow exponentially, and the more content you have uploaded, the higher your chance of getting discovered.
As your fanbase begins to grow, you will be presented with more opportunities to make money.
Your first option is google Adsense. This is how all of the ads are shown on YouTube videos. I would recommend taking this as your first step, and your main source of income. Enable this as soon as you begin racking up views, and you know that people are enjoying your content. It will take a while to make a considerable amount of income, but enabling it is definitely a start.
When you do enable Adsense, please save us all the hassle and limit the number of ads you put on your videos. I like to follow a rule of 1 ad per 7 minutes of video. This creates a long enough break between placed ads to keep viewers from getting irritated and clicking off of your videos. If you put 3 or 4 ad breaks in every single video longer than ten minutes, you are going to appear as a sellout, and while it makes you more money in the short term, you will suffer in the long term.
Patreon is a website that allows viewers to pledge a specific amount of money each month to help you produce the content that you are producing. Patreon is a good option if your videos are extremely time intensive and provide value to the viewer. This is a great way to make some extra money if you have the type of content that works for this.
Plus, with Patreon, you can give exclusive rewards to members who pledge specific tiers of money. Doing this is a great way to build more personal connections with fans that want to get involved and support what you are doing. I would recommend doing this after you have already established your AdSense.
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money off of YouTube. If you ever see videos where people offer their discount code in exchange for a % off coupon on a website, they are probably using affiliate links. This works by providing a small commission from each sale using the code, to the creator. This method works well if you want to promote a company or product that you use in your videos, and want to make money while doing it. Some websites offer really good commission percentages so be sure to look around and find one that pays well.
You can grow your channel a lot on your own, but it is better to have other people grow your channel for you. Try networking and meeting new people who would be interested in the type of content you are making. If these people genuinely like you and enjoy your content, they will begin sharing it with other people that they know. Networking is a great way to meet more people with similar interests, and doing it within the YouTube community will help you grow and help you meet new friends.
As you begin to grow and start to amass a following, you are most definitely going to be approached by YouTube MCNs. These are companies that promise you “an opportunity to grow” and give you absolutely nothing. They are a scam and a complete waste of your time and money.
I made another post on the subreddit
about this so check it out if you are interested and want to avoid being scammed.
- Don't create just to become famous. Make sure you actually enjoy the content you are making.
- You don't need insanely expensive equipment to be successful on YouTube. Focus on making good content and being entertaining, and get better equipment later once you start to grow.
- Starting out and being consistent from the beginning is the hardest part. If you can motivate yourself to push through it, it is worth it.
- Even if you don't have the ability to use adsense, there are still other ways to make money such as Patreon, Affiliate links, and a few other things.
- Work with other creators and interact with your community.
- Don't join an MCN
Hope this helped!- Robo
Reiterating our No Marketing rule
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We've been noticing a lot more marketing by new accounts on /malefashionadvice
from business, start-ups, bloggers, etc. We are aware that a lot more brands are looking online for sales and marketing given the current Covid-19 Pandemic.
However, this subreddit has never, and will never allow direct marketing.
If you see any marketing on our community please use the report button. And if you receive unsolicited private messages from brands or stylists after asking for advice in our community please let us know through modmail
We welcome brands who wish to contribute constructively to MFA by giving advice, insights and contributing meaningfully throughout our community. Not just spamming their own content and only commenting in their own posts. As a moderator team we believe this is the best way to balance our community benefiting from industry insight and not becoming a dumping ground for marketing.
An abridged version of our rules from a wiki rule page is below:
5. No Marketing All marketing efforts excluding AMAs, are prohibited and will be removed.
This includes posting:
- Blog posts
- Video-blogs / YouTube videos
- Market research
- Product feedback
- Crowdsourcing product and business ideas
- Others forms of miscellaneous content marketing
5.1 No spam No spam or self-promotion. As a rule of thumb if 10% of your submissions and/or comments are from your own site/content/affiliate links, you're almost certainly a spammer.
Spamming will lead to your account being banned and the URL of your website put on the blocked list. Ban evasion will be escalated to the Admins of Reddit and your IP will be blocked from the entire website.
5.2 Engaging with MFA We welcome brands who wish to contribute constructively to MFA. This means giving advice and contributing meaningfully throughout different posts. This does not just mean posting your own content and commenting in your own posts, and not interacting outside of them. While marketing efforts are prohibited on MFA, we will use our discretion to approve posts by company representatives that constructively engage with and improve the community.
All corporate accounts, regardless of size (department chain, smaller stores, sites/blogs) and affiliation (CEO, buyer, sales associate, etc.), should be cleared by the mods before posting. Once the account has been approved, a user flair will be assigned with the appropriate title.
If you would like to set up an Ask Me Anything (AMA), please contact the mods and refer to the AMA guidelines. In addition, we will send you an update AMA pack on Google Docs. More recent AMAs can be viewed here.
5.3 Online Crowdfunding Campaigns Online crowdfunding campaigns (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Massdrop, etc) are not permitted. Fundraiser links posted by brand-new accounts will be treated as spam and removed and the account will be banned.
5.4 Referral Links Referral links (specially-coded links which give the poster payment or credit when they're used) are not permitted.
5.5 Product releases/announcements Direct link to product release or announcements are not allowed. If you wish to let the community know of a product, please post an article (Hypebeast, GC, etc.) and not a direct product link as this would constitute as a sale/spam post.
5.6 Market Research Market research, product feedback and surveys are all prohibited. We're an advice community, not a platform for market research. This included both established businesses, start-ups, side hustles and single person ventures.
5.7 Academic Research Academic research is generally prohibited and unlikely to be approved. Undergraduate research is very unlikely to be approved given the volume of students using Reddit. For surveys and polls please go to /samplesize. For more information see our full wiki page.
Thank you all.
Nay on behalf of the /malefashionadvice
Black Lives Matter. What can /r/rupaulsdragrace do with our platform?
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Congratulations to our new Season 12 winner, and to the entire cast!
Now just a bit of serious talk. The past week has been tough for the fandom, but more realistically it has been so hard for the black Americans who have to constantly deal with being treated as disposable in a country that they built.
We want to encourage you to seek out organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Reclaim the Block, or Black Vision Collective and donate if you can.
Remember, drag is political. And as we've seen with the tweets, posts, and messages shared from our queens over the week... even if we don't think we can or should insert ourselves into the conversation... what we will not be is complicit or silent. #blacklivesmatter
When it comes to our community, lead with good faith and try to understand, educate, and encourage growth rather than becoming that anonymous hate machine that people already "think" reddit is... hold queens accountable, but don't turn this into a witch hunt. This isn't about you, this is about supporting black lives, black communities, protestors and activists, and doing what we can.
Where/how can you help (list being edited*):
There have also been protests in Louisville and elsewhere this week. We've included several other organizations too:
Here’s a comprehensive google doc for Black Lives Matters affiliated charities, petitions, and organizations:
If you think of anymore Minnesota-based causes or national black organizations that could currently use our solidarity, time, or donations... please let us know and we'll edit the list.
Black lives matter.
Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
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Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
The current, and now previous, Beermoney Global list
started nearly 5 years ago. It’s been updated and has grown over all that time, but it also became a hassle to keep current. It was time to build a new list from scratch based on my experience in the Beermoney world over all these years and all the contributions all of you have been making in this sub.
The lists consist of opportunities that are available in at least one country that is not the US. This means there are sites which only work in Canada or the UK. There’s sites which are open to the whole world, but this does not mean everyone can really earn something on it. It’s all still very demographic and therefore location dependent. This list should give you a starting point to try out and find what works for you. I’m not using everything myself as I prefer to focus on a few, so not all are tested by me. They are found in this sub, other subreddits and other resources where people claim to have success.
I’ve chosen the format of a simple table with the bare minimum of information to keep things clean. It includes a link, how you earn, personal payment proof if available and sign-up bonus codes if applicable. Some of these bonuses are also one-time use codes specifically made for this sub! For the ones I don’t have payment proof (yet) feel free to provide some as a comment or via modmail so others know it’s legit. I am working on detailed instructions for each method that I personally use which will include things like cashout minimum, cashout options, tips & tricks,... For now I’ve split things up based on the type of earning like passive or mobile. Because of this there’s sometimes an overlap as some are both passive and on mobile or both earning crypto and a GPT (Get Paid To) website.
The lists are obviously not complete so I invite you to keep posting new ones in the sub, as a comment to this post, or in modmail. Especially if you have sites or apps which work for one single specific country I can start building a list, just like I did for The Netherlands and Belgium. If you recognize things which are in fact scams or not worth it let me know as well.
Get Paid To (Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, clicking links, play games, searching)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|ySense - The best global site ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||/ |
|PrizeRebel ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|SerpClix ||Google searching ||Paypal ||/ |
|Swagbucks & SwagButton ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, shopping & cashback, games, apps ||Paypal ||/ |
|GG2U ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|Keep Rewarding ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, PTC ||Pending ||$0.25 if register here |
|Ebesucher ||Surfing, reading mails ||Bank transfer ||/ |
|Reward XP ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||$0.50 if register here |
|Gain.gg ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||$0.10 if register here |
|Timebucks ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, Tik Tok, Shopping ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|GamerMine ||Surveys, offers, videos, tasks, ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|Gamehag ||Tasks, offers, play games, post on forum, writing ||Pending ||/ |
|BTCSurveys ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|FruitLab ||Watch & upload video game clips ||Pending ||100 pips if register here |
|Clickworker ||Transcripts, tasks, UHRS (categorizing), surveys ||Paypal ||/ |
|FreeSkins ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||100 coins if register here |
|iRazoo ||Games, surveys, videos, offers, apps ||Pending ||Enter code 'AK7DB2' for 500 points when signing up |
|EarnCrypto ||Data entry, surveys, offers, tasks, videos, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|Blockreward ||Apps, surveys, videos, tasks, offers ||Pending ||$2.00 if register here and earn 20000b + $2.00 if earn 10000b within 30 days |
|PaidViewPoint ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|GrabPoints ||Suverys, videos, offers, games, apps ||Pending ||500 points if register here |
|RewardingWays ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos, contests ||Pending ||$0.20 if register here |
|SuperPay ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos, contests ||Pending ||$0.20 if register here |
|InstaGC ||Surveys, tasks, videos, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|GiftHunterClub ||Surveys, offers, videos, apps, games ||Pending ||$0.75 if register here |
|Idle-Empire ||Surveys, offers, videos, mining, apps, games ||Pending ||500 points if register here |
|PicoWorkers ||Tasks, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|ViewFruit ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Mobrog (change language if needed) ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Surveytime ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Giveaway Pros ||Offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|SEO Sprint (Russian, use Google Translate) ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Earnhoney ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Toluna ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Spidermetrix ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|BeerSurveys ||Surveys, tasks, offers ||Pending ||/ |
|CrowdHolding ||Co-create with startups ||Pending ||/ |
|Diaworkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Presearch ||Search & Earn ||Pending ||/ |
|Univox Community ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|YouGov ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Spare5 ||Tasks ||Paypal ||/ |
|Rewardia ||Surveys, polls, games, videos, puzzles, trivia ||Pending ||3000 points extra (when you earn 3000 points) if register here |
|Earnably ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Neevo ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Rakuten Insight (country specific links) ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|The Panel Station ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Remotasks ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Pureprofile ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|UserCrowd ||Tasks ||PayPal ||/ |
|Sruvey Village ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|InboxDollars/InboxPounds ||Surveys, offers, videos, shopping ||Pending ||/ |
|Qmee ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|MicroWorkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Cinchbucks ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Rewards1 ||Suverys, videos, offers, games, apps, polls, contests ||Pending ||/ |
|Vindale ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|PointClub ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|TGM Panel ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|PaidPoints ||Tasks, offers, traffic exchange, ad clicking ||Pending ||/ |
|RapidWorkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|AnyTask ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||/ |
|Bounty0x ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Opinion World ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Lifepoints ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
Passive (desktop & mobile)
Crypto (faucets, mining, GPT)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Cointiply ||Faucet, surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Bitcoin ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|FreeBitcoin ||Faucet, lottery, betting, passive interest ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|AdBTC ||Click ads, active window surfing, autosurfing ||Pending ||/ |
|Faucetpay ||Faucet Wallet, exchange, offers, tasks, trading ||Pending ||/ |
|Faucet Crypto ||Faucet, ads clicking, offers, shortlinks ||Pending ||/ |
|More Money ||Faucet, ads clicking, offers, shortlinks ||Pending ||/ |
|Kryptex ||Crypto mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Quicrypto ||Surveys, tasks, offers, games, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Coinpot ||Faucet ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|Honeyminer ||Mining ||Pending ||1000 satoshis if register here |
|BitShark ||Faucet, games ||Pending ||/ |
|Publish0x ||Read & write articles ||Pending ||/ |
|Starbits ||Faucet (need FaucetPay account) ||Pending ||/ |
|Coinpayu ||Ads clicking, videos, offers ||Pending ||/ |
|BTCSurveys ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Blockreward ||Apps, surveys, videos ||Pending ||$2.00 if register here and earn 20000b + $2.00 if earn 10000b within 30 days |
|Coinbase ||Crypto sign-up bonuses ||Bank transfer ||See links in thread |
|LBRY.tv ||Watch videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Pi Network ||Crypto mining ||Pending (see here) ||To join you need a referral link |
|EarnCrypto ||Data entry, surveys, offers, tasks, videos, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|Phoneum ||Games, mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Cointiply ||Faucet, surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Bitcoin ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|HoneyGain ||Desktop & mobile phone bandwith sharing (wifi + data) ||Paypal ||$5.00 if register here |
|Google Opinion Rewards ||Surveys ||Play Store credit ||/ |
|FreeBitcoin ||Faucet, lottery, betting, passive interest ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|AppKarma ||Games, quizes, surveys ||Pending ||Enter code 'Proim' for 300 points when signing up |
|CashKarma ||Surveys, offers, games ||Pending ||Enter code 'Proim' for 300 points when signing up |
|Cash Alarm ||Games ||Pending ||Receive 25% of my earnings if register here |
|Cash Magnet ||Games, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|AttaPoll ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|ClipClaps ||Videos, games, raffles ||PayPall ||$1.00 & Diamond Chest if register here |
|Quicrypto ||Surveys, tasks, offers, games, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Poll Pay ||Surveys ||Pending ||$0.30 if using code '4CS6L4SQ8D' when signing up |
|BuzzBreak ||Read news, videos, offers, surveys ||Pending ||Enter code 'B06472489' when signing up |
|Userlytics ||Software testing ||Pending ||/ |
|WowApp ||Games, offers, surveys, videos, chat, phone unlock, calling, cashback, shopping cashback, browsing, news reading ||Pending ||/ |
|CuriousCat ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Quickthoughts ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Fitplay ||Games ||Pending ||$0.33 if register here |
|TV-Two Make Money ||Apps, games, Youtube, browsing ||Pending ||555 credits if register here |
|Mistplay ||Games ||Pending ||/ |
|FeaturePoints ||Suveys, offers, apps, cashback ||Pending ||50 points if register here |
|Money SMS ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|BIGtoken ||Suveys, location sharing, social media account ||Pending ||Use code 'GMGALLOIA' |
|McMoney ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||$0.22 if using code '60LGG3PR' |
|Pi Network ||Crypto mining ||Pending (see here) ||To join you need a referral link |
|Roamler ||Mystery shopping ||Pending ||/ |
|SMS Profit Net ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Streetbees ||Surveys, tasks, create videos, take pictures ||Pending ||Enter code '6115GF' when signing up |
|Simcash ||Send SMS [risky] ||Pending ||/ |
|VoxPopMe ||Video feedback ||Pending ||/ |
|Cash4sms ||Send [risky] & receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Citizen Me ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|ControlMySMS ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Birdchain ||Send SMS [risky] ||Pending ||/ |
|Sweatcoin ||Walking ||Pending ||/ |
|COIN ||Explore ||Pending ||1000 coins if register here |
|Panel App ||Surveys, location sharing ||Pending ||/ |
|GiftHunterClub ||Surveys, offers, videos, apps, games ||Pending ||$0.75 if register here |
|Phoneum ||Games, mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Respondent ||Interviews, research, surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Prolific ||Surveys, research ||Paypal ||/ |
Investing (revenue share)
Selling (designs on merchandise, skills/gigs)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Fiverr ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||20% off on first purchase if register here |
|Redbubble ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Zeerk ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||/ |
|TeePublic ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Teespring ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Rev ||Transcribing, captioning, foreign subtitles ||Pending ||/ |
|Gotranscript ||Transcribing, translating captioning, foreign subtitles ||Pending ||/ |
|TranscribeMe ||Transcribing, translating, data annotation ||Pending ||/ |
|Unbabel ||Translating ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Wealthy Affiliate ||Learn affiliate marketing ||Pending ||/ |
|Brave ||Brows internet ||Pending ||/ |
|Andromo ||Develop apps ||Pending ||/ |
The Netherlands specific
For The Netherlands there are a few very good options next to a bunch of ‘spaarprogramma’s. There ‘spaarprogramma’s are all the same where you receive and click a bunch of e-mails, advertisements, banners,... I advise you to create a separate e-mail address or use a good filter in your inbox as you will be spammed to death. I believe they can be a nice piece of beermoney but they take quite the effort.
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Euroclix ||Surveys, shopping & cashback, offers, energy/internet providers ||Bank transfer ||€1.95 if register here |
|StemPunt ||Surveys ||Gift cards ||500 points if register here |
|Cashback XL ||Shopping cashback, health insurance discount ||Bank transfer ||/ |
|Scoupy ||Shopping cashback, free products ||Pending ||/ |
|Cashback Korting ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Lady Cashback ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Enqueteclub ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Snel Verdienen ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.50 if register here |
|Spaar Actief ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Klik Je Zakgeld ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Zinngeld ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€0.10 if register here |
|My Clics ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Direct Verdiend ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.00 if register here |
|Spaar4Cash ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Qassa ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|My Flavours ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Cash Ze ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Geld Race ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|iPay ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Double Points ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.00 if register here |
|Mailbeurs ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Qlics ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Centmail ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Extra Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Gekken Goud ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Dutch Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Nu Cash ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register |
|Snel Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Cash Hier ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
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Requiem SSE Megathread
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Skyrim Special Edition has been discussed for years now. With SSE having become the primary modded game these days, people have been anxiously awaiting Special Edition support from Requiem. With better graphics and a more stable game, there is no questioning SSE is the way to go.
Why am I posting this? There are too many people asking the same questions both here and, on the Discord, and I felt like we should have a place with consolidated information that people could easily find.
II. Official Special Edition Version
Requiem 4.x is stated to be the last version of Requiem for LE, after which 5.0 will be a direct port of 4.x and be an SSE exclusive. It is not clear when this will occur. The official 4.0 and 4.0.1 versions have just been released as of July 2020. The Requiem team does this as a hobby, not a job. Do not expect things to be done quickly. Historically, things have not progressed very quickly, so do not expect 5.0 to be released only a couple weeks later.
III. Unofficial Special Edition Version
People have taken to expediting Requiem’s port to SSE by implementing it themselves. There is a popular guide on Lover’s Lab (LL), a 3rd party site known for hosting explicit 18+ Skyrim mods. With some time, you can convert Requiem to SSE yourself. There is also a file containing Requiem’s converted files to SSE, along with links to several people’s personal dropboxes/google files with converted Requiem patches on the LL Requiem SSE page. Most people go this route and download it from here. If you are to use these, please also download the original LE versions of the mods to show the authors support. These releases are not official, and they are not uploaded on the Nexus. They are personal files that users have converted to share with those who would like to use them too. They are not affiliated with the original authors. The site can be found here https://www.loverslab.com/topic/91985-requiem-v401-for-sse-conversion-guide-for-mod-organize
IV. Mod Addons/Patches
Many mods have been converted and are available from those file hosting sites I mentioned earlier. However, some Requiem-SSE specific patches and mods are also available on the Nexus, despite not having an SSE version of Requiem on the Nexus. Popular mods including 3tweaks and Vigilant patch are available already converted on the file hosting sites, while other mods like Fozar’s Dragonborn and AzTweaks are officially out for SSE on the Nexus. If using any of these, please download the original LE file to show your support if applicable. The best way to find these available patches are visiting the LL website and there are links to converted mods and file hosting sites, searching the SSE Nexus for “requiem”, and searching the Discord under “Mod Releases.”
Wabbajack contains several mod lists containing Requiem for SSE and the converted files are the same ones discussed earlier, although you will not have to manually download them if you use the automated installation option with Nexus premium. Several popular ones include Noir, Total Skyrim Overhaul, and Serenity, each much different than the last. Check them out; the modlist authors have carefully curated a functional load order to save you the trouble.
VI. FAQ and Troubleshooting
Requiem itself is more involved than the creation club style of modding and newer members of the modding community will often have difficulty installing it. Most of the time reading directions is more than enough to successfully complete the install, but here we are. Before we begin, please use mod organizer. You will save yourself a lot of trouble in the future. As I only use mod organizer, I will only comment about mod organizer problems.
- The Reqtificator says Requiem.esp is missing but I have it ticked on in my load order! (v3.3 and up)
- The Reqtificator is looking at the wrong load order. When you run the Reqtificator, it should ask you to locate your plugins.txt file. DO NOT show it your plugins.txt file. Instead, lead it to loadorder.txt located in %localappdata% or Appdata/local/skyrimspecialedition. If this folder is empty, that is okay, as the file will be generated during the process. If you cannot get this to work, you can lead it to your Mod Organizer’s loadorder.txt file for the profile you are using located in modorganizeprofiles wherever you have MO installed. If using the second option, you will have to guide the Reqtificator to your loadorder.txt every time you change profiles.
- Not getting prompted to direct the Reqtificator to your plugins.txt? Delete your Skyproc folder found in your overwrite folder in MO (or you can delete the entire overwrite if you don't use it for something else), make sure you properly deleted your localappdata for Skyrim Legendary, and try again.
- I'm missing Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch (USLEP)! (v3.3 and up)
- You most likely have Skyrim Legendary Edition information located in %localappdata% or Appdata/local/Skyrimlegendaryedition. This needs to be removed, either deleted or backed up elsewhere.
- The Reqtificator isn't asking for my INI file like the directions say it will
- The Reqtificator is using your Skyrim LE INI file instead. This is a minor issue if that, but you can solve this by removing, either deleting or backing up, your LE INI located in Documents/My Games/Skyrim.
- Helgen beginning broken!!-!!-!/$&
- Yes, the vanilla start is indeed broken. Fear not, you have several options. AS-LAL with the appropriate patch, Skyrim Unbound Reborn, or, my personal choice, a save file that starts you off at vanilla character creation at Helgen and bypasses the glitchy opening horse ride. https://www.reddit.com/skyrimrequiem/comments/b0r2r4/requiem_intro_bug/ This link by u/TymMan should be used at your own discretion. It was for a 3.x intro, so keep that in mind.
- I’m MiSsInG bUg fIxEs!!!!!!!
- The version of Bug Fixes/Crash Fixes referenced by the Reqtificator do not exist for SSE, but I’ll do you one better. Install Bug Fixes SSE and SSE Engine Fixes. Use the preloader from SSE Engine Fixes. Ignore the warning messages while using the Reqtificator, then head to your requiem MCM. In the last section, there is a choice to disable errobug messages. Tick that box.
- Doors and some other objects will not activate! (v4.0 and up)
- This is a known mod conflict for Requiem 4.x, which is still being ironed out for an SSE conversion. Further issues are being investigated on a case by case basis and are TBD.
- The Reqtificator does not handle ESL files, period.
- One of the problems the Requiem team will have to overcome is that the Reqtificator does not recognize ESL files. You would have to convert them to an ESP form to be recognized (which isn’t hard, quick google search).
- What about ESL flagged ESPs? This is a tricky question. There are people and modlists that use them without a problem. But to be on the safe side, many of us do not recommend using them. They may work fine, but for troubleshooting issues, using them is a risk that you take and do not ask for help with them.
- Critical damage from certain perks will not be calculated correctly.
- When running the Reqtificator, some of the secret magic being done results in form 43-esque hidden stuff being generated. Once you have an RFTI completed, open the CK and set RFTI as the active plugin, let it load, and save it. This will convert RFTI to SSE and your critical attacks will function correctly. To be honest, this point is extremely minor and is just here for sake of completeness.
- See this video for easy instructions on setting up the Creation Kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq1F62MOviY and make sure you also install CK Fixes from here: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/20061
- This is for advanced users and is not a requirement.
If you did not know, there is a very active Requiem Discord server. Stop by sometime. There are a lot of users using SE there and it is much easier to ask simpler questions and get quicker responses.
From 10 to 14,000 Youtube Subscribers in 3 Weeks. Here’s What Happened, & What I Learned.
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You’ve got to be a bit crazy to leave a cushy job and a stable career to start your own business. Two months ago, I did exactly that when I left my multi-six figure salary and founded Your Auto Advocate with my business partner, AKA my dad
At that time (the first week of March), it wasn’t clear what effect coronavirus would have in the United States. As the days and weeks unfolded I couldn’t help but get depressed. I’d talk with family or friends, and they’d say, “Boy, don’t you wish you had kept that job just a bit longer?” And I’d think to myself, “maybe?” I was confused, scared, and certainly not making much progress on my new business venture.
Then, amidst all this negative energy, my dad had a great idea; “Why don’t we film YouTube videos via Zoom?” Before working full time on Your Auto Advocate I had filmed a handful of videos with my dad. He would talk about the car business, I would post them on our YouTube channel, and we’d get a few hundred views. I had a vision for growing our YouTube channel into something sustainable and scalable for the business, but it never really took off.
Until… We started recording Zoom conversations like Ray had suggested. Here’s the story (and lessons learned) from growing Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube channel
from 0 to 14,000+ subscribers in three weeks. Below you’ll see I am as transparent as I possibly can be, with screenshots from Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, and Youtube Analytics. I hope you find this valuable.
What is Your Auto Advocate?
To provide clarity on what you are about to read, you need to have a brief understanding of what Your Auto Advocate is, and how YouTube (and content marketing in general) play into the company’s overall growth strategy.
Your Auto Advocate is a professional car buying service
Let’s say you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle. Odds are, the thought of going into a dealership (or in our current state, going onto a dealer’s website), makes you queasy. That’s because most people do not trust car salespeople
. I can’t blame them.
Interacting with car dealerships is far from pleasant, and it’s tough to walk away from buying a new car feeling confident you got a great deal.
No one wants to be the guy or gal that makes the dealership a lot of money.
That’s where Your Auto Advocate helps. Instead of going to a dealership, you hire Your Auto Advocate. You tell Your Auto Advocate what vehicle you’re interested in, and they handle all of the dealer outreach and negotiation. Their only compensation comes from you, the client, so you have confidence they’re working the dealers for the best deal possible without a “kickback” of any sort.
That’s Your Auto Advocate in a nutshell. We make car buying simple, easy, and fun.
Now, to gain awareness for this new venture I was adamant that we needed to leverage Ray’s 43+ year career in the car business to teach consumers the ins and outs of how dealerships work. That led us to create videos and write written guides. My thought process was that if we could build trust with our audience early on, and give them the tools they needed to feel more comfortable buying a car on their own, then eventually, we’d find prospective customers that would pay us to simply do it for them.
Before we got traction
It’s important to recognize that Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube success did not occur overnight.
Before gaining traction, I fumbled around with a few videos that didn’t get more than a few hundred views. Those videos were shot in 4k, with professional lighting, a microphone, and more. The “new” videos we created from recorded Zoom calls (using our free Zoom accounts of course!), were in 360p, with no microphones, and no editing.
What changed from those original videos, to the recorded Zoom calls that allowed us to get over one million views in a few short weeks? Here’s what I think happened:
- People enjoy the back and forth banter and authenticity between Ray and I;
- People enjoy the poor quality of the videos, it appears more authentic than well produced content. I think this is really important to understand this point. Here is an email from a customer that sums it up well: https://imgur.com/2PnNFTW
- Ray and I began creating videos that were topical and relevant based off of current events, rather than focusing on “general” information on the car business.
These three characteristics are what I think allowed us to find traction on YouTube.
The growth we experienced
As I wrote about a few months ago, finding your first paying customer is not easy
. It was on April 19th, nearly 6 weeks after I quit my job, that we had our first paying customer. This is an important date, because it was just four days later that our YouTube videos began to pick up steam. Screenshot of YouTube Analytics
As you can see in the screenshot of our YouTube analytics, we saw a massive increase in viewership over the past week or so. Before this spike, we were averaging around 100 views per day across all of our videos. On Thursday April 23rd we knew something was happening, because we spiked to 1,852 views.
I sent my dad this message on that day: https://imgur.com/l7D5IeJ
Views on Friday the 24th grew to 4,400, then 21,916 on Saturday. This kept going until it reached the top on Saturday, May 2nd at 131,417 views in a single day
We’ve seen viewership decline since then, and if you asked me “why,” I wouldn’t be able to provide a concrete answer. I don’t know why.
We have a base of 14,000+ subscribers now though, so each of our new videos receives a few thousand views when we upload them. We’ll see if we’re able to grow more rapidly again in the future.
I have a lot to learn when it comes to developing a YouTube channel!
Converting viewers into customers
The goal of content marketing is to generate customers for your business. One of the benefits of YouTube is that you can monetize your content (you may have noticed in the screenshot above it showed nearly $3,000 in revenue from ads on our videos, for example), but the primary goal is to convert readers or viewers into customers.
We saw a huge spike in website traffic in conjunction with our growth on YouTube. People that found Your Auto Advocate on YouTube would then google search our name. Here’s the search data for “Your Auto Advocate”: https://imgur.com/TXrYqwM
Once traffic reaches your website it’s important to have a clear “flow” for how users can convert into customers. Fortunately for us, the traffic that made it to our website was converting at a high clip! In the screenshot below you can see (to the right) the “goal conversion” for Marketing Qualified Lead. That is anyone that completes our Sign Up form
. Google Analytics screenshot
The bounce rate has been incredibly low, and the time on site has been incredibly high.
About 2% of traffic has converted into MQL, and over two thirds of that traffic has converted into a Sales Qualified Lead.
Those SQLs have converted into paying customers at a high clip too!
The funnel (as of writing this) is:
39% of visitors that fill out our sign up form have gone onto become paying customers!
- 67 MQLs, converting into
- 26 customers
Anecdotally speaking, the other 61% who are not converting into customers right now, have told us they’d like to work with us in the future, when they are ready to buy their next car. That being said, I anticipate more than 70% of our MQLs will convert into paying customers over the next few months. There really has been limited to no negative reaction to our business model, pricing, or value proposition. People really hate going into car dealerships or dealing with car salespeople, and we can take them out of that pain.
As in any service business, the more you can delight your customers, the better your chances are of gaining referrals and word of mouth recommendations. With that in mind, we created a compelling thank you page after paying your final invoice: https://imgur.com/AHbmNNu
And, new reviews have been coming in too! https://imgur.com/gVoXP3a
Where do we go from here?
Well, all this growth has forced Your Auto Advocate to mature more quickly than I had previously imagined. Our first employee will be joining us on May 25th to help us expand and meet demand! If you had asked me if this was possible one month ago I would have said “No way!” But look where we are now.
It’s truly incredible that some Zoom recordings with my dad have enabled our business to grow as quickly as it has. Authenticity goes a long way I suppose. Incredible.
There are a few high priority tasks I will be focusing on over the coming days and weeks:
- We need to find other marketing channels. YouTube as a marketing channel is great, but being entirely dependent on it as your growth engine is not smart. What if YouTube changes its algorithm and you don’t get as many views? Over the coming weeks I will be exploring and testing new marketing channels such as:
- Affiliate marketing;
- Referral marketing;
- Direct mail marketing;
- Social media marketing; and
- Partnership development (employee benefits programs).
- We need to make service delivery simpler, easier, and more fun. The other area of the business I will be focusing on is developing a product to wrap around the service we are currently providing. I have a vision for how we can make the user experience for both the customer, and the Your Auto Advocate representative that is working with them to be efficient, convenient, and seamless. If we do this right we’ll be able to scale the business in a way that is profitable.
- I need to create a timeline with goals, financial projections, and expected hiring dates. Since we’ve proven the business model, one of my primary responsibilities is to develop clarity around how quickly we can (and should grow), and what type of investment that will take. I owe it to myself, and all future team members to provide a clear roadmap of where we’re going and how we plan to get there.
I hope you found this interesting and valuable. I’ll post another update once I get a chance, sometime in June I imagine. Thanks for reading.
(RANT) Leftists really need to stop being an elitist jerks, if they actually want to convert people
Edit: I think, I need to apologize for writing this post. I wrote it because I had a strong depression attack, and felt extremely desperate. This resulted me being very rude, and I'm very sorry for this. Now I've calmed down, and do understand that I've overreacted to a completely irrelevant stuff. You can still read this rant, but, please, don't take it too seriously. Mods of this subreddit, you can delete this post, if you think it's inappropriate for it to be here. submitted by MrNoobomnenie to Anarchism [link] [comments]
This could be a great material for a Breadtube video, but I'm VERY bad at making them, so I will just write it here, because it's a fucking serious problem, that makes me fucking mad! I see this constantly in the leftist circles: leftists always acting like leftists who think they are superior to everyone else.
"Ha-ha, look at this ignorant people not knowing what socialism/anarchism actually is, even thought it's so easy to google!" "Ha-ha, look at this buffoons, believing right-wing lies, even thought it's so easy to prove them wrong by a simple fact-checking" "Ha-ha, look at this neckbeard nerds, being upset when someone is criticizing something they love, even thought it's so obvious that this doesn't imply that we are blaming you for liking it!" "Ha-ha, look at this triggered gamers, thinking the left wants to take their favorite games from them, even thought it's so easy to check that nobody said that!" "Ha-ha, look at this men/whites/straights/cis people, screaming "not all!", even thought it's so obvious that we are talking about a systemic issues, not personally about them!"
This "Ha-ha, they don't understand so easy and obvious things!" elitist bullshit needs to fucking stop. It's only damages our movement, and keep a lot of people from it. Not to mention that this is a fundamentally reactionary and anti-socialist behaviour, being against everything we stand for: materialism, anti-individualism and anti-essentialism.
Let's start with the fact that this is literally ableism. You are literally mocking people for being "not intelligent enough to understand obvious things". Also, people can react this way (taking everything personally) because of the some mental health issues, like depression and low self-esteem (I'm speaking as a person who have this problems, and who still subconsciously often takes things personally, despite consciously understanding that they are not directed at me). Yeah, laughing at mentally ill people - so progressive and socialist!
And even without ableism (like if it wasn't disgusting enough already), did you all forgot about "people are products of their environment" and "we should not blame individuals for systemic problems"? You know, if so many people don't understand something "obvious", maybe it's a social problem, and not their personal fault? Maybe, you should take it into consideration, when you are trying to convince them about something, instead of mocking them for this?
When you are creating a video "The thing you hate is actually great", and your first comment under it is "Lol, look at this folks in the comments, being mad without even waching a video", you are doing very bad job at convincing people, because for a lot of them comments like this is an automatic red flag. And don't start with "If they will not watch a video because of one comment, trying to change their mind is pointless anyway" - this is essentialist bullshit. They were not born with this opinion - something (or someone) made them think that way, and this means that you can change their opinion too, and if you didn't manged to do it, you are just doing it wrong.
And let's not even start with this "ironic gamer hate". This constant jokes about "let's kill all gamers", "let's ban video games" or "all gamers are nazis", may be funny for you, but they are fundamentally harmful, because they are disctracting a lot of people from the Left, most of them being very young teenagers with yet no political affiliation (13-16 year olds do take their "gamer identity" seriously, and don't like being mocked for this, because, you know, they are literal freaking kids), who after this will have a huge risk of becoming an actual nazis, because they are very vulnerable to the alt-right propaganda.
The same applies to generalizations about white/cis/straight/male people, but on top of that they are also damaging leftists from this groups, making them hating themselves for being who they are (and I think I don't need to explain how dangerous the strong self-hate can be). I've already talked about people with mental health issues, but there're also people from marginalized groups who can be very vulnerable to the strong self-hate from this rethoric. For an example, talking how men are bad, can hurt men of colour, and especially trans men; and mocking cis/straight people can hurt queer people who have only recently realized who they are, because they still have some subconscious ties to the "cis/straight" identity, so they can start thinking that they are only pretending to be queer to "avoid privilege responsibility" (I'm bi, and I often feel like that while reading the LGBTQ+ subreddits).
To clarify, I'm not saying that we shouldn't talk about all of these problems at all - of course we should! But we also should frame the way how we talk about it more properly, so it would be more obvious, that we are talking about a systemic issues, not personally blaming individual people. And elitism should be just stopped, because it's disgusting, harmful, and, again, fundamentally anti-socialist. We should converting people, not mocking them.
Found a niche with no dominant blog, but lots of Youtube content.
Hi everyone, I want to get your thoughts: submitted by uyuy72 to Blogging [link] [comments]
I’m looking to start a blog on a niche within a sport where I have found that Google competition based on Adrefs is moderately low, however since it is a sport, there appears to be lots of Youtube content.
I’m not an expert on this niche, but actively play the sport and I’m learning. My vision would be to blog about my experience learning the sport, and add informational blog posts.
To monetize, I would eventually get into product reviews and affiliate marketing.
Ambitious goal would be to become the authority website for the niche for beginners and people that play the sport.
Should I have hesitations about taking on all the Youtube content?
Workout/ Low GI Diet/ Whole Foods/ Supplement Routine: The Best Advice You'll Never Follow
I would like to start out by emphasizing that this is not a sponsored post and you don't have to worry about me writing this whole thing up to lure you into clicking some affiliate link. That being said, if you do wish to purchase supplements PLEASE do so carefully. When you buy from an average priced retail store you more often than not are being ripped off ingredient-wise. Even at Whole Foods. Labdoor is great (they test out brands with no bias and you can buy the best rated ones) but they don't have everything, so just please do your research. Also, the ones people post on here are often mixes that shouldn't be taken together and have small amounts of the advertised ingredients as well as poor overall quality. submitted by meimeiiiiip to Vindicta [link] [comments]
I have been dealing with PCOS, bloating, chronic fatigue, headaches, mental health issues (in part due to the others, in part due to an anxiety "natural" to me) horrible acne (varies in kind but if cystic if I don't take my birth control), etc. I will mention that I have always been very, very thin (5' 7" and 103lbs) despite how much I eat so I can't speak to the weight loss portion of this, though every report from others (and common logic) would point to this helping in that area as well.
I will share the most effective eating for skin health, hormones and mental health along with some supplements that help me with brain fog and fatigue. I don't want to write my entire backstory and process here because it was a boring 8 year thing but I have spent a long time researching this with medical journals and Western materials as well as Eastern materials.
The first step to feeling better, looking better and generally doing better is food. Because of my weight being low, it was incredibly difficult for me to convince myself I needed to change anything. I don't care what body type you have, if you don't *feel* healthy and well, you'll know if you don't, a Whole Foods & low GI diet is for you.
1) Low Gi/ Whole Food/ your personal dietary restrictions Diet
You must start this diet very strictly and only after a month or two of seeing benefits allow yourself "cheat days" or a loosening of it.
Low GI is usually for diabetic people and the GI portion is referring to the insulin spikes food creates when consumed. This means you must have not only a low-sugar but a low-carb diet (carbs become glucose in your body). I will not outline the entire thing here but the important thing is (to start) NEVER eat anything with added sugar and limit your natural sugars AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Even bananas should be avoided to start (fully ripe bananas at least). You should google GI levels of different foods to get a better idea of what can be eaten but just think whole foods good processed bad. This stuff is mostly very obvious but the carb GI thing and natural fruits having the ability to be harmful too was not something I understood before. ( No bread and pasta for awhile guys ): )
This diet sent me for a LOOP and I was eating so much more than usual but felt this insane craving for sugar I never thought I would have. Literally felt as difficult to not eat something sugary or carbs, even if it was fruit, as it did to quit nicotine. I didn't realize how addicted I was to carbs and sugar and if someone had told me this I would have thought it was an obnoxious overstatement, but it was so.. goddamn difficult for me. I've always loved healthier foods but I would eat a lot of breads and pasta, too. Whole-grain breads only, and I liked some of the "health" pasta types but it doesn't even matter for the most part. (Except for Ezekiel bread which you can have a slice of daily, or use 2 slices for a sandwich a couple of times a week if you must). After only a few days I felt so much more clearheaded and energetic intellectually/ mentally, and the cravings started to go away. It was still hard for a few weeks. My bloating, skin, etc. were all doing great. It took a couple of months to see final results. It has completely changed my functioning mentally, physical energy wise, and I look 'brighter', my skin stays almost completely clear (not perfect but I went through at least two horrible cystic breakouts a month prior to this diet). I have also cut out dairy from my diet as much as possible and always choose alt-milks when possible, Earthbalance or avocado oil instead of real butters, and I eat as much fish as possible while limiting other meats. I don't have anything against other meats but I just don't like to eat a lot of beef, chicken or pork naturally. Sometimes I REALLY crave a burger or some bacon and I will eat it if I want it but.. idk.. I've always been like this. I take an iron supplement even to avoid anemia. Salmon is key ofc.
It is extremely hard to get into the habit of this and then maintain, so what I do is eat like this at home but allow myself to enjoy pasta when I go out, etc. (not too often) but absolutely weekly at least. I also will enjoy cheese when it is at a restaurant or if I was at somebody's house and they cooked. I am not going to restrict it for myself and have it be this awkward, limiting lifestyle thing. I also LOVE cheese. I realized how unsatisfying my at home barilla style ordeal was anyways and a fancy cheese plate every once in awhile is so much more satisfying.
Just try it. Seriously. If you find that you are going crazy a day or two in, even eating lots of calories, you are super addicted to sugar and probably experiencing negative the negative effects of that. Making paleo balls with almost 100% cacao and sugar free coconut, etc. helped me get through sugar cravings. Your taste buds are going to transform pretty quickly and you will find that the most insanely bitter chocolate starts to taste sweet. Vegetables will taste sweeter. Some fruits will make you reel they are so sweet. It is actually really cool how much more flavor I sense in food.
If you have dietary restrictions you can absolutely work those in. Low-GI lends itself to no-gluten but vegan, paleo, vegetarian, etc. is possible for sure. You will need to do some food prep for snacks or have the money to buy low-gi snacks (more expensive unfortunately as this category is uncommon even at health food stores). Eat as much green as you possibly can. Dark leafy greens are your friends.
2) My Workout Routine/ Barely Trying Non-Routine
Again, I am not able to tell you about weight loss and how to achieve it, but I can say that the placement of the (little) body fat I had has shifted with the diet (which helped my hormones) and this half assed routine has helped me build up some muscle so my stomach looks really nice. If you have the motivation to start out working out hard and giving it your all, please do, I was battling fatigue, depression, etc. I literally felt like I had to sleep 12-14 hours if I worked out and couldn't maintain a job, school or anything let alone a serious workout.
Focus on core exercises to start and do any variation of the trojan ab routine but for only as long as you can stand. Do it every day just on a carpet or wherever and try to keep form but don't go crazy about getting things perfect (unless you are someone who could injure yourself easily - in which case use a trainer PLEASE even a cheap online Skype call one). Add in squats (only as many as you feel you can make yourself do every day) and then calf-raises with whatever heavyish thing you have lying around.
Work your way up from this time-wise until you have a maintainable routine. Also.. do some damn yoga. I can barely make myself still even though I love it once I've started (theme here is that I have almost no discipline so simple things can be very hard). Meditation is great but you don't need to do a long session every day. 5-10 minutes of a concentrated breathing one in the morning or afternoon is enough.
You should be taking a high-quality adaptogen. Ginseng (Appalachian if you are young & Asian if you are older if you want to follow TCM), Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri, Ginkgo Biloba, Reishi, Maca, etc. For skin & general health taking zinc, vitamin D, DHEA, CoQ10, a vitamin B complex, and if you're like me (acne) vitamin A is good. I take grapefruit seed extract in water 3 times a day for my skin. I also take iron because I can become anemic if I don't eat enough meat.
My PCOS symptoms are all but null. The weird black facial hairs have stopped popping up, I actually get a period, I am not randomly sweaty. My brain fog is lifted. I am a lot less tired. My skin is so, so much better.
I can't really fully describe the difference from eating clean but it is everything. Humans were never meant to have 1/3 of the glucose we do now.. lowering sugar & carbs feels so right compared to every other diet thing I've tried. You might be different, but I think most people will be healthier for it anyways so it is worth attempting seriously. Some peoples' bodies are tougher and can handle the higher GI diet without the insulin problems (not necessarily diabetes), if that is the case then I am jealous.
If you want to try this you MUST give it your all for the first several weeks at least to see your results. DO NOT starve yourself or restrict calories in a way that will edit the "experiment" results until you are already feeling the difference. You need to be weaned off of sugars before you should do a calorie cut diet with it.
I love eating Italian out and will continue to go get ice cream with friends, etc. but I eat healthier out when I can (poke is phenomenal lol) and at home I follow this strictly.
I would love to hear your results and updates even over the first few days because my friends that have tried it were shocked at how hard quitting sugar is! I am super curious as to how other people will do with it.
Applying to ART College: A Megathread
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Hi! After using this sub for much of my junior & senior year (on a separate account), I've noticed there’s fairly little information on applying to art college. As such, I thought I'd compile all my knowledge and research about applying to art school as someone that used to obsess over the A2C process for both normal and art schools.
This ended up MASSIVE as I tried to stuff everything I could think of related to applying to art school in here. Hope it helps some of y’all out there :-)
Introduction Having applied and researched applying to both art and normal schools, I feel that applying to art school is much more straight forward. There are so fewer moving factors and it's definitely much less of a crapshoot than applying to T20s and Ivies. If your art is good enough and you know what they're looking for, I think getting into even the top art schools is very doable and a lot less scary than one might initially think.
For some context, I'm currently an incoming freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and was accepted with highest merit scholarship to all art schools I applied to, including RISD, Parsons, Pratt, and SVA. I was a 2019 and 2020 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts, a 2020 Scholastic National Gold Medalist, and a 2017 Congressional Competition where my art was hung in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
While part of it was hard work, another part of it was also figuring out how to navigate the process and choosing where to apply my effort. Figuring out what AOs want is super important if you want to maximize your chances at success.
Applying to art college is ultimately a game that anyone with a drive to create art can learn how to play, no matter how much art experience you have. And if you know how to play, it becomes a lot easier to succeed!
The Portfolio The portfolio is no doubt the MOST important part of your application. This is a selection of your artwork that AOs will look at to determine if you're qualified enough to be admitted. Grades and ECs often matter little to none depending on the school, so if you're set on art school, make sure to focus on creating the best portfolio you can.
Depending on the school, they may ask for anywhere from 10-22 pieces. Each school has different quantitative requirements; make sure you check their website and/or Slideroom portal (where you'll upload your portfolio) for details.
Important note: Please keep in mind that my portfolio was mainly 2D fine arts with a little bit of Graphic Design from my time at RISD Precollege, which I attended in the summer before 12th grade (2019). As such, most of the research I did was about fine arts portfolios and I don't know if the information here is as applicable to portfolios with or centered on photo, video, animation, etc. It's also most specific to RISD & other top art schools in the U.S. (but we're all overachievers here anyway lol).
Major-specific vs Non-major-specific portfolios Some schools want portfolios that are specific to the major you apply to (though this is relatively rare) or portfolios that are "focused" on (rather than only on) a specific major (this is a little more common). They may not even mention it explicitly on their website, so make sure you clarify what the school wants.
The advice & info I'll give is about non-major-specific portfolios (which schools like RISD (especially), Pratt, Parsons, SVA, SAIC, MICA, etc. want/accept), so keep that in mind!
What to include in a portfolio? (For art schools) While this honestly varies from school to school, I know that top art schools not only want to see technical skill, but conceptual thinking and experimentation as well. I think a current RISD student that gave a portfolio lecture at RISD precollege put it really well—RISD (and many other top art schools) look for things that they admit they can't teach you, like a POTENTIAL to grow, a drive to experiment and explore, a proclivity for a type of thought-process that they think makes great artists. Realism and technical drawing skill are all things that anyone can learn with enough practice (and at many art schools like RISD, Pratt, and Parsons, you WILL be practicing through foundation year studies).
That being said, schools still want to see that you have adequate technical skills to build upon. You want a mix between technically-strong pieces and conceptually-strong pieces, i.e. pieces that show off your rendering abilities and pieces that show off your ability to put ideas and thought behind your pieces. Of course, these two categories can heavily overlap (and it's probably better if they do!), but if they don't, make sure you have BOTH in your portfolio.
Technically-strong pieces Technically-strong pieces are pieces that demonstrate your mastery over your medium. Many this means super-detailed colored pencil still lives, well-crafted and purposeful sculptures, intricate landscapes, accurately rendered buildings, etc. In addition to making things detailed, technical skill also includes a strong grasp of color, light, composition, form, space, etc.
Tip: Composition especially is something many art school applicants don't pay much attention to (according to some AOs I've talked to), so make sure you're not putting everything right in the center of your page/canvas/etc. Also, play with cropping and having parts of the subject & objects go off the page rather than containing the entirety of the subject/object within the bounds of your page.
Conceptually-strong pieces Having a portfolio of impeccably rendered but purely technical pieces may get you into some schools, but top art schools will still turn you down. I know of so many people who've submitted portfolios full of hyperrealistic graphite shoes or tools or other objects, only to be rejected. Such portfolios show that the artist lacks the ability to go beyond depictions of life and given another dimension to their art—a conceptual dimension.
By "conceptually-strong" pieces, I mean pieces that are idea and thought-driven rather than just purely technical. Think about how you can indicate a narrative within your piece or say something.
Think also about how you intentionally choose certain compositions, certain lighting, certain colors, certain styles, certain painting techniques, etc. to help subtly build the narrative of your piece. This is really important as it shows you're thinking about these things.
This DOESN'T necessarily mean that there has to be some explicit "moral" or message to your piece; trying to spoonfeed a story through very explicit (i.e. not-subtle) imagery can result in cheesy symbolism and pieces that feel cliche.
(I hope to add more to this later when I can put it into words better—this category is so broad and vague and I wish I could be more specific. Feel free to ask more specific questions about it below!)
Mastery over a range of mediums Top art schools like seeing that you skillfully use and experiment with different mediums. Maybe if you mainly work with pencil and pen, you can try paint, which is wet and a lot looser than highly controlled dry mediums. Maybe you can try 3D!! Many high schoolers are scared of it so it'll make you stand out (if it's well-executed).
Tip: You can also play with combining multiple mediums in one piece. Consider less conventional mediums like e.g. painting on wood (having the wood show through under the paint can create a cool effect, plus you can also burn wood to create designs & cool effects), creating texture with crumpled newspaper, incorporating wires to create a 3D aspect, etc. The list goes on and on!
That all being said, don't put in a bad piece just for the sake of showing that you work with different mediums. If the piece isn't very good, it can end up hurting you more helping you :')
Additionally, some art schools may not care all that much about seeing a range of mediums. This is definitely more of a thing at schools like RISD.
Life studies: figure drawings, still lives, landscapes, etc. Art schools want to see that you can draw from life. This means literally looking at things IRL and drawing them instead of drawing from a photograph. These pieces don't have to fully executed, fleshed-out pieces—it's common for people to send shaded black-and-white charcoal sketches of figures. They can also be sketchbook pages from sitting at a coffee shop, a park, a train station, your room, and just drawing the people, animals, objects, scenery, etc. around you. This is also a time to combine mediums if you want to add a splash of color to pen/pencil drawings. You can have fun with it!
That being said, it's still very important to display well-executed technical skill, ESPECIALLY for still lives as those are probably the most common life drawing + are in nearly every single portfolio and probably the easiest of the 3.
Tip: Put shadows underneath your still lives; don't just have them floating in a blank white page! Try to also draw at least some part of the background so that the object is indicated in a space. Play with composition and try to break away from putting everything right in the middle of your page/canvas with nothing going off the edges (bc still lives are like that and it gets very boring!)
If you can't access live nude models for figure drawing, there are some online resources where you can draw nude models meant for this exact purpose, both timed and untimed (posted below!). Though it won't be from life, it may still be worth including as human anatomy is important and something many art schools focus on, especially in your first year.
Although the vast majority do, some schools don't care about life studies or purely technical pieces at all (notoriously parsons!), so make sure you do your research through attending National Portfolio Day & contacting admissions with questions (more on that later).
Note: You should only submit a few of these!
Sketchbook pages This very much depends on the school—some really want to see them and some may only want to see your best, most completed work. Typically, a school that DOES want sketchbook pages will explicitly ask to see them. Make sure you check their website or ask them!
If they DO want to see sketchbook pages, you can include thumbnail sketches, planning for another piece, life drawings, small experimentations, anything that gives a "behind the scenes" look into your art making and thinking. It's great also to show sketchbook planning for another piece you have in your portfolio. Schools like RISD really want to sketchbook pages so make sure you keep one!
Note: You should only submit a few of these!
School-specific assignments/tests Some art schools will require you to create art based on a specific prompt. This prompt may change every year or stay the same. This is an important chance to show how you tackle an art assignment given by the school itself and a good assignment response can really boost your portfolio. I wouldn't go as far as to say these "make or break" your portfolio, however, as schools have explicitly stated that the rest of your portfolio is also important and not to devote all your time and energy onto the assignment at the cost of a lower-quality portfolio. Still take it seriously though!
Cooper Union (tbh it's the only school I know of that does this) gives a "home test" where they mail/email you a list of prompts to make art from that they assess you on. There's also a bunch of questions you have to answer (I don't know much about the home test so please let me know if this info is wrong or misleading!).
RISD's this year (just released a few days ago!) is "Identify something in need of repair. Use any material or approach to fix it." and an accompanying written response (further details here).
Be creative. Come up with unique concepts. I'm sure someone out there is reading this thinking, 'Well, DUH, it's art school! Of course I have to be creative,' because I'd probably think the same. Yet, you'd be surprised how often AOs continue to see still lives of fruit or glass bottles, green landscapes, a portrait painted with a flurry of unnatural skin tones, etc.
Don't make things just because everyone else is making them. I guarantee you that you don't need a still life of fruit to get into art school. Instead, think about what pieces like that show AOS (for still lives, it'd be technical skill) and think about ways you can show those same skills but in a less-generic way. This piece by @lemoncholy_(IG) (link to a timestamped youtube video) is a great example of a fun and original still life that also works in a narrative while displaying technical skill.
Break out of rigidity Common among applicants who are really skilled in realism are portfolios full of tightly rendered portraits and scenes from life, but nothing else. This is bad because it shows you don't know how to experiment and that your artistic skills and vision are limited within the very narrow realm of photographic realism.
Play with adapting a "looser" hand. Watercolor is great for this because it's so fluid! You can also play with combining realism and abstraction or illustration. An artist that I think does this well with oil paint is Jenny Saville. You can also experiment with stylizing some of your realism. Degas's pastel portraits
Don't place everything in the center I mentioned this earlier, but placing things in the dead center is probably the most common composition that high school applicants use, usually without a particular reason why and just because it's the "default." Many AOs I talked to really emphasized it so definitely play with putting things off-center and asymmetry!!
Have backgrounds. Yes, even to still lives! Also mentioned earlier, but pure white backgrounds should be avoided whenever appropriate. They can make pieces look unfinished and usually happen because people are scared of them. Break out of your comfort zone! Even if the background is simple, it still indicates the object in a space instead of it just floating in space.
Don't be afraid of color Try to make more than half of your pieces in color! I'm not sure if this is as much of a problem now, but don't be afraid of it! It's much easier to work with it when the colors are controlled, like with colored pencils, versus when you have to mix your own colors, like with watercolor.
Make your artistic choices intentional Why did you choose this certain composition? This color palette? This style? This lighting? Realism vs semi-realism? How can these choices help build a narrative without having to shove it down the audience's throat through explicit imagery?
Answering these questions can help you make more intentional and meaningful choices! and explaining these choices in the description will definitely give you a boost as it shows you're thinking deeply about critically (critically thinking) about your art-making.
Spend time on your written descriptions Honestly, even if the work itself is subpar, a stellar description that reveals a lot of depth to the piece can save it and show that you think a lot about your artistic choices and art-making in general. From then, it just becomes an execution issue which you can work on in school.
Quality > quantity, but don't add too few pieces either Don't try to reach the max-pieces limit with "filler" pieces that aren't very good. It'll bring the overall quality of your portfolio down.
At the same time, don't include too few pieces. If it asks for 20 pieces, try to give at least 13. If it asks for 12, try to give at least 9. Not every piece has to be absolutely outstanding!
A purely technical portfolio I'm sure I'm beginning to sound like a broken record at this point lol, but this is super important!! It's so so common for technically amazing applicants to get rejected because their portfolios are all just technical studies without any narrative or conceptual thought behind the majority of their pieces.
Tell narratives through your art. Go to art museums. Ask yourself what it means to be an artist and your role in society. What power does art have that other methods don't? How can you use your art to say things and reach others in ways that only art can?
Fanart or anime Especially anime. They don't like it at all. The reasons are a little BS imo :( but you can't fight them; just don't do it.
Master copies Mastercopies are when you replicate/copy famous pieces of artwork—art from "masters"—as accurately as possible.
This is a lesser offense than including fanart/anime and whether schools actually care will vary from school to school, but I know that schools like RISD & Parsons really don't like them and RISD specifically advises against them. They don't show any originality and the display of technical skill is also damped by the notion that it was copied from someone else's art.
Personally, I think master copies are actually super beneficial to people learning a certain medium and I really encourage people to do them as studies. Just don't put them in your portfolio!
Badly photographed pieces The documentation of your pieces is an often overlooked yet highly important part of your portfolio. Try to take photos of work outside in bright but shadowy areas. This way you get natural light but not the glare of direct light. Rent a camera and learn how to use its basic settings or use a phone with a high-quality camera.
Crop your photos to the edges of your piece. Alter weird lighting, contrast, and color inconsistencies using a photo editing software. Photoshop is perfect for this as it's super powerful. If you don't have a subscription, PM me and I can help you with getting it for free.
Art Prof also has tooons of stuff on documenting your work here in the middle/second column of links near the top.
What makes the best portfolio? (For NON-art schools) When submitting a supplementary portfolio to non-art schools, non-art schools typically prefer high-technical skill works and fully fleshed-out, finished works. Unless your experimental pieces are also highly skilled, it's best to go for very well rendered pieces that also have some conceptual thinking behind them.
The people looking at your supplementary portfolio may often be normal AOs that don't know much about art, and high-skill pieces will seem most impressive. And whereas the applicant pool for top art schools like RISD consists of many high-technical-skill low-conceptual-skill portfolios, supplementary portfolios to non-art schools on average usually aren't as good so you don't need as many risky, conceptual pieces to stand out.
Plus, non-art schools don't give two shits about your "potential to grow" in art so show off all the current skill you have rather than what you could have in the future! Especially if you don't even plan to do art in college.
Ordering your pieces The order of your pieces does matter. You want to leave the best impression you can on the AOs and psychology plays a part in it. People generally agree that the first two and last two pieces should be your strongest pieces. You want to start and end with a bang.
Other than that, it's up to you and depends on your portfolio pieces. You could try grouping similar pieces together, but if two pieces are too similar to each other, it can seem repetitive and you should probably take one of them out (instead of just moving it somewhere else). You could also play with mixing things up, but be careful not to break the cohesion of your portfolio by jumping between pieces that have completely different purposes and moods—you want the order of your pieces to flow without seeming boring or repetitive.
What is Slideroom? Slideroom is a portfolio uploading site where the majority of schools (including non-art schools) will ask you to submit portfolios on. Each school will have their own Slideroom portal (usually something like "[schoolname].slideroom.com") and you'll have to submit your portfolio separately for school you apply to.
When you upload pieces onto slideroom, you'll have the option to add a title and description for your piece. You may also have a box for year, medium, size, etc. depending on if the schools asks for it.
Tip: I highly recommend creating a separate document/spreadsheet with all your artworks' names, mediums, years, sizes, and descriptions as you'll have to put in that information again each time you submit a portfolio to another school (there IS an option on Slideroom to copy all your entries from portfolio A into portfolio B, but portfolio B may ask for yeamedium/size/etc. while portfolio A may not, which would require you to put it all in for portfolio B).
More tips! Two ~1hr Youtube videos about "art school portfolio secrets" with tons more tips from Clara Lieu (former adjunct RISD professor) @ Art Prof!! Here and here.
A bunch of portfolio tips + more common mistakes by Art Prof (again lol) here (same link as the one about documenting artwork)!
Grades, Tests, Extracurriculars, Awards, Classes, etc.
Academics Generally, grades and test scores very little to art schools. Most art schools barely care about your GPA and SAT, if at all. Even RISD, which probably cares the most out of all the art schools, has accepted people with sub 3.0 GPAs and sub 1200 SAT scores. Contrarily, many 4.0 UW 1400+ SAT people have been rejected because their portfolios are subpar. And it makes sense when you think about it, as academic strength matters little relative to your artistic strength when at art school.
Extracurriculars are more or less the same deal. Some schools only ask for art related ECs, so it's nice to have a few. It also may give you something to talk about.
Art Competitons/Awards From my understanding awards also don't matter very much to art schools, and at least not as much as your portfolio. I know people who've won numerous Scholastic National Medals that were rejected from schools like RISD. IMO this makes sense, as art school AO's would definitely trust their own judgment when looking at someone's portfolio over that of a competition's that they aren't affiliated with, especially since they're admitting them to art school, which values potential, while competitions value skill.
Some schools give a few scholarships based on art competitions like YoungArts, Scholastic, etc. I always think it's a good idea to try for these as you often have nothing to lose except for your time and the application fee and you may end up with some portfolio pieces while preparing for them.
There are mainly two large art competitions that I know of:
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards This is probably the largest art competition in the country. It has both regional and national awards. It's not too difficult to get some regional awards and it looks good on a resume. Anyone 7th-12th grade can apply and you need to do it while affiliated with a middle school/high school art teacher.
They have many different visual arts categories such as photography, drawing & illustration, sculpture, mixed media, design, digital, comic art, etc. They also have a whole writing section that also has a bunch of different categories.
National Youngarts Foundation This is a fairly prestigious competition with only ~50 winners nationwide, only half (or less) of which are Finalists. For visual arts, you submit a portfolio of 10 pieces that generally follow some unifying theme (the specifics change from year to year so make sure you check their site for details). Anyone 15-18 OR in 10th-12th grade can apply (so many college freshmen still qualify!). The due date is in October and if you get notified if you're a winner in December.
There are also many other categories outside of visual arts, such as theatre, writing, singing, dancing, classical music, etc.
AP Art I personally never took this class as it wasn't offered at my school, so I wish I could say more about it. From my understanding, this class is a good portfolio builder, and many who take it before 12th grade end up with portfolio pieces. I think most art colleges don't allow you to use AP Art credit in college.
School Art Classes and Private Art Classes In terms of getting you into art school, I don't think having these on your transcript or resume will increase or reduce your chances at all. However, these are definitely great opportunities to work on portfolio pieces and get feedback from teachers and peers.
Private art classes (if you find a good one) are definitely a great place to work specifically on portfolio pieces. Usually your instructor will work closely with you to build a portfolio and create pieces. Having not really done or learned anything in my school art classes, private art classes definitely helped me churn out a lot of art for the first half of high school.
Choosing an art school
Your major matters The quality of your education at a certain institution will be VERY major dependent. While it may be tempting, don't just look at acceptance rates because they can mislead you (sidenote on this: try to get acceptance rates from students or the school's website because the ones Google reports are always much higher for some reason).
Even reputation can sometimes be misleading—for example, while RISD is sometimes considered the "Harvard" of art schools, it has a poor animation, video, and photography department. Contrarily, SVA has a great animation program despite having a high acceptance rate and despite some of their other departments being questionable in quality.
Flexibility in switching majors If you aren't sure which major you want to go into or unsure if you necessarily will want to stay in your current major, keep in mind how easy or hard it'll be to switch majors. Some schools require you to apply to a certain major and are very inflexible about changing majors. For example, to do Fashion at parsons (which is famous for their fashion), you have to specifically get into the Fashion major because it's so competitive and they probably judge the applicants at a different standard.
Additionally, their first-year curriculum is completely different from all the other majors' first-year curriculums (which is usually a foundation year where ALL majors take the SAME classes on fundamental art skills like drawing and design). If you get into Parsons for something else, I've heard it's relatively easy to change majors from say Illustration to Graphic Design to very hard to change majors into Fashion.
It also may be hard to transfer out of such majors. Animation at SVA has a different first-year curriculum than most of the other majors (which also have a foundation year) which SVA brings up as why you can't switch from Animation to GD or Illustration but why you can switch form GD to Illustration or vice versa. I've heard of people who went into SVA for animation but realized after their second year that they didn't actually like animation. As a result, they either had to stick with it for another two years and 140k later or drop out.
Location This is true for both art and non-art schools. Depending on your major, it may be easier to find work in more urban areas or certain cities. That gives schools around SoCal or NYC an advantage compared to schools in, say, Florida. Make sure you consider if that's something important for you and your major.
Connections/Networking This may only be applicable for 'industry majors' like Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Textiles, etc. and not so much for very fine-arts majors like Drawing and Painting. But for those formerly mentioned majors, I've been told straight up that you pay for art school for the connections and the networking. Reputable schools have well-connected faculty and networking events with renowned companies and employers. This is super important in art industries like Graphic Design, where your salary can fluctuate GREATLY depending on where you work.
Ultimately, the name doesn't matter that much While prestige may help someone graduating from a NON-art school find a good job, for art schools, your graduating portfolio matters a LOT more (NOTE: The portfolio I mention in this section is the one you build during your time at art college. The portfolio I mention in the next section and for the majority of this post is the one you apply to art school with). This is the body of work that you come out of college with and is what hirers (for industry majors) are looking at to decide if your artistic vision and skill is what they're looking for. The best art school for you then is the one that helps you build your best body of work, and that may not be the well-known big-name schools.
Do you like their student work? Some schools have an affiliated Behance site where students (and alums) can post artwork that they make. You can usually filter the work in the site by major and year. The URL is typically "portfolios.[schoolname].edu" but I'd look up "[schoolname] portfolios" or "[schoolname] student work" in google as many schools don't have an affiliated Behance site.
This is a great way to see what students are currently making. You may find that you particularly do or don't like the work produced, and that's a really important indicator for whether that school would be a good fit for you.
Art at a non-art school This can sometimes be risky imo as art programs in non-art schools are often small and not very good. Especially when there's only one professor for your major, you run the risk of getting a limited/narrow education in a field that requires fresh ideas and creative problem-solving (for most majors). The quality of the education may also just not be very great, and you'll also have fewer peers to grow from (Your classmates in art school are super important imo as you'll constantly be learning and growing off each other. You literally spend a third of your time in art school getting feedback from your peers.).
That being said, there are definitely some non-art schools with a strong arts and/or design department, like Yale, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon. It can be hard to find stuff about this online and I wish I knew some better ways to research this, but it's best if you can talk to a professor or art student who's more 'in the know' about this stuff.
What if I don't only want to do art? Most art schools only offer a very arts-centered education. Some have an art history/liberal arts requirement but those classes are limited. You'll still have to take some non-art classes, and if that's enough for you, great! But if not, you could consider doing art at a non-art school, where you'll have access to the school's non-art majors and courses too.
At RISD, you not only have a (relatively) heftier liberal arts requirement, but you also have the opportunity to take classes at Brown University right next door starting your sophomore year. However, I've heard that it's actually pretty difficult to schedule these classes as RISD classes are usually really long and the two universities don't really work together to coordinate classes.
Dual Degree Programs There are also some dual degree programs, most famously the Brown | RISD dual degree program. This shit is competitive as fuck to get into (3-4% acceptance rate) but an amazing opportunity as you get a degree from both Brown University and RISD after 5-years. You can find a lot more info about it online. Overview of some specific logistics about its admissions here. There's also the Tufts SMFA 5-year dual degree which also has a 4-year option if you only want a degree from Tufts.
I only recently got into art/I don't have a lot of experience. Do I still have a chance at top art schools? Contrary to popular belief, people who are good at art are rarely truly "talented." Much of it is really just practice, practice, and more practice. Even with talent, practice is still essential (just like how talented athletes still have to train really hard in order to do well).
But imo, you can practice "smartly" and not-so-smartly. I know of multiple people who only started making art mid-high school or never took an art class before an art camp the summer before 12th grade and these people got into some of the best art schools in the country! They weren't secret Van Gogh's who had finally uncovered their god-given talent; they just knew how to build a portfolio that highlighted their strengths over their weaknesses and showed they had potential above all else.
How expensive is art school? Top art schools are as expensive as top non-art schools. Some, like RISD, are notorious for being stingy about giving money. It's a sad reality. However, there are definitely other affordable but decent options outside of the big-name schools. Remember that a school might be alright overall but really good for your major, specifically!
How do I know if art school is right for me? I struggled with the same question and am honestly still struggling with it. Is art to you a hobby or a passion? Would you be ok with doing art as a job, even if it means sucking some or most of the joy out of it? Would you be willing to go into debt for a degree that may be hard to pay back?
Do you want to go to school with passionate and driven students doing what they love? Do you want to go to school with students all more-or-less doing the same thing as you? Are you ok with focusing mainly on art but dabbling in other subjects too?
Ultimately, you can also always transfer schools!
Resources Oh boy,, my favorite part lol. Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any of the links or organizations below :’)
Portfolio reviews National Portfolio Day - A collection of days throughout the year where you can have your portfolio reviewed & critiqued by representatives from a whole host of art schools. There's typically one in a certain state/region per year. It's a great opportunity to get legit feedback on your portfolio and I highly recommend people to attend if possible, especially if they're unsure about what direction to move forward in with their portfolio. Also a great time to ask art schools questions!! Calendar here.
Virtual National Portfolio Day - NPD but online through Careereco. Many schools also attend. Dates for upcoming VNPDs are on the NPD website. Their most recent one (as of the time I'm writing this) was on May 22nd, 2020; you can find the details for that one here.
This is still fairly new (first one was in 2019) and can get very hectic with long wait times but the whole thing usually runs the whole day from ~6 a.m.–5 p.m. EST. I'd definitely recommend NPD over VNPD if possible.
AICAD - If you can't make NPD, you can submit a 5-piece portfolio online to have it reviewed by a select list of art schools that you get to choose from. Not many schools participate but some decent ones do, like RISD and MICA. You'll get an email with feedback.
In my experience, a lot of schools used it as an advertising platform and I didn't get that much useful feedback on my portfolio. However, some schools (like RISD) did give feedback and it's definitely worth trying though if you want as much feedback as possible!
Art Prof Portfolio Critiques - Art Prof, a free online art education service, posts 30+ min critiques of user-submitted portfolios on their Youtube channel. The reviewers include art school professors and grads. You can buy a review on Art Prof's website.
They also have a ton of live art piece critiques (scroll through the created playlists) on all categories of visual art that you can submit your own art for for free!
Portfolio Examples Admitted Portfolio Youtube Videos - A playlist of admitted art school portfolios + tips + general videos with info about art school. As of now, it hasn't been updated with the Class of 2020 acceptances, but has most of the ones from before then.
Art Prof Portfolio Critiques - (as mentioned above!)
Learning Art Prof - The HOLY GRAIL of free online art education. The founder and head, Clara Lieu, is a former RISD Adjunt Professor. There is a TON of useful stuff on here, including tutorials in oil paint, marker, animation, printmaking, 3D, etc; ideas for art and portfolio pieces; guides on composition, light, portraits, etc; guides for photography art; etc. Literally sooo much useful content.
Here's a post with a ton of useful info on art school portfolios!
They also have a Youtube channel that is also incredibly useful and heavily integrated with their main site. As mentioned earlier, they have a lot of full portfolio critiques which you yourself can also purchase. You can also submit art on their site to get critiqued on their channel. They have tons of useful guides on just about everything art related, like it's seriously crazy. Literally God Prof.
New Master's Academy - Tons of solid lessons on all sorts of fundamental art skills, including anatomy, oil paint, watercolor, etc. A not-free subscripton based service. They also have a Youtube channel where they post some critiques and lessons here.
Figures (nude and clothed) Line of Action - Timed nude and clothed models. Also has facial expressions, animals, landscapes, etc.
Quick Poses - Timed also; same as Line of Action but the images vary more in quality (though they're also more diverse).
Artmodeltips.com - Tons of nude poses with some clothed. Not timed.
Senshistock on DeviantArt - Clothed and nearly-nude poses. Many are from dynamic perspectives and they're overall more suited for anatomy reference in illustrations but still serve as good practice.
Royalty-free images For when you want to heavily reference a photograph that isn't yours. It's a good habit to start building as it's you could get sued using copyrighted photos + it's looked down upon. Take reference photos yourself if possible!
...and tons more!
Hope this was helpful! I knew this would be long but it's now very very close to the 40k character limit lol and I'm out of space. I'll definitely try adding and editing stuff as I remember more art school-related content.
Feel free to ask any additional questions below and I'll try to answer them if possible!! I'm sure there are some things I've unintentionally glossed over, so please don't hesitate to ask :') If you have questions about specific schools, I may also be able to help!
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