Monday, 5 November 2018

TOP TIPS for Starting your own Youtube TV Channel




This week, I created a new Youtube Channel for The Sleeping Storyteller & lots of peeps have been asking me how I did it, so here's my TOP TIPS for getting started!

Before you even start, you need to ...

MAKE SOME FILMS TO SHARE ... 

You can't get much further than opening your channel unless you upload at least one film. Here's one of my films as an example ...




The Sleeping Storyteller Channel is specifically for my work as The Sleeping Storyteller, so I am making films to share my stories, posting soft advertising for my teeny, tiny storybooks, telling people about events etc with regard to The Sleeping Storyteller, so it is very important to make sure that my work is COPYRIGHT PROTECTED ... which is it is PHEW!.


... but yours might be for your personal use, so you might not necessarily have to worry about it. Having said that, it is a good plan to have a profile picture, so people know who you are.



DESIGN A PROFILE PICTURE



You can off course, use a picture of yourself, but you might want to use a logo. I used a part of my logo and did a colour background to make it stand out. Although I designed it as a square, it still came up as a circle for the profile picture and was pretty straight forward to do.

Remember the picture comes up very tiny, so to be sure it is clear, your profile picture (also known as the “channel icon”) needs to be 800 x 800 pixels.

The benefits of having this little icon is that it comes up in the left hand side of your video when you share it to other social media platforms. Like this ... 



DESIGN A BANNER

I found this a bit more tricky and had to have a few goes to make sure that the writing and logo were in the middle of the header, not just on the computer, but also on mobile phones and laptops. 

Youtube will show you what it looks like in a preview. For me, trial and error was my friend. You can see mine as an example by Clicking HERE

The optimal size for YouTube channel art in your banner is 2560 x 1440 pixels. This can change from year to year so if you do it an then later it seems to be odd, check out on google what sizes are current.

Now you have a personalised youtube channel but you don't have a personalised Youtube URL Adress. You can't change it until you have been on for 3 months and have over 100 subscribers. So, if you've read this and you'd like to do me a favour back, then please go over to subscribe at my channel so that I can personalise my url address once I get over 100 subscribers. Thanks a million.

Oh, and for full details of my work, come on over to my website ... it's such great fun being The Sleeping Storyteller.



Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Dancing Boy & his Shadow.



The Dancing Boy & His Shadow

When I watched Sean from Hijnx Theatre Company and Angharad from Artscare Gofal Celf dancing a shadow improvisation, I was moved to tears. We live in a society that does not empower people with learning disabilities to be leaders, so I found something deeply poignant in the role reversal, not knowing who is the 'teacher', not needing to, just experiencing the human connection of the dancers. And Sean moves so beautifully, his love of dance reaches out from the screen. As soon as I saw them, I put down everything I was doing and responded in story, to encapsulate the emotion of the moment.


The following day, I performed the piece as  reading on facebook live to 200 viewers, including Sean & his Mum who wrote to me saying ...

'I felt every word of your story , it was as though you had knowledge of Sean's life and struggles, his love of music and dancing. He was smiling all the way through . I will treasure this lovely story. It was absolutely wonderful and had me in tears. It's given me a little lift and really encourages me and Sean to embrace his passion and makes things very worthwhile. Thank you so much for making Sean feel very special tonight, from a very emotional Mum.

   

This is the facebook live and at the top of the blog, is the film footage edited with the story. I hope that you enjoy it, feel it.

The photo used in the e-flier and the title page of the film is a painting by Virgina Flemming found at www.disabilitypicturebooks.com

If you would like more information about my stories, why not pop over to my website, The Sleeping Storyteller ...



Saturday, 3 November 2018

A Dress for Angharad, now that she is a TV Star




After the busy week that Angharad has had, I reckon she deserves a new frock, but before I tell you about it, let's have a look at what we've been up to.


First off, Angharad & I have been having a very jolly time. We went to film our brand new Telly Series at SHOWBOAT.TV over in Pembrokehsire, invited by the lovely John & Max Rolls to their HUGE telly station. What lovely peeps they are. We had such fun and everyone was so kind. Importantly, they were really understanding of my hearing disabilities and I didn't feel awkward at all. Thank you so much for such a wonderful opportunity.



We filmed 6 episodes!!! I can't believe it, all in one day. The Sleeping Storyteller will run every Monday from November 19th through to Christmas Eve. They will be on the station for a whole week. www.showboat.tv



It is completely FREE to watch them during that week. What a treat! So be sure to tune in.


After the filming day, Angharad and I went to visit Sonia the Boat at Morfa Isaf Farm in Ceredigion, to see if it would be a good location to film a story. Sonia is owned by our dear friend, Amanda Painting, who kindly said we could have a look around.


Mandy made us very welcome, she had made Sonia the Boat all spick and span and even put on the lovely log burner for us. 


We all had a cuppa together before Angharad and I started filming and taking photographs.


When we went into the bedroom of Sonia the Boat, guess who we found!! Mandy's teddies!! How lovely. She had brought them down to keep Angharad company. I guess we all have special toys that love us on our journey.

So, as you can see, Angharad certainly did deserve a lovely new frock after filming 6 television episodes, drafting a story idea with Sonia the Boat and having a photo shoot, so I put out a call on facebook and our lovely friend Glenys is going to very kindly have a go.


Glenys asked us for Angharad's measurements, not my strong point, but Jeff, my lovely new husband, whipped out his tape measure and did the deed. He has never measured a doll for a new dress before, which just goes to prove there is a first time for everything.

If you would like to keep up to date with me and Angharad as we embark on this beautifully light, fun and gloriously creative adventure, come on over to our FACEBOOK PAGE or have a look at our new website, which is a work in process but will give you an idea.


Thanks for reading my lovelies. If you visit my blog regularly, thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. I think you'll be able to sense that The Sleeping Storyteller is giving me immense joy in my heart, a lightness and sense of fun that is a very welcome thing to have back into my life.