Believe it or not, you can be a K-pop journalist and get paid to do so! If you’re good and you constantly put out content, you too can be noticed. The thing to watch out for is who approaches you.
There are MANY vloggers/bloggers (I hate the word blogger) that make bank on what they have to say. As long as they’re credible, it’s all good. In the world we live in, there are those that want to leech off someone’s success. Rapper Ice-T tweeted this gem:
I can speak from experience that happened to me twice in a year. Thank God it happened when I was younger. I won’t let this happen to myself or anyone else! So, let’s begin the count down!
- NO FREE WORK– I made this my creed at the start of 2015. If you’re talented, getting buzz, and someone wants what you have, make sure they pay you. You’re way too good to work for free and to make someone else money.
- You will NOT get experience/exposure – I can’t stress how effective this trap works on young kids. If you’re good enough, you can make your presence known on your own. Oprah, of ALL people, tried this and failed.
- Do NOT try and leech off big names – This was a mistake I made OFTEN in my 20s. I wasted many years trying to work for big name companies like Square-Enix (creators of the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series) and Funimation (USA distributor of the Dragon Ball Z franchise). Keep this in mind: if you connect with other smaller to medium sized blogggers/vloggers, you’ll be on your way. Share their content and create GOOD content. Give and take.
- Do NOT ‘hit it and quit it’ – In 2013, I interviewed the biggest Korean dance group in the world. Waveya! The video had over 310k hits. The public loved it and it was great. What did I afterwards? Nothing. I could make excuses and say my job kept me from doing a proper follow up but the fact is, I didn’t follow up. YouTubers like Megan Bowen, KemushiChan, and Sweetandtasty constantly put up videos. They COULD stop and still get hits but they choose not to. They made it a HABIT to put out new content. By the way, if you’re looking for my interview with Waveya, it’s gone. I accidentally deleted it. Which bring me to…
- Do NOT lose focus – My Waveya interview is gone because I lost focus. I didn’t pay attention. You want to pay attention to everything you do, especially if you plan on doing this full time. We’re human and we make mistakes but you still want to be careful.
- Do NOT take rejection personally – After I picked up some steam, I tried to start a Patreon to get better equipment. This was the response I got:
- I almost took it personal but saw that he was some kid that’s doing nothing. That’s not going to stop me from doing what I need to do.
There’s a blog out called Danger & Play and there’s an article the author wrote called “Give People Permission To Reject You”. Getting “rejected” is actually a GOOD thing and it should be embraced. Take the time to read it when you can.