Hey friends, I was a volunteer for Vid Summit 2018 and there are so many things that happened! I learned so much about myself as a person and creator, I met new friends, I traveled, and much more! I had to take some time to process how I was feeling so this video did not go out around the same time everyone else’s did. I can say that I am a little late to the game but it’s never too late to share a story right? Here are five things I learned as a VidSummit volunteer and participant.

1. I am capable of doing amazing things alone.

I really wanted to go to this event with someone else but I honestly couldn’t. I usually rely on others to do things with me but no one was available and I honestly could not wait! I had to take a leap of faith and that’s exactly what I did when I signed up to be a volunteer and booked my plane ticket.

2. Introverts can socialize too!

Nerves were building even before I jumped on the plane to LA! The first thing that put me at ease was meeting the coolest person before take off. He and I talked for the whole ride about life, work, aspirations, travel, and more! The conversation we had got me really excited about the opportunity I would have to meet so many other cool people at VidSummit. From the volunteers, the participants, and talent, I put my introverted self out there to have conversations and made connections. I never would have done that if it wasn’t for VidSummit.

3. I like traveling for work-related purposes.

Any opportunity I can get to travel I will take it! Although traveling for work is, in fact, work, I wouldn’t trade the chance to go somewhere new for anything. I see work-related travel as the best ways to learn, grow, and make moves for the future. I think the jury is out when it comes to work-related travel. Some really like it while others hate it! Let me know what you think.

4. Although introverts can socialize like the rest of the world, we can still be shy!

Okay, I know I talked a good game about how great I did meeting new people at VidSummit, but I have to admit, when it came to specific talent, I was so shy! I saw Peter McKinnon, one of the best videographers and storytellers on YouTube and kind of froze. I was literally two feet away from him and I walked away right before I gathered the nerve to say hello! Even though I chickened out at that moment, I made a promise to myself that when I see him again, I will introduce myself and thank him for all he has done to inspire me as a content creator.  

5. It’s great to invest in experiences that will help motivate and inspire me for the future.

I have been blogging and making YouTube videos for over six years and I’ve only met a handful of other content creators. Although knowing these people was great for a season, it was hard building lasting relationships. Participating in VidSummit was like being hit with hundreds of like-minded people all at once! It was crazy being in rooms with others that shared similar goals and visions for their lives. At times I was overwhelmed by all of the energy but I was grateful for the spaces I shared with other creatives at the event. It’s really cool to know I am not crazy and alone in this world of content creation.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the five things I learned at VidSummit. These things were more centered around me but if you want to read about a more technical perspective (regarding content that was delivered), let me know!

Also, Let me know what type of content you’d like to see as we enter the new year!


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