With 2015 at an end, and 2016 coming tomorrow, we thought it would be a great time to share a little of what we have learned in Season 1, and what you can expect in Season 2. We each learned different things in Season 1.
For Siri, self confidence was a major obstacle. Most people would agree that public speaking is a phobia that can be intimidating at best and terrifying at worst. Speaking in front of the camera feels the same way. Getting over the fear of speaking on camera didn't come easy for Siri, especially since English is not her first language. Honestly, every time we filmed a video her emotions went from fear, to being embarrassed, to even feeling stupid sometimes. But there was a point when she finally decided to say, "heck with it", and just do it, even if it doesn't come out right every time. Siri realized that to grow, she needed to face the fears that were holding her back. Season 1 has been great because we get to see Siri grow from a style that was more or less robotic instructional videos in the beginning of the season to the fun and vibrant host of a cooking show. She found her voice and her personality is finally starting to shine through. Overcoming her fear wasn’t easy, but we hope others in the same situation will find inspiration.
For me (Joe), learning all of the behind the scenes technical stuff was the largest challenge of Season 1. From hardware to software, I had to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible. Having never used Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Premier Pro prior to Season 1 - Episode 1, I found myself overwhelmed by all that there was to learn. In addition, neither of us come from a photo or film background, so learning the ins and outs of the camera work has also been a big part of Season 1. I have spent a lot of time teaching myself about cameras, photography, filming, development, editing, and all of the specialized hardware and software needed to make it all come together.
Things started to come together for us when we decided to start watching other channels that had already earned some degree of success. We scoured YouTube to find channels that we liked, hosts that we resonated with, and that have already "made it". We found three YouTube channels that we really loved (all are linked below). We spent hours watching all of their videos and trying to find the little things that they were doing that set them apart from other channels. We slowly started to incorporate some of the little things into our own channel, and as we did, our own production quality started to get better and better. We still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but we are eager and happy to do it!
In Season 2, we will continue to bring great Asian recipes to you. We have also scheduled a 2-week trip to visit Thailand in April 2016, and will be making many great food videos to share with you when we get back. We will also show you where Siri grew up and what her home town looks like. Lastly, for Season 2, we are going to continue teaching ourselves all that we can about everything that is needed to have a successful YouTube cooking show. We hope that Season 2 will be a growth season for us, and we sincerely hope that you will join us for the journey and share our channel with anyone that loves cooking.
Please visit our favorite YouTubers. Their channels are amazing, their work is excellent, and they are all inspirational.
Chef Julie Yoon (and Joe) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdYLB9x6twaM4IR99ZUUq6Q
Pai at the Hot Thai Kitchen - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27C_HWo-UmKkdWGsRJZ8EA
Mark Wiens (and Ying) at Migrationology - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyEd6QBSgat5kkC6svyjudA
Lastly, here is the link to all of the equipment and software that we use: http://www.spoonforkheart.com/filming-tools/