Week 8: A Portfolio is Born!
As the culmination of my Video-Performance project, I have created and customized my YouTube channel, as well as added a digital video portfolio to my new website.
New YouTube Channel:
I have created a YouTube channel with my AdieTrinity branding and am in the process of uploading my videos there. Currently, I am working on getting some details worked out in the editing process first before uploading them because I want to be able to add them all at pretty much the same time.
I do not see myself with over 100 subscribers for a long while, so that step will certainly need to wait. In addition, if my channel were to become somewhat popular, I could sell ad time within my videos to make a bit of money.
Finally, the third step I'm excited about for my YouTube channel will be associating it with my website. In order to do this, I must prove that I own the domain, which as of now, I do not own my domain yet. That is soon about to change!
You are now, possibly, viewing this ongoing project from an outdated website! That's right, I have a new homepage. By the time this is published, it may or may not yet have a domain of AdieTrinity.com, but that is my goal as I'm writing this. As of now, my new website can be found here. The only issue is that a Weebly domain is apparently a lot cheaper, so we'll see if I'll change.
I've gone through the troubling of recreating all my content from my website into the Wix website editor to experiment:
As a result of not paying for my domain, my website still has its own ads on it, plus limited functionality currently.
Conclusion Write-Up from Eight-Week "Performance-Video Project"
Contemporary topics I am interested in pursuing include understanding modern technology: learning to use a video recorder, understanding video-editing software, compiling a portfolio, and establishing an online presence. The most relevant skill is the inherent one of my proficiency at, and passion for, performing the viola, through good technique and musicality. I am hoping to gain skills and experience of learning and performing music, as well as discovering and utilizing today’s technology.
Through this project, I expanded my social-media presence and began to perceive and market myself as a technologically current performer and teacher.
I successfully produced four video recordings of myself: two teaching and two performing. The teaching videos consisted of a Bow Warm-ups to help the student with effective practice strategies, and a video formatted as a self-reflection designed to help improve recording and public speaking skills. The two performance videos included the Debussy Trio and Bach’s Gamba Sonata BWV 1029: 3rd movement.
Through the consistent updating of this blog and other social media pages (including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) I gained discipline of consistent postings and other contemporary marketing skills. As a bonus, I also incurred a small following of friends and strangers who stay up-to-date and interested in my social media pages.
This project was an eye-opener to me to learn about the digital side of a music career and my experiences in different components of this project were invaluable!
To read the full posting from each week, those links can be found as each week's title!
Over the course of the past 8 weeks, I learned an incredible amount about the social and technological possibilities of marketing myself as a performer and teacher. In addition, I also gained a great deal of motivation to continue, adjust, and improve this project in the future. Technologically-speaking, I have surely only scratched the surface of capabilities – even of my basic video camera and editing software. I will be excited to explore more about these in the future as I try experimenting with different types of videos.
I feel I understand more now about the benefits, for each my followers and myself, of consistent weekly uploads. It is important for the creator to have a regular schedule from which they can find structure in such a self-paced and open-ended project such as this one; and in addition, it is equally important for subscribers to have a schedule on which they can rely to stay up-to-date with a creator’s content.
My performance videos were enlightening but left a lot to be desired as far as sound quality and even performance quality. These will likely require more revisions before being marketed alongside my more well-received teching videos.