Consider some of your favourite Youtube channels.
Imagine if at their beginning, they approached a major tv studio and asked for their show to be set up, funded and given time on the air.
Chances are they would have been laughed out the door despite the fact those same shows are now extremely popular and making their creators a lot of money.
Content creators don’t need to go to big studios and ask permission for their shows to be broadcast, they can do just do it. They can make their shows, put it out to the public and see how it goes.
This has led to a real revolution in the media industry and one I feel is for the better. I barely watch the tv now to be honest, the occasional Netflix binge yes (I was ignorant to the dual meaning of Netflix and chill for some time which caused much tittering among my friends when I announced my evening plans), but generally it is all these independent creators that keep me entertained.
Jontron, PushingUpRoses and my personal favourite Red Letter Media (look up “Mike pitches a horror movie” if you want a laugh).No way they could have got a tv show but thanks to the rise in independent content producers, I can watch their shows.
It isn’t only TV. Indie game are more popular than ever, some the work of one person or a small team. With the likes of Undertale, they are outselling some triple A titles made by gigantic companies. These games would never have got the green light from a major studio, most the self taught creators wouldn’t have even got to reception. Again, I think this is for the better that now we are spoiled for choice when it comes to game.
Finally we come to books and novels. Rather than having to go to a publishing house and either be rejected or forced to alter your story, we are now in an age were independent authors are on the rise. I always use the term independent author, an author who is an independent of a major publishing house, controls their own sales and marketing plans and has a bit more of an entrepreneurial mindset. As with films and games, I think this is a good, liberating thing for the written word. Although one of the oldest forms of media, we are the last to jump on this train of independent content creators, but we are there now.
Loosening the tight grip and handful of publishing houses have on what we get to read can only improve the stories we have available to us
All a bit serious there! On a lighter note…I stumbled onto some fun questions to ask yourself!
- What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
When I was a kid I had the nickname Lee-Bee. I hated it haha, I prefer to be called Lee.
- What books on your shelf are begging to be read?
Nothing Last Forever, the novel that inspired the first Die Hard (an amazing film but I have heard the book is even better).
- How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?
I enjoy my own company, I think I would be okay.
- Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?
I do, I keep them all in my journal, it is fun to look over them now and then.
- How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Too many times haha in my defence I am normally just checking that my tie is sitting straight.
- What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Nicholas Cage movies- they are usually so bad but he is so much fun to watch.
- How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?]
Financial Times, every day and from start to finish.
- What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
I would like to worry less about things but it is in my character to do exactly that.
- Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
This is a big yes. I get up at the same time, I have picked up my clothes from the day before, I take lunch at the same time, I am home for the same time. Very much a creature of habit.
- Are you high maintenance? Explain.
Not really, my significant other considers me a fairly laid back guy in most areas (and she is a good judge of character obviously)
- When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?
I went a four hour walk to the seaside town of Cramond. Ooft I was in agony.
- Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?
A few close friends, my core group of friends is only about four people.
- What do you think about more than anything else?
Politics and economics in all honesty. Feeding back to the last few questions, I worry and a part of that worry is the political and economic situation in Scotland. So much turmoil, cant things settle down already haha.
- Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?
Mia, a small Italian restaurant that is run by a very kind family.
- What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Edit. I love writing but editing is such a chore.
- What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
I like people who are outspoken in their beliefs BUT they must respect others. I cant stand it when a person spouts off their opinions then wont engage in debate or listen to others.
- What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
Edinburgh! Without a doubt. I moved here from my small hometown at the other side of the country, have carved out a good life and have always clicked with Edinburgh.
- What was the best news you ever received?
When I was told I was a finalist in the young banker of the year contest. In the whole UK it boiled down to 4 people. Although I lost, to make it to the final four was something that made me so happy and still make me proud. And hey, I got a wee trophy and met the Lord Mayor!