Hey guys, it's Eddie the magic monk, in this video I am going to share with you my story, everything from how I started making youtube videos to now having close to 30 million views.
I grew up playing basketball with my younger brother Phil. When Youtube first started and video cameras became cheaper, I made a couple of videos of Phil and I playing basketball and put them on Youtube. After that I forgot about making Youtube videos and carried on with my life as I studied to become a high school teacher.
After I worked as a high school teacher for a few years, one of my students told me that Youtube paid him money for making a gaming video. At the time nobody knew that Youtube paid people for videos so I was very intrigued, but I didn't do much about it. A couple of months later, I got an email from Youtube asking if I wanted to monetize my channel, as the basketball video I made with my brother got 4000 views.
I was pretty shocked that Youtube wanted to pay me money as I totally forgot I had a uploaded a video onto Youtube. It made me log into my account and think about what other videos I can make. I have a wide variety of interests. The first of which is martial arts. When I was 13 I started practising Shaolin kung fu and when I was 17 I started practising Tai Chi. I made a video of myself performing Shaolin Kung Fu. I also gave myself the nickname "Bulletproof Monk" as I was inspired by both shaolin monks and the main character in the Chow Yun Fat movie Bulletprooof Monk.
Even though I wasn't getting many views and I wasn't getting paid yet, I found that I had a passion for sharing. In my late twenties to early thirties I had a passion for swing dancing, so I started making swing dance videos. Gradually I started putting up videos of all of my performances, such as salsa dancing, hip hop, musical theatre and even playing the piano. My videos were by no means perfect performances, but at the same time I noticed that videos that aren't perfect get views as well, as Youtube is about sharing your progress and improvement.
As I was still considering what type of videos I should make, another Youtuber recommended that I should be making videos of what I am the best at. Since teaching is my profession, I knew that my best talent is actually teaching people. Ever since I was little I practiced teaching on my brother, and he had become better than me at things that I originally taught him, such as basketball and maths. When I was only 13 I also tutored other children in basic computing, since not many people knew how to use computers at the time. One of my friends' parents who was also a teacher saw that I was good with computers so he took me under his wing and let me tutor his kids. I taught them how to use Microsoft Office applications and even gave them lesson notes that I made myself. All of this led to me start making tutorial videos on Youtube.
This opened up a whole new world of videos I can make, as I could literally teach anything that I knew how to do. Since I have the talent in explaining things to people, many people were drawn to my tutorial videos because they felt my explanations helped them more than other explanations. I started making tutorials for Tai Chi, dancing, basketball spinning, and even magic tricks. I also changed my name to Magic Monk instead of Bulletproof Monk, as I decided that it is probably better to have a unique name rather than a name of a movie, and I was teaching magic tricks on Youtube so why not.
Gradually I started making videos that are closer to what I do as a profession - teach math and computer science to high school students. Through work I noticed that most high school students struggle with Algebra, so I made a series of videos called "Anyone can do Algebra". The first video in this series received 163 thousand views. However, I noticed that my audience was primarily interested in my tech videos. My video on teaching touch typing has received over 3 million views, so to keep my audience happy I started making more and more tech troubleshooting videos. So this is basically a history of how my channel has evolved. I now have close to 30 million views mainly from tutorial videos on a wide range of topics, from computer programming to playing fortnite.
I hope you are inspired by this video and know that you are able to do anything in your life if you put your mind to it. Also, hit that like button, subscribe and I look forward to seeing your comments on my channel sometime in the future. Thanks for watching guys, I'll see you next time!