Chris' Work Schedule: A Day In The Life
We thought it might be interesting to talk about what a typical day in the life looks like for Chris. Here’s how his day breaks down.
Many days I wake up pretty early: like 5am. This lets me get a jump start on the day: either writing a script or finishing up some editing. This is often a good time for me to catch up on emails before the day gets too crazy.
There are 2 kinds of days for me: writing days and editing days. Some weeks I’ll produce 1 video and others I will produce 2. For weeks where I’m creating 2 videos then Monday’s and Wednesday’s are writing days while Tuesdays and Thursdays are editing and publishing days.
After breakfast on writing days I look over my notes on the given subject or topic and then sort of put together a rough outline of what I want to cover or say. Sometimes, depending on the type of video, I might do some research to try to make sure I’ve got all my facts straight. Then I’ll spend the entire morning writing up a script (which I try to get done before lunch). While it might seem like I’m just talking off the cuff, most of the time I’m pretty loyal to the wording I craft during these mornings. Of course there are plenty of times I ad lib or add things that come to me while filming, but still, I more or less know what I want to say ahead of time.
After breakfast on filming and editing days I’ll dive right into filming the b roll or the product shots that appear while I’m talking. I’ve gotten pretty good at being able to fit most filming I need to do in the studio for any given video into a few hours. Back when I got started it would take me a couple of days minimum, so I’m pretty happy about that (although that doesn’t mean it’s totally stress free). Thanks to my scripts I know exactly what I need to film which usually breaks down into: top-down shots, slider shots and pans, hand-held shots, slow-mo shots, stabilized shots, etc.
After lunch on writing days I try to film and then edit the a roll (or the talking head shots of me sitting in front of the art screens on the main set). Occasionally I’m not quite done with the writing from the morning and spend some extra time polishing up the script before heading to the studio to shoot. Once the footage is imported I can edit the a roll pretty quickly in Final Cut Pro — it usually only takes 10-15 minutes (without adding music or fixing audio peaks or worrying about color correction or grading).
After lunch on filming and editing days I’ve hopefully got all the b roll finished — if not I’m feeling rushed and working my butt off rushing to get the video done in time. I like the have the entire afternoon to edit and add in the b roll, work with music, color grade, etc. If all goes well I can get this done in 2-3 hours and then hit upload. While I’m uploading I’ll export 5-10 screenshots and then pick the one I think will make the best thumbnail and do some light editing in Photoshop. Then I work on the headline, tags and video description and finally — if everything looks good — hit publish. After that I stay glued to the realtime stats to make sure things are going alright: if they are I’ll head to the comments and interact with the audience and if things seem a little off I might try a different thumbnail or headline to see if the video performs any differently.
And that’s kind of the highlights of what a typical day looks like and what it takes to produce each video. I left out lots of things that happen in-between like finding time to pick out music, working with companies and sponsors, coming up with and writing down ideas as they hit, shooting at different locations outside of the studio, setting up and taking meetings, sending invoices, managing finances and the website and creating extra content for DailyTekk Exclusives! I think people think that being a video creator on YouTube is easy but honestly it’s not. It can be plenty of fun at times but it takes A LOT to grow and manage a channel!