TPM 005 : Alan Becker, How to Go Viral Doing What You Enjoy
This week I have a chat with Alan Becker! For those who don’t know, Alan is the creator of the viral animation called Animation vs. Animator. He’s since created 4 more animations in that series, in addition to starting and maintaining three YouTube Channels. His original video has well over 200 million views only counting views from his original page. He’s won numerous awards, including the 11th annual Webby Awards and won Best of the Web at the San Jose International Film Festival and get this- he didn’t even submit his animation, and still won the award. He currently has over 1 Million Subscribers on YouTube, and you can see his YouTube plaque in the show notes.
Alan has a lot to offer. In this episode, we talk about:
– How he runs his YouTube channels.
– Why he chose animation instead of going into Fine Arts
– How long it takes him to produce a video or an animation
– How he went about creating his studio Ghibli recreations in Minecraft with teams of up to 50 people! (Apologies, I do mispronounce that in the show!)
– His simple plan for how to create projects that go viral
Alan pursued his passion. He got really good at what he did, and learned many skills that he needed to grow along the way. He’s a great example of just doing what you enjoy, simply because you enjoy it.
A lot of the time we get caught up in the pursuit of ‘goals’ that don’t always align with our core values, then when we fall short of those goals we feel disappointed. You need to have that thing in your life that you enjoy simply because you enjoy doing it. It doesn’t mean that you’ll become a hit and make your living from it, but it does mean that you’ll find ways to live a more fulfilled life.
Please reach out to Alan! Let him know that you enjoyed the episode and his animations! You can reach him directly at alanbecker.net/contact-me. You can find all of his work at alanbecker.net as well, or just search Alan Becker on YouTube or Google. How cool is that?
Don’t forget to check out Alan’s Patreon page at patreon.com/alanbecker. Remember, if you donate at just $30 per month you can get a cameo in his latest Animation vs YouTube animation! There are only 6 spots left for this reward level, so get to it quick before its gone!
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