Personalized Birthday Videos

Celebrating Good Times with My First Start-Up!

In returning to my blog, one thing I wanted to focus on was exploring business ideas. So while my usual content was focused on only projects – projects that grow skills, not wallets – I decided to dive a little deeper in my return with a side hustle.

In picking something to do, I wanted to pick something that was a little intensive from the get go, but after, completely hands-off. I have some time during winter break to kill after all, so I thought I could make good use of my time.

My only criteria in picking a business idea was that I wanted it to be cheap. Like very cheap. I’m not about to commit to some serious cash when I’m not willing to commit to heavy amounts of time.

So of course that led me to a pretty obvious starting point: a business that can grow entirely online. After recently having edited a video myself (I mentioned this briefly in my last post), I thought I could do some videos.

Now I don’t have a camera. I don’t want to throw my face out to the internet arbitrarily either. So I was left a little stumped.

That’s when it hit me.

The Birth of an Idea

My birthday was just a few days ago. All last month while contemplating how life could go on now that I was inexcusably an adult at 24, I did think about how unfortunate it was that there could be no celebration, even if I had wanted one. This was also while my cousin-in-law was collecting videos to send to my cousin who was deployed this Christmas.

Then I realized I could use my newfound editing videos for good.

I thought it would be nice to spread a little joy by making personalized birthday videos. I’ll admit, this isn’t exactly a new concept. My family and I used to send around Epic Happy Birthday Videos to one another before and let me just tell you, they are awesome. Allow me to introduce you to one:

Pretty great, right? Now these guys seemed to just disappear. They made videos for every name they could come up with and just watched the views roll in.

Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I thought I could fill the void with a more general birthday video. The song “Happy Birthday” is not copyrighted and can be used in videos royalty-free. Several channels have done the same thing I have, but I believe I can do it as well, if not better, than the ones I’ve seen. Besides, it’ll be a fun little experiment to see if I can break into a market.

Progress and Future Planning

As of right now, I’ve come up with a name. I’ve also created a website for it, but am still in the process of acquiring the domain, hence the reason I’m keeping the name secret for now. Once the website is running on it’s domain, I’ll share it.

I’ve begun to create my own music. I’ve shared a little before about my music production past, so I thought I’d create the audio just to have complete control over the entire video. Again, since “Happy Birthday” is not copyrighted, I can recreate the melody without worrying about legal repercussions. Hopefully the song can be finished soon.

From there, I’ll record vocals which definitely has me nervous. I am by no means a singer, but since I’ll be making videos for each and every name I can think of, I’m going to have to be the one to sing each name. I’m hoping my audio engineering can help me autotune my way to partial glory. We’ll see. This will certainly be the most difficult part.

After, I’ll create a template video which I’ll share with you all. Once I have the template, I can just add names in one-by-one and crank out videos at a rapid speed. I think I’ll have to test out different marketing strategies to see what I can get to stick. To be honest, I haven’t really gotten there in my head yet.

That’s where I’m at for now. I wanted to announce this last week, but well, it was my birthday. It felt a little weird to talk about birthdays on my birthday, so I saved this gem for ya. I’m glad to be back and I’m really excited about what may be ahead.

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Where I’ve Been and What Comes Next

Hello all! I hope everyone has had a safe, healthy, and prosperous holiday season!

I’ve recently come off of the most brutal semester of my life and adjusting back to myself has been a huge challenge. I’ve been falling victim to Newton’s First Law; I can’t seem to sit still. Since exams ended, I’ve completed a few projects. I put together a gift for my extended family – my uncle’s drunken retelling of A Christmas Story. For my mother’s Christmas present, I also organized all of my family’s photos into gorgeous photo albums (not sponsored, just wanted you to see the beauty!).

Now that my holiday season has slowed down, though I still have my birthday and New Year’s, I feel like I am finally able to fully sit down. It’s the first time in almost 10 months where I don’t have a single damn thing on my to-do list. What’s a girl to do?

While throughout my semester, I desperately wanted to return to my blog, I just physically couldn’t. I had papers and assignments left, right, and center. I’ve been so busy that my last post was about how busy I was.

But I couldn’t forget you.

I grabbed a journal and carried it around with me everywhere to jot ideas of where I wanted to take this blog. I was in the midst of a transition from project-based content to entrepreneurship-based content at the start of the semester and once classes got well underway, I knew I couldn’t navigate that transition to the ability I wanted and maintain my coursework. But a girl could dream. And that’s exactly what I did. I thought through every aspect of my return and what was next for me.

Lately, I’ve been having a really deep feeling that I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone and go after something risky. I’ve always played it safe. I’ve been careful about what I post online, probably more careful than necessary. As a result, it’s stopped me from making the content I really truly want to make. But some energy in me has shifted and I think I feel new opportunities coming.

So join me on the next phase of this journey, wherever it goes, as we sail to wherever I’m supposed to go. As I try whatever entrepreneurial ideas I want. As I pave a new future for myself where I’m not scared. As I try and be a better and more complete person.

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