The One Content Creating Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

I should have done this a long time ago

Chau Trieu
2 min readOct 6, 2021


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My path to content creation started when I was 12. It was some time in 2010 when I watched a few videos of Michelle Phan on YouTube. Though I did not understand a word she said, I knew I wanted to do it like her one day. Yet, it was only until 2018 that I uploaded my first YouTube video, when I was already well-equipped with a great camera, a nice mic, and basic video editing skills. The video did not turn out as perfect as I had hoped for.

I published my first fanfiction to an online forum when I was 14. I was a fan of a couple of manga characters. After finding out that there was an actual forum dedicated to them, I signed up to be a member and wrote a short story about them. My love for writing began there. However, I only started to write and publish regularly from October 2020.

Looking back, the only action I took to fulfill my dream was to wait. I waited for a camera even though my iPhone 6s worked just fine. I waited to be more educated and trained about writing though I knew writing needed practicing. I waited for the perfect moment.

It took me eight years to finally start doing it!

If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself to just do it. No matter how bad my equipment was, how terrible my writing was, how awful I was at editing, just film and edit a video. Just write. And hit publish.

Of course, I’d fail. I’d fall flat on my face and get embarrassed. But at least I’d have a chance at failure, rather than hiding all of my work away and never failing or succeeding.

While there are many people who have succeeded on their first try, they are the exception, not the rule. I believe for us less unfortunate people, the only way to flourish is to keep doing.



Chau Trieu

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