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As VTubers grow in popularity, so does the number of VTubers looking to make a name for themselves. A VTuber is defined as someone who has created their own online channel and uses it to upload videos that people around the world can view. They often use a virtual avatar as their identity, hence the name VTubers. Many VTubers, such as Kaguya Luna and Mori Calliope, have found success without ever revealing their true identity or location. These faceless creators make millions of dollars every year, without anyone knowing anything about them except what they choose to reveal on live streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube.
What equipment do you need to become a VTuber?
VTubers should invest in a high-end computer with plenty of storage space and a powerful graphics card. You need a webcam that tracks movement and connects to your computer.
The most popular VTubers use a blue screen and green room setup, which basically consists of walls with a color in the background of their vlogs, so that when they move it looks like everything is happening inside an empty virtual space.
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How much does it cost to become a VTuber?
The range of how much it costs to become a popular VTuber is about $500-$2000, depending on camera, lighting, and computer equipment, including VTuber software like VTuber Maker. Getting started as a virtual streamer is quite easy because there are tons of tutorials available online to follow or get a general idea of what vloggers need to create quality content. You can minimize the cost by using your phone on VTube and live streaming instead of an external motion tracking camera.
Facerig, Luppet, VTube Studio and Vroid Studio are software programs that VTubers use to edit their vlogs. They allow you to create a virtual mask of your face and facial expression using face tracking and motion capture that VTubers can use as a virtual avatar for videos.
What are the pros and cons of being faceless?
Many VTubers will say that there is less pressure to become an online content creator because you don’t have to worry about what people think or react to your digital avatar. If they don’t like it, stop watching or unfollow. But the downfall could also be that VTubers need to make their content interesting so as not to bore viewers, which can lead to them feeling stressed when trying to keep up with daily vlogging schedules.
VTuber, vlogger and vblogger communities are very welcoming to new virtual personalities because they represent a mix of people from all over the world living in different cultures. The global community is open-minded about their perspectives on life which can then be shared with other faceless virtual character creators around the world.
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How can I make money as a VTuber?
Brands have started partnering with VTubers because they provide a cost-effective way for businesses to reach their target audience by providing them with relevant content that will impact their wants and needs.
One of the key things virtual creators can do when they start blogging, VTubing, or live streaming is to create an editorial calendar for themselves that helps them stay focused on their goals and objectives. The secret sauce that every successful faceless creator needs is consistency with quality content mixed with a creative style, something different from what was done before.
VTuber success stories often focus more on the number of subscribers they have than their monetary income. For a younger VTuber, marketing yourself or having a sponsor creates many opportunities, such as getting invited to parties and paying the social media bills. Naturally, the more popular you are, the more sponsorship requests you will receive.
Ways to succeed as a faceless creator
Share the things that matter because VTubers are constantly looking for authenticity. Check out VTubers with lots of subscribers, such as Japanese VTuber Kizuna Ai, Ami Yamato, Ai Angel, Projekt Melody, and Code Miko, and see what they’re up to. Seek feedback to improve your skills or ask for help if you need it. Create content that interests others, but keep yourself interested as well.
Fans can relate to the vlogs from a first-person perspective and common daily routines that are shared. VTubers represent what we all want to be: young, creative and successful in a way that isn’t possible offline.
If you’re looking for a way to make money and have fun doing it, I recommend giving VTubing a try. As a virtual YouTuber, you can create your own VTuber avatar, dress them up, and then start streaming content relevant to your interests. This allows you to monetize in new ways and allows people to see you as something more than their own day or what they’re currently wearing.
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