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We Interviewed Content Creator Emerald Emuto!

We had the pleasure of chatting with Emerald Emuto all about their work! Check it out to learn more about their creative journey, content, and goals! Perhaps you will find some inspiration to continue your craft!

1.What initially inspired you to become a creator, and how has that inspiration evolved throughout your creative journey?

Really, it was just the idea that I CAN do this. I saw others making this kind of content a little less than a year ago, and the thought passed through my head “Hey, I can also do that.” And really, that one thought changed so much. Now I’m here. And my inspiration to do this has become less of “I can do this” and more of “I want to do this” as it’s brought an immense amount of positivity into my life.

2.Can you share a specific moment or experience that fueled your passion for your current creative project?

Hmm, I’d have to say it’s when I got lines from one of the first VA’s I’ve ever worked with, Charles Murtha/Da Dude. He was one of the first people I’d EVER worked with, and was featured in my very second video. And he is just SO talented. When he send me his edgy anime boy Delta lines, he pulled off the role so well, and it was like a switch went off, making me go all in on content creation even more than before.

His YouTube: https://youtube.com/@dadude726?si=wSD2w3sQUhki_0vI

His Twitter: https://x.com/charles_murtha?s=21

First video he featured in for me: Delta needs to chill

3.What challenges have you encountered as an indie creator, and how have they shaped your approach to your work?

The main challenge I’d say is building myself up. Making content, getting noticed, building a fanbase. All of it’s harder as an indie creator. As such, I’ve had to adapt to what works and what doesn’t. Testing stuff, and seeing what resonates and what doesn’t, and balance that out with the content I want to make to try and appeal to the people watching.

4.Are there any particular creators who have significantly influenced your style or approach? How do you incorporate those influences into your own unique voice?

Hmm, I can’t really say it was any specific creator that influenced my style. More a collection of many creators I’ve watched across the years, who helped shape my sense of humor into what it is. Though if I had to list any major creative influences, I guess I’d say people along the likes of Little Kuriboh, Team 4 Star, Game Grumps, Zanny, and many more. And while not a voice actor myself, I feel that their influence has made itself known in my writing style, and how I write my scripts for the VA’s.

5. How do you navigate the balance between staying true to your artistic vision and adapting to feedback from your audience or collaborators?

Now that’s a doozy. As a creator, I’ve developed what some would call “A Niche”. Essentially, there are certain kinds of content I make that people are mostly always going to receive well, and will perform great. And due to that, anything else I make is up in the air for if it’ll perform well. Really, it’s about balance. Making enough of the content people REALLY wanna see, while also managing to upload something I’m really passionate about every once in a while.

6.Can you recall a memorable success story or milestone in your indie creator journey that stands out as a turning point for you?

Oh for sure. It’s my biggest one to date honestly. I’d had videos perform well in the past, but NONE as good as this one. My video titled “Zelda is maaad” is by far, my most popular video. It was something I’d made in response to the recently released Zelda TOTK game, and it just blew up. I remember uploading it, going to sleep thinking “Eh, it probably won’t do that well, or will just perform average” only to wake up 8 hours later, and see it had over 80,000 views. And it just, keptgrowing. Needless to say, I was immensely taken about by all this, especially by how well it was helping my channel as a whole grow. It got over a Million views in only a month, and I’d only just gotten to 10,000 subscribers at the time. Needless to say, it was a giant step for me and my team, and marked a major turning point for me and my content.

7.What role do setbacks or failures play in your creative process, and how do you overcome them to keep moving forward?

Not every video I make is going to perform well. I have so many videos that I’ve poured time and effort into, that I genuinely think came out great, but they underperformed anyway. It was disheartening at first, still is to some extent, but eventually I learned that’s just a part of the job, especially in the beginning. Not everything is going to be big, but you can’t let that deter you from trying again and again. One set back doesn’t not mean your done. All I can do is go on to the next video, and give that one my all as well.

8. How do you manage your time and energy to sustain a consistent creative output while juggling other aspects of life?

This is probably the aspect I’m the absolute worst at. A part of me wants all this to work out so bad, that I put it first before anything else, and tend to ignore other aspects of my life. Sometimes I get so caught up in it, I unintentionally neglect my friendships, my health, and even my own mental well being. I like to think I’ve learned some sort of balance over these last few months, but it’s definitely the aspect of all this I’m still getting used to the most.

9.Have you found any unexpected joys or rewards in the indie creator community, and how has it contributed to your overall experience?

Really it’s, the people. Doing what I do, I work and interact with so many talented and wonderful people daily. Some of which have become my dear friends, who I couldn’t imagine life without. Though amomg my people and group, I may be the “boss”, I like to think they see me as more than that, and as their friend as well. That’s not even to mention all the doors content creation has opened for me when it comes to interacting with other creators. It’s one of the best community I’ve ever been apart of, and has been nothing but an absolute delight to experience.

10.If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring creators, what would it be based on your own lessons learned?

Don’t try to rush anything. Success comes at different rates for different people, and you can’t let NOT being instantly successful bring you down. A very small, miniscule portion of content creators will succeed overnight. Maybe I’m not the best person to preach this message, seeing as I had my major takeoff around a month after starting, but it’s true nonetheless. And even if you do succeed and gain traction, don’t expect it to be forever. Everyone has dry spells, times when not a lot of progress is made. You CANNOT let that deter you though. Just keep up the hard work, and people will see the effort you put in, and acknowledge that in full. No matter how long it takes.

11. What are your thoughts on All Ages of Geek? What are some things we should change/do? What are something you enjoy about our website?

Mmm, can’t say I have any outright thoughts really, as I don’t know that much about the organization. Though from the interaction I had with the person who contacted me for a potential interview, I can say it at least seems like a very pleasant place, with good people managing it.

12. Goals for 2024?

Big achievement wise? I’d say probably to hit 100,000 subscribers. Is that reaching a bit? Probably. But me and my team have already come so far this past year, so I figure why not try and aim big right? Especially with the traction we’ve gained. Though I guess another big one is just to keep growing I’m general. Work on my style, work on myself, keeping growing the current relationships I have, while diving head first into new ones. Every day is another chance for something to happen, and I’m excited each and ever day to see what’s next.

SUPPORT THE CREATOR

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@emeraldemuto?si=XE3fa3AO3ynMNBJM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmeraldEmuto

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