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I made my first Gloving Tutorial, and an accompanying lightshow to demo. The videos are embedded below. I also write about why I’m making tutorials, and things I learned from making my first one!


Why Make Tutorials?

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source: Hustle + Grind

#1 I Love It

I love to glove because I love creating immersive multi-sensory experiences through a synchronization of movement, lights, and music. And I love to teach because it makes the world a better place.

#2 I’m Great At It

I’m pretty good at gloving due to grinding at it for 3.5 years now, but I wouldn’t say I’m great at gloving. But I’m great at teaching it! I think the two are linked…

See, this dance stuff–and gloving is dance–does not come naturally to me. But it’s because I take so long to learn, that I have to really break things down, in order to learn them. And once I finally get it, I’m able to explain it well.

#3 The World Needs It

Okay I wouldn’t say the world NEEDS my tutorials, but it could certainly benefit from them. The content in this tutorial, as well as the next 3 I have planned, aren’t anywhere to be found on YouTube.

#4 I’m Paid For It (?)

Someday, somehow, maybe?

What Did I Learn While Making My First Tutorial?

My aim in the tutorial was to be clear, concise, and entertaining, as in my writing. While I’m comfortable writing, video is still a fairly new medium for me. And it’s definitely a medium I need to learn in this day and age!

#1 I Need Higher Energy Than Normal

For some reason, talking normally to a camera comes off really boring. Maybe it has to do with being trapped in a small 2D rectangle. Or maybe we’re just used to watching higher-energy people in videos. Either way, I quickly realized within a few takes that I need higher energy than normal!

#2 Smiling Makes a Huge Difference

I found that a good way for me to keep my energy up was to smile as much and as big as possible.

#3 Quick YouTube-style Cuts Are Bae

The entire tutorial is scripted, because this optimizes being clear, concise, and entertaining. But trying to memorize and deliver multiple sentences with minimal pause is difficult and time-consuming. And so I learned why the big YouTube stars use quick cuts.

With quick cuts, I read a sentence from my monitor, take a deep breath, smile, and deliver it again looking at the camera, making sure to hold eye contact for a second after. Then I the same with the next line, and the next line. Once I upload the videos into iMovie, I trim out all the excess material, and voila!

#4 Turn the Volume Up in iMovie

Ever try to watch a too-quiet tutorial on your puny laptop or smartphone speakers? It sucks. Use the volume control in iMovie to save your viewers from this misery!