You may remember my last post all about taking opportunities and the amazing things they can bring. Well it’s time to tell you all about an opportunity that I took that turned into something amazing. Check out the video below from Currys PC World to see just exactly what happened!
Meet Nikki, winner of our Ignition Moment competition and brains behind Everybody’s Gaming
Posted by Currys PC World on Friday, September 29, 2017
Back in July Currys PC World were running a competition to ask you for your ‘Ignition Moment’. Currys PC World wanted to know what was your passion project that you wanted to get up off the ground. One lucky winner would get a brand new HP 360 laptop, a £500 bundle of tech matched to their ambition as well as a mentor to help make the passion a reality.
My Ignition Moment
I knew immediately when I saw this what I wanted to do. I’ve previously written about accessible gaming on the blog which went down really well. It’s something I’d like to do more of but I don’t feel a blog lends itself as well to gaming as YouTube does. So i decided to pitch my idea of setting up a YouTube channel focused on family inclusive and accessible gaming.
To enter you had to send a video talking about your idea which was no more than 15 seconds long! 15 seconds is not a lot of time to get an idea across! I had to be really clever with choosing what I wanted to say and how I presented it! In the end I went with a short piece of introducing me and Chase and then a clip of Chase gaming with our current method of filming.
Shortly after closing I received an email to say I had been shortlisted! I was asked to contact Currys PC World back so they could give me a phone call to discuss my idea in more detail. I ended up having my call with them only about 20 minutes after getting my shortlist email!
After discussing my idea with them in full I felt quite optimistic. They seemed to like my idea and I felt they were able to sense just how passionate I was about inclusive gaming.
A few weeks later I got a follow-up email to say that I had won and shortly I would be contacted to arrange filming as well as time with my mentor. I was beyond excited to win. The tech and new laptop is lovely but what I was really looking forward to was being provided with a mentor to help answer my questions about how to set up a successful YouTube channel
Filming and setting up the channel
The next few weeks were very hectic! We did 2 full days of filming with a few weeks in between. Filming was done at my house (which I was thankful for so I didn’t have to attempt to get Chase and all his gaming equipment on a train). The day before filming a massive box arrived with all my prizes in it!
- HP Pavillion X360 gold laptop
- HP 24″ LED HD Monitor
- Phillips WIFI colour changing lightbulbs x3
- Elgato HD 60
- Blue Snowball Ice microphone
- Logitech C270 webcam
- Professional Editing software
This was such a perfect bundle and everything I needed to get filming and capturing game footage properly! The Phillips wi-fi lights were an amazing addition as with an app I can now have the lights in my room change colour and ambience to match what is happening on the game screen! I asked Currys PC World for an additional monitor so that I could have a separate setup in our house at the weekend for gaming (leaving the main tv free for the younger kids!)
Help and Advice
After the first day of filming I was put in touch with my mentor. I was put in contact with the amazing Andy who runs the Family Gamer TV channel on YouTube. He currently has almost a quarter of a million subscribers so he really knew what he was doing. We had an hours telephone call so I could get working and make an introduction video in time for the film crew coming back to see how I had got on.
On the 2nd day of filming the film crew all came back as well as Andy to actually visit us. The 2nd day of filming was even busier with lots of interviews and the kids having to be very patient and wait around for shots to be taken.
Andy had taken the initial video I had done and added some music. He’d also even animated my channel art and logo I had designed. This gave my channel such a professional feel I thought and is something I would not have been able to do without some help.
The Channel Launch
So with that the Everybody’s Gaming Channel has been launched! (which you may recognise from this post here!). Currys PC World have released my winners story video too which is why I can now blog about the whole story. You may see the story popping up in your news feed!
If you want to keep up to date with our new channel and see what we get up to then
- Click on this link to take you to Everybody’s Gaming
- Click the red subscribe button
- Click the bell icon to get notifications of when new videos are uploaded
I’m so proud to be up and running with the channel and to be given the opportunity to share inclusive and accessible gaming with everyone. Once again it just goes to show the amazing things that can happen when you take opportunities as you see them!
I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite inspirational quotes which I feel relates well to this post!
Next time you’re afraid to share your ideas, remember someone once said in a meeting, let’s make a film with a tornado full of sharks