How to make an ASMR video
Of all the internet trends, ASMR has to be one of the most bizarre. Helping people reach inner peace and tranquillity, ASMR video and soundtrack producers, known as ASMRtists, record themselves speaking in low, monotonous tones, whispering, making sounds with their lips or even performing repetitive tasks in order to help people to relax and fall asleep after a long and stressful day. ASMR has become immensely popular in recent years, and video sharing sites like YouTube are full of channels that feature these performances, some with millions of views and subscribers. But you may be wondering why there are so many?
The reason is simple: there’s actually a lot of money to be made in ASMR, if you are a talented and effective performer. Many ASMRtists have found themselves generating thousands of dollars of income or more per month, switching to this strange yet popular line of work as their full time occupation. While it may seem very easy to do, there’s actually a lot of thought and attention that goes into each video, so if you’re thinking of taking up ASMR as a side hustle, there are few factors that you should consider before you start.
What makes a good ASMR video?
While some people may have easily found a uniquely mundane routine that can help people to feel the tingly euphoria that makes ASMR so sought after, it’s not that simple. These actions, referred to by the people they affect, are called “triggers,” and there’s no knowing what kind of performances may inspire the tell-tale shivers in any given individual. While one person may enjoy the sound of someone whispering softly as they fall asleep, others may prefer the sound of someone folding their laundry or even the wind rustling through the trees to bring them back to their peace.
If you already have an idea of what might be more helpful for people and want to get started, then there’s not a lot stopping you. However, you may find yourself scratching your head trying to think of something that isn’t already done to death. The best thing to do is to try out several things and see what works the best. It doesn’t take much – in fact, just one viral video can send you into ASMR stardom – so record yourself performing a variety of tasks in order to find out what your particular talent is.
Invest in the proper equipment
As a fledgling ASMRtist, you may be afraid to spend a lot of money on your equipment. That’s perfectly fine to start with, as you won’t know how much you have to offer at first. You likely already have everything you need to start with anyway, given that your smartphone features pretty good quality video and audio recording software already. Find a neutral room that will not distract the viewer while they are listening to you, and get set up. Experiment with different positions and angles in order to find the most comfortable and effective sound and take inspiration from the most popular ASMRtists out there.
When you start getting more views and you begin to realize the earning potential that ASMR can bring you, the first thing you should invest in is a better quality microphone. As sound is one of the main drivers of the ASMR reflex, your followers will respond better if there are no distortions or other features of your voice or actions that detract from your performance. If this is out of the question for now, you can always try different devices, such a tablet or a camcorder.
Take it slow
You might be used to performing tasks as quickly and efficiently as you can, but as a budding ASMRtist, you need to slow it all down. Don’t be tempted to fly through your performance, no matter how nervous you are. Speak slowly and softly, pacing yourself as you deliver your sounds. We’re not going to lie – this is going to be extremely difficult at first. There’s no way to achieve this perfect pace unless you practice, practice, practice!
Show your personality
One of the things that is going to make you stand out above the rest of the millions of ASMRtists out there is that special something that you bring to the performance. Without a certain amount of personality showing through, there’s no way that you are going to make a name for yourself, no matter how much time and effort you put into your video. Confidence is the key to really connecting with your viewers and making a name for yourself. If you can keep your viewers coming back, then you will create a more sustainable income for yourself.
Pay attention to feedback
Making an ASMR video and putting it out there for all to see does not mark the end of your journey. While some viewers may utilize your videos without a word, the real value is in your audience members that provide you with feedback. Knowing how your videos affect your end users will shape the way you go forward in producing your next pieces, so welcome each and every comment no matter the tone.
As is the case with every artist, you need to be prepared for negativity. Some people just don’t get ASMR at all, and that’s because the euphoria isn’t experienced by a certain proportion of the population. Others may not like the kind of triggers you incorporate into your video, and that’s fine too. Don’t let this negativity affect your dedication to your performances, because for all of the negative feedback you get, there are others that truly appreciate the work that you do. Pay attention to the feedback that you get so that you can tailor your future videos to the niche that you perform well in, so that you can become more marketable to a wider audience.
ASMR is growing in popularity in a huge way, and many ASMRtists are finding that they can make a liveable income by producing these much needed videos. With careful attention to the way you produce your videos, to the type of performance that you create, you too can get in on this massive movement. Be confident and proud in the work that you’re creating and then you’ll find yourself bringing peace and happiness to users the world over.