My YouTube channel, simply named Nick Shell, is now under a 1 year contract with BroadBandTV. They reached out to me last week, wanting to recruit me as one of their independent contractors.
When you do a Google search on BroadBandTV, here’s what you’ll find:
BBTV is a media & technology company that represents the best YouTube talent in a global multi-platform network (MPN) and creates online video solutions for brands… The company is currently the fastest growing and the second largest multi-channel network worldwide, with head offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Here’s the simple concept:
They scour the YouTube for talent they think has enough potential to invest in; like me. Once they have me on board, they use their massive network to promote certain videos of mine which they see are relevant to their clients.
BBTV gets a cut of my YouTube revenue, meanwhile they promote my videos on their platforms. It’s a mutual investment.
Obviously, my wife and I did our research on them first. We had to make sure they were legit and that I wasn’t being scammed.
We read every line of the contract and even verified multiple times that there are no “perpetuities” or “annuities”; and that I would maintain all “intellectual property.”
In other words, I will always own my content.
All my songs (including both their lyrics and melodies) are mine. All ideas and characters and stories presented in my videos are mine.
I think this partnership could be the next step I’ve been working towards.
In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s no myth: YouTube really does pay people who have popular YouTube channels. The more people click on the ads on a person’s video, the more revenue that person makes.
Granted, the number of subscribers a person has ultimately determines how much money they make.
I didn’t seriously start making videos until last May. As of last week when I signed the contract with BBTV, I had 130 subscribers and had only made $52.84 total.
That’s not a lot.
However, I had enough going on with my YouTube channel to attract BBTV to reach out to me.
During the official interview, in which they called me from their board room, I asked them what ultimately inspired them to reach out to me.
With a laugh, one of the men told me that a friend of his told him about one of my “receding hairline videos.”
Once he arrived at my YouTube channel, he saw that I publish a couple new videos a day; consisting of not only my “hair” videos, as well as random “deep thought of the day” videos, but also all original series including “Jack-Man” as well as “Uncle Nick’s Enchanted Forest.”
My plan worked: Grow a core audience by acknowledging myself that many of us men have private insecurities in regards to having a receding hairline. From there, as subscribers grow on my channel, I also mix in my other series which truly display my acting and musical talents.
I’m curious to see where this partnership takes me in a year. The way I figure, if I keep doing what I do and BBTV keeps doing what they do, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll finally capture the attention of a major studio work.
And that point, my goal is to have my own children’s show.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and an actor, but do I fundamentally believe in keeping things “G rated” for myself on camera.
Having my own kids’ show, in which I have some creative control over, would allow me to exercise my talents without having to worry about profanity or innuendos.
If this partnership isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, then I’ll know in a year. I just feel that having only earned $52.84 since I started, and I haven’t even been cashed that out yet… I’m not really losing anything if it doesn’t work out.
I am feeling really good about this. I have been praying for God to increase my responsibilities based on my talents and for me to find ways to do that.
To me, it’s not a coincidence this happened.
Let’s just see what happens in a year.