We’re profiling some of Australia’s biggest content creators to see what really makes them tick. This month we spoke to Bazza Gazza, who is best known for his Overwatch and Fortnite videos!
When did you first start out making YouTube videos?
I’ve always enjoyed making little videos as a kid, however I started getting a bit more serious with videos on YouTube in late 2016.
What got you into content creating in the first place?
I’ve been watching gaming videos online ever since early 2008 and since then have always thought that I would enjoy making some content of my own.
How has the scene changed since you first started with YouTube?
In my short time on YouTube it’s stayed relatively the same with the exception of the games that are being played. YouTube (in particular the gaming side) heavily depends on what games are trending/popular and your ability to make content of said games, which ultimately determines how successful you’ll be.
What do you think is the best part about being a content creator?
Meeting people from across the world who enjoy your content and that it’s helped distract them from difficult times in their life.
How many hours a day do you devote to producing videos/streaming content?
Most days it can vary but for the majority it’s the same hours as a standard job, around 6-8 per day.
Do you think Australia is behind in comparison with the rest of the world when it comes to recognising streaming/content creation as a viable career?
Australia is extremely behind, mainly due to the lack of access to good internet. Put it this way, in order for me to do streaming/video making as a full-time job, I had to move to the city to gain access to the NBN.
What is some advice you’d give to anyone who wants to take up a career as a streamer or a content creator?
The best advice I can give is don’t go into streaming as a job initially. When you first start up it should purely be a passion project/hobby you do in between school/job work. Eventually, if you grow to love the full process of streaming and video making and start seeing a little more success in the field, only then should you start devoting a bit more time to making it into a full-time job. It’s not something that usually happens overnight, though (except in rare cases). Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any growth immediately. If you want to be successful you have to work hard at it.
What does your setup look like (PC specs/console, streaming/recording equipment, peripherals)
I mainly use PC for streaming and video stuff. At the moment I’m rocking a Geforce gtx 1080, Intel Core i7-6850k CPU @3.60GHZ, 32gb RAM and a dual monitor 144hz set-up.
What’s the best thing to have come out of your career as a content creator?
Travelling to other countries for gaming conventions has definitely been the highlight.
If you weren’t doing this as a career, what do you think you would be doing?
Would most likely be finishing up my University course and ideally either working in IT or film production.