So I’ve started streaming cosplay as of January this year and I’ve figured out enough to feel comfortable doing an article about everything I’ve learned along the way! 😀 I know I’ll be learning more as I continue to stream my work, but we can always do another article later on discussing that!
To start it off right, set a schedule for yourself, even if it’s only once a week. I honestly was doing that and once I chased being paid to stream, I stepped it up to twice or more a week. Try to keep at least somewhat of a schedule so people can try to be on when you are.
The major thing I can safely say is to honestly have two webcams ready to go for your stream. I was shocked at how much people wanted to see my face as I’m working on things (admittedly, I make some awesomely dumb ones), but it’s better to have one focused on your work as much as possible. The camera that showcases your work should also be the biggest camera view on screen, just so it’s easier to see what’s exactly being done.
On your screen, it’s also nice to see the project you’re working on and a little slideshow of your previous work. Even if the slideshow can’t be visible while you’re working, your break screens or beginning screens are good spots for them as well! Try to make everything honestly not too overly busy as it can be super distracting even if you’re not intending it to be.
The hardest thing to be is constantly engaging with your audience, even if you’re the only one there. It can be hard to basically talk to yourself, but if people see you’re engaging, they’re more likely to stay, follow, and potentially subscribe later on. Ask questions of the chat group, answer theirs, discuss your project and what all you’ll be doing or even how you’re doing it… Just stay interactive!
Social media is also a big key to building your stream if you’re looking to get a decent sized audience. I’m pretty slack on it, as I’m more just having fun with the notion, but I’ve noticed when I do post more about when I’m going live and the like, I get a bigger audience coming in. It does work, you just have to be pretty committed to the idea of posting things.
Have things planned out; keep a list of projects you have in mind. Streaming surprisingly keeps you on more deadlines than you’d believe. Once a project ends, you basically have to have another one lined up and ready to go. People are coming to see you work on cosplay, so if there isn’t anything to be worked on, it can get boring pretty quick!
Those are all the major things that I’ve learned thus far. It’s a continuing process as I go… I’d love if there’s other cosplay streamers out there reading right now to comment with their suggestions as well! 😀