Hi Arnaud. Can you introduce yourself and tell us about Dutchified.
I’ve lived in Amsterdam for five years and travelled extensively. I moved to Amsterdam from Johannesburg, South Africa where I lived for almost 30 years. I love Amsterdam and travelling. I thought the only way to do it justice was to make a weekly video about a variety of things that can be encountered around town and on my travels. My channel is here. You’re already subscribed, right?
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam. I go crazy when people tell me that’s it’s a small city with nothing to do. I’m swiftly heading to my 100th video, so I can assure you that there is no lack of activity here.
How long have you been filming your travels?
I’ve been vlogging since Jan 2014. Vlogging is not easy in the beginning. It took me a while to find my style and be comfortable in front of the camera.
Do you have a favourite travel destination?
I love the nordic countries, especially Norway, but also Sweden, Denmark and Finland. I like to visit as frequently as possible, but costs are of course prohibitive.
Is there anywhere you haven’t been but you really want to go?
I have travelled extensively and have seen many places in the world. The more I see and experience the more I want to see. The list never ends. On my list at the moment is a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords, I want to see the northern lights
Can you tell us about the business of vlogging. Do you generate an income from your videos?
I started my channel because I enjoy filming, editing and sharing my experiences of living in Amsterdam and travelling the world. Money has never been a primary motivation. What has motivated me recently is finding experiences that money can’t buy or that I wouldn’t usually do. Things like behind the scenes at restaurants, interviews with owners and travel experiences like hot air ballooning. While my channel is still relatively small, I have been able to get a fair number of amazing opportunities. I believe this is because the content I make strikes a balance between pure vlogging and marketing. These opportunities more than compensate for the effort that I have put in. I expect that as my channel and audience continues to grow that I will likely start trying to monetise my videos. I see this happening mainly through relationships with sponsors and companies.
What equipment do you use to film and software for editing?
For filming I use a Canon 70D with small clip on microphone for improved sound. I also use a GoPro for action and wide angle shots. I edit my videos using Final Cut Pro.
My favourite video is of the tomato fight in Amsterdam? Do you have a favourite video?
I have a number of favourites. Most recently, I had an amazing Hot Air Ballooning trip in Barcelona Province sponsored by Globus Kontiki. I was also lucky enough to win a spot on the Kerala Blog Express which was a two week sponsored trip through Kerala, the South Western province of India, together with 30 other travel bloggers. I made a number of videos, of which my favourite was my trip on the backwaters on a houseboat.
What are your future plans for your YouTube Channel and Vlog?
As my channel and audience has grown, I have been receiving many more requests from travel companies, shops and restaurants to experience their offerings. I expect that will continue in the future. I’ll also be focussing on tips for travellers to Amsterdam and more hidden secrets and trends in Amsterdam. I really enjoy finding people who do amazing things and featuring them on my channel. I’ll certainly do more of that in future.
Do you have any advice for people new to Vlogging?
Just do it. Don’t fall into the trap of analysis paralysis. The more videos you make, the more comfortable you’ll get, the better you will get. You’ll see your shooting style develop and change, you’ll see your presenting style develop and change and you’ll see your editing style develop and change. All these factors will allow you to create quality content quicker. Find a balance between quantity and quality.
Beaches or mountains?
Neither. I’m more of a city person. I like seeing people in their natural habitat.
If you look outside your window, what can you see?
I live on a busy street in Amsterdam on the top floor. Outside my window is see the bustling views of the city. Mainly people going about their normal day. Biking to work, enjoying a drink on the terrace, shopping ,etc.