This week I got to talk to the talented YouTuber Aidan Daniels. Aidan discusses horror movies as well as makes stop-motion videos.
I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did! After reading the interview, make sure to check out Aidan’s work.
An Interview With Aidan Daniels
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this week! Please tell the readers a little bit about yourself and what you do.
Aidan Daniels: Of course. My name is Aidan Daniels. I analyze films on my Youtube channel, “Master of the Macabre” and on my other channel I do stop motion animation with other random things.
Aaron Iara: It is nice to meet you! Running a Youtube channel and making videos can be a very time-intensive endeavor. What is your strategy for keeping yourself on track?
Aidan Daniels: I wish I had one. To be honest I have never fully been on track. I will turn my cellphone off. I just work on my videos when I have some free time. Although I enjoy working on my videos, it does take a lot of energy. I work a full time 40 hour a week job and just getting a video up in a month is a challenge for me.
Aaron Iara: I am right there with you. Having a 9-to-5 can make it difficult to create.
What would you say is your biggest challenge when it comes to making videos and putting content on YouTube?
Aidan Daniels: Finding the right videos to put up. I try to find topics that I think my subs will enjoy but the topics have to be something that I find interesting. I won’t just make a video regarding a new horror film because everyone else is doing it. I have to be interested in it. I also have to like it. As far as my stop motion animations go. Its all about finding time to get my shots in. It takes so many hours just to do a few seconds of stop motion animation.
Aaron Iara: Finding good content topics is very difficult. While keyword trends will bring in traffic, it may not be fund to create content around. On the other side, the things we like may not be viable. I think that having a good mix of the two allows us to make fulfilling content while also growing our audience,
With a nearly endless amount of people to talk to online, how do you go about building your fan base and community?
Aidan Daniels: Twitter! Twitter is the platform where I have had arguably the most success and am probably the most active on. I follow other people interested in my niches, I retweet, and I tweet out messages of support to people when I can. The horror and art community are very active on Twitter. I have met almost all the people I have collaborated with on Twitter.
I have also met some of the most kind and wonderful people in the community on Twitter. I believe Twitter the most underrated social media platform out there. I’m also trying newer social media platforms like notify.me and mastodon.social.
Aaron Iara: I am a big horror fan myself. When I was little my grandmother started buying me horror movies as Halloween presents. I have been in love ever since. What draws you to the horror genre?
Aidan Daniels: Horror films were my escape growing up. All my best memories revolve around horror films and Halloween. I would stay up late watching horror re-runs on TNT when I couldn’t sleep at night. They were like a friend to me when I needed one. Or times I would see horror films at the movies with my friends. I also enjoy the visual effects and how horror can “stimulate the madness gland”. To quote David Firth.
Aaron Iara: Making content like your own takes a lot of collaboration. How do you build relationships and approach cooperative work?
Aidan Daniels: When I do collaborate with others I usually just ask and they say yes. As long as I am polite and patient, people are often more than happy to help. I think there is only one person I asked to work with who turned me down. The main mode of communication is Twitter DM’s and then email. If they are interested I will exchange emails with them and send them lines for a script.
Most people I have collaborated with are just as motivated as me to get themselves out there and express themselves on social media. Any other time I would contact them either professionally or just to catch up, I just use Twitter DMs.
Aaron Iara: Do you have any performance anxiety when it comes to recording/releasing your work? How do you deal with it?
Aidan Daniels: Absolutely! In the worst way! I have a very hard time speaking at lengths. I am extremely awkward when I speak. I’m also insecure about the sound of my own voice. I tell people that I sound like an escaped mental patient in a strait jacket when I speak. My performance anxiety is even worse when I’m filming myself.
My cure for the performance anxiety is just to film and do audio recording takes over and over again. I will do take after take after take until I get the result I am almost completely satisfied with.
Aaron Iara: I have a lot of social anxiety myself. I find that practice makes perfect when it comes to feeling vulnerable.
What is your creative process for making YouTube videos?
Aidan Daniels: With my stop motion animation, its whatever comes to mind in my imagination. With my Master of the Macabre videos, I watch a lot of movies and I write down whats on my mind when I feel inspired. If I feel inspired enough, I will have a need to express my point of view on the matter and want to share it with others.
With my Dark City video; I felt like it was a film that I needed to pay tribute to because of how well made and beautiful it was and to say what the film meant to me. (A film about a man ascending out of madness.)
Aaron Iara: What are your plans for the future of Master of Macabre? Do you have any big goals or accomplishments you are working toward?
Aidan Daniels: Not really. My plans for Master of the Macabre is to just keep finding films that inspire me and to make videos on them. So basically just to keep uploading. Same with my animation channel.
Aaron Iara: Do you have any advice for those who want to start making their own online content?
Aidan Daniels: Take what you got and roll with it! Don’t wait to get things to what you perceive as perfect. Give no fucks as to what people think or what they will think about you. Find something that interests you and make a video about it. What is beautiful about YouTube is that you have infinite chances to get it right. You can find what works through trial and error and finally learn what works best for you.
Aaron Iara: Excellent advice!
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me! Tell the readers where they can find you and your work.
Aidan Daniels: Of course! I’m flattered that you wanted to interview me!
You can find me at Master of the Macabre on Youtube.
Check Out Aidan Daniels!
A huge thank you to Aidan Daniels for taking the time to speak to me this week! Make sure to check out Aiden’s YouTube channels: