On Saturday, I attended The YOMYOMF Network and HIFF’s Creative Lab: The New Media Academy that included a panel of Chester See, Nikki SooHoo and Kevin Wu (Kevlumba). The HIFF website states, “They will parlay personal experiences in the formation of the Network, as well as their own channels and branding, and give insight on how to become the next Internet personality,” that was not the case.
I attend this creative lab because I figured the information they’d present would be really helpful in the future. However, it was disappointing. They emphasized that networking and collaborating is very important which is common sense in this industry, but when it came to specific questions the audience asked, the panel held back. For example, one person asked how much they make as an internet personality, Chester’s response was, “it depends.” He wouldn’t throw out numbers, which I think the person asking didn’t want to hear. The main question that everyone wanted to know was, how do you become the next internet personality? Kevin Wu gave a bland and common sense response, “you just got to be really good at what you do and hopefully someone will recognize you.”
After leaving the lab, I felt the only thing I got out of it was, “you just got to be really good at what you do.”
I understand why they wouldn’t want to give out their secret, but maybe what they said was true? You just need to be really good to be recognized. In that case, HIFF should have re-worded what they posted because I feel it gave the wrong impression on what information you would expect.