Where It Started By JackersEdit
A brief history of JackersEdit in the GMV community (5 minute read)
What was I doing it for? Fame, money, or just for the fun?
At first I only did it for the fame and fun. I thought it would be cool to make videos of something that I liked, which was gaming, and then get popular for it. But I never really thought about making money this way, because I never saw anyone who made it possible.
Back when I started out, there wasn't a single GMV editor that I know of that was making money from this, everyone was just doing it out of their own free time and interests. And so it never occurred to me that anyone could make money out of GMVs.
If anything, it was just a ticking time bomb, where eventually editors would age with the time and pursue other billing duties. I've seen that a lot, eventually some of the most prominent editors back then, the elites, the most respected, would leave the GMV space and focus on other career paths they took.
I didn't want to be part of that! I didn't want to put all these hard work in building my audience, only for me to fuck off and do other things. Surely there had to be a way to make money as a GMV editor.
So I experimented. I tried making a game and redirecting my fans to it, but being a game developer required far too much effort and relies a lot of fundraising, I didn't have a big audience back then, so that was out.
I tried starting an online course for video editors, teaching people how I edit my videos, that failed miserably. I didn't have the time and energy to keep recording and editing all those tutorials whilst making weekly GMVs.
I even tried dropshipping with Shopify, selling menswear to my growing audience, that was a mistake. I tried pursuing business ventures that I was never supposed to do, but guess what? It helped me understood what I really needed to do.
All those ventures were only setting me back from pursing what I originally wanted, that was to make GMVs and make money doing them.
And so I came up with a plan, a plan to make GMVs a full time career. In order to monetise my videos, I needed to use copyright free songs.
The single most biggest reason editors ended up quitting from YouTube, was because the GMVs they were making used copyrighted songs.
This ultimately destroyed their motivation to continue, because their videos weren't paying the bills and if they dispute the claims, they'd risk getting copyright strikes. Three channel strikes and you're terminated.
This plan that I came up with was simple, make GMVs using copyright free songs and upload multiple GMVs a week in order to grow.
But I couldn't make all these videos by myself, I needed a team.
And so, I formed a team of highly enterprising individuals from around the world. These are the editors you grew up watching, the very foundation of what's keeping the community moving.
And I, JackersEdit, carry the fire as I light the path for others to follow, being a full time GMV editor is now possible.
"Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently."