Young content creators dominate the live streaming industry. Their energy and personality appeal to a wider range of audiences. And their ability to keep up with the internet culture makes them more entertaining to watch.
And that brings us to a question many people struggle with. Are you too old to stream? Do you have to compete with the insane energy and hours others put into streaming?
Are You Too Old To Stream?
Live streaming is a social activity. There is no difference between playing games on stream and off-stream without an audience to interact with. Even if you wish to stream casually and “have fun,” you need an audience.
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If you are in your late 30’s or 40’s and notice that the streaming industry is filled with talented and successful young creators, your concern about being too old to stream is valid.
Additionally, the stigma around gaming doesn’t make things easier. Society believes that gaming, and to an extent live streaming, is meant for young people. People don’t accept it as a valid hobby or a form of entertainment and stress relief.
However, the truth is that you are not too old to stream. No age is “too old” to play games, live stream, and enjoy a modern form of entertainment and socializing.
You Are Not Too Old To Stream And Play Games
Society may make you feel that gaming is a waste of time, and games are created to keep teenagers occupied. However, that is far from the truth. Gaming is a form of entertainment that everyone can enjoy.
And live streaming while gaming is a new form of entertainment and socializing. For example, playing single-player, story-based games on stream is a completely different experience than playing it all alone.
The number one rule to creating great content and keeping your viewers entertained is to have fun. Therefore, don’t overwhelm yourself and just stream to have fun. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too old to play games and stream.
You’ll find an audience that enjoys your content and personality. Many people enjoy watching a more mature streamer who doesn’t scream every other minute and is too hyperactive.
Use Your Knowledge And Experience
Don’t put yourself in a corner because of your age. Use your knowledge and experience to your advantage.
- Gain a better understanding of marketing and branding. Build an identity around yourself and your streams.
- Put your communication skills to use. It can be awkward talking in front of a camera. However, it is easier than talking in a corporate or business setting. Ease into it and be natural.
- Don’t be shy or afraid to share your stories and experiences. You will have many opportunities while streaming to add unique commentary based on your life experiences.
- Showcase your sense of humor. Even if it’s dad jokes, make your sense of humor something exclusively found on your stream.
- If you are talented in any creative arts, use that skill to improve your streams. Unique music, sound and audio effects, voice acting, art, etc., add a lot of value to your streams.
Don’t mimic others or force yourself to be animated. You won’t attract the audience that loves watching loud and over-the-top Fortnite streamers. However, you will attract an audience that prefers your energy and personality.
Additionally, there are many streamers and content creators in their late 30’s or 40’s. You can hang out with them on their streams and build a relationship with them. After all, you have more networking and socializing experience than the youngsters.
Committing To A Schedule As An Older Streamer
The thought of having to dedicate time to streaming and building a community can be scary. Especially if you have responsibilities such as kids, family, work, etc., however, don’t overthink it.
While having a steady schedule is important in growing your audience, it isn’t a hard and fast rule. You don’t have to stream for several hours every day. Depending on your schedule, streaming once or twice a week is more than enough.
You don’t have to make streaming a commitment. Approach it as a hobby, and when you can spare time to have fun and stream, do it. Don’t compel yourself to do anything that doesn’t bring you joy.
And that’s about it. If you are concerned about being too old to stream, throw those concerns out of the window. Jump in, have fun and enjoy the experience. You are never too old to stream.