A Founder’s Thoughts With D.J. Lewis: Being A Content Creator

Hey, how’ve ya been? It’s hard to believe that six years ago A. Goldman and I had an idea about what it would be like to have an anime blog; where we would post pictures from all of the conventions we went to, and all of the cosplayers we’ve met along the way. Now we’re taking pictures with our childhood heroes, we have an awesome podcast where we get to invite said childhood heroes, and we’re on the road to becoming (hopefully) a recognizable brand. Honestly, I never really thought I’d see myself as a content creator, but if you look at any of your favorite content creators out there, you know they all had to start somewhere. 

D&A Studios Entertainment Logo! (Yeah, I made this.)

For me it was December of 2015; I was a member of an online anime club from the UK (I forgot the name) that posted their favorite anime titles, moments from said titles, and even shared AMVs. The club was pretty fun, and I got to meet a lot of people online that I hope I would get the chance to see at an anime convention one day. Things were going great…until they weren’t. The area soon became toxic when accusations were made, death threats were being sent, and international lawsuits were being filed. I didn’t want any part of that so I got the hell outta there when I did, and found myself at home wondering if I should join a new online club – or start my own.

A. Goldman and I were tossing ideas back and forth about what to call our anime blog if we had one, and the name ‘DNA’ came up; instead we named it ‘D&A’ to represent the first letter of our names. It also was a medical term where DNA was the genetic makeup and identity of a living organism; in this case, humans. The tagline “It’s a part of you…” ties into the definition of DNA itself; since anime feels like its within the fabric of otaku culture – like its a part of it. Its safe to say that I had no idea that this passion was going to turn into something big; that it would turn me into a content creator, and that I liked it!

I’ve always been a creative person; even at a young age I like drawing some of my favorite things like sharks, snakes, and trains. As I got older I wanted to create my own music; now I’m a DJ and produce my own music. I guess if you have something special, why not share it with the world? In this case its our Youtube podcast “Nerdz of the Decade”. I’ve seen people make full-time careers out of being content creators, but I also know that its gonna take awhile to get there; cuz’ you need some kinda funding to keep it going – especially when it comes to equipment upgrades.

Who knows where this journey of content creation is going to take me, but all I can say about it, is that it all started with an idea…that turned into what you see before you today. If you have a story to tell and love being creative, why not share it with the world? You never know who you might be helping in the process of creating your content. It could brighten someone’s day, or even help them get through a difficult time in their life, or even help them to escape the troubles of reality; as you can see what the last two years have been like.

If you have a content creator that’s inspired you to make your own content, give them a shout-out and support their channel. At the end of the day, most of the best content comes from the people who are just like me, and you.

That’s my thoughts. 

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