Should You Get Into VTubing?
So you’re considering a career in VTubing. Well, about time, because with the rise in popularity of VTubing in recent times the competition is getting more challenging. The cost of getting into VTubing is not cheap either, so you’ll need to be creative.
All that might be daunting for you and raise some questions in your mind like, “Should I get into VTubing?” “How much would the setup for VTubing cost?” and “How long will it take for me to grow into a popular VTuber?”
We’ll answer all these questions and discuss much more to help you start your VTubing career. So, read on!
Table of contents
- Should You Get Into VTubing?
- How Much Does It Cost To Be A VTuber?
- Tips For Accelerating Your Growth As A VTuber
- Wrapping It Up
Should You Get Into VTubing?
I’ll start with a simple, straightforward answer. If you are interested in VTubing just for instant money and fame, then pal, you should probably look elsewhere.
VTubing is no joke. It requires thousands of hours of hard work, talent, consistency, and commitment, and if you are lucky enough, you might start to make enough money to survive and quit your primary job. It isn’t a magical key to instantly quitting your 9-5 job and being famous.
Now that the short answer is out of the way, we can finally discuss why you should be getting into VTubing.
I know it’s cliche at this point, and everyone you’ve spoken to may have said, “Maaaan, you should always have fun in whatever you do.” But before you get your panties in the bunch, hear me out. If you are not having fun while VTubing and are only looking into it for monetary gains, then there’s no point in me telling you that it’s not worth it. You’ll end up quitting yourself after a while, as most people with this mindset do.
So, whenever you start VTubing, always do things that you have fun doing, not what the audience wants. Be it playing games, talking to chat, singing, dancing, or whatever floats your boat. Trust the YouTube algorithm; it will find you an audience that also likes what you have fun doing.
If you aren’t having fun, trust me, it will quickly get more tedious for you than your 9-5 job.
Commitment And Consistency
VTubing as a career choice demands thousands of hours you’d need to pour in before you see any actual results. With the recent increase in competition, largely due to the post-pandemic conditions, growth for new VTubers has become increasingly difficult. However, I’ll share some tips with you later in this article that you can use for faster growth.
To stand one level above the competition, you need to be consistent with your streaming hours and be committed to VTubing. So, if you just want to start VTubing for fun and consider it a hobby, then it doesn’t matter how much or when you stream. However, if you want it to be your career and see yourself doing it in the long run, then you should make sure you don’t have any other commitments.
VTubing is a full-time job, especially if you want to see some positive results in the future.
Let’s just face it, if you don’t have any kind of talent, why are you even here? As a VTuber, you need to have some kind of talent to entertain your audience. If you haven’t found your talent yet, you need to explore yourself and find something that you are good at and is sellable as entertainment.
It can be anything. You might be good at playing video games, singing, or just talking to your chat and making good enough jokes to keep your audience engaged. Whatever you are good at, just find a way to show it to your audience, and you are gold.
How Much Does It Cost To Be A VTuber?
As a VTuber, you’ll need four things to complete your VTubing setup. You need a VTuber model, a decent camera, a mic, and VTubing software. We’ll break down the cost of each one of these items for you. However, if you don’t want to get into the details, a decent VTubing setup with a 2D VTuber model will cost you around $600 to $1,500.
Besides all of that, you’ll also need a good computer if you want your streaming to go smoothly and without interruptions. Read on to know how we reached that number.
The Cost Of A VTuber Model
For us to be able to explain the cost of a VTuber model, you need to understand that there are several types of VTuber models. We did an excellent guide on the cost of VTuber models, where we discussed each type and its cost, so make sure to check that out.
To give you an idea, the most popular type of VTuber model used by famous VTubers from agencies like Hololive, Nijisanji, and VShojo is the 2D VTuber model. A decent 2D VTuber model would set you back anywhere from $500 to $800. You can go above this price range for an even better result, and even below this bracket if you are on a tight budget. However, this is the sweet spot for the best bang for the buck.
The Cost Of A Webcam
You need a good webcam to track your model well and move it in sync with your own face and body. Fortunately for you, we created an excellent guide for selecting the best webcam for VTubing. So make sure to check that out. In that guide, we found out that a decent webcam will cost you around $50-$150. We also found an excellent ring light to help the webcam for better tracking. You’ll also find that in the mentioned article.
The Cost Of A Mic
You already know what we are going to say. Don’t you? Yeah, you’ve guessed it. We also did a guide on the best microphones for VTubing. What can we say? We really do cover the VTuber topic comprehensively!
A good mic is essential for this career choice. Why, you might ask? Well, the only thing real that your audience experiences when they are on your stream is your voice. They can’t see you. That’s why it’s important for you to get a decent enough mic that cancels all the background noises. A decent mic would cost you around $50-$150. And for the last time, I must say, DON’T STREAM WITH A CHEAP HEADPHONE MIC!
The Cost Of The VTuber Software
Most programs that work with 2D models are free, so you don’t need to worry about their cost. However, as you go up the ladder, especially with 3D models and full body tracking suits like the one that CodeMiko uses, the cost of the whole setup would reach up to $15,000.
Tips For Accelerating Your Growth As A VTuber
Like any other form of streaming, there is no short cut to fame and success in VTubing. However, if you are smart enough and have the skills to grow, then you can grow at a faster pace than the competition. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Use Multiple Platforms
After the latest update from Twitch, where they said that you don’t need to exclusively stream on Twitch anymore, sticking to one platform is just plain idiotic!
You are already creating the content. You own that content now! Use it on multiple platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook to reach more people that would like your content and follow you to your main channel.
You can use this strategy, especially on TikTok. You can cut some clips that you know your audience will enjoy and share them on TikTok with little effort. TikTok’s algorithm is great. It’ll push your content to the new audience, and they’ll follow you back to your main channel on Twitch or YouTube.
Another great feature of TikTok that helps the creators is that they push the live streams in between the shorts. For example, if you scroll through the shorts, you might have noticed that TikTok will randomly show you a live stream of some creator. If you like the content of that creator, you’ll definitely find their main channel for more of their content. That’s how good TikTok is for creators. You can use this strategy to grow really fast.
Leverage The YouTube Shorts Algorithm
It’s the best time to be a creator on YouTube right now. In order to compete with TikTok, YouTube is pushing shorts like crazy! Right now, you’ll find multiple channels on YouTube with a very low number of long-form videos and millions of subscribers. And the important thing to note here is that they achieved it in a very short period of time.
All of this wasn’t possible a year ago. It used to take at least two years for channels to reach their first million with long-form content. However, now, with the right content, it’s a game of days. That’s why I’d highly recommend clipping your fun moments during your streams and start posting at least one short per day. And you’ll see unprecedented growth on your VTubing channel.
Wrapping It Up
VTubing is no easy feat. However, with the right amount of dedication, consistency, and talent, you can be able to achieve the heights of fame that most can only dream of. Along with that, you’ll also need a VTubing setup, the cost of which we discussed in this article. We hope that everything you read here was helpful to you. Good luck with your careers!