How To … Almost Everything

Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Tags: , , , , , ,

The best part of YouTube is not the funny cat videos. Hard to believe, I know. But no, the best part of YouTube is that now we can all learn how to be experts in absolutely everything.

Whether you’re looking for tips on how to create a smoky eye, roast some tomatoes or do some squats, from the simple to the complex there’s a how-to video for you. And there’s something I love about the less produced videos shot in some Advice Givers’ bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms. They usually aren’t trying to sell you something and you never know where the best tips and tricks are going to come from. That said, it depends on the category as sometimes I only want to watch advice from the seasoned pros.  There’s a place for both.

In the past if I had an important occasion to attend I might book a session with my favourite make up artist, but now I just visit Michelle PhanGlambooth or Jaclyn Hill‘s channel for a refresher course or tips on how to achieve a certain look. And I’m not alone. Hill’s latest makeup application demonstration has over 3 million hits! (Her Scotch tape tip never lets me down.) I’m also a fan of the Robert Jones Beauty Academy channel.

And that’s just the beginning. If you want to learn how to do crazy looks for Halloween or you’re planning to go undercover, there are videos for that too.

For years I struggled with how to perfect the classic French omelet (which is different from North America’s more rustic version).  I’ve had top chefs show me in their kitchens, but then I’d get home and forget what they said. Thanks to Jacques Pepin‘s YouTube tutorial, I had my laptop open next to the stove and did it over and over again until I nailed it. For me that was a lot more helpful then taking a class. Who needs Le Cordon Bleu when you’ve got Le YouTube?

All the big name chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay have their YouTube channels, but America’s Test Kitchen is almost always my first stop whenever I need quick, straightforward help.

I keep saying I’m going to grow my own vegetables, but to be honest I’m lying to myself.  I’ve never gotten further then some herbs in a planter box.  But I wouldn’t have even done that had I not watched Growing Wisdom.  If you’re a bit more ambitious and have the time for it (these videos are long by my standards) check out the Growing Your Greens channel.  And if I ever do get around to those home grown veg I’ll be spending some time on the Bad Boy Organics channel.

When searching for help, be sure to be as specific as possible.  That is, “how to re-upholster a chair” will get you what you want much faster than “furniture videos”.

There’s really no excuse for not knowing how to do everything.  Tie a tie, save a life, train a dragon, get American Netflix in Canada…it’s all out there for the learning. Talk about pressure!

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  • Riddlemethis

    Watching a professional youtube video is often like watching a cooking show: it’s edited. Important info is either touched on or left out. Dudes no exactly what I am talking about, especially when it comes to car repairs and youtube videos.

  • Tim Edwards

    My favorite videos are the ones with Anna and Kristina.