Peet freshman sharing his skills on YouTube

“A 15 year old kid from Iowa with a passion for filmmaking!”.

Noah Smith is a ninth grader at Peet Junior High. He started making YouTube videos at age 10 in 2011.

“My mom would film me jumping on the trampoline doing tricks, and me and my cousin made these videos that we thought were funny back then, but looking back it it, they were just really weird,” he said.

Smith has loved watching YouTube videos ever since he was younger, including flipping videos, which are the kind of videos he makes now.

“Last year I started watching a YouTuber by the name of Tanner Braungardt, and he did amazing flips and a lot of cool stuff, and I realized I can do a lot of that stuff too. I saved up my money for about four or five months to buy my very first DSLR camera, and I learned to get good with my editing software I currently use today. I have made tons of channels before, and I knew this one I really wanted to stick with,” he said.

Smith also doesn’t put video making off as an easy task for him. “It took me a while to learn how to make good videos worth posting, but it truly is rewarding. Filming is very fun, but when you sit down to edit, it does take a good amount of time, but it is so cool to look at the finished product,” he said.

Smith also has inspiring words for students who are too scared to do what they love in fear of judgement. “I would just tell every person who wants to make videos to not care what others think. I got so much hate for making videos when I was younger, and I still do now, and even with tramp, but I love to do it so much, and I have a huge passion for it that all that other stuff doesn’t really matter to me, I guess. I do what I love, and I could care less what other people think, and I think others should have that mentality too. If you love it, do it and don’t let others take that away from you,” he said.

Noah said he plans to make a profit and perhaps become famous from his videos. “The absolute dream would be to make YouTube a full time job. I love doing it, and I feel like I would only quit if it didn’t give me happiness anymore, and I would move onto bigger things, but I really just see me being my own boss and having YouTube be a full time thing,” he said.

“I would just like to say to anyone that has a dream or passion to just go for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because the moment you start caring is when your life is not what you want it to be,” Smith said.

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