What’s going on fellow Kaijudo duelists! My name is Carl Miciotto, but many of you will probably know me better by my YouTube alias, EarthP0w3R. I’ve been in the YouTube game since October of 2011 and my channel is currently dedicated to everything Kaijudo featuring live narrations, deck profiles, and weekly news updates. Today I’ll be talking about what I’ve learned on my road as a Youtuber, Kaijudo player, and most of all as a person. I truly believe that to make a name for yourself and an impact in this community it takes three key features: Professionalism, Dedication, and Positivity.
What it means to be a Professional
A professional is someone who is engaged or qualified for whatever their profession is. We hear the term most often in sports when describing big name athletes because they know the ins and outs of their game better than anyone else. The professionalism I’m talking about in terms of the community means something a little different. While it still maintains that you have a good understanding of Kaijudo, you want to carry yourself well too. Being ignorant will not get you very far in this community. No one has all of the knowledge this game has to offer, and you don’t want to close yourself off to new ideas. Even if you do have a good amount of knowledge to share, don’t be arrogant about it and find a way to get it out to the public respectively. I think being a professional in the Kaijudo community comes with a certain humbleness and humility. The game is still relatively new and while some players will be and are seen as the go to people for knowledge it’s very important to understand that we are all in this to help each other grow, learn, and become the best players we can be.
Professionalism also involves demonstrating good sportsmanship. Nobody likes a sore loser and on the flip side, nobody likes a sore winner. It comes down to being able to look at a win or a loss as an opportunity to grow in learning from the loss and thanking the other player for a fantastic match when you win. I love watching two players learn from their match after it’s over, both trying to analyze and theorize different outcomes and see what each could have done differently. Being a professional also comes with knowing when to hold your words. It’s very easy to just speak your mind and get your thoughts out there, but it’s also very important to know when to listen to others and be the student sometimes. A philosophy I have is that no one is ever done learning and if you don’t stop talking to give others a chance, you could be missing out.
To be dedicated is to be committed to something, in this case Kaijudo. How can you get people to listen to you or follow you if you don’t believe in what you’re doing in the first place? Showing people that you’re dedicated can be tricky, but I have a few tips. The easiest way is to be consistent. Whether you’re posting on the forums, making videos, or writing articles, if you continue to do so every week for months at a time, people will notice and they will start talking about you. I’ve been in the YouTube game for almost a year and a half and I’ve seen tons of people just fall off. You have to be patient; there’s no quick road to fame. Another way to show your dedication is to travel to anywhere that's holding Kaijudo events, go to weekly tournaments, and get your name out there. Showing people that you’re serious about this game is the best way to prove your dedication and that you’re worth keeping an eye on.
Of course, it’s not all about fame. Dedicating yourself to Kaijudo can be as simple as showing up to your locals every week or posting on the forums on a daily basis. Find the best medium you can for obtaining information and contribute your time there. Take the opportunity to ask questions when you have them and help others to understand something you may have a firmer grasp on. When new players enter into the community and see all that you’re doing for Kaijudo and how invested and dedicated you are to the game, it helps them to take it more seriously too.
Positivity is essential if you are ever going to garner any interest in this game. It’s simple psychology that people’s emotions build off of one another. For example, if I’m sad and telling you a sad story, you’ll feel sad and in the same respect, if I’m excited while telling you about something, you’ll feel excited about it too. This can be a powerful tool when relaying information about the game as well as getting new players interested. If someone walks into a card shop and notices a group of angry people playing Kaijudo and not enjoying themselves and is asked to join, that person will probably avoid that group. However, if that someone walks into a card shop and notices a group of players having fun, laughing, and enjoying themselves and that group invites that person to come over and join them, that person will be more likely to do so. Positivity, when used in the context of Kaijudo, can give everyone a better experience, help them enjoy the game, and have them coming back for more week after week. Being enthusiastic when you convey a message or do anything that will find its way to the masses can go a long way.
Something that falls into this positivity topic is being honest. People tend to gravitate towards people who can keep it real. It’s important to understand that you shouldn’t being trying to put on a show, but give the audience something tangible that they can grasp onto. This doesn’t go for just YouTubers either, anytime you post on forums or are talking to people at your local card shop, they will be listening and giving them something honest they can take away is important. Make light of the negatives, but don’t dwell on them, and make sure you’re putting your message out there in a way that keeps the focus on the positive with the correct understanding.
These three features, professionalism, dedication, and positivity, tend to build off of one another to the point that if you have one, the rest shouldn't be too hard to pick up and work on. I think one of the most important things to take away is that you’re never done growing and that there’s always something that you can work on as an individual to be a better you. Walk with humility and be thankful for every opportunity that comes your way as it is a chance to learn and experience something new. We should all be striving to be the best players that we can be and making the biggest impact that we can. Hopefully, I’ll see you guys next time.