El Cheapo Nerd (Jake Lionheart) | elcheaponerd.blogspot.com
What do you do?
I’m a Jack of all trades, but master of none.
Riiiiight, I’m pretty sure that was the worst way to start an interview, or any dialog for that matter. Okay, for real’s though, I have a blog I write for called El Cheapo Nerd (I’m sure you fine folks at 3dplastics/3dmolding will provide the link for your reader’s… probably right above this question), as well as a YouTube channel. My blog is centered around most things “nerd” and I try to use humor as much as possible.
On my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/understudylost) at the time of this interview, I have game play’s for free games you can play online. There are plenty of game channel’s on the hottest new game out, but for folks like me who don’t own the next gen consoles, I’d like to show something they can play for free and have fun with. I will also have other videos about my reactions to comic books, and maybe even have a podcast in the works.
So that’s what I mean by “jack of all trades and master of none.” There are other things I dabble in (video editing, drawing comics, hip hop music, digital art, etc), but most are to help fellow content creator’s or just a hobby.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
That as long as you have something to say, you can find someone who wants to hear it. Now how do you get them to listen? I have no idea… maybe being interviewed by you fine folks will help, maybe it won’t. But the internet let’s you work out your creativity regardless of how many “likes” you get. I think that’s what my whole point of creating content is. I just need an outlet to let my imagination run free.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
I think nerd content creator’s will have an interesting impact on consumer’s. I’m not sure exactly how it will play out, or what the numbers will be, but I’m sure an impact will be made.
We are reviewers, in a sense, when it comes to what we are producing. So if I tell you that I enjoyed the first 5-6 issues of “the all-new Ghost Rider” it might help to get that comic book some money. Although in that example, I am one of the few people who enjoyed it. So that’s a bad example… ummm… let me say it like this then.
It comes down to me being open and letting you know how I really felt about the product. I think that is what encourages a person to really shake up the industry. Regardless if I’m the only person who liked “insert the nerdy thing I’m talking about,” it comes down to what motivates you to check it out. I like to break things down and share exactly what hooked me about a book, a game, a song and if you share that same spark then boom! That spark is all that’s needed to start a flame.
That’s the impact regular chumps like me have, if given the opportunity, can actually make. Shedding light on content that usually slips through mainstream media.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Finding time to make more content. I am fairly new at blogging and creating content for YouTube. I know I have the potential to really make something with longevity, and that would be the ultimate goal. As of now working on new show ideas for YouTube and seeing how folks respond to them.
My current short goals are to put out some new music (I mentioned I did hip hop music as well right? I’m a Jack of all trades man… http://jakelionheart.bandcamp.com) and to keep the blog updated as often as I can.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
Based on the fact that you guys wanted to blog about me, after checking out a picture I put up of a Great Gatsby Ghost Rider, was a pretty awesome means of support. I’m the type that doesn’t want to “blow up” your social media feeds, but if folks like what I do, and share it with their friends, it makes me really happy. I would love for my content to just reach folks that way.
I know this isn’t apart of the question, but thanks for interviewing me. I hope your readers enjoyed this, and check out what I do.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
To be honest… I’m not sure? I’ve been told that I give off a genuine vibe to whatever I put out. Which is what I hope I am accomplishing. Whether it’s writing a blog post about Superman, recording a play along of Happy Wheels, or writing a song, I aim to create something my close circle of friends would enjoy. I don’t have a following at all (or at least that I know of… if you guys are following me let me know. This hush hush business needs to stop), so most of the people that do check out my content are friends. If I happen to get more people interested in what I create, then I would just treat them as friends. I’m not looking to profit on any of my content (although it would be nice to see profits), but I do hope I can entertain folks. Sometimes you just need someone to make you laugh, tell you that liking Deadpool is okay (no matter how much some YouTubers hate him), and that you are not alone… Nerds unite!