Finding My Style as an ASMR-tist

I’m finding that it’s hard to override my somewhat squirrely personality while making ASMR videos. I’ve been spending a lot of energy trying to overcome it, but I think I’m getting close to the point where I just have to accept that a lot of my ASMR videos are going to be a bit silly.

I’m also realizing that some ASMR videos are more comfortable than others for me to make. This video, for example, was aaaalmost a bridge too far with the latex gloves. I like to keep my content PG, and I’m still navigating what kind of content I’m comfortable making as an ASMR artist. There’s definitely a balance between creating content that’s in demand (plus effective) and creating content that feels comfortable for me to put online. (Normally I’d use the “could-your-grandma-watch-this” rule as a guide, but I’m pretty sure my grandmother would be decidedly freaked out by ASMR as a whole. 😄 )

So I’m just going to keep experimenting until I feel more settled in my style as an ASMR artist! Not all of my ASMR videos have been equally successful, but I’m pretty happy with all of them so far. 🙂

ASMR and the Practice of Slowing Down

Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to the pacing of ASMR videos. Mine tend to feel more rushed than I’d like, even though I try to make an effort to slow down and be intentional about my movements while I’m filming. It’s taking a lot of practice to get in the habit of slowing down my pace.

Filmmakers use speed as a way to keep audiences engaged. In fact, the next time you’re watching a movie, try counting the length of the individual shots. There’s a good chance you won’t be able to count to six before the next shot cuts in (and if you’re watching an action movie, the shot lengths may be closer to just one or two seconds). It’s rare for modern movies to include longer shots because it slows down the pace of the movie – and viewers get bored!

ASMR is just the opposite. It’s slow, quiet, and simple. It’s one of those rare spaces in our culture where we don’t have to feel pressured to be faster and louder.

Making an ASMR Makeup Tutorial Video

My first attempt at making an ASMR makeup “Get Ready With Me” style video turned into more of a “The 80s Called and They Want Your Face Back” video. Turns out it’s really tricky to apply makeup while looking at a camera (with questionable lighting). Added to that, my mom is very dubious about my ASMR videos… she’s not sure what I’m up to when I head into the bathroom with a camera in hand. (Just filming my makeup, I promise!)

So I deleted all of the first video and ended up compromising by making more of a tutorial-style video in my bedroom “studio”, with my own makeup pre-applied. I’ll probably try to do an actual “Get Ready With Me” video in the future, but it’ll be a while before I work up the nerve and energy to try that again. It’s quite a process trying to figure out the whole mirror-lighting-camera setup!

ASMR at the Beach(-ish)

My dog loves to go to the beach near our house and mosey around in the beachgrass (she’s an old lady). I usually pick up a few items while we’re there: Driftwood, beach glass, feathers, dried milkweed pods, things like that. Most of these things make really nice sounds, so I dug through my collection and made an ASMR video with some of my favorites!

In a few weeks, I want to do an ASMR video featuring a natural driftwood bowl that we found a few years ago. It’s got a great natural curvature that makes interesting sound distortions — I’ve done a few practice videos with it, and my new mic picks up its soft, wooden sounds really nicely.

New ASMR Microphone :D

I finally have a new Blue Yeti microphone for recording ASMR videos! I christened it by trying to do a match-lighting video and simultaneously burning my dinner downstairs, thereby setting off the fire alarm in my condo. Just making sure the mic works! 😉

I’m working on the sound settings for my next video since I don’t think I got it quite right on this one. Next time should work out better — I’ve since taken some time to play a bit more with the sound input.

Here’s the somewhat squirrely ASMR match-lighting video. Most of the whispers were unintentionally inaudible, which is probably for the best because they’re mostly a ramble about fire hazards, the sugar content in sweet potatoes, and a brainstorm of art projects that you can do with unused matches.

Welcome to The Quiet Side ASMR

I told my mom that I’m making YouTube videos to help people fall asleep, which baffled her. I tried explaining that it’s a new, popular thing where you record yourself tapping and scratching on household objects, whispering unintelligibly into a microphone, and generally being a bit, well, boring.

“Ohh,” She said. “Well, it’s… it’s good to have goals in life, honey.”

And then we both contemplated our life decisions up to this point.

Anyway, this is the first of what will hopefully be many posts here about ASMR! I’d like to make this site a place where you can learn about ASMR, find great ASMR videos, and maybe even connect with other ASMR fans. I don’t know, or maybe you’re just coming here because I’m an unpredictable weirdo. 😀