Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one ▶
I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use.
I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.
My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Poetry From The Future with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets.
Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.
My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.
The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about.
My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit.
The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch
My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.
Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.
To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.
My word pins say ‘Start Today’ in bronze and ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure. I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor.
The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.
YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t. No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)
I don’t like calling my line of accessories, ‘accessories’. I’m only using the word to introduce an accurate idea into your head so we both know what we’re talking about.
Conclusion (and free virtual tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)
I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My youtube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time. The people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my youtube channel, Poetry from The Future.
Poetry from The Future itself is about life hacking and adventure.
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