MADISON — Muaaz Shakeel is the YouTuber that other YouTubers rely on to make good videos. However, he doesn't just see it as 'how to make a good video' for him - it's about taking the first step towards your dream.
"I’m going to show you guys how to make an intro for your YouTube videos without having to pay for expensive programs like Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects."
That's how one of his videos started that has more than 788,000 views. It sounds simple enough but for those wishing to become a YouTuber or content creator, it can make all the difference.
"You know, when I was in high school, I didn’t really have someone telling me to do that. So then when I started doing it myself, I realized like the things I want to do actually are possible and that sounds so cliche.”
Shakeel, who goes by his first name Muaaz on YouTube, has amassed over 270,000 subscribers and 33.9 million video views. Overall, he has more than 330,000 followers across all different platforms.
His positive and empowering message can be seen in a multitude of ways depending on the social media platform.
For his YouTube videos, it is relatively straight forward. He is literally giving budding content creators the tools they need to get started with videos like:
- "How To Your First 1000 Subscribers In 1 Week!"
- "How to STREAM To TWITCH.TV For Beginners"
- "Make A FREE Intro For YouTube Videos (2020)"
But on Twitter his message is more abstract. This is where he writes inspiration messages to his more than 16,000 followers. Some of those messages include:
keep grinding, people are gonna start noticing you— Muaaz (@mws) January 17, 2021
He even has a text message service that will send multiple texts a week with uplifting and empowering phrases.
This all started relatively organically. Initially, Muaaz just created videos for fun hoping people would find them. However, he noticed in the comment sections of his videos people kept asking for advice. He made a few videos and they took off. That's when he had the idea to make tutorial videos.
"I was like I can make searchable content."
It became not only a way to get more views but a way to inspire others and share his knowledge.
"I obsessed about learning about YouTube and about how people found success."
While he hasn't uploaded a YouTube video in about three months, he hasn't stopped creating. He does live streams about once a week. He also goes on his Discord channel daily to interact with his followers. Plus the texts and Tweets haven't stopped either.
As for the future, Muaaz said he wanted to grow his community and interact with them more. He hopes to try new videos and ideas as his audience continues to grow.