One of my goals for Melee.co is to interview pro players to hear their back stories and how they got good. Here is my plan on how I am going to do it.
Hi guys, Ryan here from melee.co. I want to talk about some of the goals that I have for this website for melee.co. and the goals that I have for this YouTube channel and what I’m planning to do so that when we look back on it in the past we can look at: what was my plan, how did that go, what went right, what went wrong, etc.
Therefore, something that I really want to incorporate into melee.co is interviewing pro players and hearing their backstory, hearing about how they got into Melee and hearing all about what they have to say.
One of the things we know (so much thanks for the documentary) is about a few players – Korean DJ, PC Chris Mew2King, Mango, etc. We know about Armada and Hungrybox and a few of these other top 10 players as well because we see them so much. But we don’t know nearly anything about Overtriforce, about Bladewise, even about Tafo. All of these other players that are kind of sub top 10 / top 20 we don’t really know anything about them.
We don’t know about how they got into Melee, we don’t know what they did to get good, we don’t know what their local scenes are like, any tips and advice that they have.
Therefore, one of the plans that I have is to kind of fill that market through interviewing these players. This is something that I do a lot for the other websites that I have. I do a lot of interviews with experts and so I feel that my interview skills are pretty good. They need some work surely but we can always get better at communicating. But I feel that they are pretty good and it is something that I would like to do.
I’m a documentary baby in terms of Smash and I got into Melee because of the documentary. I had bought a 64 for my birthday and then ended up on YouTube, found the documentary, watched it, got into Melee and I’ve been playing Melee for the last year. Now, it is quite active in my scene. I’m streaming, I’m organizing tournaments and trying to get better as well. As a documentary baby I don’t know a lot about the past in the scene.
I don’t know if Prog and D1 were ever really good players – were they top 10? Were they top 20? I have no idea about these people. There are so many things that I don’t know that I would love to know about the scene. Therefore interviewing pro players is one of my goals.
How I plan to go about that goal at the moment is that I have compiled a list from the MIOM top 100 ranking so Melee It On Me released their top 100 rankings so I have compiled a list of that and it does have all of those players Twitter handles on there. I do plan on contacting a bunch of top 100 players through Twitter or trying to get in contact with them to see if they’re up for an interview to talk about Smash. Also, I would love to talk to people like GimR who runs VG Boot Camp.
He runs an awesome production over there in terms of streaming Smash and so I would love to talk to him about that. There are a few other people that I would like to talk to. I would like to touch base in the Australian scene here, talk to some of the players who have been around for a long period of time.
The problem that I think with the Smash scene is that it’s just that people are so rude and like a bit aggressive or rather lacking some social etiquette. Therefore if you do something wrong or if you interview someone I feel like there’s the potential for backlash with the community depending on who I interview, depending on how the interview goes and what get said. If something is said that’s out of place or something’s wrong then people rip into you.
So I’m slightly nervous about doing that. That is the reason I feel like interviewing players from overseas as it creates a bit of distance between my local community and the people that I’m interviewing so I’d probably get less heat from that. However, it is something that I would like to touch on – interviewing people in Australia to learn more about the Australian scene.
My plan is basically getting contact with these people over Twitter. My goal was to have Tafokints as the first interviewee because his series on Zero To Hero really inspired me to start my own channel. I want to have him on as the first interviewee but I’ve contacted him a number of of times and he hasn’t gotten back to me so I think it’s time that I give up on Tafo. I think it is time that I go after other people and maybe down the track once I’ve gained some respect, gained some viewership, etc, then I can reach out to Tafo again and say hi my viewership is this can I get in contact with you.
Something that I am holding as a last resort is offering to pay people for their time to come on and be interviewed. It is not something that I really want to do because it’s probably not going to make me any money in the beginning. As the community grows you make very little from advertising on YouTube. And I plan that melee.co may make a revenue stream in the future but in the short term I’m not planning on banking any money from it.
I’ve got other businesses in which I do that. I’m therefore holding that in my back pocket. I could pay people if I really want to get them on. I’m not even going to try and approach people like Mango, Armada, Hungrybox, etc because they are just probably too out of reach and get too many requests. I can approach them later down the track once I have already interviewed a number of people in the community in the top 100.
That’s my plan at the moment, that’s what I want to do. I haven’t really done a whole lot of outreach in terms of interviewing people so I will get to that. I will try and Twitter out and get in contact with a bunch of people and as you know like with anything you are going to have a hitch as most people will probably say no I can’t be bothered. Even though I can just get one or two or three people to say yes then I’ve got something happening then once the ball gets rolling it is so much easier to get future interviews.
If I can say hey I’ve interviewed Overtriforce, I’ve interviewed Bladewise or I’ve interviewed DoH, I’ve interviewed Plup or HugS or whoever. Once I can say that I’ve done those people then it’s easier to get other people on board.
I found out that with another site that I have on property investing in Australia I now interview one of the biggest property authors in Australia. So whenever I contact people I can say that he’s been featured on the site. I can talk about how much traffic comes to my website and so it just helps to grow my authority in a space where I’m a guy who wears a Singlet and a T-shirt. When I’m filming videos I’m filming in my bedroom.
I’m not some super sophisticated person wearing a suit and tie or anything like that and so that helps to build authority for me, it helps me to get interviews. Hopefully I can use that same strategy in the smash community.
I do plan to have a whole bunch of interviews in the near to mid future. So look out for them. I will put these on the YouTube page and probably on the website create a specific section just for interviews. So melee.co will basically be a two-fold thing – it’ll be me trying to improve my game, talking about what I’m working on, just basically documenting my journey as well as me interviewing other Smashers.
Therefore it will be kind of a two-pronged approach to the website. Also a third thing that I will look at doing in the future is just doing mini documentaries of events and things like that because that could be cool and that could be fun too to try and attempt and see how I go with those things.
That is where I am at, that is my plan. Wish me the best. If you’ve got any help then head over to melee.co, fill out the contact form there and get in contact with me or follow me on Twitter @ryanmclean – follow me on Twitter over there and contact me through Twitter which I’m now using for the first time in history.
I’ve had a Twitter account for probably almost 10 years now or something like that and I’ve never had a reason to use it but now I’m a part of the smash community I can do so and you can contact me on Twitter. I may create a melee.co Twitter account but not at the moment. At the moment it’s just RyanmcLean which is my name,
I hope you guys are having a great day. I hope that I can get this good content for you but until next time keep calm and play Melee.
30 minutes later
Hi guys, a very quick update on how it is going. I recorded the video about half an hour ago and I decided that I’ve got about half an hour and 45 minutes to go on Twitter and to email some of these pro players and to see how I go. And so I’ve got my list of the top 100. So far I have tweeted at 12 pro players and I’ve gotten three responses from people that are saying they’d be interested. I’ve got one from Connor The Kid which would be absolutely awesome.
I’ve got one from Laudandus who just came I think fifth at Pound. That would be amazing. And then I have another one from David Hughes who is Zoso who is the Marth player from New England so that would be cool as well.
I actually haven’t heard of that guy but he’s ranked 71 on the top 100. All of these guys would be so awesome to interview but to get like Laudandus and to get Conner right off the bat that would be super awesome and super fun. So I’m looking forward to this. Hopefully interviews will be closer away than I originally thought