I had an idea for a show/YouTube channel. I attempted a live run (about 3 hours of straight work) tonight and it was exhilarating.
Go on Omegle (a website for talking to strangers). Use humor, acting, voices, and anything to build rapport ASAP. Make them laugh. The main goal is to attempt to bring out the best in each person. Learn about their life, thoughts, struggles, etc. Offer advice when appropriate. Receive advice when given. It touches on comedic absurdity to help keep things moving along. It’s fast paced. Silence was not allowed. I had to fill the air with words. That was a rule I had for the test run…constant talking.
The formula worked. I was able to have a connection with any person willing to talk and listen. Here are the highlights of the 3 hour test run:
30/M Talked to a guy with schizophrenia (he was diagnosed 2 weeks ago) who doesn’t have a job and refuses to take government help because he said he’ll feel less of a human. He likes inspirational YouTube channels. I gave him my best shot at an inspirational speaker for a good 3 minutes. He felt really good when we ended the chat.
20/M Talked to a newbie in the Air Force who thought racism was terrible and that the destruction of ego would prevent all conflict. He did helicopter maintenance and I appreciated how much detail he had to know. He has to be so meticulous with each nut and bolt. He’s really smart. He parties and drinks too much because he doesn’t have a creative outlet. He wished marijuana was legal for military because it’s way less destructive than alcohol. I convinced him by the end of the chat to start a YouTube channel with his unique military and progressive attitude. He enjoyed feeling the creative support.
19M & 19/M Talked with 2 very pro trump guys. They were both Arabic. Both were young and with sharp minds. We talked about “makin dat money” and startup life. One of the friends had a great heart, but his insecurities caused him to lash out at me (“You gay?” type remarks). I wouldn’t back down and joked back with a faster wit and a kinder heart. By the end he realized that actually just showing his real self was easier to do than lash out. I enjoyed seeing the transition from hostile to kindness happen so quickly.
20/M & 20/M They recorded me on Snapchat acting lines in a Kermit the frog voice to their girlfriends. Top quality right there. I was at the top of my game.
20/M Had a conversation with a guy whom…after 2 minutes of connection…agreed to perform the Gollum and Sméagol fight scene…word for word…line by line in the respective voices. I was Gollum. He was Sméagol. He was opened up like a flower and said he’d never done something like that before. He wants to be an artist.
16/M Talked Trap music with him. I didn’t understand the lyrics so I read them aloud in Shakespearean voices. He said I should be a comedian. That felt nice to hear.
25?/M Talked with drug dealers on 2 separate occasions. One seemed OK with it while the other said he is desperate and out of options.
Multiple people asked if I had a YouTube Channel and if I were making content right then and there. They said “I’d subscribe” which I think is millennial speak for “Product-Market Fit”
That all happened…in LESS THAN 3 HOURS. Whoa. Do I have something here?
Some notes about the properties of the show:
End it before the energy dies. “Take the piss” but don’t be mean. Support any decision they are currently making. No one wants to hear they are spending their energy incorrectly.
Use current topics relevant to their lives. Be interested in any part of their life - no matter how distant from yours it is.
Act. Do voices. Move your body to make more bold. Don’t judge any group of people. Stereotypes are fine to poke fun at with the intend of showing the absurdity and understanding.
Have malevole random text generator handy (great for things to recite to fill the air and get laughs).
The number one rule for the show is to treat every person, of any background, with the highest respect.