About Kim Dao
I’m Kim Dao, 29 years old and I’m a Content Creator in Sydney, Australia. I am mainly on Youtube and Instagram where I make content based around makeup, skincare, lifestyle and travel. In my spare time I love playing video games.
If you weren’t a Youtube/Content Creator what would you be doing?
I think I would be doing something in the creative industry. Perhaps working in photography or editing.
What gear do you use to take your photos and Youtube videos?
I usually film my videos with the Sony a6400. When I go out, I like to use the Sony RX100 VI or the Sony RX0 II as they’re much smaller and less obvious so people don’t look at you when you vlog. For photos I usually take them on my Sony a6400 or sometimes if I can get my hands on one, I love the a7.
What type of photography are you into?
I was always into portraits when I was doing photography. What I do now is a bit different as most of the photography I do these days are for Instagram. As I am in most of the shots, I have to get someone else to take them for me most of the time. My husband or my assistant helps me take most of my photos so I help them set up the shots. I do all the editing myself.
The way I edit my photos now is purely for Instagram. If I was editing photos for a photoshoot, I will not edit the way I have been. For Instagram I was doing the “rainbow feed” for about 6 months.
How did you start photography? What/Who inspires you?
I started photography when I was 18 years old. I was always into editing photos ever since I was 13 and always played around with cameras when I was in highschool. I got my first DSLR when I was 18 and joined a Perth photography group (Photographers in Perth) where I met a bunch of friends who were also into photography. We used to hang out and take landscape photos together, or we’d set up photoshoots with models. At that time I just did it because I loved taking photos, editing and seeing the final product. I only ever did small jobs here and there for photography for example weddings for friends, Santa photography at shopping malls and small events. I actually got a job in a photography studio once I graduated from university which I loved, but unfortunately it wasn’t busy enough to keep me there full time. I never was trained in photography, everything I do is just from experience so I still have a lot to learn!
How do you plan/film your Youtube videos?
I usually have a list of potential videos I want to film in a notebook. If I have a good idea for a video I will put it down and when I’m ready to plan videos, I might pick up the idea. For all my videos I do have to research quite a bit so there are a lot of scripts and planning involved. For the makeup and skincare videos they are a bit easier to plan/film as they are mainly done in my own apartment, but the travel ones do require a lot more planning. For the travel videos, if I have to go to another country I try to plan out every day to hit as many spots as I can. This does get a bit stressful as you are constantly on the run but you do what you have to do!
Top 3 photo locations to shoot?
Most of my outdoor content is actually shot in Japan, so my favourite spots to shoot there are:
1. Tokyo Tower (SO many great photo spots around the area)
2. Omote Sando Tokyu Plaza (The infamous shopping mall with the mirrored ceiling)
3. Shibuya Crossing
I take a lot of photos in those areas.
Top 3 tips for those looking to become a Youtuber or Content Creator?
1. Be yourself. This is the most important. Of course on camera everyone is going to be a bit different but don’t be someone you are not. I’ve seen this happen and people get exhausted trying to put on a different persona every time the camera turns on. People will love you for who you are
2. A lot of people I talk to want to start a channel but don’t have good camera/equipment to film with. You don’t have to have expensive camera gear to start Youtube or be a Content Creator. You can honestly just use your phone and make a video from that. Even for Instagram content, I’ve taken my fair share of photos on my phone!
3. Don’t give up. Starting off is the hardest and this is where most people give up. Don’t give up and keep trying. Don’t focus on the numbers, and do it because you love it.
What has been your most memorable experience?
It would have to be the very first time I was flown to Japan to work for a Japanese company. I was only on Youtube for about 2 years and getting the opportunity to work with one of my favourite brands at the time and being able to be flown to a country where I made so many videos in was a dream come true. Since then I have travelled a lot more but I’ll never forget the first time.
If you had super powers, what would yours be?
Your favourite place for coffee in Sydney?
I’m honestly still quite new to Sydney and I’m not too much of a coffee person (I prefer my instant coffee!) but I do have a few cafes I really like in Sydney. Two Sis in Pyrmont and Devon in Barangaroo are my favourites!