DG: Hey Omkar, how are you doing? Tell us something about you?
TCE: Hi Darshan, I’m doing good. About me – I am a Computer Engineering student, I have a YouTube channel called The Curious Engineer with around 28k subscribers & I work as an Illustrator with MinuteEarth. I basically make science videos with the help of my Illustrations.
DG: What was going in your mind when you thought of creating The Curious Engineer?
TCE: I actually started it as a channel called Codefap, which was a place for Programming Tutorials & Tech Reviews. But then I stumbled upon amazing science channels like Vsauce, Veritasium, MinutePhysics, SmarterEveryDay, etc. These channels inspired me to make edu-taining science videos.
DG: How did the Exceptional Journey start?
TCE: When I decided to make videos using Illustrations, I was trying to make something like MinutePhysics. I had no idea where to begin. I purchased a pen-tablet and watched tutorials on YouTube to learn tips and tricks for making this happen. And then I made my first video – “Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs”.
DG: What technologies, gadgets & tools do you use for creating those awesome videos?
TCE: I use Adobe Photoshop to draw & Camtasia Studio to record the drawing process. Adobe Audition for editing the narration. Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects for the editing process. For the hardware part, I use a computer and a Wacom Tablet.
DG: Tell us about those early problems that you had to face in growing your channel?
TCE: I guess, I faced the same problems as every other creator on the Internet, i.e Not getting sufficient views on the content we create. Although I’m still struggling to get more views, I can say there’s an audience to my channel now, which is better than having no audience at all.
DG: What gave that necessary boost to your channel?
TCE: I made a video on ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission & ISRO’s facebook page and twitter handle shared it for it’s correctness. I guess ISRO’s tweet gave that necessary boost to The Curious Engineer.
DG: And now the most awaited question, How much do you earn via your YouTube channel? 😛
TCE: Not much. But, I do other projects to earn and support The Curious Engineer. I’ve switched to iMac & better devices to improve the quality of my work. That should give you an idea! 😛
And I also work as an Illustrator with Minute Earth where I get paid for what I love to do – Illustrations.
DG: You’re pursuing Bachelors in Computer Engineering; how did this YouTube stuff change your image back there in your college?
TCE: Before – People didn’t know about me. I was just a normal student doing different experiments on the Internet.
Now – People know about me. You know, it feels great when everyone knows your name and they respect you for your work.
DG: What inspires you the most?
TCE: I work with the guy who inspires me the most, Henry – the creator of MinutePhysics
DG: What do you do other than making videos on YouTube & studying Engineering?
TCE: I do talks about my story & experience with YouTube. Also I like to ride my bike & play football.
DG: What piece of advice would you like to offer to the budding YouTubers?
TCE: Don’t try to be a YouTuber, be a Creator. People who aim to become YouTuber, create content which others like to watch. While Creators create what they like and what they’d love to watch.
I thank The Curious Engineer on behalf of all my Viewers for having such an awesome Conversation with me.
Feel free to follow him on YouTube, Blog, Facebook & Twitter.
2 thoughts on “A Conversation with The Curious Engineer (Omkar Bhagat)”
The Curious Engineer has sure left me curious!!
Waiting to hear of many such inspirations!
Keep up the good work, Darshan!!
He certainly does Aamir. Thanks for the appreciation.