In today’s digital age, there are countless opportunities for individuals to share their knowledge, talents, and experiences with a global audience. One powerful way to do this is by creating your own video series. You might be surprised to learn that you don’t need fancy equipment or a professional studio to get started. In fact, the key to success often lies in the phrase, “Make What You Know, Use What You Have.” Let’s explore how you can harness your existing knowledge and everyday household items to create engaging video content.

  1. Leveraging Your Existing Knowledge

The first step in creating a successful video series is to identify your areas of expertise or passion. What do you know a lot about? What are you enthusiastic about sharing with others? Whether it’s cooking, gardening, DIY projects, fitness, or any other topic, your knowledge and passion can be the foundation of your video series.

Consider your life experiences, hobbies, or professional expertise. For instance, if you’re an avid gardener, you can create a series of videos on gardening tips, plant care, and landscaping ideas. If you have a background in a particular field or skill, such as photography or graphic design, you can share your insights and techniques with a curious audience.

  1. Using Household Items as Tools

You don’t need to invest in expensive video equipment to get started. Many household items can serve as excellent tools for creating high-quality video footage. Here are a few examples:

  1. Cell Phones: Most modern smartphones come equipped with impressive camera capabilities. The quality of video footage captured by smartphones has improved significantly in recent years. With good lighting and a stable surface, you can produce professional-looking videos using just your phone.
  2. Lamps and Natural Light: Proper lighting is crucial for video quality. You can use desk lamps or position yourself near a window to take advantage of natural light. Experiment with different lighting setups to achieve the best results.
  3. Tripods and Stabilization: To avoid shaky footage, you can use everyday items like books or stacks of DVDs to create a makeshift tripod. Alternatively, invest in an affordable smartphone tripod or stabilizer for more professional-looking videos.
  4. Sharing Your Content Through Access Sacramento

Now that you’ve created your video content, you can share it with a broader audience through Access Sacramento. This community-based platform is accessible to local viewers and creators all over Sacramento County.  You can distribute your show through cable channels 17, 18, and 14 and stream content with OTT Apps digitally, and online at  This provides multiple avenues for your content to reach a wider audience. Paired with your own website, you can really spread your knowledge or story and even make a little money.

  1. Getting Started: To get your content on Access Sacramento, you’ll need to become a member. Membership typically includes training on video production equipment and editing software, which can be immensely helpful if you’re new to video creation. Membership is so cheap it pays for itself the first month!
  2. Submitting Your Content: Once you’ve produced your video series, you can submit it to Access Sacramento’s staff who will help you along each step of the way- it’s easy!
  3. Building Your Audience: Don’t stop at television broadcasting. Share your videos on social media platforms, YouTube, and other online channels to expand your reach beyond Sacramento County.  Staff can help you with that too–just ask us!

Creating a video series is a powerful way to share your knowledge and passion with the world. By making the most of what you already know and using everyday household items for video production, you can produce compelling content without breaking the bank. Access Sacramento provides an excellent avenue for Sacramento County residents to distribute their knowledge and share their expertise with their local community. Remember, the key is to “Make What You Know, Use What You Have,” and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful content creator.