If you're camera shy, you're not alone. The fear of being on camera is the step child of the most common fear on the planet, the fear of public speaking. 75% of the world shares this same fear.
When it comes to your fear of being on camera, you can go two ways.
Overcome it or avoid it. Neither choice is wrong.
Having a YouTube channel is supposed to be a fun and comfortable experience. If going on camera makes that impossible for you, we can work around it.
Fortunately, some of the most successful YouTubers on the planet don't ever show their faces and you don't have to either.
Here are 15 youtube channel ideas that you can run with WITHOUT ever showing your face if you don't want.
Before we get into the channels, let me give a quick word of advice.
First, these are just some ideas for inspiration. Don't copy verbatim and expect to get the same results. Trying to copy the channels in the examples exactly without bringing anything unique to your channel will make it difficult to succeed. There are a LOT of people trying to blindly copy successful channels and failing.
So, use these as inspiration and be sure to add your own "it" factor that makes people gravitate to your channel over others.
Secondly, there are no rules saying that certain types of channels have to include your face and others don't.
With the exception of some channels like DIY make up, almost any channel can be turned into a face-free channel. Some are just better fit for it than others.
Draw outside the lines and don't be afraid to be the first "face free" channel in a space that is commonly driven by on screen personalities.
#1 Meme Recap
The internet loves its memes and basing a YouTube channel around that is pretty simple. Curate your memes, add some fun music and go. Or you could do a voice over (voice modulators are a fun way to up the funny factor) and react to the memes you’ve chosen.
Check out Mentally Mitch for an excellent example of a meme recap channel with over 500 thousand subscribers. You read that right: over half a million subscribers for looking at memes!
There are a lot of these channels but there is definitely room for creators who are willing to consistently put in the work.
Reddit has a massive amount of funny, weird, creepy and all-around entertaining content just waiting for a moment in the spotlight. You can easily compile a collection of posts to share, read and react to on your YouTube channel.
There is no shortage of motivational audio and video you can repurpose for your own motivational channel.
Channels like Motiversity focus on curating motivational content into epic videos that get millions of views.
#4 Scary Stories
This one will be particularly appealing to all you horror fans out there; especially if you can pull off a creepy voice (don’t forget voice modulators if your natural pipes aren’t cutting it!)
These YouTube channels have creepy images, skin crawling voice overs, and of course, quality stories designed to keep you awake all night long.
My personal favorite is a series called Scary Stories Told in the Rain from the channel Being Scared.
#5 On Screen Tutorials
Are you an experienced programmer or a Microsoft Office expert? If so, there are tons of highly successful YouTube channels that turn that knowledge into viewers.
So many people need help using even “basic” software. As a user of these channels myself I can verify that the ones where the presenter shows their face is usually worse as it gets in the way of seeing the software and is distracting during ‘how to’ videos.
One of my favorite examples is Programming with Mosh with over 1.5 million subscribers. He actually quit his programming job because his YouTube channel is so successful!
#6 Product Reviews
If you enjoy shopping and trying new things, this is the YouTube channel for you. Product reviews are exactly what they sound like: buy a product or a few and make a video explaining how they work (if they work), how you feel about it and whether you would recommend it for others to try.
Any product can be reviewed: from make-up, food and drink to power tools and home electronics. And while a lot of product reviewers do show their faces, you can easily focus the camera on your hands and the product if you’re feeling a bit camera shy.
#7 Top List Videos
Top list videos are a fantastic and diverse category on YouTube. No matter what your interest: Movies, video games, celebrity gossip, weird facts or a combination of all the above; you can find endless topics to cover in a top list video. Just find your top list, grab some footage and images to match and have fun reading and reviewing your list!
Check out WatchMojo.com with over 23 million subscribers as a great example of a list video channel.
People love watching other people play games. You may be inclined to think of Twitch when you think of online gaming, but the YouTube gaming community is alive and well. Whether you’re a novice gamer or an expert speed runner, starting up a YouTube gaming channel can be a fun way to share your interest and experiences with the masses. And don’t forget you can also make a channel dedicated to table-top and board games as well! Get your friends involved and turn your YouTube channel into more than just an online experience.
Everyone eats, but not everyone can cook. Millions of people go to YouTube to learn how to cook or to discover new recipes and cooking tips every day. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, creating your own recipes and cooking techniques, consider starting up a cooking channel. This one is great if you’re nervous about your voice as well. Skip the voice-over and provide written instructions, clear video footage of the processes and of course, fun music! And don’t forget the popular “What I Eat in a Day/Week” videos, which would be great when combined with recipes as well!
Meditation is an incredibly healthy practice that benefits the mind and the body. YouTube is an excellent platform for helping others begin their meditation journey or learn new techniques. And you don’t need much to start a meditation based channel. Find or create some soothing art and music, then narrate your guided meditations and how to videos in a calm, soothing voice.
#11 Homework Help
Whether or not you are a student currently doing homework or simply feeling nostalgic for the good old days of late-night study sessions, a homework channel is a great way to flex your creative and intellectual muscles while helping others with math. And a homework channel can be more than just 1+1=2! You can include tips and tricks for lowering stress, fighting procrastination, and making sure your viewers are able to look back on their days of hitting the books with fondness.
#12 Celebrity Spotlight
Celebrities are always trending! Get in on the news, gossip and fun by starting your own celebrity spotlight YouTube channel.
With celebrities there is always something new and exciting to cover, so your channel will never have a dull moment or run out of material.
Cover the red carpet footage or delve into the latest juicy gossip and remember to have fun! TheTalko surely is with over 8 million subscribers.
#13 Movie Review
Movies can be more than a fun pastime. A lot of people are incredibly passionate about movies.
A movie review channel features movie clips, fun facts about the scenes, and of course a good review from the perspective of the channel host. And just imagine running a successful movie channel, getting to watch movies for more than just fun.
#14 Voice Dubbing (Comedy)
Known for you sense of humor and comedic timing, but feel too shy to get on stage and perform stand-up? Comedic voice dubbing may be an excellent way to express your comedy creativity without having to face your fears and the dreaded stage-fright. Find clips of people, animals, or even inanimate objects and have fun with it!
And if you’re wondering whether or not a channel like this can take off, check out Bad Lip Reading boasting over 8 million subscribers!
#15 Compilations (Entertainment, Humor Etc).
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting down to a good compilation video? Be it animals, people, sports, news, bloopers, or memes and vines, there is a limitless amount of content for any compilation channel to curate into quality content to amuse the YouTube viewers of the world. Add fun music, voice overs or just let the clip audio run for an easy video crafting experience.
For a fun and cute compilation channel hop over to Funny Pet Videos along with their more than 800 thousand subscribers!