Going to school in Greece, being “a disgusting and funny guy”, having speakers you really like, and watching anime. This week we meet Danaos Christopoulos (DanaosC) from VideoHive.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
Hello, my name is Danaos Christopoulos, and I am a 16-year-old Motion Graphic Design student living in Rhodes, Greece, and I am currently self-learning.
I do accept freelance jobs when I have the chance, but the main source of income is from the Envato marketplaces. As a high school student, I am not able to work in some company or anything, so Envato is my best and only choice.
I haven’t really gone abroad or anything, but I want to visit Japan someday.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
My primary marketplace for sales is where the honey comes from, VideoHive! But I have also some items in AudioJungle, and I plan selling on GraphicRiver as well.
On VideoHive I sell AE templates and specifically trailers, but I have various logo reveals and social media promotion videos. I’m planning on making other unique AE templates for sure.
On AudioJungle I have only one item, just to experiment making a soundtrack. Who knows though, in the future I may make more!
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
Actually, I was searching for freelancing jobs, but you know how the Internet works, especially these days. You can’t trust anonymous people easily.
And then one day, bang! Here comes Envato! I found VideoHive and the other Envato marketplaces. That changed my life for the better. I started uploading projects, and as I saw my income rising I was getting into this thing more and more!
I haven’t really had any “training”. All I know is what I learned by myself. Tutorials from websites, training videos etc.
Describe your home workspace.
Workspace huh? Well, it’s simple and pure. Could be better though. Sometimes the mouse gets in my way when I am typing because I have a strange way of holding it.
My desk is long and big, and very comfortable. A wide space is always good. I’d say that I could do no work in front of another desk.
I am proud of my speakers. Well they could be better, but I really like them!
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
It really depends of what type of file I create. I usually find music that I really like and imagine the motion, colors and style that it would fit the music.
I decide on which type of template – trailer, promotion, presentation etc. It doesn’t take lots of time, usually 2-3 days.
After I make the project, I render it out with the VideoHive watermark and preview it. If it has some mistakes in it, I correct them until it’s fine.
Then I modify its file structure in and out of the project, so it would be easy and simple for buyers to customize it how they want. I usually include color options, so the user will have a variety of colors to choose from.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
I can say for sure that difference matters! I mean, c’mon, I think you understand too that if you create items where there are hundreds of them out there, it’s really hard to get many sales. Don’t aim for 1-2 sales, but the maximum possible.
You have to ask yourself, “Is this item really needed?” or “Do people need this item?” Well, you have to get in people’s shoes, and understand what they want. Just imagine yourself as the buyer.
After you have some ideas, one really important thing is the quality. Even if the idea is special and unique, if the execution of it is low, then the outcome will be the same.
To sum up, creativity is what matters when creating a great portfolio.
What do you do to market your files?
Just advertise, post links, advertise and post links!
I post my links on Facebook or Twitter. I keep updating my videos on YouTube and Vimeo. I could say that Vimeo is a great place for marketing your items if they are videos. Even if it’s a theme, template or picture, you could always make a video of it, join a group, and post your links.
And remember, one very important thing when you are posting your links: ALWAYS use your referral link.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
Hm, that’s a hard one, I really don’t have any favourites, but if I had to choose, I would choose as my favourite the Destiny Project. It was one of my first projects, and it went unexpectedly well.
I really like this one, because I succeeded making an epic trailer. I’ve seen so many authors making trailers, so I couldn’t help but make one too.
Second is the Get Social Project. I like this one because I never made anything like it before. It was a new experience for me, and I have to admit it went pretty well.
And last is the Picnic Time! I am a disgusting and funny guy, so you can understand why I made this project!
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
elements is my favourite Envato author. He has some breathtaking projects! He really is my idol.
timmcmorris is one of my favourite authors as well. He has great voice, style and imagination!
And Last but not least, InlifeThrill! An author with great creativity. He has some of the most unique items in the marketplace!
What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time… What a wonderful phrase… Well when and if i have spare time, I usually watch animes! Sound childish huh? Oh well, trust me, it’s not. It’s worth watching!
Sometimes, I play basketball and sometimes chess. I like designing my website (www.danaosc.com). I really like adding more and more stuff.
And the hardest thing to do, study!