“Facial expressions can make or break a YouTube thumbnail,” says a pro photographer and YouTuber | by Picmaker | Apr, 2021

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Sofia Surreal makes YouTube videos that strike a nerve with her audience. She says facial expressions are key in YouTube thumbnails. And, the text in thumbnails should be 3 words max.

In 2013, Hollywood actor, Jean Claude Van Damme did a 180-degree stretch while balancing himself on two moving Volvo trucks.

Viewers were intrigued by the sheer audacity of the stunt and how he pulled it off effortlessly.

But, here is the real kicker — the trucks were moving backward. Van Damme was defying the laws of physics whilst performing his balancing act.

Talking of balancing acts, how many of us are brave enough to have a YouTube channel that caters to two different audiences and themes?

Sounds like a Van Damme stunt, right

Have you ever tried balancing yourself on two things at the same time, like how Hollywood actor, Jean Claude Van Damme did in a famous ad for Volvo trucks?

Sounds crazy, right?

But, our guest today does it regularly, and even thrives at it.

Meet Sofia Surreal, a Copenhagen-based photographer, who is a biologist-turned YouTuber.

What started as a personal preference for vegan food later became a YouTube channel. Her channel, ‘Vegan Watching,’ is split into two parts:

  1. One part called “Lessons of Life & Love,” where she features popular TV shows and movies and brings out the lessons we could learn.
  2. The other part features nutritional tips and vegan lifestyles thanks to her background in biology.

And, being a photographer, Sofia knows a lot about doing videos. Her single piece of advice for aspiring YouTubers?

Sofia also revealed that her YouTube thumbnail process starts much before she puts out a video. And, that has resulted in attracting viewers who care about her videos than random views.

Sofia Surreal makes YouTube videos that strike a nerve with her audience. She says facial expressions are key in YouTube thumbnails. And, the text in thumbnails should be 3 words max.

Here’s our short conversation with her:

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