Val Foot, a child from Flers who is a hit on the internet with thousands of subscribers

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This is a profession that appeared about ten years ago and is no longer so unusual. Valentin, also known as Val Foot, is 25 years old and works as a content creator on the Internet, especially on the YouTube platform.

“I started in 2018, so I’ve been making videos for five years now,” he explains. “I talk about football and try to tell its story on and off the field. I find it interesting to understand the current form, the news, and the context.”

There are nearly 350,000 people subscribed to his YouTube channel. On it, you can watch documentaries, profiles of players, and clubs known to fans.

“For the past few months, I’ve been able to also go to the field, to do reports with the clubs. I can therefore meet supporters. I want to bring emotions to my audience.”

Football: a family passion

Valentin caught this football bug at a young age. In his childhood, in Flers, he grew up in this world, with the influence of his family.

His grandfather was a referee and gravitated around the Flers area, while his father played for several clubs in the region, including that of Notre-Dame school. The latter is also a fan of Stade Malherbe de Caen. “They passed on the football bug to me.”

I played football and have been a fan of SM Caen since I was little. So, for me, it was logical to create something related to that.

Val Foot

Possessing a passion for video, he wanted to mix these two worlds to create his YouTube channel. “I don’t have any special training, but I started editing videos for my little brother on the family computer and I enjoyed it,” explains the young videographer.

“At one point, I had to stop for various reasons and, after a while, I missed it and I had this idea of combining my passion for video and my passion for football.”

From hobby to profession

This path came naturally to him, at the end of his studies. It was after an internship at a production company that Valentin wondered where he wanted to work.

In the video sector, you have to live in Paris, and I didn’t want to. YouTube allows me to go wherever I want.

Val Foot

At that time, he was starting to earn a little money on this platform. He gave himself a year, at the time, to evaluate this opportunity.

In the end, it worked out. “I also realized that I liked working alone. I have total editorial freedom, whether it’s about the content or the format.” With changing attitudes, this modern “hobby” has become a profession, and Valentin was able to professionalize himself.

Research, editing, voiceover…

“There are a lot of people who still don’t think it’s a job,” he observes. He publishes one video per week, on Fridays, which allows him to organize himself. “On Mondays, I think about the subject, watch matches, do a lot of research, and look for people to interview.”

On Tuesdays, I write and start recording the video, adding my voice. Then, I exclusively edit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Val Foot

Also necessary are the creation of the thumbnail, the promotion of the video, and reading the comments, to take note of possible improvements in form or content. “I try to impose a strict schedule on myself to be in a routine, so as not to put myself in difficulty and not to demotivate myself.”

A precise work rhythm

The need to publish a video every week brings a lot of drawbacks, though. “I never really switch off. On the weekend, or when I go to sleep, I think about my next video.”

The concern of having to constantly seek to improve the content can also be a source of stress. “You have to sift through the comments,” according to Valentin. “There are constructive ones, but others are not. I now manage to detach myself from opinions without construction, they affect me much less.”

YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok

He adds, “I take into account the adjustments that need to be made, and it happens that I consult my subscribers to know which topics they would like me to address.”

Outside of his activities on YouTube, Valentin also offers more condensed content, available on Instagram and TikTok, where he respectively has 28,000 and 250,000 members in his community.

I think it’s important to detach oneself from the number of views and to create the content that we like.

Val Foot

It is difficult to predict which video will succeed, but every week, Valentin tries to find something new to interest his football fan subscribers.

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