One of the challenges ASMRtists face is to come up with new and creative ways of presenting ASMR triggers without sounding like they are on repeat. I have heard several ASMRtists say that their fans write to say they want something exactly like the previous video…but completely different.
While viewers may want another ear examination, tapping or scratching videos, ASMRtists strive to offer something more. The more experience they have in making ASMR content, the more they want to do something new and fresh. As I am sure many of you have seen, some of them have really gone to the outer limits ad have pushed the boundaries of what ASMR content is and what it can be. I applaud these efforts and I can’t help being impressed by the filmmaking skills of these people whose original videos began with nothing more than a camera phone.
Unfortunately all of the bells and whistles don’t work for me. A few months ago, one of my favorite ASMRtists created an amazingly unique video that I watched from start to finish but could not be triggered by. I consider this person an acquaintance so I mean no disrespect to their work when I say this. (And before you ask, no, it wasn’t Violet…I used her pic because it WASN’T her.) I actually wrote them and congratulated them on the video saying “I was so impressed I kept watching to see what you would do next and couldn’t succumb to the included suggestions.” (I am pleased to say that they took that comment as the compliment I intended it to be.)
I suppose this is why Bob Ross does not trigger me. I know, I know…I have just dissed the unofficial patron saint of ASMR. But honestly, I have to try so hard to be triggered by him! I totally get why he triggers people. He certainly has a soothing voice, but I typically get so into the painting that I become mesmerized by what he is doing and the triggers come secondary.
I have discovered that in addition to people having a wide variety of triggers, there is also a difference in the way they prefer to receive those triggers. For some, it is all of the bells and whistles and special effects. For others, it’s the unintentional ASMR effect. For me, I am a middle of the road kind of person who, if I had to try and make a laundry list of what works for me, I’d sound like a nut job. Generally speaking, I like organic triggers, not something overly fanciful. Whispering works for me, but not random whispering…one has to be actually talking about something or walking me through a process. I love some special effects, but I prefer they be an unexpected surprise in the video rather than a full hour of them. See what I mean? I sound weird!
I suppose this is why I don’t make requests of ASMRtists. I feel that they have to be true to their art and do what they want to do. If it’s the big productions, that’s fine with me. I’m sure they work for a lot of people and who am I to complain. If they do something small scale that works for me and not others; that’s great too. I think it is important to always remember that these amazing artists provide free content for our enjoyment and I for one will not look a gift horse in the mouth!
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