When he’s not talking to his 53.7K YouTube followers about the latest smartphone, Fisayo Fosudo is probably teaching them how to spot fake gadgets or how to protect their privacy online.
Fisayo shares with us his career journey, his simple — yet efficient — hack for getting things done, and his fascinating pastime. So, without ‘FodaAdu’ here’s how Fisayo Fosudo works:
Current role: Tech video producer
Location: Lagos, Nigeria.
Current computer: 15.4” MacBook Pro 2017
Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy Fold
Describe how you work in one word: Spontaneous
Tell us briefly how you started out and how you got where you are today
My interest in computers started when I practised graphic design as a second-year student in university. I majored in economics and I got my first job as a graphic designer right after school and two internships doing the same. My passion for creating mobile tech videos was birthed from this and started in late 2016 while being fairly consistent the next year.
My goal was, and still is, to help people figure out what’s interesting (or not) about the latest smartphones and today, I try to provide in-depth analysis of these new smartphones, accessories, and applications.
Walk us through a typical workday
There is no typical day but most days start out with a lot of writing. I write some ideas in my notepad and things I want to accomplish for the day. This is usually followed by scripting and typing down points in my computer’s notepad, which is synced to multiple devices and then translated into scenes which are then summarised into points for recording a new video. Editing follows and it usually takes a couple of hours or sometimes days to get the edit to an actual video that is then uploaded.
What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you do without?
I can’t do without the notepads, on the computer and offline. I write everything from how I’m feeling to music notes, chord progressions, rap lines, and video ideas I might have at that moment or from a thought that flashes through my mind. It’s very easy to forget and you never know what you may miss if you dismiss an idea.
What’s your favourite shortcut or hack?
Writing, haha! Most importantly, writing as soon as you have that thought in your head.
What task(s) do you dislike but still do?
I wouldn’t say dislike but there are some necessary tasks I have to do to make edits to certain videos. They could be less appealing than others and really difficult but I love being involved in every frame of my videos. For instance, in a typical 12-minute video I make, there are over 17, 000 frames, and each means a lot to me if I’m to pass the message across the way I desire.
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
I mostly write the prospective tasks in a note and I have started using a Trello board to organise tasks.
How do you recharge or take a break?
I recently started working out, well, not really recently, it’s been eight months with bursts of sessions and occasional drops but it’s made me healthier. This is definitely a habit I recommend.
Besides work, what do you spend time doing? What do you enjoy?
I listen to a lot of electronic dance music (EDM)/house music. Sometimes, I listen to trap songs and analyse them in their BPM patterns. I recently began a music production course and started creating some sounds I had ideas about in my head (Soundcloud.com/fosudo). They’re definitely rookie material but it’s something I look forward to in my spare time. In general, music I listen to has been really diverse because I’ve started appreciating the creation steps and I keep looking out for new sounds.
What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to? What do you recommend?
Current Read: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
Current Series: Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime (the only episodic series I’ve finished this year and it’s pretty much the best one).
Music: Haywyre – Do You Don’t You (Haywyre is a demigod on the chords, I highly recommend his videos) and anything that Martin Garrix makes.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be quick in actions, be patient in results (I added it to my wallpaper).
What’s a problem you’re still trying to solve?
I’d say consistently delivering value and meeting as many questions with answers as I possibly can.
Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Tobi Ayeni – MissTechy.
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