Youtube channel ideas without showing your face are important to consider when starting a channel. This is so you may keep your personal life separate from the business side of youtube, meaning you won’t have to deal with fans who start to get obsessive about your personal life. If you don’t show your face, in most cases you can make any type of videos that covers your niche interests, whether it be a comedy, unboxing and displaying products, tutorials on how to build something easy, or commentaries on what is going on today in media news/ social media gossip/ or sports/
Sometimes the best YouTube channel ideas with huge audiences have one thing in common: the creator doesn’t show his or her face. While many accounts for makeup tutorials and product reviews are run by anonymous creators, there are also many non-show faces channels without any traceable origin, proving that you don’t need to be constantly staring at the camera to make a big impact.
1. Social Media posts with commentary
One new type of YouTube video I’ve seen is where someone covers a topic on Reddit and shares the best posts or comments.
One of the best examples of this is a channel called “EmKay.”
They find the best posts in a subreddit and use that as the visual while reading the posts and adding funny commentary as the audio.
2. Live commentary for an event
Another type of YouTube video that seems to be catching lately is live commentary during live events (like sports).
For instance, many people don’t like the commentators the TV station picks to cover certain sporting events.
This is where you can come in and be the alternative while getting paid to do so.
As an example, you could do commentary with YouTube Live during the Super Bowl and people would just listen to you while watching the game.
A famous YouTuber who does this is Joe Rogan. When he’s not commentating in person at a UFC or other martial arts event, he’ll sometimes have a live “Fight Companion” show with some of his best friends on YouTube.
I would have an example of a Fight Companion episode here, but since Joe Rogan signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, most of those videos were taken off of YouTube.
3. Explaining or drawing on whiteboard
Another popular YouTube video style without being on camera can include explaining something on a whiteboard or using whiteboard animation.
This is a VERY effective way to create popular videos without having to show your face.
You can use some whiteboard animation software like VideoScribe to create these kinds of videos yourself on whatever subject you’re trying to outline.
I find that this format works especially well for educational channels.
Another alternative could be to draw on a virtual whiteboard as you explain something or just show off your artistic abilities.
4. Game streaming/recorded gameplay
Believe it or not, you don’t need to be on-camera to stream or record yourself playing video games.
Just look at TheRadBrad, for instance.
He has around 12 million subscribers on YouTube, as of me writing this, and you never see his face in his videos.
To do this, you could record on Twitch, download the streams when you’re done, and edit them with a video editor like Camtasia.
Then, you just upload the videos to YouTube from there.
5. Podcast with static image
Another interesting way to make YouTube videos without being on camera is by using a podcast with just a static image as the visual.
This is one of the easiest ways to create YouTube videos because you don’t have to deal with people, animation, or any other type of moving visual.
As long as you have a decent podcast that keeps people engaged, people will use YouTube to search for your episodes and just have them playing in the background.
6. Office or home tour
Another great video to do if you don’t want to be on camera is an office or home tour.
You could even do a gaming setup video if you’re a streamer.
What’s nice about this video style is it can work for pretty much any channel type that you have.
Have a cooking channel? Do a kitchen tour.
Have a gaming channel? Do a gaming room tour.
Are you a vlogger? Do a house tour.
And no, you don’t have to get a camera person and show yourself walking around. Just use your phone or camera and explain as you show the equipment and rooms for your visuals.
7. Screenshare reviews
If you have more of an educational channel, you might try doing screen share reviews.
These can apply to any website, social media profile, app, software, etc. that you might review for interested people.
8. Tutorials on screen, cooking, etc.
You can also do a lot of different kinds of tutorials without showing your face.
For instance, you can do just about anything on a screen (like coding tutorials) or even anything that just involves viewers seeing your hands (like drawing or cooking tutorials).
9. Compilation of clips, memes, etc.
I’ve been finding more and more YouTube channels that take memes and content from other social media sites like Reddit and commentate on them in the form of videos.
One example of this is how a channel called “EmKay” will use a popular subreddit and its top posts as the subject of videos while adding some funny commentary.
While this method of making videos may seem simple compared to many other top channels, I must remind you that they have over 2 million subscribers.
It seems to work.
10. Product unboxing or review
Another type of video you can do without being on-camera that can apply to any channel is product unboxings or reviews.
Have a makeup tutorials channel? Unbox and review makeup products.
Have a motivational channel? Review the top books in the industry.
You can apply this to anything and some channels are even built on this very concept.
Just look at all the popular toy unboxing channels out there!
11. How much YouTube pays me
And of course, we have the “How much YouTube pays me” video.
Any YouTuber in any niche can do this because you’re all on YouTube.
Plus, many people are curious about what it’s like to make money creating videos all the time.
Now, can you do one of these videos every week?
But, it can be one of your most popular videos even if you do it right and are transparent with people.
And all you have to do is screenshare your YouTube Analytics page and add a little commentary.
Now, I know this YouTuber is in the video, but you don’t have to be. Just focus on showing people the analytics.
12. Explainer videos with stock footage
Another great YouTube video idea without being on camera is an explainer or even motivational video using stock footage as the visual.
For example, the FightMediocrity and Motivation Madness channels will take parts of speeches or interviews and combine them with stock footage to create popular videos.
Here’s an example of how FightMediocrity does it.
13. Meme Recap
The internet loves its memes and basing a YouTube channel around that is pretty simple. Curate your memes, add some fun music, and go. Or you could do a voice-over (voice modulators are a fun way to up the fun factor) and react to the memes you’ve chosen.
Check out Mentally Mitch‘s faceless YouTube channel for an excellent example of a meme recap channel with over 500 thousand subscribers. You read that right: over half a million subscribers for reacting to memes!
Oh, and he doesn’t just hide his face, he also edits his voice by raising the pitch to a comically high level. It gives him a lot of extra personalities while maintaining a certain level of anonymity and privacy.
There are a lot of these types of YouTube channels but there is room for creators who are willing to consistently put in the work.
Also, video ideas for this channel aren’t difficult at all since new memes sproat up all day every day. You can create awesome videos and a profitable channel just by reacting to 12-15 memes per video!
14. SubReddit Recaps
Reddit has a massive amount of funny, weird, creepy, and all-around entertaining content just waiting for a moment in the spotlight. You can easily compile a collection of posts to share, read and react to on your YouTube channel.
Channels like EmKay with over 2.4 million subscribers and fresh with almost half a million prove that YouTube loves a good r/subreddit channel.
Motivational YouTube channels are extremely popular. They are often driven by compilation videos from industry leaders in the motivational speaking space.
These channels mashup popular video clips and sound bites while putting epic background music behind them.
There is no shortage of motivational audio and video you can repurpose for your motivational channel.
Channels like Motiversity focus on curating motivational content into epic videos that get millions of views.
I’m a huge fan of these videos actually and listen to them when I’m in the gym.
Some of these motivational YouTube channels add more originality and create motivational videos that have animation videos as the focal point. This takes a lot more work of course but there are many software products and freelancers who can make these animations for you quickly without spending a fortune or taking weeks to turn around.
15. Unboxing and Product Reviews
If you’re working with physical products, but don’t want to show your face, you can create unboxing videos.
An unboxing video is a video of you opening a package, seeing what’s in it, and capturing your initial reaction to seeing the product for the first time. You can record just your hands and your commentary while unboxing products. Pretty simple to produce.
People enjoy watching unboxing videos out of curiosity about the product and for their unfiltered feel.
Unbox Therapy has over 17.5 million subscribers. Nowadays, the owner shows his face, but he started with a fixed overhead camera recording just his hands, the product, and his first impressions. Here’s one of his early videos:
You can also do in-depth reviews of software, games, online courses, mobile apps, and services all without showing your face.
You can monetize an unboxing channel or a review channel with YouTube ads, although affiliate marketing might be more lucrative.
When you become an affiliate for the products you review, you can place your affiliate links in your video descriptions. If a viewer clicks your link then makes a purchase, you get a commission. You can combine ads with affiliate marketing to create two streams of income from all your videos.
Brands or sponsors who want you to review their products might also approach you. You might be compensated or given free products. As long as you disclose that in your review and share your honest opinions, subscribers won’t feel duped and you’ll stay on the right side of FTC disclosure requirements.
16. Animated Explainer Videos
If you can take interesting, complex, or trending topics and break them down into easily understood concepts using animation, you might have a winner. Polymatter has amassed over 1.2 million subscribers with animated videos about business, economics, and politics.
Evan, the creator of Polymatter, even has a course on Skillshare called Make Animated YouTube Videos. His course takes you through the process and tools he uses to make his videos.
17. How to Videos
People are always hungry to learn new things. YouTube is the perfect platform for teaching and learning. If you have a skill or talent that others are interested in, you can create how-to videos that don’t require showing your face.
5 Minute Crafts is a channel with over 70 million subscribers. They make videos showcasing many crafting tricks, quick DIY projects, and life hacks almost anyone can replicate. You won’t see any faces in this video that has over 55 million views so far:
18. Software Tutorials
Lots of people struggle to learn new software. Others want to learn how to do something specific with an app. If you have intermediate to advanced skills using software, you can make tutorial videos where you show your screen and teach viewers how to do something step by step.
Software tutorials are a little different from other how-to videos. You’ll be doing screencasts, so it requires no camera setup. There are several tools you can use to record your screen including Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic, and Tella.
TeachExcel publishes basic and advanced Excel tutorials. The channel has been around since 2008, so as long as you stay on top of software updates and new features, you’ll have staying power.
If you’re good with programs like Photoshop, Premiere, PowerPoint, or any other application with a large user base, screencasting software tutorials might be your ticket to a profitable YouTube channel without showing your face.
19. POV Adventure
If you’re a traveler, adventurer, or thrill-seeker strap on your GoPro and start recording. Point-of-view videos offer unique and sometimes incredible footage. Your video could go viral without you ever showing your face.
Some of the highest earners on YouTube are gamers. If you’re into gaming, you probably know who Ninja and PewDiePie are. They have millions of subscribers and make millions of dollars through ads, sponsorships, merchandise, live streaming, and endorsement deals. But they show their faces and became genuine celebrities.
That doesn’t mean you have to appear on screen in one of those picture-in-picture boxes like the superstars. You can make a successful gaming YouTube channel without showing your face. Check out H2ODelirious for an example.
If you love to play video games, record your sessions and comment while you play. Publish videos with tips and strategies for new players. Fans of the game care more about the game than whether you show your face or not.
21. Time-lapse Videos
Time-lapse videos are not something you can slap together. It takes a good bit of time, patience, and editing to create a riveting video. When done well, these videos can explode in popularity.
Temponaut Timelapse is a channel that makes time-lapse videos of subjects like ants, rotting food, and city skylines. They have several successful videos that have picked up between 1 million and 20 million views. This one has received over 3 million views and counting:
22. Audio Only
Many podcasters, musicians, meditation instructors, and storytellers upload their content to YouTube. These videos are just a single background image with audio narration or music tracks.
More Examples of Faceless YouTube Channels
Here are even more successful YouTube channels where the owner or creator does not show their face. Use this list for additional inspiration:
All you see is a pair of hands as the nameless, faceless narrator makes a mockery of slickly produced cooking videos and shows off his razor wit. His videos are more comedy than serious cooking instruction, but cooking is a good niche for creating YouTube channels without showing your face.
An actual cooking channel where the chef, who never shows her face, masterfully prepares Nepali dishes. She has over 750 thousand subs and several of her videos have captured over a million views.
A compilation channel that strings together clips into top 10 lists with their commentary. They center around movies, tv shows, video games, and sports.
An extremely popular faceless channel where the creator simply rants about things he hates. His takes on the things he hates, which include TikTok, school, Justin Bieber, and much more, have earned him nearly half a billion views with over 2 million fellow haters subscribing.
Here’s a channel that specializes in point-of-view roller coaster rides. Some of their videos have reached over a million views.
This channel creates content using audio from famous actors, business owners, motivational speakers, and others to motivate and inspire. Their videos are made entirely from other people’s audio, stock video footage, and images or quick clips of the speaker.
A true-crime podcast featuring intriguing cases from all over the world. Their videos consist of a simple background that stays on screen while the audio plays. The host is unseen and anonymous.
This channel is an interesting mix of unboxing and gameplay videos. No rule says you have to stick to a single formula. You can try more than one faceless idea, then either do more of what works or keep producing multiple types of videos.
So now that you know making YouTube videos without showing your face is a viable option, what kind of channel will you start?
Making a youtube channel without a face is a great way to boost brand recognition. Through the use of illustration and a relatable message, you’re able to get your audience more engaged with less friction. It allows people to project themselves into the story around your product or service. People will think more about how your product will affect their lives, how it’s good for them and their problems, rather than simply using it as they would any product they buy.