Niklas Christl is a famous YouTuber.
He has more than 700 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name Niklas Christl.
Niklas Christl hails from Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
He grew up in Germany.
His father, Andreas Christl hails from Barcelona, Spain and he settled in Germany and he worked as a Managing Partner at TALENTspy Executive Search in Munich, Germany.
Niklas has a brother, Max Christl.
Love for filmmaking & YouTube-
At 12, Niklas got his first digital camera and thanks to this, he fell in love with filmmaking and he wanted to grow up to become a YouTuber.
With that camera, he started filming random things like scuba diving, bike riding, and other things which interested him.
At that time, Niklas also started watching YouTube videos and was attracted towards YouTube as a platform.
He began by watching the videos of Sam Kolder and he considers him as one of his YouTube idols.
Niklas did his schooling from Gymnasium Bruckmühl high school and finished his schooling in 2016.
Even though he was very interested in learning filmmaking, he decided not to enrol into a university to learn it.
Niklas took this decision because he felt that a film school wouldn’t teach him all the aspects of filmmaking.
So, he started learning filmmaking on his own by watching YouTube videos and filming videos.
For a while, Niklas was also attracted towards landscape photography but later he shifted his focus to filmmaking.
Starting YouTube channels-
In his adolescent years, Niklas started a couple of YouTube channels.
He used to publish funny videos on his first YouTube channel and later, he started another YouTube channel with his friend and started uploading sketches onto it.
These channels couldn’t perform well and later, Niklas made them private.
Working as an intern-
Niklas worked as an intern at many organisations in order to better learn filmmaking.
In July 2014, he worked as a student intern for Maritim Film GmbH.
Then, from November 2017 to February 2018, Niklas worked as an intern at KMS BLACKSPACE GmbH.
Later, from May 2018 to August 2018, he worked as an intern for beech studios.
Working for Daniel Abt-
While working as an intern at beech studios, Niklas applied for the position of content creator at Daniel Abt, an automotive YouTuber.
Fortunately, he got selected and from September 2018, he started working for Daniel’s YouTube channel by the name, Daniel Abt.
Niklas moved from his hometown to Kempten in order to work for Daniel.
While working here, he also got opportunities to work with brands like Audi Sport GmbH, Michelin, Schaeffler, etc.
After working for around a year and a half, Niklas started losing interest in his job because his job involved filming cars but he wasn’t passionate about cars.
Also, he felt his job to be monotonous and fast-paced as his job required travelling to different countries rapidly.
So, in March 2020, Niklas quit his high-paying full-time job and decided to work full-time on his own YouTube channel and move to a foreign country.
He was 22 at that time.
Working on his own YouTube channel-
Niklas started his YouTube channel by the name Niklas Christl on 9 October 2017.
Even though he started publishing videos onto it from 22 February 2018 onwards, he fully focused on his channel only after quitting his full-time job.
Peter McKinnon is one of his inspirations to work on YouTube.
Initially, as Niklas wasn’t earning money with his videos, he undertook some freelance projects and worked with brands like Mercedes-Benz, etc.
Eventually, as his YouTube channel grew and became financially viable, he fully focused on his channel and stopped taking freelance projects.
Niklas faced many difficulties on his path of becoming a successful YouTuber, like COVID affected his travel plans and also negatively affected his earnings as he couldn’t secure sufficient freelance projects due to COVID.
Also, once, he had to leave his apartment in Kempten and move to his hometown to live at his mother’s home.
Niklas’s first video to get viral is titled- DJI Mavic Air 2 | Cinematic HDR Footage.
This video was published on 28 May 2020.
Apart from his YouTube channel, Niklas also has an online shop through which he sells LUTs and Presets.
In 2021, he moved from Germany to Cape Town, South Africa and in June 2022, he moved to Bali, Indonesia.
- Niklas’s favourite YouTubers are Matt D’Avella, Nathaniel Drew and Sam kølder.
- His favourite countries are New Zealand and Norway. And his favourite place is Sambauan Island.
- Niklas uses Sony α6500 camera and DJI Mavic Air 2 for shooting his videos.
- He is a polyglot as he knows English, French and German.
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