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12 Awesome YouTube Channel Ideas (Without Showing Your Face)
Can you make a YouTube channel without showing your face?
In 2022, the answer is yes — 100%.
But, we'll be honest: Starting a faceless YouTube channel is no easier than starting one where everyone knows your name. To make up for the lack of face time, you'll have to add more visual elements to your content, such as stock videos, images, graphics, and text. So in the long run, you'll spend more time editing than other creators.
Even still, there are plenty of advantages to faceless content, such as:
- Protecting your privacy on social media
- Keeping your employer from knowing you have a channel
- Shielding yourself from unwanted opinions (family and friends)
- Having a comfortable experience on YouTube
Ready to get started? Here are the best YouTube channel ideas — without showing your face.
Becoming a faceless YouTuber is more than possible if you have animation skills. You can make 2D, 3D, or stop motion videos without ever appearing on-screen.
For example, take a look at this video from 3D artist Jake Fellman. He often uses trending topics in pop culture (in this case, the urban legend Cartoon Cat) to make animated videos for billions of viewers.
You can also create whiteboard animations on YouTube. For this type of video, viewers see a collection of hand-drawn images (on a digital whiteboard) that combine to tell one story — and viewers love it.
But if you aren't the best artist, you can use a service like VideoScribe to bring your whiteboard animations to life.
2. Reaction Videos (Audio Only)
We're sure you've seen videos where someone reacts to a trending event on-camera, gasping at the "wow" moments and laughing at the "oops" ones. If that's not your speed, don't worry; there are other ways to make reaction videos on YouTube.
If you don't want to show your face, you can do a speaking reaction instead. Start by screen recording the original video, then share your opinion via voice-over as you watch the video.
Of all the faceless content out there, the stuff we've seen on gaming channels is some of the best.
The focus of a gaming video is never the person playing the game, so it's easy to make content without revealing your identity. All you have to do is screen record your gameplay, add some voice-over, then bam — it's a YouTube video. You can make gaming tutorials, build a compilation of your fails/wins, or walk viewers through different missions.
Need an example? Watch this hilarious video from Let's Game It Out about the video game WorldBox.
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. That's a fancy way of describing the tingling sensation on your scalp when you hear soothing sounds. And yes, entire YouTube channels are dedicated to that joyous feeling.
Some ASMR channels soothe viewers with gentle whispers. Others mimic familiar sounds we find relaxing: raindrops, rustling trees, pages turning in a book. It's an auditory experience, so no one's expecting to see your face – much like this waterfall video from Relaxing White Noise.
5. Product Reviews and Unboxings
When you create video reviews, you help people make crucial decisions. You'll answer questions like, "Should I buy the latest Honda hybrid or the latest Toyota hybrid? Should I get the iPhone 12 or the Samsung Galaxy S21?"
Unboxing videos are more chill, and they typically don't come with a review. Instead, the creator opens the product's packaging for the first time to reveal what's inside — sometimes without saying a word.
For example, check out the iPhone unboxing video below (it's ASMR).
For both video types, the product is the star of the show. That means you can test the latest iPhone or unbox a waffle iron without people needing to know who you are. You'll show your hands holding the product more than anything else.
Have you ever watched a video where the morning sky turns to night in mere seconds? What you witnessed at that moment was a time-lapse. You saw the scene move impossibly fast, but in reality, many images appeared in rapid succession to create a classic time-lapse.
Here's a fun example where a colony of ants spend 41 days eating half a marshmallow.
But that's just one way to get the job done. These days, you can make time-lapse videos on an iPhone or with different Android mobile apps — all without showing your face.
7. Relaxing Music
This one's for all the musicians out there. If you make relaxing music, such as ambient or lo-fi, viewers are practically waiting for you to make a YouTube channel. Life gets busy, and we all need music for quiet moments, like hiking, studying, and meditating.
Lofi Girl (formerly Chilled Cow) has been that musical source for years. Check out their continuous stream of relaxing music below. No faces, of course!
8. Explainer/Commentary/Motivational Videos
Guess what? You don't have to turn on the camera to share your point of view. If you're willing to use other elements in your video – voice-over, graphics, stock footage — you can do impressive things on YouTube.
That's how Alux.com makes videos, and they've got more than 4 million subscribers. We've never seen a face on their channel, but a female narrator talks about wealth and finance in each video.
For example, check out the video, "100 Words Rich People Use."
9. Guided Meditation
Meditating alone is difficult for some people. That's why beginners seek guided meditations on YouTube, especially those led by soft-toned instructors.
Does that sound like something you could do? The good news is that starting a meditation channel is less competitive than starting one about gaming or music. If you have a relaxing voice and thoughtful instruction, we'd say you have a fighting chance!
Here's one example from the Great Meditation channel.
If you have a useful skill, why not start a faceless how-to channel? There are countless ideas to try, but you might enjoy some of these:
- Nail art tutorials
- Cooking tutorials
- How to draw videos
- Software tutorials
- Guided Lego builds
- Crafting tutorials
- Phone repair videos
- Painting videos
- Bird watching content
- Plant identification videos
11. Scary Stories/True Crime
Is Halloween your favorite time of the year? Do you live for mysteries, suspense, and jump scares in movies?
Maybe it's time to start a horror channel on YouTube. Your videos don't have to be bone-chillingly scary, but a healthy dose of suspense will bring viewers to your channel.
And if you want to flex your creativity, horror content is the perfect playground. Some channels mix animation, true crime, and narration to tell the creepiest, most entertaining stories on YouTube.
Here's one example from IMR Scary Tales: "3 True McDonald's Horror Stories Animated."
12. Top 10 Ranking Videos
Do you like to research any and everything in your free time? If so, that's a skill you can quickly bring to YouTube. Depending on what you're interested in, you could spend your days ranking the top 10 movies, vacation spots, pizza restaurants, and more. But instead of showing your face, you'll fill in the visual gaps with images, graphics, and voice-over.
And course, we have a great example. Check out this video from HelloGreedo ranking "Star Wars" movies from worst to best.
But remember, these are broad ideas for starting a YouTube channel. You'll probably have to mold them into something that feels more like "you" and the content you're planning.
And if you need help with YouTube video ideas, here's a 7-step process for brainstorming your best content.