I became a YouTuber accidentally. I auditioned to be a part of a channel called “SourceFed” back in 2012 and it all kind of snowballed from there. I’d always considered myself an actor, so it was weird to be considered something different, but now I’ve embraced it entirely. My muses are stand-up comedians like Pete Holmes, Bo Burnham, and John Mulaney. Their brand of comedy inspires me to make content that’s true to myself and not what’s “popular” at the moment.
As for people I like working with, it typically involves fashion or adult beverages, haha. Whether it’s a sock brand that I enjoy wearing or a tequila that’s enjoyable at parties, I usually gravitate toward those types of entities. They fit my lifestyle (which is best described as social but closely knit).
I currently shoot using a t3i rebel, with the little viewer thingy that flips toward me so I can check the focus as I go. I use two china balls for lighting, as well as a mounted LED light so I shine so bright that all blemishes and gross facial features are blasted into oblivion!
Faves? Like Favorites? Hmm... I like Templeton Rye whiskey, Bo Burnham’s “what.”, maltipoos, Weezer, and of course, Soren Kierkegaard, who once said, “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” That might me too deep. I also like when Lloyd Christmas from “Dumb & Dumber” said, “The first time I set eyes on Mary Swanson, I just got that old fashioned romantic feeling where I’d do anything to bone her.” So there’s that.
I’ve honestly never had a bad experience with FameBit. There are a lot of people right now in this marketplace, as the medium continues to grow, who have absolutely no idea what they’re doing. But FameBit does a great job of balancing the brand’s needs with the YouTuber’s style. I’m a big fan. :)
DON'T DO IT! No, wait, that's not it... DO IT! There it is. Yeah, I think the most important thing is to just keep at it and learn to balance what works on YouTube with what makes you happy. A lot of actors apply this philosophy to the films they shoot (one blockbuster affords them however many independent films). I try to treat my content like that. One video will be, "How To Get The Girl," or something YouTube-friendly, then others will be off-the-wall weirdness that excites me more. Most importantly, though: Keep at it!
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