Funded by their fans through a Kickstarter campaign, the Awkward Kids made it to Orlando to perform and meet with their fans. “We like to engage with our fans by taking requests from our YouTube videos and by doing a lot of behind the scenes footage.” The group was doing sketch comedy even before YouTube and posts videos to YouTube about once a month. “We got started when Michelle had an idea to do a forest-themed rap called ‘Forest Bitchez.’ The rest is history.”
Almost every one of their videos is a collaboration, and so far they’ve featured YouTube personalities like Hannah Hart and Sean Klitzner. “We’re producing a pilot right now of our story — it’s kind of like Lonely Island meets ‘Flight of the Concords.’ Our fans love to see people they know in our videos, and that’s one of the ways we can keep them coming back.”
Andre (aka BlackNerdComedy) has a channel that boast almost 100 thousand subscribers, many of whom are geeks like himself who enjoy watching his comedic sketches about things like the Power Rangers. He started off as a full-time programmer upon graduation from college but saw that his true passion was in acting and comedy. “I started to see other people like Tay Zonday making content, and my eyes lit up.”
He left the corporate world to pursue YouTube full-time after seeing what was possible at a VidCon conference he attended a few years ago. His advice for anyone looking to leave the corporate world: “Don’t kill yourself, but definitely figure out the way you can make it work and still be able to live. This is different for everyone. Do what you need to do to fulfill that comfort zone, then just go crazy.”
He believes that personality is what makes every YouTuber different, and he focuses a lot on that. “Once you figure out what your thing is, you will get creative on how things can be talked about your way. Be passionate – it will show.”
“A lot of people come into YouTube and come to make money. That shouldn’t be the goal. It should be for the love of making video and sharing things.” Charles has been in the YouTube game for quite some time — two months after YouTube started, to be exact. YouTubers often give advice about releasing content consistently, but Charles takes it to a new level. He has a homemade reality show that has had fans coming back for daily videos of him and his wife for the past 1,400 days. His channel has over 700 thousand subscribers to show for it.
Charles plays bass for the rock band We The Kings but manages to keep an active YouTube channel at the same time and keeps his fans engaged with his quirkiness and humour. His advice for his success: “Be open to anything. Keep your eyes and ears aware and make friends with people. Never burn bridges, it will come back and haunt you.”