RecklessMike: Poking Fun At ‘Ghetto’ Social Media Trends [YouTube Nextup Creator Profile Series]


Believe it or not, Mike Thomas got the name RecklessMike not because he was a loud and irresponsible kid in high school but because of a medical condition he has suffered since since he was 7 years old. He said that he got the name because he suffered from a condition that made him lose a lot of blood internally, which required him to visit the hospital constantly.

Still, it hasn’t stopped the New York YouTuber from creating videos that mainly poke fun at bizarre and annoying trends in social media such as “Ghetto Twitter Names” and “Instagram Whores.” His most popular video is “Top Ghetto Facebook Poses!” where he and the rest of his gang mimic poses like “The Thug” and the “Typical Drug Dealer” pose.

RecklessMike’s determination to live his life and make people laugh gives more meaning to his nickname. He said: “I fight it every day just to prove no matter what you’re going through, you can accomplish anything.”

What is the most reckless thing you’ve ever done in life or on YouTube?

Mike Thomas: When I was in high school I would usually be the loud and outgoing kid in class and in the hallways. I was the kid in school that people always wanted me to dance for them, just to put on a show, because I love to dance and show off my talents. I would usually be the one getting chased by high school security guards for fooling around with them. All in good fun of course. I’ve done some other reckless things but I want to keep that confidential for when I make a video for my subscribers a.k.a Team Reckless.

How did you find out about YouTube and when did you start your career?

I found about about YouTube by a few of my friends in school. But my original reason for signing up to YouTube was Smosh; I was a big fan of them long before they were on YouTube. I started doing YouTube videos with my cousin, late 2008. That wasn’t working out because my cousin was always busy with school or work, so that’s when I decided to make use of my “Reckless Mike” channel and started to make videos by myself without depending too much on people. I officially started my career January 2011.

Tell us about your channel and who you’re trying to appeal to.

My channel is a wide range variety of videos. I do comedy skits, relationship advice, and from time to time, reaction videos and parodies. I’m usually trying to appeal to my urban demographic ages 17-25, because any video I create they’re the ones that can relate to me the most.

How do you feel about being selected as a NextUp Collaborator? What are you doing for the project?

I’ve been applying for a couple of years to be selected to a NextUp program. So when I was selected to YouTube NextUp I was very nervous and excited because I didn’t know what to expect. In the program, YouTube had flown us to Los Angeles for two weeks. Once in February and once in late March. Our goal that YouTube wanted us to do is to collaborate with other YouTubers in the NextUp program.

What do you think you’ll get out of the NextUp program?

So many things I’ve gotten out of the NextUp program: how to properly use a DSLR Camera, metadata and analytics for example. It has helped me so much. But I’m sure with all the information YouTube is providing to me, it will help me further my YouTube career.