YouTuber Jose Padilla is interested in just about everything: love, fitness, self-improvement, tech support — he covers it all on his YouTube channel Techmaster8. Padilla, a full-time college student at Kean University, began making YouTube videos in 2008 as a way of helping other people improve their lives. Now five years and 34,000 subscribers later, Padilla has done just that by advising viewers on the ways of life and love in a social media-obsessed world. While many YouTubers shy away from developing a YouTube channel that covers a large range of topics, Padilla sees his “jack of all trades” channel as a positive that has allowed him to create interesting and relatable content for his subscribers. So should you need a new workout for developing those summer six-pack abs or want some advice on how to pick up the ladies, Jose Padilla is here to save the day.
Describe your dream girl. What does she have to have, and what is a definite deal breaker?
Jose Padilla: My dream girl would have to be someone who is caring and can cook delicious meals. I love eating, therefore I do not think I would be able to marry a woman that cooks less than I do.
What workout routine is your favorite? When did you first become interested in fitness?
Mon: Chest/Triceps; Tues: Bicep/Bicep; Wed: Legs; Thursday: Off/cardio; Fri: Shoulders/abs; Sat:Chest … repeat. I enjoy pushing those weights at the gym. One of my goals in life is to maintain a great physical shape until the day I die. I want to still be ripped at 60.
When you aren’t filming YouTube videos what do you normally spend your days doing?
I am a fulltime college student at Kean University. I am currently studying English Education.
You’ve said in some of your videos that when it comes to approaching girls, confidence wins out over looks. Do you truly believe this?
I TRULY believe this. If only men knew it was that simple.
What are some disadvantages to having such a broad channel?
The problem with having such a broad channel is that sometimes my subscribers don’t expect to get a video that’s not related to the video that made them subscribe to me. Therefore a few unsubscribe after I post a video, but usually only 1-2.
If you could party with any celebrity dead or alive who would you choose, and where would you guys go?
I would love to party with Julius Caesar (yes, not a celebrity but an immortal name). I would ask him about his secrets regarding success and how he was able to conquer most of the world’s population at the time.
One of the craziest experiences you’ve had that was a result from you having a YouTube channel?
A very wealthy viewer saw me in L.A. and let me borrow her Porsche 911 for the week. Just offered it to me like if it was nothing.
What inspires you?
Self-improvement inspires me. The fact that I can always better myself is my biggest motivator. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my weaknesses.
What have you learned from your first video until now? What have you taken away from NextUp creator boot camp, and how do you see your videos evolving from here on out?
When I posted my first video, I had no idea that one could make a living off YouTube. I learned so much from NextUp; I would be able to write a book with how much I learned. My viewers can expect to see much better videos in the future thanks to NextUp.
About the piece:
Out of YouTube’s thousands of creator channels, 30 promising creators are picked every season to participate in the YouTube NextUp Creator program — a sort of Hogwarts Academy for the very best of the YouTube best. They spend a week training at the YouTube Creator Space in Los Angeles, attending seminars, learning advanced filming techniques and interacting with some of the YouTube greats. In short, it’s a pretty cool honor. Since YouTube thinks they’re worthy, NMR thinks you should know about them.
So we’re featuring the Winter 2013 class of Nextup participants — 2 a day for the next 15 days. Learn about these fresh faces, love their content and then subscribe to their channels, because these are the next generation of YouTube innovators.