Austin Null and his wife Brittany had been married nine months when they first started making their YouTube videos. What started as a hobby that was inspired by the outrageous and hilarious videos of the Shaytards soon turned into a full-time vlogging passion. The couple’s vlogs capture everything: the couple’s adorable daughter, Audriauna, their comments on interracial relationships, their second pregnancy announcement, dance parties, baby tantrums, trips to the beach. As Austin puts it, he makes “funny videos with my hot wife and cute kid” that either cause people to laugh or walk away with judgmental stares. While in the beginning there was nothing more exciting for Austin and Brittany than watching one of their videos hit 100 views, the couple’s channel now has over 25,000 loyal subscribers. Candid and loving, the Null family capture their biggest, and most importantly, their most comical moments, with the great hope that people will stumble upon their videos and can’t help themselves but laugh.
If you had to evacuate your house and could only bring three things, what would you choose and why? You can’t include people or animals.
I’m glad you excluded people because I’d be down to one item since I’d grab the wife and kid first! Well, I’m a YouTuber so I’d grab my computer, my Canon 60D and probably a Coke in case I get thirsty on the way to wherever we’re going in this terribly drastic hypothetical scenario that requires us to evacuate our home.
What was your favorite movie growing up as kids?
I loved “The Jungle Book,” “Aladdin” and “Toy Story” when I was a kid. I also loved to watch an old movie called “Singin’ In The Rain” because of the infamous scene in it where Cosmo Brown sings “Make Em’ Laugh.” It made me laugh so much, and I knew I wanted to be a complete goober like that and make people laugh on camera one day. As I got older I saw “Dumb and Dumber” and it had the same effect on me. It was the epitome of how I wanted to be in my everyday life: goofy and weird.
What would be your perfect Saturday?
Going to Manhattan Beach with Brittany and Audriauna, walking along the water, filming a video while we’re out, eating at Chili’s because we’d smash their chips and salsa all day long, and then going home and watching Netflix and/or YouTube. Yeah, we’re super exciting people. #ThugLife
So many of your vlogs follow your personal life. Are there any challenges to always having a camera around? Are there any things you won’t share or discuss?
Yeah, we’ve learned that if you don’t want to deal with people giving their opinion on something then don’t put it on the internet. Lol. Honestly, though, we’re really open and we haven’t really ever held anything back from our viewers. Our goal in making videos is to make people smile and show them that you can be happy no matter what is going on in your life. I mean, six months ago I was delivering pizzas, working construction and doing freelance video work all at the same time. We had just had a baby, and we were barely making ends meet. It was tough, and we had a lot of conversations with each other and with our audience letting them know that even when things are tough it could always be worse and we should all be thankful for what we have. It’s awesome to be able to share things with viewers and get their feedback because it inspires us to keep chasing our dreams and get through the tough times together.
What book means the most to you or stands out most in your mind?
What are these “books” you speak of? I’m not a big reader; I watch YouTube videos. We’re Christians so I think we’re required to say “the Bible.”
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
I would be a monkey because they’re crazy, and I’ve always wanted a pet monkey to sit on my shoulder and do flips and hand me Skittles or something. Brittany would be an elephant. It’s not a fat joke; she just likes to do elephant impersonations. And Audri would be a lion because she’s intense. And loud.
What have you learned from your first video upload? What are three golden things you’ve learned from the NextUp program?
I’ve learned a lot from when we first started uploading. The main things are: be consistent, interact with your audience through the comments, video call to actions — Twitter, Facebook, etc. — and also make sure that you stay true to who you are. If you’re passionate about something, make videos that have to do with what you’re passionate about. Don’t try to do videos like popular people just for the sake of trying to do videos like popular people.
I’ve learned a lot from NextUp. One thing I already knew, but it was reinforced through NextUp, is collaboration is key. It’s so tough to make a name for yourself on YouTube today because the site is so saturated with content. Reaching out to relevant creators like yourself to collaborate and build a friendship with will help you grow quicker. I also learned the importance of defining what your goal is for your channel. Don’t try to fit in content that doesn’t work with your overall goal for your channel. And finally I learned some great tips from the YouTube Pro Series about crowdfunding that featured my buddy Shaycarl, Hannah Hart and others. I’ve been wanting to do some things involving crowdfunding and charities, and I’m hoping to implement some of these things in the coming months so stay tuned!
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.
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