What do you do when you’re not making vlogs?
I’m the marketing manager at King of the Web/Creator Republic, so a good amount of my time is spent working there. This is the kind of question I’m actually afraid of because I don’t do much besides working on YouTube-related things. My additional hobbies include the nothing special spending time with friends, playing video games, listening to music, watching movies/TV, etc. YouTube encompasses every facet of my life.
Aside from the Next Vlogger selection, what’s the coolest experience you’ve had involving YouTube?
The experience that made me feel the most elated was having Andy Milonakis come to my hotel party at VidCon 2012. I had my back turned to the door when I heard my friend say, “Zach, look who’s here!” I turn around to see Andy leading my pack of friends. This was a big deal to me because I was huge fan of his show on MTV and my reaction was amplified even further from being under the influence of alcohol.
How are you going to use the YouTube Next Vlogger honor to better your channel?
Of course, the new production equipment will help up my quality. Also, this is an excellent opportunity to network with YouTube employees, industry professionals, and the other Next Vloggers. I may or may not grill the YouTube employees about some burning questions I have during the Google Hangouts as well.
About YouTube Next Vlogger Series 2013:
YouTube gave its yearly shoutout back in April for motivated YouTube creators with “stories of personal triumph” to apply for their Next Vlogger award — a sort of spotlight program for YouTube stars-in-the-making. This year, they’ve selected 15 unique voices from around the world that are challenging the way we think, wowing us or just plain making us laugh. In exchange for that, the recipients get mentoring from industry leaders, $4,000 worth of equipment and channel promotion.
NMR always wants to give you the first and best look at emerging talent, so we’ve reached out to these creators for a little more info on just who they are and why you should be paying attention. Past winners of the Next Vlogger award include Danisnotonfire and Black Nerd Comedy, so this 2013 class is definitely full of up-and-coming creators to keep an eye on.