Transformation Tuesday: Jenna Marbles

jenna_marblesIn an environment as fast-paced as YouTube, five years ago can feel like a different lifetime — and no-one knows that better than Jenna Marbles. A glance through her extensive video archives shows just how much life has changed for the YouTube superstar.

Check out this “day in the life” video from February 2011:


This video was less than a year after her “How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking” video went viral and more or less launched her reputation as a YouTuber. Even with her newfound fame, you can see in this video how hard she was working to make this career pay off — living in Boston and finding time to make videos when she wasn’t writing for Barstool Sports and working part-time jobs like bartending and go-go dancing.

Fast forward to:


Today Jenna lives in Los Angeles and has more than 14,600,000 subscribers. And she’s still working her ass off and takes her job very seriously, but you’ve got to admit that a full-time, well-paying career that involves getting drunk and playing with clay is much better than working in bars and nightclubs to make ends meet.

The coolest thing for me is that between then and now, her personality is basically the same. The production quality has improved, she’s more practiced and experienced and her hair has changed color a bunch of times, but underneath it all she’s the same wacky, cheerful, honest person she always was. It’s nice to know that some things don’t change.


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