Q: When did you start making videos?
A: My first video was uploaded on May 28th, 2006. It was the day after my birthday, and my parents had gotten me a Flip Video.
Q: How old were you when you started making your videos?
A: I had just turned 12.
Q: Why did you make your videos? Any influences?
A: Well, my dad was the one who introduced me to Youtube, and I thank him for that! As far as later videos (my old ones really sucked, like most people’s first videos), my inspirations were/are livelavalive, KassemG, wastetimechasingcars, supermac18, and grocerybagdottv, among LOTS of others. And I’ve always had a sort of rivalry with smosh
Q: How long did it take you to become “famous” or get a lot of views/subscribers?
A: A LONG FREAKING TIME. Haha just kidding, but it’s kind of true. Besides being on MyCollab about a week before writing this (that got me hundreds of subscribers), my semi-popularity was a slow climb. It was literally a gradual increase over three or four years.
Q: What is the best thing about being a “popular youtuber”?
A: Cliche answer: The good comments, “fan” mail, and being part of a community. Blunt answer: Getting money from making videos (but the three things above are true too, I swear!)
Q: What is the worst thing about being a “popular youtuber”?
A: Feeling bad when I don’t make a video for more than a week. It’s especially hard when you have your main account, a drumming account, a side account, and a collab channel.
Q: If you could only subscribe to one person on youtube, who would it be?
A: Ahh that’s a really hard question. Livelavalive, I guess…he’s my main inspiration. But I’ll admit, his videos aren’t that funny to me, they’re just really cool and inspirational.
Q: Do the people you see often (eg: Friends, Family, Citizens of your town..) know that your on youtube/youtube famous?
A: They wouldn’t call it famous (neither would I, really), but most of them know about my Youtube. I’ve kind of stopped telling so many people, because sometimes it’s embarrassing when they bring up one of my videos in real life. Good thing they don’t know about my Twitter (haha)
Q: What is the best thing that has happened since being on YouTube?
A: Becoming a Youtube Partner, definitely. Not only can I make $$ to get better camera stuff, but it has allowed me to become more active in the Youtube community. I don’t know how it did that, but it sure did. Also, it’s a great motivation to make good videos.
Q: What is the worst thing that has happened since being on YouTube?
A: My JVC Everio’s hard drive crashed one time, and I lost a year’s worth of videos. Back then I thought they would have turned out okay, but now I realize they probably sucked. Also, my little bro passed me in subscriber count, but don’t worry, I’ll catch up haha.
Also, making quality videos, and then being ignored view-wise. AND YOUTUBE TOOK DOWN THE FEATURE BOX! The Editors at Youtube used to hand-pick rising new videos daily, and they would basically make undiscovered people famous. Now stars like ShaneDawson and Charlestrippy are pretty much all you see on the front page.
Q: If you have a number in your username, what does it stand for?
A: I don’t. But I have a letter, “z,” which stands for Zach.
Q: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend or is it personal?
A: Yeah, that’s definitely personal. Although the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
Q: What do you look for in a girls/boys?
A: Sense of humor, and being chill.
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: Indie pop. Of Montreal, Belle and Sebastian, Matt & Kim, MGMT, The Fratellis, and The Postal Service. Also, Ratatat, The Spinto Band, The Thermals, Neutral Milk Hotel, and PK. PK is incredibly awesome because they let me use their music in my videos!
Q: What are your favorite books(book)?
A: *looks at Facebook page* Freakonomics, that’s all
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when your bored?
A: Make a video, edit a video, drum, eat, and reply to super old comments on my videos and surprise them.
Q: Do you read ALL your comments/messages?
A: Yes, I just don’t reply to them all.