When I think about YouTube, one particular person comes to mind as my favorite YouTuber. You may be thinking to yourself “what is a YouTuber?”
Here is Google’s definition:
My personal favorite YouTuber is Casey Neistat. You’ve probably heard of him or at least seen one of his videos– Casey’s channel blew up in 2016 and he now has over 6 million subscribers. On his 34th birthday in March of 2015, Casey started daily vlogging aka he filmed and uploaded a video every single day. Before becoming a daily vlogger, Casey mostly used his YouTube channel as a place to put up his short films (he is a self-taught filmmaker, but we’ll talk about that later in this post). His vlogs gained popularity quickly, most of the vlogs have at least 1 million views. Needless to say, Casey has become one of the biggest names on YouTube.
I first found Casey’s channel through the video below, which was a collaboration with PrankvsPrank, a channel that I have been subscribed to for quite some time. The end of the video features a a link to a video on behind the scenes video Casey’s channel, and I’ve been watching Casey’s video ever since. It would not be an exaggeration for me to say that I’ve seen all of the 746 videos currently posted on his channel.
His videos have a combined 1.4 billion views (yes, BILLION) and that number is consistently growing. Personally, I just love that I never know what to expect with his videos–there’s always something new happening. I can live vicariously through him as he jet sets around the globe or when he’s just hanging out in NYC. He creates videos that captive viewers; I find myself able to pay attention through his videos without the urge to scroll through my phone. Not only is his content interesting, but the filming and editing of his videos are topnotch.
As I mentioned, Casey is a self-taught filmmaker; he never attended film school or even college. Here is a mini bio based on what I know about Casey from his videos. He dropped out of high school in the 10th grade after he impregnated his then girlfriend. As a teen father, he went through a lot of struggles to support his new family; he lived on welfare and worked as a dishwasher. Casey’s determination led to his current success– he maxed out his credit card to buy his first computer and taught himself how to edit videos.
You can read his Wikipedia page or watch his Draw My Life video for more info, but I just wanted to emphasize how much I admire his tenacity. He went from a high school dropout to one of the biggest names in the video/tech industry. Casey will admit that his popularity on YouTube grew immensely following the start of his daily vlogs, but he ended his lucrative daily vlog in November of 2016.
Besides YouTube, Casey co-founded a company (and app) called Beme, which was sold to CNN following the mediocre success of the app. Casey is now working with CNN to create a new tech company and many people are blaming this new partnership for the end of his daily vlog.
As a fan of Casey’s, I am sad that he no longer uploads daily content, but I applaud him on finding vast success both inside and outside of YouTube.
If you haven’t seen any of his videos, I would highly recommend checking out some of his vlogs and short films. Casey’s video style is very unique and you’ll understand what I mean just by watching any of his videos. Whether he’s wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam or zooming through the streets of NYC on his electric skateboard, you’ll quickly see that his videos are the opposite of monotonous. 10/10 would recommend.
To end this blog post, here is a list of a few of my favorite Casey Neistat videos: