What’s Trending hosted a LIVE reunion special for Dan Dobi’s YouTube documentary, “Please Subscribe,” along with stars MysteryGuitarMan (Joe Penna), Zach Anner, and Mitchell Davis. They shared their behind-the-scenes stories and answered fan questions about the live of YouTube celebrities.
“I started this January 2012, and now it’s February 2014, and the landscape has totally changed,” Dan says.
Zach was scooped up for the film after Dan saw his travel show with Reddit, and of course his shown on Oprah’s OWN, which made him famous. As for MysteryGuitarMan, he’s been on YouTube since almost the beginning, and now he’s expanding his projects to other platforms. “I’m doing a TV show, and a movie now,” he announces.
“I think YouTube is my primary goal because I get to do whatever I want,” he adds. “It’s just my style, my vision. It’s like a one-on-one connection with my audience. I much prefer that.”
Zach also has his own new show, “Have A Little Faith,” in which he explores different religions on SoulPancake. “I ask all the stupid questions in a thoughtful way,” he says. “I also host a workout show on my own channel, because I feel like everyone should be blessed with a body like mine.”
Regarding how long he’s been in the YouTube space, Joe says, “It’s weird to say I’ve been around for so long, when really it hasn’t even been a decade. From seeing the 360p ‘potato’ videos back in the day […] to things like this. I never would’ve guessed that a show like this would’ve ever been on YouTube.”
As for Vine, Joe says, “It’s doing really great for guys like Zach King, DeStorm, Bach. I think it’s a cool platform,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s for me.”
“I feel like now starting off as a YouTuber, if you were to start today, you kind of have a handbook of what to do and how to communicate with your audience,” Dan says.
“I think the key is, if you’re not having fun, your audience recognizes that,” Zach adds. “The key is to remember that this is the best way to get yourself out there. If you can actually make it work, this is everybody’s dream.”
Zach continues to put it all in perspective: “Just remember that we are the luckiest people in the world that get to do this. And anybody can do it.”
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