- Scream Trilogy
- The Goonies
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Legally Blonde
- 10 Things I Hate About You
I haven’t been able to say this my whole life but now I have an idol. And no I am not saying it in an ironic sense and no it is definitely not an idol that will be short lived in my eyes. This person is Connor Franta.
If you are a teen or young adult who loves to watch many Youtube videos you may know who he is.
Connor Franta is a creator. Some people may say he is just a Youtuber, but I think differently. Yes, he is technically a Youtuber but that is not all who he is. He may have started on Youtube but the fame from Youtube made him into so much more. I say creator because he not only creates on Youtube. He creates on Instagram in beautiful photography, he created a business, and he creates products.
Connor is such a thoughtful, savvy, and creative person. After multiple years on the Youtube scene and his fame growing he decided to fully think about the future. He knew and knows that his fame on Youtube may not last forever, like anything on the internet popularity can die out. You must know how to change in able to survive and Connor did just that.
He started out with making a compilation of music into an album and put it on sale. After the sells on that were big he decided to make more soon turning into the idea of Heardwell. Him, his agent Andrew Graham, and Jeremy Wineberg founded the music label Heardwelll. Connor especially wanted to create a different side to music, more focusing on the music side. Since many Youtubers are creating music he, along with other people, created a way to showcase music by Youtubers and emerging artists.
Shortly after Heardwell became such a popular idea Connor decided he wanted to grow a business, which was easy since his huge fan base is always willing to support him. He decided to start his business off, after music, with coffee. He talked to a coffee roaster business in San Francisco, created a label for the bag, and introduced it. And this coffee sold significantly by the millions of pounds. After he got the coffee out in the internet world he made it into another brand Common Culture, which sells subscription to coffee, clothing, mugs, candles, etc. Now since Common Culture has become popular, he continues to create thoughtful products that are authentic.
That was just a small preview into who Connor Franta is. There is so many reasons why I love him and he is my idol, but the main reason is of what he created. Becoming an entrepreneur is what I aspire to be. And what I want to do is similar to what Connor Franta is doing. I want to have an authentic brand. So what Connor is doing makes me want to do what I want to do. He followed his dreams and it made me want to follow my dreams.
I truly believe that Connor Franta is one of the best role model/idols out there. He is an authentic person who does amazing things. He followed his dreams and pursued them to the fullest extent, and he didn’t hurt others in the way of pursuing it like a lot of people who are rich today did.
One of my favorite Youtubers is Shane Dawson. I have many others and I will get to them, but lets start with him.
According to Wikipedia Shane Dawson is a 28 year old “American YouTube personality, actor, sketch comedian, singer, songwriter and film director” and currently across all his channels he has more than 16.4 million subscribers.
He makes interesting, disgusting, funny, and sometimes just cringe worthy videos but he makes entertaining content. From making a hamburger cake to deaths at malls, his videos probably cover every possible thing you can create on Youtube. He does beauty hacks, life hacks, food tasting, collaborations, reactions, DIYs, vlogs, gaming, challenges, music videos, comedy sketches, podcasts (even though on a differentconspiracy theories, and many more interesting things. I guess if you wanted you could say he is a renaissance youtube creator, but I wouldn’t put it that way.
About 90 percent of his videos on any of this channels are pure comedy or making fun of something, which is why I like it. His beauty hacks/DIYs are all mainly for the laughs, totally not serious, and his life hacks are all trying to find the dumbest life hacks out there. He also just makes plain ridiculous videos that no one would try, even he doesn’t want to do some of them.
Besides all of the videos he posts on Youtube he also has done many other things in his life. He has been in the movie Not Cool, which he directed and starred in. He has also published a few books, such as I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays and his recently published It Gets Worse, another book of essays. And along with his book being recently be published, he has put out an accompanying short film as a Youtube Original. Along with his Youtube channels, movies, and books he also has started a podcast series called Shane and Friends where he and a couple of guest stars talk about different topics and do hilarious stuff.
Shane was one the original people who started out on Youtube when Youtube was becoming popular and have stayed or became extremely popular and have made living on this platform. He has been on Youtube since 2007, two years after Youtube was created, and in my experience he is one the few original Youtubers who are extremely popular today and started so early in Youtube’s life.
In my opinion, Shane is an amazing video creator. He posts stuff where I can’t stop laughing, crying from laughing, cringing (in a good way if there even is a good way), or where I am just interested in. He is definitely for people with a certain personality. If you like sometimes offesive, hilarious, cringey, disgusting, and interesting videos then you should go check him out.
- Criminal Minds
- Teen Wolf
- Stranger Things
- The Flash
- New Girl
- Bates Motel
- Recovery Road
- The Fosters
School is about to start in a little more than two weeks. I am partially excited because it gives me something to do that isn’t manual labor and I am able to see my friends daily, but like most teenagers I am also not excited for the first day of school. First of all, my first day of school is the exact day of my birthday. I was really hoping this year I could actually celebrate my birthday on the actual day and not be spending my 16th birthday stuck in a hot and stuffy classroom filled with people who annoy me. Also, I am not looking forwards to waking up so early in order to be on time to my first class every morning since my first class of the day isn’t even a class period, it is zero period. A time where I have to be in class at 7:50 in the morning instead of 8:40 in the morning. My brain is going to have a hard time doing that since I have been waking up at 10 every morning. But it is a new school year so I should be excited.
Also, it has just dawned on me that I have this school year plus two more until I am technically an adult and I am somewhat expected to be living on my own, going to college, having my own job, know what I am going to do, and be paying my own bills. And thinking about this makes my brain hurt because currently I am just a 15 year old who was just in middle school, or even elementary school, not too long ago. My god. Most people might think that about two or three years isn’t that long but years go by extremely fast. At least they do for me. All I have to worry about right now is to take a shower every once in a while, get good grades, and stay out of trouble, but in a couple of years the worries will probably multiply. Jeez.
- One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
- Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
- It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
- A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
- Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
- The Cellar by Natasha Preston
- The Outsiders by SE Hinton
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Twenty One Pilots
- Panic! At the Disco
- Black Veil Brides
- Troye Sivan
- Jon Bellion
- The 1975
- Bring Me the Horizon
- The Cab
- All Time Low
Yesterday I had the privilege of being able to see one of my favorite musical group, Twenty One Pilots (TØP), in concert and in the flesh.
All I can say about the show is wow. I already thought they were amazing before the show but now I am impressed at the kind of show they can produce. With the amazing drumming and trumpet skills Josh Dun (Spooky Jim Christmas) and the amazing singing, piano skills, and any other instrument Tyler Joseph can play, they put on quite the show. Even the opening act of MuteMath was a wonderful performance and I really enjoyed their performance.
Now lets get straight to the question that I hope some people are wondering about. What happened during the show? Well, that is a pretty long story, but I am more than happy to explain it.
Okay, lets set the scene. Twenty One Pilots finally came out after MuteMath and a extremely long wait. You hear the thousands of screams start to erupt from around the arena and the lights go off. Colorful lights on stage start flashing and some intense music starts to play. The thin curtain blocking your view falls from where it is hanging and through the smoke you see two figures with ski masks and suits on; one at drums and one underneath a lit up microphone hanging from the ceiling. The screams get louder as the music you have been waiting to hear starts.
Fairly Local plays throughout the arena and everyone joins in singing the song. After the intro of the song begins Tyler Joseph begins to sings while Josh Duns rocks on the drums. The lights change from blue and purple to red and more and more people sing along. Tyler keeps singing while the workers on stage help produce a magic act of Tyler going from the main stage to a section in the chairs. After the song he reappears back onto the stage.
After a few songs both Josh and Tyler have already took off their ski masks showing their faces to the whole crowd. Tyler sings more in front of the amazing art and everything that the tech crew is making appear. Tyler changes outfits from his suit to a floral kimono and gets his ukulele and sings some songs. Then Tyler and Josh both disappear and reappear to a stage in the middle of the room, making everyone on the floor scramble to get as close as they can to their idols. The two are now in skeleton costumes. Lights flash and change. Songs are sung and Josh’s shirt eventually come off in the process.
After those songs are sung by Tyler and the crowd, both boys make their way back to the main stage. More songs are sung and some exciting things happen for the front of the crowd on the floor. Tyler decides to have a few people in the crowd hold him up while he sings. After that he makes his way back up the stage with Josh. After a song or two it is now Josh’s turn to interact with the crowd. He gets a drum kit on a board to be held up by the crowd, steps onto it, and plays the drums for another song.
At another point in time during this concert, Tyler announces two other musical groups to join him and Josh on stage. One group from the Netherlands and MuteMath. They collaborate and sing Twist and Shout, a Justin Bieber song, the song from Titanic, and possibly some other songs. After all this fun the two other groups exit the stage and leave Twenty One Pilots on stage. Tyler and Josh play more songs and everyone has fun.
As it becomes closer to the end of the whole concert, the show becomes even more fun. For example, more smoke shoots up out of cannons, Tyler sings high up in the air, and my favorite, Tyler going into a giant hamster ball and riding on top of the crowd. After more smoke and bright lights flashing, it comes to the emotional part of the show. One of the final songs they play. The tradition they have made of singing it at the end of each concert, even when they weren’t as popular. People are crying around you as it is very emotional. Then at the very end the final song is played. The most energetic part of the night. The whole stage is red and smoke is flying into the air. Drums are being hit and songs are being sung. As the song ends red confetti paper is shot into the air as it lands on the crowd and all over the floor. Josh and Tyler just finished another amazing show.
As you might be able to tell, this concert was very energetic and eventful. It was definitely one of my favorite nights this summer, along with me seeing Dan and Phil’s The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire. I hope again I will see them again in concert or get to see some of my other favorite musical artists in concert because I would love to experience this kind of night again some time soon.
Set list for show:
-Intro for Fairly Local
-Hometown (one of my favorite songs)
-House of Gold Intro (Wish they played more, love this song)
-We Don’t Believe What’s On TV
-Ode to Sleep (Love this song too)
-Medley of The Pantaloon, Fall Away, Johnny Boy, Forest, Addict with a Pen, March to the Sea, and Kitchen Sink
-Holding on to You
-Cover of Twist and Shout
-Cover of My Heart Will Go On
-Cover of Love Yourself
-Cover of Jump Around
-Guns For Hands
-Tear in My Heart