Filmmaker. Entrepreneur. Adventurer. Three simple words that embody a very complex man. Casey Neistat is a YouTube sensation that turned his life around from a rough childhood into a filmmaker and activist with an enormous following. From snowboarding through the streets of New York to relief work in the Philippines, Casey has used his popularity to make people laugh as well as shed light on important causes and raise awareness. So what else do you need to know about Casey before he gets to campus tonight? Here are four fun facts about this legendary YouTuber.
- Casey has over 6 million YouTube subscribers and over 700 videos uploaded.
In addition to his subscribers, his videos collectively have over 1.4 BILLION views on YouTube! Casey started making videos in 2010 and since then has gained an ever-growing subscribers list.
2. Casey is a social media entrepreneur.
Fed up with what he thought was overly edited videos and social media outlets, Casey and his partner, Matt Hacket, created Beme, a video sharing site that allows you to share unedited, 4 second videos to your subscribers. After gaining popularity, Casey sold the company to CNN for $25 million last November.
3. Casey is a director.
Casey has directed commercials for a number of companies, including Samsung, Nike, Google and Mercedes-Benz. In his work with Nike, he wrote, directed and starred in the commercial, which quickly went viral, and now has over one and a half million views.
4. In 2016, Casey won 3 awards for his videography!
Casey was awarded YouTuber of the Year by Shorty Awards, Best First-Person Series and Best Editing by the Streamy Awards and GQ Man of the Year New Media Star. Casey also was nominated for Entertainer of the Year by the Streamy Awards last year.
If you’ve already got a ticket, we are so excited to see you at the event tonight! Doors open at 6:30 to get started with souvenir-making, as OUAB will have a design station available to decorate your own pair of Casey-style shades. Casey will then take the stage at 7:30.
If you didn’t snag a ticket before we sold out, don’t be discouraged. There will be a standby line as always!
Written by: Mary Kate Hutchinson