“I’m just a Michigan boy who never thought he’d have a movie,” says YouTube star Tyler Oakley at the Los Angeles premiere of his documentary “Snervous.”
The e-personality has nearly 8 million YouTube subscribers. His segue onto the big screen offers a behind-the-scenes look at his everyday life and what attracts his large fan base.
But his celebrity status hasn’t gone to his head. “I’m not the only one,” he tells Made in Hollywood, “there are plenty of YouTubers doing cool things. Any time somebody does something like that, it opens doors up.”
Those YouTubers who are opening doors and drawing fans en masse online were there to show their support, including comedienne Glozell, Amanda Steele and Joey Graceffa.
Part of the appeal behind successful YouTubers, Oakley says, is that they are unique. He advises anyone seeking YouTube fame to not copy others.
“Be you,” he says. “If you’re trying to replicate any of your favorite YouTubers, you’re just going to be a second-rate them. Be a first-rate you and be irreplaceable.”