Welcome to YouTube Millionaires, where we profile channels that have recently crossed the one million subscriber mark. There are channels crossing this threshold every week, and each has a story to tell about YouTube success. Read previous installments of YouTube Millionaires here.
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Evan Eckenrode is a little person with a big digital presence.
Eckenrode, known online as Dwarf Mamba, has made his mark with comedy sketches, music video, and vlogs, which often discuss what it’s like to live life with dwarfism. After getting his start on Vine and joining Collab‘s roster of talent, Eckenrode has built up a large audience on YouTube, where he needed just 36 days to go from zero subscribers to one million. As he continues to succeed both online and off (he’s a gold medalist at the World Dwarf Games), we talked to him about what he’s accomplished so far.
Tubefilter: How does it feel to have over two million subscribers on YouTube? What do you have to say to your fans?
Evan Eckenrode: Honestly, it feels surreal thinking about having two million subscribers. It’s the best feeling knowing that that I get to share my humor and life with so many people. It is humbling to know that I get to connect with so many fans from all demographics and its something I don’t take for granted.
I want to sincerely thank all of my fans for their support and being a part of the Dwarf Squad. We all need to embrace our difference. Thank you for embracing mine.
TF: How do you feel Vine helped breed your comedic sensibilities?
EE: I’ve been told that I’m funny my whole life and Vine was a stepping stone in being able to share my comedic sensibilities with millions of people across the world.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been always doing things to make people laugh. Vine gave me a platform to share with others and expand my creativity. It was fun to think of new ideas that could fit in that format and you could turn them around pretty quick.
TF: As someone who made Vine videos in the past, do you think Vine will ever return or do you think it’s done for good?
EE: Apps are always changing and platforms continue to evolve. I don’t think we will ever see the original Vine again but I do believe we will see an improved version. It would be cool do short videos again. I think there will always be a demand for it.
TF: What made you decide to launch a YouTube channel?
EE: I knew it was the next step for me if I wanted to try and make this my job. I already had plenty of videos on YouTube with millions of views, but never had an account. I moved to LA and had the chance to learn from many of my friends and mentors. Those lessons learned and my social media background really helped launch my YouTube channel and propel me to two million subscribers in five months.
TF: Why do you think your YouTube audience has grown so quickly?
EE: Several things helped my YouTube channel grow as quick as it did. I had several compilations of my Vine videos on YouTube that had millions of views and did a lot of videos/skits with other YouTubers that also had millions of views. Plus I really feel like I bring something unique to my viewers. Obviously my stature, which brings awareness, and the fact that I do comedic skits, vlogs, music videos, gaming, etc. I try to do it all and the response has been awesome. It gives me the motivation to try new things.
TF: What is your writing process like for your music videos?
EE: I love the process of creating music and videos to visually emphasize the music. I meet with a producer and friends and first we work on the concept of the song. Then we work to create or find a beat that I like. Then it’s time to start roughing lyrics to the music. I love music so there are things I hear when we are doing to the song that I like to add. The process takes a while because the more you work with it, the more you alter lyrics, the more you add or change parts of the music that enhance the song. A good video should tell the story. My lyrics tend to narrate real life scenarios is a humorous way I want my viewers to experience that while watching the video. I am always looking for the next song to be better than the last.
TF: What do you think is the most common misconception about dwarfism?
EE: That we aren’t capable of doing the same things as an average size human. It may take some creativity and hard work, but we can do anything that others do. I prove it by showing how I do those things, just in a different way. That is a significant part of my videos and something my subscribers enjoy.
TF: What’s next for your channel? Any fun plans?
EE: I am always thinking about the next big thing. I don’t want to become stale or bored with what I am doing. Creativity gets me going and inspires me. More music and skits are on the way. I am looking into a few more projects but nothing I can disclose yet.
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