Last year, I was sooooo blessed to be able to do this incredible guy’s first Australian interview! He is loved by many, very funny and is such a dear! So here’s an updated intro and the interview xo
Popular American YouTuber, Tyler Oakley is taking over the world one video at a time. If you don’t already know who he is, Oakley is a 25-year old Los Angeles resident who makes YouTube videos every week. Tyler first started making YouTube videos to keep in touch with his high school friends when he went off to university, making 2014 his seventh year of making YouTube vlogs. He is also known for his many collaborations with other popular YouTubers and his love for Glee’s Darren Criss. Since then, Tyler’s popularity has been growing and growing with now over 3 million followers on Twitter and over 5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel Tyler Oakley.
I, Monique Pueblos, a high school student from the Gold Coast, was privileged to have an exclusive interview with Tyler thanks to the power of technology, a couple of lucky fans also got the opportunity to get their questions answered. This was definitely one of the highlights of my writing career so far with surely many opportunities to come in the future. He was such a candid, charming person and was just fun to interview! I find him incredibly down to earth. Like I said, this interview took place early last year, when Ty only had over 800 000 subscribers! I’m so proud of how far he’s come so far since then. The interview covers things from The Trevor Project, to food to One Direction and of course, the wonderful people that are YouTubers! Bringing hilarity through his videos to millions of viewers around the globe, presenting the incredible Tyler Oakley:
Me: What do you call the people in your fandom?
Tyler: Fabulous people. Perhaps Team Fangirl? I don’t know. All I know is that I adore them.
M: Describe yourself in 3 words.
T: Fine, fresh, fierce.
M: If someone asked you who Tyler Oakley is, what would you say?
T: I’d say he’s a professional fangirl. Also, PS, this totally happened once. I was at a brunch and a girl leaned over and asked me, “Who is this Tyler Oakley everyone is talking about?” – I was like, “I don’t know, but what is everyone saying?”
M: If you had a magic genie lamp, what would your three wishes be?
T: To live in a food court, a never-ending supply of short-sleeved button-down shirts, and full equality and safety for everyone, regardless of how they identify.
M: If you were a food, what would you be?
T: Spicy mayo! I LOVE SPICY MAYO!
M: Now, I know you’re a massive Directioner! So am I!!! Who do you ship out of the boys the most and if one of the boys said “I love you Tyler Oakley!” What would your reaction be?
T: I ship Ziall – Zayn & Niall, mainly because I’m obsessed with Zayn and I live vicariously through my fellow blonde-bombshell Niall. If Zayn said he loved me, I’d sh*t and puke everywhere.
M: You’re so open and real in your videos! A lot of people love and admire that…. But haters gonna hate right, how do you deal with the criticism?
T: I thank them for the free promo.
M: What do you enjoy most about making YouTube videos?
T: Having a creative outlet that lets me make real connections with people all over the world.
M: Who’s your favourite YouTuber of all time and what’s your favourite collaboration?
T: I have so many favorite YouTubers! I can’t pick just one. Miles Jai, Mamrie Hart, GloZell and SO MANY MORE! My favorite collaboration would have to be the one I did with Jack and Finn Harries – “Twin Twinks Learn Gay Slang” – it was huge for me!
M: Who do you wish to collab with in the future?
T: There are so many people with which I want to make videos! I have so many YouTubers that are on my list, but I need to do something for my channel with GloZell, Shane Dawson, Zoella Sugg, Joey Graceffa and more. And besides YouTubers… Lindsay Lohan and Cher! (Which are totally doable.)
Note – If you follow Ty, you’d know he’s successfully collaborated with most of the peeps he mentioned 🙂
Jack and Finn are cheeky boys on screen, what are they really like?
T: The sweetest, smartest, savviest guys ever. Just pure delights. And super flirty.
M: How was Playlist Live?
T: It was a sh*t-show, in the best way possible. I got to have a four-hour meet and greet, go on stage with a ton of my favorite YouTube guys in front of hundreds of screaming fans, and have fun/get to know so many of my favorite YouTubers. It’s such a love-fest.
M: I know the Trevor Project is a suicide prevention foundation for gays, lesbians, bi’s and transgender, but what’s your role and why is it so important to you?
T: The Trevor Project is important to me because it’s the leading national (USA) organization for crisis and suicide prevention. I interned there a few summers ago and have been involved in several campaigns and I now co-host the red carpet live-stream for Trevor Live, their annual December benefit. The fact that they can take calls from all over the country (USA) 24/7 and make them completely free and confidential gives me hope that LGBTQ kids can make it through their rough patches to discover that it really does get better and not just hear about how it does from adults.
Now here are some Aussie fan Questions:
@ohsnapitsamba asked: If you could be a character out of any Disney show or movie (including animated movies) for a day, who would you be and why?
T: Ursula! She’s the QUEEN!
Wendy Badke asked: Why so fabulous?
T: I got it from my mom.
@lovatics_army asked: How/where do you see yourself in next 5 years from now? How long do you think you will pursue your YouTube career?
T: I’ll be a YouTuber for as long as I love it… and I haven’t stopped loving it, even after 6 years. In five years, I hope to be taking over the world. It’s completely plausible.
M: You’re one of the biggest things online at the moment! What does feel it like having so many fans?
T: It feels like an amazing opportunity to positively impact the world. That’s what I hope to do. Also to have an amazingly fun and crazy life to take my people along on the ride.
M: You’ve got loads of Aussie fans, are you planning on coming to Australia any time soon?
T: I would DIE TO! Soon. Stay tuned!
note: He did come to Sydney earlier this year! 😀
Wasn’t that just a fabulous interview Team Fangirl? If you want to know more about Tyler, watch his videos or just past the time, go follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @tyleroakley and make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channels by looking up Tyler Oakley and extratyler!