The incredible Connor (2015)
Hello! So serious throwback to one of my favourite times ever: my interview with YouTube sensation Connor Franta in 2013, which was also his first Australian interview! Sweetest human being, very humble and funny and just a likeable person. Though much of his life was already on the web, I got down to business and asked some questions we’d been dying to know the answers to. I feel so fortunate to have been able to speak to him as well as Tyler Oakley and will never forget that they helped a small girl in a big town move one step closer to her dream.
From an already large 300 000 when this interview went down to a whopping 5+ million subscribers and heaps more on his social networks, this frantastic guy has truly taken the online world by storm. Since watching his videos in 2011, I knew he’d do great things and I as well as all his other fans are so proud of everything he has achieved and the person he truly is. So without further ado…
Song to describe your life: Walking on sunshine
Favourite Disney movie and why? Mulan, my whole family loves that one, gets a good laugh out of us.
Are you still a Directioner? Always, forever and always, One Direction for life!
Fave 1D boy: Liam because apparently we’re twins
World without YouTube or coffee? A world without coffee cause I love YouTube more. But I do love both, so it’s really hard
Fave Starbucks drink? Plain lattes, caramels macchiato’s
How was Australia when you came in 2011? I want to go back, it was a lot of fun.
How many years of making vlogs?
2 ½ years. Not too long, not too short. It didn’t take off ‘till about a year ago though. Edit: It’ll be 6 years this August!
How do you juggle YouTube and college life? It’s not too hard, it’s difficult because other people don’t have to do that. It’s kind of like a full-time job even though I don’t consider it a job. It requires a lot of hours, it’s kinda difficult but it’s a lot of fun so it’s easy to manage.
What are you studying and when do you finish? Global business leadership major: business, marketing type stuff and art minor in video. I’m a sophomore so 2 more years until I get my degree.
3 fave YouTubers? DailyGrace, Shane Dawson, NigaHiga
Collab with? I’m in California for the summer, so really anyone who wants to collab, I’m excited
Our 2nd Life: Doing really well, we’re the biggest collab channel that’s ever been on YouTube and it’s only growing and it’s only been going since August. All of them are my best friends. Edit: Connor departed from the group in July, 2014.
Playlist Live: Great! It was really exciting, even better than what I thought it would be. Lots of fans, lots of meeting people, lots of everything! It was great. So much fun.
Tyler Oakley said….: I didn’t. I still feel like I’m a nobody in the YouTube world and their like ‘no, no no’ but when someone like Tyler Oakley with like 800 000 subscribers says to me, “yeah, I watch your videos” I’m like ‘no you don’t, shut up! No you don’t, you don’t know who I am’ (laughs). He’s (Tyler) really nice, some YouTubers when you meet them, they’re not that down to earth, kind of stuck-up, but Tyler’s not. He’s 100% nice to everyone.
Our 2nd life did a 2 hour meet and greet and I was like “Noooooo!”
Besides moving to LA, other future goals? My main goal, see where this summer takes me, I wanna prove to myself that I can live out there and live that life and pursue entertainment. After the summer I’ll have more goals. Edit: Oh boy did he achieve that and much more!
M: Are you ready for a challenge?
C: Oh gosh!
M: Yeah? Well okay! Here are 7 Australian slang words that everyone says:
Australian Slang test:
C: Oh shoot! Can you use it in a sentence or do I have to guess?
M: It’s a time of day
M: one point! That’s right
C: I would have never guessed, I would’ve guessed like a vegetable or something like that (laughs)
C: That’s like a Barbeque right?
M: Yay! 2 points?
C: That’s like the thing from ‘Dumb and Dumber’ (in a horrible Australian accent says) ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie’
M: Correct although Australians don’t really say shrimp, we say prawns
C: I got it! (Laughs) Yeah, inaccurate
C: It sounds like skiing, but it’s definitely not that!
M: You take it with you when you go on picnics or barbies.
C: umm a basket!
M: Uhhh, kind of, that’s worth half a point. I think in America you call it a Coleman. It’s a cold container for food and drinks and stuff like that
C: A cooler thing?
M: Yeah! That’s what an Esky is.
C: That’s half a point!
C: It can mean like hey, good morning, good afternoon or anything like that. Like G’Day!
M: Yes, that’s right!
C: I know Australian stuff, I went there, I know stuff!
C: Oh! It’s McDonalds
M: Yeah! That’s all it is.
C: When I was staying with my host family, they said that a couple times.
M: You have 4 and ½ points at the moment, 2 more to go.
M: Oh! You got that right!
C: My mom’s called them that before and I’m like ‘that’s weird’. She lived in Australia for a little bit.
C: Oh gosh.
C: Is it an article of clothing too? I was going to say, is it boots?
M: No, no that’s so far from what it is (laughs)
C: Pants? I don’t know.
M: That’s also not what it is.
C: What is it?
M: You’re going to go to the beach and you’re going to wear them… wear it.
C: Swim trunks?
M: Yeahh!! Or swimmers. But that should only be 1/3 since you guessed 3 times.
C: Yeah! I knew it was an article of clothing but I had no idea what it was. Woooo!! I’ll count that as a B or a C!
M: I think that one’s about a C+?
C: Adequate job, yeah?
M: So, you have 5 and ¾ out of 7 points! Yay Connor!!!
Solid effort! Here’s Connor’s message to all of you; his Australian fans: I love you guys! Thank you for all your support from all the way from the other side of the world, I hope that I can come and meet as many of you as possible someday! Edit: He’s recently toured Oz and has been a few times with Troye Sivan and Tyler Oakley.