YouTube star Michael Buckley talks his famous YouTube channel, his favorite video to make and more!
Have a larger than life personality? Want to reach millions of people in one given video? YouTube might be the place for you. Although, it's not as easy as that...just ask Michael Buckley.
Michael Buckley is a YouTube star with an ever growing audience. With over 1 million subscribers on his "The What the Buck Show" YouTube channel, Buckley is a master at all things entertainment. Focusing on all things entertainment and pop culture, Buckley has a weekday show on YouTube where he covers anything and everything pop culture related. CMA Awards? Covered! Adele's new music video? Duh, covered!
However, it's not just YouTube where Michael Buckley is dominating, his other social accounts continue to blow up, too! Buckley's Instagram has a an impressive 42.6K following, over 83K likes on Facebook and over 635K followers on Twitter!
We were lucky enough to sit down with Michael Buckley to get the dish on his career and his hilarious YouTube channel!
Talk to me about "What The Buck!" How did it get started and where do you see it going down the road?
I started in 2005 on my local public access channel doing a talk show and then a year later my cousin started putting the clips onto YouTube. That's where I came up with the idea for "What the Buck" because my name was Buckley and I just wanted to call my segment something. So I toyed with titles like "Buck This, Buck That, Buck Yourself." And then finally instead of saying what the f-word, I was like "what the buck" so that's where that came from.
I started posting full time in 2007, 5 videos a week with no end game. I just enjoyed posting videos, I enjoyed reading the comments and I enjoyed the process. Where do I see it going? I am honestly not sure. I always feel like pop culture is my foot in the door, but I think in 10 years, I'd be in the Dr. Drew category.
Outside of pop culture, my interests are much broader, and my degree's in psychology. If I wasn't a YouTuber, I'm sure I'd be a life coach or a motivational speaker or something. I think in 10 years I'll be doing something very different, but probably still on camera.
I know you've made videos on a variety of topics from What The Buck to Dear Buck. What is your favorite type of video to make?
I like when I do a "What the Buck," like yesterday, and the jokes were good and I had time to write jokes. It's funny because sometimes I'll make a video and it's not very good, and the jokes aren't there and I'm making a video on entertainment. So I am happy when "What the Buck" has scripted jokes, when I've taken the time to write, and I deliver them and then I edit them and I'm like "good for you, you've figured it out today."
Then there are days where you don't do jokes and you do improv stuff, and people think you are funnier than ever like this! "What the Buck" for me is the most gratifying when I am writing scripted jokes I'm pleased with my delivery and that's it.
"Dear Buck" is completely different in that it's completely myself where "What the Buck" is kind of this a-hole person, trying to be funny. So I love "Dear Buck" and I love just giving people advice. It's funny, I don't go to the gym, but I've spent 20 years reading self help books so I've really tweaked my mind well, so I am happy to give people pep talks, and life advice.
What do you love most about your fans?
I love that they're so kind. The thing is, I always felt silly, I'd go to Vid-Con, I remember the first year thinking "I'm too old for this, I really am. I'm too old to be here, I'm to old to make videos on YouTube." And then I saw this 12-year-old girl and saw the way I interacted with her, she was so kind and just so lovely and I remember thinking and that's the thing, it doesn't matter how many people are watching, if one person is watching and you make their day a little better, it's all worth it.
When you go to these things and you see that in person you're like, "yeah, I'm doing that for a nice reason. I don't need to be famous, I don't want to be famous."
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring Internet personalities, what would you say?
Enjoy the journey, because it is a journey. There's going to be ups, there's going to be downs, there's going to be times when you're not in the mood to make videos, you just have to enjoy the ups and downs of your career. It's like life, YouTube is like life. You have to take the good with the bad and just enjoy it and make videos because you want to. It's like showbiz.
Do you want to be Kim Kardashian or do you want to be Meryl Streep? Do you want to be famous for being a Kardashian? That's adorable. But if you want to be the best actress of all time, focus on your craft. Do it for the right reasons, do it for you, don't do it to be the next Grace Helibig or Tyler Oakley, do it to be the best example of you.
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