Mario Selman is the social star you need to watch

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Mario Selman has built a following on social media using his charm and comedic personality. He's an influence on YouTube and Instagram — dabbling in sketch comedy, parody and musical.ly videos. He launched on YouTube in 2014 — however he's racked up over 200 thousand subscribers, surpassing that on Instagram with over 671 thousand followers.

There's no surprise this funny man has a supportive following. We recently caught up with him at this year's VidCon in Anaheim, California. An event loaded with social creators who get together to celebrate the power of online video. Mario discussed his favorite video, the best thing about YouTube, and his exciting, future projects.

What brings you to VidCon and what are you most excited for?
I came to VidCon to meet my supporters, of course. I was most excited to see all my friends again. Because the last time I saw them was at Playlist. I live by some of them, but a lot of them live all over the United States, so that's what I'm most excited for. Just seeing all of them.

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How did you first get started on musical.ly?
I just pulled up the app. I don't remember how. I found it and started doing little hand movements because that's the thing on musical.ly. Over time I just got better and better at doing them. More people started noticing me when I did get better at it.

Do you have a favorite video you've ever done?
My sister and I did two dancing videos that were really fun. I posted them on my Instagram. We danced together with music going on, and it was really cool.

we lit @catselman ❤️ love you sis😊 @musical.ly

A video posted by snap: itsmemario1809 (@itsmarioselman) on



You said Connor Franta is your dream collaboration why is that?
He's the one person I started watching on YouTube, and he's the person that made me want to start YouTube and YouNow.

What's your favorite part about YouTube?
That you can create your own content. You can direct your own things. You can star in your own things. You can make anything you want. If you want to do comedy, or opening something, or talking about something. I love how you can just be yourself on there.

What's your favorite thing about your fans?
How supportive they are. When you're on the computer you don't see their smiles or their energy, but when you actually meet them, they are smiling and they give you the warmth. I don't know how to even explain it - they give you the good energy. That's what I like.

How did you get into comedy and parody?
I guess I'm just funny in general. Maybe I try to be a little bit funny. So, putting that on YouTube, that's what catches the audience. That's my personality. I put my personality out there and over dramatize it so its more funny and more people come to watch.

Can you talk a little about any upcoming projects you are really excited for?
A lot of people don't know this but I can sing and play piano. I've never done it on social media. I've never posted a singing video or anything like that, but music will definitely be coming soon.

Why haven't you done music up until now?
I felt like its something I've been able to keep for myself. Since I go to a high school for the arts, so it was always my time. I didn't have to be put up there, its just for me. I feel like I'm finally ready to share what I can do and see if people enjoy it.

Mario is partners with Collab, the largest independent network for multi-platform talent.

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: YouTube personality Andrea Russett attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: YouTube personality Anna Akana attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: Director Casey Neistat (L) and (top L-R) writer/director Dylan Trussell and producers Andrew Alter and Jeff Levin and (bottom L-R) actor Juanpa Zurita, actor/producer Logan Paul, and cinematophrapher Colt Seman speak during 'Airplane Mode' at the Samsung Creator's Lounge At VidCon 2016 on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: VidCon attendee experiences Samsung Gear VR at the Samsung Creator's Lounge At VidCon 2016 on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Writer/director Dylan Trussell, producer Jeff Levin, actor Juanpa Zurita, actor/producer Logan Paul, producer Andrew Alter, and cinematophrapher Colt Seman attend 'Airplane Mode' at the Samsung Creator's Lounge At VidCon 2016 on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTuber Joey Graceffa attends the YouTube Red Originals Experience during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Guests attend the 'Astronauts Wanted' Creator Track party at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: General view of the atmosphere at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Guests take a selfie at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: (L-R) YouTube personalities Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Hannah Hart and Hank Green participate in reading of the stage adaptation of 'Freak Week' at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: American Ninja Warrior Natalie Duran attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Guests take a selfie at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Multimedia artist Jacci takes a selfie at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: General view of the atmosphere at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTube personalities Smosh & the Smosh Squad attend the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTube personality Jon Cozart attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTube personality Kandee Johnson attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTube personality Kingsley attends the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTuber Vitaly Zdorovetskiy aka VitalyzdTv attends the YouTube Red Originals Experience during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Recording artist Miguel performs onstage at the Samsung Creator's Lounge at VidCon 2016 on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous attends the YouTube Red Originals Experience during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 24: Convention goers line up to see their favorite stars during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 23: YouTube personality Lilly Singh poses for a photo at the 7th Annual VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on June 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 23: Youtuber Joey Graceffa premieres his YouTube Red Original Escape 'The Night' during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 23: YouTuber Lilly Singh poses with a unicorn during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 23: YouTuber Lilly Singh poses with a unicorn during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 25: Viner superstar Josh Peck (L) and YouTube sensation GloZell join the cast of NickelodeonÂs Game Shakers at VidCon on July 25, 2015 in Anaheim, California. New live-action comedy series set to premiere Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8:30pm (ET/PT) (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 23: Fans race in inflatable balls at VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center July 23rd to 25th in Anaheim, Calif., on July 23, 2015. More than 300 of the most innovative and influential YouTube creators perform, discuss, and connect with the more than 20,000 attendees expected at the three-day conference. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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