How Zach Clayton went from fan to social media celeb in one year

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

This interview is a part of #KanvasLive, an interactive, cross-platform content series brought to life on the Kanvas app and AOL.com. See more on coverage here.

One year ago, Zach Clayton was just a teenager who was just dipping his toes into the world of social media. Today, the 16-year-old has millions of followers on a variety of networks, including YouNow, the live-streaming platform that he initially blew up on.

Although the teenager started climbing the social media ladder via streaming, he's since expanded his talents to YouTube. Zach is partners with Collab, the largest independent network for multi-platform talent. He, along with online stars Baby Ariel, Loren Gray, Brennen Taylor, Mario Selman, Weston Koury, and Nick Bean have launched a new channel called "Our Journey" on YouTube.

AOL.com had a chance to chat with Zach at VidCon, an annual conference that celebrates video creators and the fans that make them famous in Anaheim, California. Read below to see what Zach had to say about his rise to social media stardom, his favorite thing about his fans, future career plans and more!

Check out the scene at VidCon

Is this your first year at VidCon? What are you most excited for?
I came last year, but I was more of a fan at that time. I was a lot smaller on social media and not many people knew me, so I came more to see people and witness everything more. But this year, I feel like I am more a part of stuff, like interviews, panels, games and all that stuff. And I'm also here to see more online friends because we don't see each other much, so this is like a time for us to all get together and make videos with each other and just have a good time.

What was the moment where you realized social media would be a big part of your future?
The moment where I was broadcasting to like, 20 people and then 10 minutes later, I was broadcasting to almost 500 people on YouNow. It was like, someone who was streaming got off and then all their followers started watching me. And they were all fan-girling and saying things like, "Oh my god, we love you so much", "You're so cute and funny" and they asked for my Instagram and stuff. I remember thinking, "Oh, this may be an actual thing and you can actually get popular from it."

A photo posted by Zacharyyy (@bruhitszach) on

What is your favorite thing about your fans?
I love the support they give! Any decision I make or anything I really want to do, they're always there to back it up and respect it. They don't only give me support on just one thing, they always spread it around -- on my Instagram and my Twitter and they also go and give thumbs up on my YouTube videos.

How did you get your start on social media?
When I first started, I didn't really know what social media was. I didn't have an Instagram or anything when I did my first broadcast. I just thought it was really cool because I saw my friend post about it. I like to be funny and make people laugh, so why not try to do it on a live-stream? At first, nobody watched and then eventually, I had a really good broadcast where everyone came in. I thought it was a just a lucky night. And then I came back the next day and they all came back to watch again. After that, it just kept getting bigger and bigger.

What are you excited for in the future? Do you have any fun projects coming up?
Well, I just recently started this collaboration channel and it's been really taking off called "Our Journey". Over time, it's going to get even bigger and it's just something I've been having a lot of fun with it's six of us right now and we all have our set days. Each week has a different theme that our videos are about, like "Summer Week". We have weeks planned out until December. It's just really fun because it's something different every week and everybody posts, so you see a little bit of everybody's personality and how people do that.

For more VidCon coverage, scroll through the gallery below:

29 PHOTOS
VidCon 2016
See Gallery
VidCon 2016
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)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


More from AOL.com:
How Eva Gutowski used her weirdness to build a social media empire
Vine sensation Christian Delgrosso dishes on his new movie "Mono"
Viral baker Rosanna Pansino explains why #GirlLove is the best love

Read Full Story

From Our Partners