Jack Baran is not your average teenager. At just 19, he's already created a social following that's more than 3 million strong. From his charismatic thatsojack YouTube videos to his perfect Instagrammable selfies to his tongue-in-cheek tweets, it's easy to see why fans flock to him.
And although Baran already has a life most people would dream of, he's not stopping at social media success. In fact, he's switching gears and trying his magic in the fashion and music industries.
These are two of his greatest passions, and it's quite easy to see if you are familiar with his online presence. Baran's YouTube page is filled with look book vlogs and music videos. His passion for these projects is obvious and he speaks with such confidence, you have no doubt that success is just around the corner.
AOL.com had a chance to talk to Jack Baran about where these passions for music and fashion came from and what projects are on the horizon. Check below for the full interview!
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You are very passionate about fashion. Where did this passion come from?
My passion for fashion came from me stepping out of my comfort zone. My character was that trying new things in fashion made me feel vulnerable for a moment, which made myself feel confident. So, that's kind of how I built my confidence, by trying new things. I went through a phase as a teenager when I had a lip ring and I look back on it now and I'm like, 'Woah'. But it makes me feel good to remember that I did it and I owned it and although it was just a phase, it added to my confidence.
Do you have anything else in your life that you want to pursue?
I've had a passion for music almost my entire life. I was very musical when I was younger. That was kind of taken over by my YouTube as a hobby because I just kind of switched focuses. I really feel music a lot and I feel like I can understand it and its lyrics. I love the experiences artists can create through their sounds. I think I hear it and think about it a little bit differently than a normal person hears a song. It really gets to me. When I have a song that I like, all I want to do is listen to it or make my own music video in my head about it.
Is music something you want to explore more, professionally?
Oh, definitely. I want to whatever I can with music. I would probably have to brush up on some skills if I ever had to be really involved in the creation process, but until then, I want to learn a lot about producing. It's something I really care about -- the production of things. I focus more on that than I focus on the lyrics and the voice and whatever. Music nowadays is so digital that you don't necessarily have to be the strongest singer. Performing live is a different story, but the music that people create is more about the art and the sounds and the feelings and the vibes than having that perfect pitch. And I think that's okay and acceptable now. You don't have to have the most perfect anything. You can kind of balance out your skills.
Do you have anything on the horizon you're excited about?
Definitely things involving both of those -- fashion and music. I have a lot of projects, some of them are really big that are going to take me a little while, but I've definitely been working a lot harder and more lately. And just knowing that and being so aware of my passions and stuff I want to achieve is going to help speed that process up.
I want to get into the studio and start playing around with music again. I don't want to attach myself to a certain project right now, but I definitely want to get involved and I know the first step is getting into a studio and figuring out more about that.
And for fashion, I would definitely love to make my own stuff, but that's something that I feel like could take a while, but it's still something I care about. They're two different verticals, but I feel like I can make them work together and I do in certain videos, like my look books because I get to take my song and I take the outfits and I put them into one piece of work. Those are always so awesome to make because I'm able to show off both of my passions.
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