This YouTuber Hardcore Threatened His Own Life for the Sake of a Video
YouTube celebrity is a type of fame unlike any other; the guys and girls who have taken on the social media scene hold a lot of influence in pop culture today, which is why we may not even realize the pressure they are under to deliver hard-hitting videos on the reg. The 19-year-old YouTube comedian slash musician, Christian Collins (a.k.a. Weekly Chris) knows this all too well.
Get this, Chris traveled all the way to Hawaii to fly over a volcano for a 2-second shot. Oh, and we should also mention that this all went down right in the middle of a hurricane! Talk about some serious guts. The good news — Chris made it out alive and told us all about this crazy experience during our chat below. In addition to many more heart-pounding videos that we are sure to come our way, the online personality is also getting ready to make major moves with his music career. Read all about it from our convo below.
Fans have been freaking out about #YDHTG on Twitter and last week you finally spilled the beans!
“People have been guessing it and there have been some people who’ve guessed it. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while.”
Fans have been waiting to hear new music from you. Is this the first of many more releases to come?
“I’ll be releasing new music very, very soon. I’ve been in the studio almost every day and working on putting together this EP, as well as some singles that should be coming out really soon. Everything is coming up really soon!”
You do a lot of covers on your channel, but how would you classify your own sound?
“I kind of go into the studio and freestyle melodies, and whatever naturally comes out, comes out. It’s kind of hard to say which genre or style. I think somewhere between R&B, pop and urban, so a mix of a few genres.”
Is there anything else you can share about your EP in terms of when it will be coming out, potential names or anything else?
“We’ve been working on a lot of different songs for it; I think we’ve got about 14 different songs, so now it’s getting down to going through it and pulling together the best ones. I’ve been going back and hearing all the different sounds and beats. My plan and goal is to have it done by sometime early next year.”
How do you pick and choose which songs make the cut and which ones don’t?
“It’s kind of really just picking what I think represents what I’m going through and what represents me as an artist, especially for the first EP. I’ve been getting other people’s opinions and playing it for my friends and family and seeing how the response is on different things. I’m trying to craft something that not only my audience will enjoy, but something that represents who I am as an artist.”
What’s the YouTube editing process like for you like? About how long does it take you to edit a typical video?
“Longer than it should, I think. I’m a crazy perfectionist and will re-edit a video about five times. I go through all the clips and everything and spend probably too long on it. I should work on getting that shorter.”
Over the summer you shared videos of you getting your lip pierced all over social media. That had to hurt!?
“It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be! It was kind of a last minute choice, and it’s interesting how everyone responded to it.”
Do you think you’ll get more piercings? Will you document those, too?
“I don’t think I have any more plans for piercings right now, but if I do get another one, I’ll definitely film it, so people will know.”
Was that the most painful thing to happen to you on video, or has there been worse?
“There’s definitely been worse. I think even the Lemon Challenge that I did was probably worse. For the Lemon Challenge, we were just taking shots of lemon juice, which I would not recommend. The Hot Pepper Challenge was not a fun one, either (laughs). Oh, and the War Head Challenge!”
Those sound awful! Did you ever get sick from eating/drinking anything from those challenges?
“Yeah, me and Crawford (Collins) did the lemon one a while ago and our stomachs were just killing us after. I don’t recommend it at all.”
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for a Vine?
“I flew to Hawaii and went on a helicopter and took the doors off of it. I was on it while there was a hurricane going on. I flew over a volcano with no doors during the hurricane warning to get a 2-second shot (laughs). It was a cool experience and I was trying to hold onto my phone and everything because the wind was blowing like crazy. It was a lot more intense than I expected. It was raining and everything, but we got the shot.”
What gave you the idea to do that?
“We were trying to create an epic scene and we were just brainstorming ideas. We were like, ‘Let’s fly over a volcano!’ It just so happened that when we wanted to do that, there was a hurricane going on. It just got crazier and crazier, but it was a random idea that just came up.”
Who are some of your favorite Viners and YouTubers?
“I think the social media space — or even the entertainment space — is a really small community, so everyone kind of knows each other. I’m pretty good friends with a lot of these guys and there’s a lot of really talented creators in every different space. I think everyone brings their own unique energy and gifts. There are a lot of people I enjoy collaborating with.”
You posted your first video over five years ago! Do you remember the first video that started gaining lots of attention?
“I’m kind of a social media baby; I literally grew up making social media videos starting at the age of nine-years-old. I remember starting out as a passion and not really expecting anyone to watch my stuff. I just did it because I enjoyed making videos. Then, I think it was one of my covers that took off more than anything and people started watching me. It was an unexpected surprise for sure. My passion is creating content, but it’s such an amazing thing when other people enjoy the content that you’re working on; it’s definitely fulfilling.”
You come from a family of YouTubers. Do you all ever get competitive with each other?
“No, I think we’re a pretty close family and everyone kind of does the social media thing. I work with my brother and I work with my sister, and it’s cool to have a family that can travel with me or ride with me on the journey. There’s always something going on. There’ll be like, three different jam sessions happening or something.”
What’s coming next for you?
“I think the thing I’m excited for is the music I’ve been focusing on this year and last year. I’ve been crafting together some sounds and my sound as an artist. I think the focus is mainly going to be on the music in the coming year, and hopefully I’ll set up a tour and start travelling. I’m also starting to work on different acting projects that will be coming up pretty soon. This year I’ve been developing a lot of different projects that will finally start coming out in the next few weeks or so.”