Get ready for your weekly dose of inspiration and #lifegoals. A couple of months ago I came across Dem's YouTube channel and instantly subscribed a minute into one of his videos. Thinking of people who inspire me, the idea of interviewing Dem was almost a no brainer. Meet Dem and peep his take on style, personal growth, and his ideal date.
Tell us, who is Dem the Celeb?
DemTheCeleb is just your average 22 year old guy that has a love for everything fashion, hair and pop culture. I guess that isn’t your average 22 year old guy, but whatever, lol. I have an obsession with pop culture, specifically anything Kardashian/Jenner related. In 2012 I started my own celebrity news/music blog known as the DemTheCeleb Fix. Along with the content on my blog, I used to also create YouTube videos talking about celebrity gossip. However at the end of 2015, I decided to focus my energy solely onto my channel and turn it into more of a lifestyle/fashion-driven channel.
Where is Dem the Celeb based?
I was born and raised in Aventura, Florida AKA Miami. Although I love Miami so much, I definitely want to branch out and move to New York this year after I graduate in May. I feel like there are so many more opportunities out there and I just want to be on my own!
What’s the first thing you think about in the morning?
Hmm… This is a toughie. Probably what I need to get accomplished throughout the day. With school, work and my YouTube channel there’s always so much I need to do in 24 hours. I also always need to have time at the end of the day for my daily dose of reality television. Especially Vanderpump Rules. That show = life.
When did you post your first YouTube video?
I started posting a few years ago, but it was very sporadic and inconsistent. It wasn’t until my birthday of last year (September 6, 2015) that I really became dedicated to posting weekly videos. I kind of consider that date to be the birth of my channel. Since then, I’ve posted a video every week and I love it.
What motivated you to start the Dem The Celeb channel?
I really wanted to start my channel to create my own path and something that I could call my own. In today’s world, everyone is striving to be something or become someone, and I wanted to be able to create my own brand from home. It’s important for me to be able to go out into the workforce and show people what I’ve done, and what I’m passionate about. I also love being able to inspire and connect with people from all over the world because so many YouTubers have inspired me, and I just want to do the same for others.
Show us where it all goes down. What does your filming space look like?
Most of the time my filming space is my room. It’s like my little sanctuary and it really showcases who I am as a person. I always say that if you want to get to know me, just walk into my room. Lol. Everything in there is pretty much, black, white and grey, which are the three most important colors in my life. I’m also obsessed with pictures, so there are a lot on my walls.
What’s the hardest thing about being a YouTube icon?
I wouldn’t say that I’m an icon just yet because I’m still learning and perfecting my craft. However, the hardest thing about being a YouTuber is being consistent and producing quality material that people will want to watch every week. It’s also important to be original because there are so many people out there that are doing the same thing as me, so it’s key that I let my personality shine in everything that I do.
Who inspires you and gets your creativity flowing?
I’m inspired by so many different people. I really appreciate the work that Kyle Krieger, Luca Fersko and Tim Bryan do on YouTube, but I also look up to people like Andy Cohen and Ryan Seacrest. I would love to have my own talk show one day, so those guys definitely serve as the biggest inspiration to me.
If one of your subscribers were to take you on a date, where would you go?
Interesting! I’ve never thought of this! Probably just to a cool, yet casual restaurant. I’m all about ambiance and lighting, so if any restaurant has those cute dangly lights, I’m a fan! I hate going to the movies, so that’s out of the question. Maybe we dance after dinner? Idk.
If you had to give a piece of advice to someone thinking of starting their own YouTube channel, what would it be?
A piece of advice that I would give is to just be YOU and have fun with it. There was definitely a point in my life where I was scared to let my personality shine, but then I realized that I shouldn’t care about what other people think or say about me. It’s also a great thing to do because in a way you’re documenting your life, and it’s cool to be able to look back and see how much you’ve grown over time. Oh, and most importantly, produce quality work! A good thumbnail and lighting go a long way!