(originally published on May 7, 2018)
These days, I find out about YouTubers I’ve never heard of before by the “suggested videos” section the site. This led me to the commentary channel, Connor Howe. After watching several of his videos, I not only became a subscriber, but I can guarantee you that he is one of the most underrated YouTubers on the platform today. Connor’s content is funny, intelligent, insightful, thought-provoking and balanced. I have no doubt that his channel will continue to grow because he’s not only good at what he does, but he’s very driven as well. I do hope by doing this interview and giving you all a deeper look into who he is, I can encourage all of you to give some of his videos a shot, and hopefully stick around and subscribe.
Below is our interview. Take it away, Connor:
1. What inspired you to decide to start a YouTube Channel, and how did people in your personal life react when you told them about your decision?
Personally, I see YouTube as one of the least talked-about opportunities available to pretty much anyone in today’s day and age. YouTube provides a space where people — whether it be aspiring entertainers, entrepreneurs, educators or anything else — can create value, just by being themselves. As the son of two entrepreneurs and a college graduate frustrated by the lack of options for recent graduates, I saw (and still see) YouTube as a career avenue where I can use my talents — writing, humor and creativity — and thrive. The people in my personal life have been — and still are — very supportive of the decision. Granted, some have been skeptical of what YouTube is and what it can offer, but not to the extent where they wouldn’t encourage me to give it a shot and see what happens.
2. When it comes to commentary channels, which ones are your favorites?
I’ve been inspired by a lot of people — h3h3productions, Internet Comment Etiquette with Erik, Cody Ko, Nerd City, Drew Gooden and many others to name a few, all of which are commentary channels. I’m also a big fan of some smaller commentary channels like WillyMacShow, WavyWebSurf, Turkey Tom and The Right Opinion. All in all, I tend to be a fan of people who know how to intertwine commentary and comedy. Learning something new can always be interesting, but it’s an even better experience if it can be funny as well.
3. You had talked about in a recent video of yours about Kavos leaving YouTube; which Kavos said had to do with the mental toll making videos was having on him. You also talked about a similar creator, ImAllexx, who had issued the same concerns in his life. Just like with the Hollywood A-Listers, we tend to forget that YouTubers are people, not robots, and they often get burned out. Although it’s important for Kavos to take time off, you mentioned (and I agree) that he runs the risk of losing his audience. Do you have advice to any content creators in the same positions as Kavos and ImAllexx on how to avoid this, and/or what to do if and when it does happen?
Creating content isn’t an easy task — not nearly as easy as the typical consumer tends to imagine. The process of coming up with a video idea, writing a script, getting in front of a camera and performing isn’t easy — and neither is editing 30 minutes to an hour’s worth of film, the majority of which is either blank space or footage you don’t even end up using. Watching yourself mess up on camera isn’t easy the first time, and though it gets easier, it’s never truly easy. That, coupled with the hate comments you typically find on commentary videos, and it’s understandable why a creator can get frustrated, or even disillusioned. My advice for any content creator is just to work hard, push through any rough patch you might have and embrace the great moments you have, rather than dwelling on ones that aren’t so great.
4. I thought it was wonderful when you did your video explaining why Nicole Arbour is trying to be Tomi Lahren. (You can find the video here.) I feel like you made a lot of very intelligent points to back up what you were saying, as well as making us laugh. Considering that she dared you to make a response to her (without thinking you would or actually looking into who you are), I want to ask how the overall reception has been?
A lot of people seemed to enjoy the video, which obviously makes me happy. I think with someone like Nicole, whose spotlight was much brighter a few years ago than it is now, it’s interesting to see her fanbase isn’t nearly as diehard as it once was. In fact, I’m not even sure a single person left a negative comment on the video. (And I appreciate the compliments by the way!)
5. Are there any YouTubers you would like to collab with one day?
A ton. I would gladly collaborate with anyone I mentioned above, and to be honest, I’d collaborate with anyone whose content I enjoy. I’m sure collabs will happen down the line, but I’m also excited to possibly work on some projects with my personal friends, whose great senses of humor deserve attention from the people who enjoy my work.
6. Do you have any plans looking ahead for your both your Channel and in other avenues professionally you’d like to pursue?
As of now, my end goal is to carve out a full-time career on YouTube for myself. I’m a pretty multi-faceted person — I’ve traveled to more than 10 countries, played in a university orchestra, worked for an NFL team, graduated with a degree in marketing, written stories for a national news network and more. I enjoy my “real job,” but the end goal is to entertain my audience full-time.
Thank you very much, Connor! It was a pleasure interviewing you and even though I already had a high opinion of you, I can say that it has gone up quite a bit. I’m proud that I have been able to get this opportunity to not only discover your wonderful channel but to interview you as well; many people aren’t able to get that blessing. I once again, encourage you all to subscribe to his channel. You can follow him on Twitter here. You can also find him on Facebook here.