Shay Carl (@shaycarl) got his first computer at age 27.
He was a manual laborer for ages and uploaded his first YouTube video while on break from a granite counter top job.
Flash forward to today:
- His SHAYTARDS channel now has roughly 2.3 BILLION views. Celebs like Steven Spielberg have appeared alongside Shay and his family.
- He co-founded Maker Studios, which sold to Disney for nearly $1 billion.
- He has been married 13 years and has 5 kids.
- He has lost more than 100 pounds since his overweight peak.
Shay came to San Francisco to spend 2 days with me, we did a bunch of weird shit together (a lot of firsts for Shay), and we covered a ton, including:
- The most important decisions and inflection points in his life
- Tools of the trade and tips for creating on YouTube
- Favorite books, quotes, etc. that he lives by
- Stories he’s never shared anywhere before
- And much, much more
If you only have 5 minutes, listen to Shay’s thoughts on the decisions that helped Maker Studios become a massive success.
And here is the pic of his hilarious driver’s license that we mention a few times
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Want to hear another podcast related to YouTube stardom? — Listen to my conversation with Casey Neistat. In this episode, we discuss how one renegade filmmaker breaks rules, reinvents himself, and gets thanked for it (stream below or right-click here to download):
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