Draw My Life | Tyler Oakley

– Hey everyone, my name is Tyler Oakley and this is my life. I was born March 22nd,
1989 in Jackson, Michigan at Foote Hospital. My parents were divorced
when I was a toddler so I’ve always had two families. Between my sisters and my
step-brothers and my step-sisters and my half-brother and my in-laws, I have 12 siblings total. In elementary school I had to get glasses so my parents let me pick
out whatever pair I wanted. So I got these big round
glasses that were bright purple. It was basically the
start of my fabulosity. Back then, I began to develop a bit of an addictive personality: No matter what it was
that I was obsessed with, I had to have everything involved with it. When it was Pogs, I had my own Pog maker. When it was Beanie Babies,
I had tag protectors and value handbooks. When it was Pokemon, I competed
at local video game stores in tournaments. I guess that’s why nowadays
I can’t get off Tumblr. When I was going into the sixth grade, I moved to a new city and I knew nobody, so I turned to choir and drama
for a new group of friends. I met Dolan and we instantly
became best friends. Leading up to this point in my life, I had an addiction to
food and I had always been unhealthily overweight
and very unhappy about it and so I took matters into my own hands. Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart about it and my addictive personality took a 180 until I developed an eating disorder. I refused to eat and I
became addicted to exercise. I went from one unhealthy
way of living to another. And even after losing 30
pounds, I was still unhappy. Luckily throughout my middle-school years I developed a close relationship
with the choir teacher, Miss Borton, and she
noticed the fluctuation of my health and happiness. She was always there to talk and was always supportive of me. By the time I reached
high school, I was able to overcome my eating
disorder, even though sometimes I still do
have body image issues. When I was 14, a freshman in high school, I decided to tell everybody
the truth about who I was. Although some family was not supportive of me being openly gay, I was
lucky enough to have so many friends and family that
were, and I knew that nobody, no matter how important
society deemed my relationship with them, had the right to
denounce me for who I was. So I cut the people who didn’t
support me out of my life and I never regretted it for a second. In high school, I got involved
in drama club and choir and I found my people. Dolan and I met Eric and the three of us became inseparable. My senior year I joined yearbook and became obsessed with it. In yearbook I met Rachel
and we couldn’t believe that we had never been friends before. And soon she was added to the posse. My high school career came to a close and I spoke at my commencement
ceremony about how all the world’s a stage,
right before I went off to find my own stage. I went to Michigan State
University where I studied communications with focuses
in marketing and social media. Although I was doing my own thing at MSU, I still really missed
Rachel, Dolan, and Eric from high school and I
wanted to find a way to keep in touch with them. Somehow I stumbled upon
YouTube and I saw people talking into cameras. I had just saved enough
money to buy a laptop so I figured, “why not give it a try?” My first videos, which are now
private, were 15 minutes long talking directly to my three
friends and showing them all around my dorm room. I even remember one
video getting 100 views and that freaked me
out because I was like, “I don’t know if I even have 100 friends, so who are these people watching?” Around that time during my freshman year, I met Korey, an RA in my building. We bonded over MarioKart
and soon became inseparable through our mutual love
of YouTube and blogging. After my junior year, I
decided I needed to get out of Michigan and
spend a summer interning. I had two internships:
One at a celebrity PR firm and the other at the Trevor Project, both of which were in LA. Half my summer was spent
working for an organization that saved lives every day and the other half was spent
doing nothing of importance. I soon realized that if
I was going to be working in social media, it had to be
something that I cared about and something that was fun. Slowly but steadily my YouTube
presence was picking up. It hadn’t really hit me
until I reached one moment where I found out that more of you guys were watching my videos than could fit into my university’s football stadium. That’s when I knew
something big was going on. With my college career coming to a close, I began applying for adult jobs, but none of them were sticking. With rejection after
rejection, I started to think that maybe my online
life was keeping me from getting a job. I was so discouraged, and so I decided to take
advantage of the situation. Me and my best friend Korey took a chance. We flew to San Francisco, a
place we had both never been to, and we fell in love with the
city in just one weekend. And in that weekend we signed a lease. We flew back home to
Michigan, packed our bags, and said goodbye to our
families, and headed off to the San Francisco Bay. We lived in The Castro,
which is a gay neighborhood in San Francisco, and continued
making videos together and have done everything from
a video of him buzzing my head to the Chicken Nugget challenge. I had my own group of friends,
a community that embraced who I was, a city full of
life with something crazy happening every weekend,
but one thing was missing. My career. I had a couple of jobs
here and there to help me pay the rent, but nothing that inspired me to wake up every morning loving life. I decided that if I wasn’t
going to enjoy my job, I was surely going to
start loving my hobbies. And with that I went full
speed ahead with YouTube. I started making more
videos and dedicating more of my time online. Every week more and more
of you guys tuned in and about a year later, so
many of you had found me that I began to think that
maybe my life online wasn’t keeping me from getting a job, my job was keeping me from my life online. After careful consideration,
I decided that if not now, when, and I
put in my two-weeks notice and became a full-time YouTuber
with dreams much bigger than YouTube itself. Although San Francisco
was amazing socially and culturally, not
much was going on there when it came to taking my
online life to the next level, and with every opportunity that came up, I was spending more
and more time traveling to make it happen. I got to the point where I
was spending so much time living out of a suitcase
that I didn’t feel like I had a home anymore. And so, with my U-Haul packed to the brim, I cried while driving alone down the San Fransisco Bay bridge, leaving behind my favorite city and so
many of my favorite people. All because I knew that if I
wanted my dreams to come true I had to take the leap and
move where it all could happen. Los Angeles. Now, so much is happening and when I’m not making videos, I’m working
on so many projects that I cannot wait for you guys to see. What boggles my mind
the most though is that as of this week, I have a million people who have chosen to push
“subscribe” who care enough to tune in to see all
of my dreams come true. I can’t thank you guys enough. My life is only just
beginning and I’m so excited to take you all along for the ride. So that was my Draw My Life. If you guys loved my Draw My Life, be sure to give it a thumbs up. And I was inspired by Joe’s Draw My Life. If you haven’t seen it, it was amazing. So I was like, “Joe, how
do I make that happen?” and he hooked me up. Joe, tell everyone about your job. – I do stop motion. I do animation. I do music videos. I do a whole bunch of different stuff. – [Tyler] You do everything.
– [Joe] Pretty much – So, if you guys haven’t
see him yet, go subscribe. All of his videos are amazing. Every video outdoes the previous one. He is the best. So, I think that’s all. Do we have anything else? – We have Eddie. – Eddie can say goodbye. – Eddie, what do you think? No licking my face.
(laughing) – No licking of the face, buddy. What do you think?
– Say bye. Later y’all.


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