The Gay Geek Tackles YouTube
By Benjamin Lindsay
Do you have a favorite franchise? Why?
Canote: While X-Men was my first comic book franchise and Star Trek was my first sci-fi series, the series I will always come back to and where I feel the most at home is definitely Harry Potter. It was the first series I discovered on my own, the first fandom I got really involved with, the thing I was willing to wait out in the cold for year after year after year. I remember sobbing myself to sleep on my 11th birthday because an owl with my Hogwarts letter never arrived, but then spent the next day convincing myself that I was stupid to expect an owl because Hogwarts is only for British witches and wizards, and that the American school must do things differently and that I just had to be patient. I’m 23 and believe me, I still haven’t given up hope of my letter arriving.
McNeil: I grew up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer with my mom from the very first episode, so it'll always have a special place in my nerdy heart. But I've really taken to badass chicks who fight crime as a way of life. So Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost from The X-Men. I also love the Scott Pilgrim series, I think I've read it through about 50 times at this point.
Where do you see the future of the show? Where do you see yourself personally five years down the road?
McNeil: Just from the response what we've received so far, I don't think we're going anywhere anytime soon. We really look up to the big YouTubers out there who have paved the way for this to be a career. Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, Mamarie Hart, Tyler Oakley. We really want to make content inspired by these folks with out own twist, because they're some of the funniest and most entertaining people on the web. We both have our own personal channels too, and we're using those to create more personal content as well. In five years—who knows? I still want to pursue screenwriting and comedy, and I think this is a great segway into that kind of career path.
Canote: Five years from now, I have absolutely no idea where I’ll be. A year ago May, I was graduating from UC Berkeley with no production experience and no prospects, and now I’m a vlogger by night, field producer by day for a boutique production company in the Bay Area. I’d love to still be doing Geeking Out or something like it, since I don’t see myself getting any less geeky or any less gay, but I also want to work on producing original scripted content, be it my own or otherwise. I love talking with passionate creators who have stories and worlds to bring to life, so let’s say that in five years, I’ll be working as a development producer in the new media wing of things who hosts a show or two on the side.
Are there any additional projects you two are working on?
McNeil: Right now I'm taking part in YouTube's Geek Lab down at the YouTube Space LA, where after completing a training course and making six videos in their facilities over the next three weeks, I'll have full access to The Space for an entire year, which is really exciting. Hopefully this will help make the most of my content, and I'll be able to collaborate with some other amazing YouTubers. I'm also constantly writing and coming up with new projects I'd love to produce one day, so maybe this would be a great opportunity to see those through and get some more original content onto my channel. Weirdly enough, I've also been contacted by a few reality shows about this story, so we'll see!
Canote: Right now most of my energies beyond Geeking Out and my personal YouTube channel are focused on my job as a field producer and production coordinator for a Bay Area-based boutique production company. I do everything from errand runs to running field shoots to research and development on the equipment we use every day, all in the name of high quality, high profile live streaming. I’m also developing a series that I plan on shooting entirely on Google Glass, which I’ll be getting this summer as part of the Glass Explorers program, as well as pulling out to shoot more stupid B-Roll on the set of Geeking Out. I’m constantly pinging Neil and my other production industry friends with ideas and what if’s, so now I just need to push myself to make those what if’s into realities in the coming months and years.
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