Shane Dawson Reveals Downside to Internet Fame
We exclusively premiered Shane’s debut single SUPERLUV right here on CB, and he says response to the song has been SUPERGUD. “It’s been really awesome and totally shocking to me.” he says. “I thought more people would be iffy about it, but I don’t know it seems like everybody is really liking the song and the video so I’m pumped.”
His journey to YouTube stardom began as a fluke. “I was really bored at work one day,” he says. “I was playing around on YouTube, I was trying to be an actor and trying to audition for stuff. I wasn’t getting any parts and I thought ‘Hey maybe I can make my own TV show on YouTube in my free time at work.'”
The plan backfired — sort of. While his channel was just getting started, he made one crucial mistake that got him fired from that job.
“I worked at Jenny Craig and I made a video at work,” he tells Celebuzz. “It wasn’t dirty or anything, but it was the fact that I made a video at work. They fired me and six other people that were in the video, including my mom and brothers.”
The video in question “was literally just recording my day at work,” he says. “It was one of my first videos and I was learning how to [stage] block. I was just interviewing people I worked with and some of my friends there.”
Ultimately, it catapulted him to become a full-time YouTubeer. “It kind of pushed me,” he says. “It was a terrible time. We were almost homeless and we’re all out of a job, but it pushed me to try and be a partner on YouTube.”
Now that he’s found success doing just that, he says his only regret is that others were fired because of his video. “They shouldn’t have gotten fired, but for me I could care less. I’m so happy about what I’m doing now and I wouldn’t have been full force with it if I wouldn’t have gotten fired.”