Thursday, June 14, 2018

Buffer Festival - Corey Vidal Interview

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Corey Vidal (born December 7, 1986) is a Canadian online video content producer and digital media consultant. His YouTube videos have been seen over 71 million times and he has over 200 videos as of July 2013. His YouTube channel profile has been viewed over 9 million times. In December 2007, Corey was one of the first Canadians to join the YouTube Partnership Program. Corey has over 225,000 subscribers.

In February 2013 he was named Niagara's Entrepreneur of the Year in Innovative Small Business for his video production company ApprenticeA Productions.

Corey Vidal began on YouTube in mid-2006 by posting hip hop dance videos inspired by American dance reality television show So You Think You Can Dance. His popularity stemmed from the success of one of his first videos, How To Dance: "1, 2 Step" by Ciara(uploaded to YouTube on September 3, 2006), where he teaches dance steps to R&B singer Ciara's music video 1, 2 Step. The video currently has over 6.5 million views.

Following his How To Dance series, Corey branched into other types of videos. His channel career spans dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, beatboxing, acting in skits and short films (including a short film production by Niagara College), solving Rubik's Cubes, video blogging, and collaborating with other YouTubers. Many of his videos contain references to the Star Wars franchise. Microsoft Canada has contributed to one of Corey's videos, and MTV Europe contacted him to produce an exclusive video to appear in their televised series MTV's Best.Show.Ever in 2007. In December 2008, Corey produced a 4-part a cappella Christmas e-card for California-based consulting firm Barbary Coast Consulting. In May 2009, Vidal released a 33-part interactive choose-your-own-adventure-style video as part of a collaboration with Blendtec, the company behind Will It Blend?. Lucasfilm is now a sponsor of Vidal's channel.

Corey first gained national Canadian media attention in the summer of 2008 when he was announced as the host of the 888 YouTube Gathering that took place August 8, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. Corey hosted a one-hour show featuring many of YouTube's most popular "cewebrities", including KevJumba, HappySlip, Dave Days, Charles Trippy, Shay Carl, Philip DeFranco, and more.

Corey Vidal launched a second, daily-vlogging YouTube channel on January 1, 2011 called "ApprenticeEh", where he and the staff members of his company record and share their lives every day. As of December 2013, ApprenticeEh has been vlogging for over 1050 days in a row, and has over 6.3 million video views. ApprenticeEh operates out of Burlington, Ontario.

Corey appears in the 2012 edition of the annual Ripley's Believe It or Not! book series for his work on YouTube.

Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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