Meet and Greet with Dan and Mike from the Double Chen Show!
What?! It’s Mike and Dan the food Youtubers from the Double Chan Show? They are so famous for making food videos and starting discussions on cultural topics!
So yes, Dan and Mike held their last fans meet and greet today at Presso Coffee before leaving to move to the west coast. They have mixed emotions about moving there, worried that they might not find good food and about the superabundant sun they will get.
Dan and Mike started their Youtube channels here in New York. The multicultural playground provided these two Chinese Americans a chance to make videos on food, and the Asian cultures, stereotypes, and news that stem from their taste buds. I personally find attachments and resonances from their videos because a lot of the things they say are accurate and insightful.
Mike and Dan’s meet and greet today composed of an introduction, a Q&A, and of course, they cooked us delicious scallop pancakes at the end. When it comes to food, Mike and Dan are never meager. They served enough pancakes to feed almost the 70 of us.
From interacting with Mike and Dan, I can conclude a few points I learned that will be beneficial for my hobby as a fashion blogger:
- Don’t strive to be a full time Youtuber. The reason is simple – putting heavy bets on Youtube is risky. There are around 25 million considerably influential Youtubers in the world, but only 3,000 of them are influential enough to make money that they do it full time. Most of the Youtubers first start their channel alongside some stable job they do, and slowly have it take a bigger part of their lives. Mike said: “Youtubing is half hard work and half luck,” meaning it’s hard to get renowned, and success doesn’t come easily. It takes time, effort, and talent to build up a fanbase, so don’t try to “study to be a full time Youtuber.”
- Be real, be yourself and don’t try to make money off of it. I think many Youtubers or bloggers have a similar wish – to one day get sponsored by brands to promote their products, and get paid to try out new goodies. Who wouldn’t want that? But do you think audiences are willing to see a channel full of straight advertisements from a Youtuber who doesn’t show his personality and characteristics at all? It’s important to blog and Youtube with the audiences’ interests in mind, to care about what they want and consider what they like to see. A lot of the times they might be interested in who you are and what you say, instead of what you use for skincare. Moreover, many bloggers and Youtubers work with the monetary goal in mind, but believe it or not, working without the monetary motivation, but your interest and enjoyment is what keeps you devoted to the process.
- Your real life start after college, so your experiences in college doesn’t determine you whole life. Dan told us that he was four credits away from finishing his college degree at Northwestern! But he dropped out because he felt that college is mostly about partying and socializing but didn’t teach him useful skill set. He added that he learned math and science that he will not use for the whole life, so college wasn’t giving him what he desired for. I believe it’s true, because I am sure that Dan acquired more acting skills outside of college, and for his youtube videos, he acquired much more video editing and content creating skills outside of classes. However, I do believe that Fordham taught me a lot as I have seen myself growing up the past few years. I think students have to be keen about the things they encounter and try to learn lessons from it, instead of following the flow to go to college. We can still learn a lot from socializing with people, and we can at least learn what we don’t like from taking a variety of classes.
Dan and Mike made us really awesome scallop pancakes at the end, even with cheese and bacon, but might’ve been better if they had hot oil! I really appreciate the chance to meet these two rising Youtubers as I learned valuable lessons from them.