As we all know, a recent overnight YTP star has risen to high ranks in our community. He started off in a very amazing way and got what he deserved from the community in fame. BarneyIsPerverted is his username, some claim him to be SantaWithGun or Hurricoaster, but he has debunked these claims. (Personally I never got it, I don't think his style is like either of the two, if anything I think his style is most like Cs188. But there are several reasons he isn't him.) He's his own name, and he's dashing towards the top in YTP. So I decided to ask him a few questions while he was still, early in his career.
"It is time... the time that we ask the question... what is the meaning of life?" And it's so we can watch your marvelous YTPs. Now, I'd like to ask ye a few questions if you don't mind. You are one of the fastest to claim fame in YTP in so long now. Since we already know about your influences and favorite YTPers, we'll just skip onto the other important questions.
1. Your jump to fame has been fast and amazing. Were you even expecting the slightest bit that you would be able to have this many subscribers, what did you honestly think was going to happen?
I thought that my first video was pretty good, so I was optimistic about eventually being discovered. But I never expected to get 1000 subscribers in only a month. Maybe in a year, but definitely not a month. I was surprised to see how many of the pro YTPers actually liked my video enough to feature it on their channels. That was really what caused so many people to find me. I owe my success to Hurricoaster, cs188, SantaWithGuns, and anybody else who featured me.
2. Do you think you'll be able to hold this rate of subscribers, or do you think the fifteen minutes of fame are up and it's not going to be easy anymore?
I doubt that my subscriber rate will stay the same. The reason is because most of my subscribers are users who discovered me through those other popular YTPers. Now that the people who frequently go to those users' channels have gotten a chance to see my videos, and decided to either subscribe to me or to not care, the only way for people to find me now is if they happen to find me by chance. Right now, I am getting around 10-20 subscribers on a normal day, and I don't even know where they are coming from or how they found me.
3. We know your favorite YTPers. But what would you say would be your favorite YTP of all time? If you can't think of it, then what is the YTP that has influenced your own work the most?
My favorite YTP of all time is "Mr Krabs and Squidward's Plan To Kill Spongebob" by SantaWithTeeth. That one is a classic. The first time I saw that video was a couple years ago, and I have watched it at least a hundred times since then. Somehow it NEVER gets old, even though I don't laugh at it as much as I used to. That's the thing about his videos...they are somehow really enjoyable to watch even when the humor has almost dried out. As for the most influential one, "It's Rip Snortin' Time" by Hurricoaster is the main one which I base my style off of. I don't use as many effects as he does, but he is the one who inspired me to do all that masking.
4. What is your plan from here on out? More spongebob YTPs, more YTPs of other sources, maybe a decrease in your speed of putting out YTPs?
I will probably do more Spongebob YTPs, as well as some poops from other kids' shows and some commercials. The problem with Spongebob is that there are only so many episodes that are "poopable" AND have not been edited so many times that I cannot possibly hope to do anything original with them. I am also not interested in editing any of the recent episodes, since those are crap. As for my speed in uploading, it will almost definitely slow down starting next school year. The reason for this is because right now, I'm taking online courses instead of going to school, and so I have a ton of free time on my hands. But next year I go back to school, and the year after that I go to college. I will still try to keep posting, but I will probably not be able to upload a 3-5 minute long video every couple weeks like I have been doing since I first started.
5. What do you have to say regarding some of the people who think your fanboys are out of control, and in some cases... just messed up in the head? Do you think your fans are perfectly in line, or would you prefer that they don't make it a big deal every time you comment on a video?
So far, nobody has made any comments about the way my fans behave. As for my opinion, I think most of my fans are perfectly normal, but there are a few of them who make a big deal about it when I comment on a video. I find it a little weird when that happens, since I am just a new user who only started making videos a little while ago. Not only that, but YTPers in general are just teens/young adults behind their computers who happen to have some editing skills and a good imagination. I don't know why people think that we are celebrities or something. I'm just glad that some people actually like my videos that much, and I usually find it amusing when people show their extreme fanboy-ism.
[Joe: For the record, I saw it in a comment on a video after someone raved about BiP commenting]
6. Tell me honestly, do you prefer your huge audience? Or would you have preferred to have some time as an underrated artist before you shot up to be the next big thing?
I like all the attention I have been getting. To be honest, I don't like the idea of being underrated. A long time ago, one of my friends and I used to make a bunch of random skit videos and put them on YouTube, hoping to get alot of views. We didn't. It does not feel good to put a ton of effort into something and get no recognition for it. I really enjoy posting a video and instantly getting a ton of comments from people telling me how much they like it. The only drawback to having all these subscribers is that now I feel more pressure to produce videos more quickly, but it is definitely worth it.
7. What do you think your best YTP you ever made was? Do you think the quality of your work is going up or down?
I still like "Spingebill Has A Pickle Fetish" the best. To me, that one is already a classic. That episode is by far the most poopable one out there, and I am extremely lucky that nobody beat me to any of the edits I put in there, since some of them seem so obvious. However, I usually surprise myself with how much I am able to do with each video. For instance, I thought at first that "Spingebill Is Very Insertive" was going to be a boring filler video based around a few clever jokes that I had thought of a long time ago, but as I actually started editing it, I was able to get more creative than I had originally expected. So maybe I will end up producing a video that I like even better, but until then, I will never know.
8. If you had to choose, would you choose to be an "all ear rape/effects" artist like Imaperson and Avojaifnot, or would you be a "sentence mixer only" artist like BenderPictures and SwishFilmsInc?
That's a really tough question. But if I had to choose, I would probably become an effects pooper, just because there are so many possibilities with those kinds of videos. Word splicing is great, but there are only so many times I can make Spongebob say "shit" before it gets old.
9. One day we all have to quit this game of YTP. When do you think you will quit? It can be a number of subscribers, or an amount of time?
I don't think I will ever make any plans on quitting. I'm not going to stop making videos just because I reach a certain number of subscribers. I think when I don't feel like making videos anymore, I will probably just slowly fade out. My posting frequency will get slower and slower, until I'm not making videos at all. And I won't close my account. But that will probably be a VERY long time from now, because I really enjoy making videos.
10. Using one word, describe your time as a YTPer so far
Joe's Irrelevant Bonus Question (Extra points for answering): What was the reason you subscribed to JoeTheBlueDragon? Was it for his channel or videos? If you had to choose now, what would it be?
I subbed you because you are a very dedicated YTP enthusiast, and I am interested in seeing what you post. I will admit that I believe you have alot of potential as a YTPer, but I am not quite sure that you are using all of it when you make your videos. Ideally you would make longer videos and use a more advanced editing software (YES, that does make a difference), but still I enjoy watching your vids.
[Translation: What kind of bonus question is that? Jeez, I hate this guy, I'd unsub but then he'd probably go on a freaking rant. I'm going to semi-answer this question, but only so I can piss him off by pulling the anti-WMM card]
And there you have it.
First video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15EtU17Wnqw&feature=channel_video_title
Favorite YTP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxrZAd80oLA&feature=channel_video_title
Influencing YTP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi_AQen5kI8
Oh, and also, BarneyIsPerverted recently signed up for "The Little Dragons"
Link here: http://thelittledragons.webs.com/apps/profile/71816290/
After you sign up, you can converse with him over the site, respond to his posts in discussions and see what he's up to.