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VidCon: YouTuber Jarvis Johnson discusses taking risks, mentoring creators, and figuring it out

‘I haven’t tested the boundaries of where my audience will go with me.’


Daysia Tolentino

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This story was originally published on Passionfruit.

Five years ago, YouTube commentator Jarvis Johnson attended VidCon—but not as a creator. He was there for work, as a software engineer for Patreon. Soon after, he decided to start his own YouTube channel. 

“I went to a few of the panels in our free time and started the channel,” he said in an interview. “It was just, you know, making a video here and there on a weekend, but it was like a video every couple of months or something for a while.”

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