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iJustine tells us about her first 10 years on YouTube

From oatmeal to apples, Justine Ezarik explains it all.


Rae Votta


Posted on May 23, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:49 pm CDT

In collaboration with the Daily Dot, international YouTube superstar iJustine details her early days: from her first video—about instant oatmeal—to cultivating a following of 2.8 million subscribers.

For 10 years Justine Ezarik has created YouTube content under the iJustine moniker, and now we finally get to know the motivation behind her early film choices in a new video.

Like Scorsese and Spielberg, Ezarik takes us on a journey through her early YouTube days with a director’s commentary that sheds light on the artistic choices of works like the Oatmeal Project and Have You Seen My Stylus.

Ezarik illuminates key aspects of the videos, from explaining what a stylus or a palm pilot even is for the millennial audience, and how having an apple thrown at her head was a prediction of the rise of Apple a year later. 

The Daily Dot/YouTube

The Daily Dot/YouTube

OK, so she might be exaggerating a bit, but her sense of humor is why Ezarik has been a fixture in the digital video community for a decade. We can’t wait to see what director’s commentary looks like in another 10 years.

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*First Published: May 23, 2016, 1:04 pm CDT