Connor Franta Gives RAW Interview
RAW: How did you come to find your own aesthetic?
CONNOR: Trial and error. Just try things and figure out what works for you personally. Also, I’ve also been doing this for seven years, so it takes time (laughs). It just comes with time and practice.
RAW: What would you be doing if you weren’t making YouTube videos, which you started in 2010?
CONNOR: Realistically, I was in college and I was going for a business degree so I’d probably be working for Target or something. And I say that because Target’s based in Minnesota where I was going to school so there’s a good chance I’d be working for Target Corp. What would I want to be doing, though? Probably something adjacent to what I’m doing now, something like photography or graphic design would be great.
RAW: Was there anyone on YouTube you religiously watched who inspired you to make your own videos?
CONNOR: It was almost 100% Shane Dawson beforehand, and he’s still killing it! He’s still kicking, that old guy (laughs). My favorite series is where he just puts random things in a microwave just to see what happens.
RAW: Was there ever a point when you realized, “Holy s--t, social media is blowing up”?
CONNOR: It was probably right after the first VidCon I went to. It was absolutely insane. I went as a fan, but I was also getting recognized a little bit for making YouTube videos too, so it just started to become more and more real because I was meeting people in the same industry and I had people wanting to meet me for doing something that I had admired for so long. So that was kind of like the first moment—that first “oh s--t” moment.
RAW: If you wrote a third book, what would it be about?
CONNOR: At the moment, a photography book would be interesting.
RAW: Where is your favorite place on Earth to be in?
CONNOR: Honestly, just my home in Minnesota, it’s so calm. I used to live in a tiny, tiny town so it’s just really, really relaxed.
RAW: Is it as cold as people say?
CONNOR: It’s gotten down to negative forty before. We didn’t used to get “snow days” growing up, we used to get “cold days” because it was too cold that you couldn’t go outside (laughs). They didn’t want people waiting for the bus or anything, but it would be like negative forty and you would get frostbite. (singing) Minnesota! I should be on the tourism board!
RAW: Do you have any love interests at the moment?
CONNOR: Like, is she dating? No, not really...I mean like, have I gone on dates? Yeah. But is she dating? No (laughs), she’s too busy (laughs).
RAW: How did you gain the confidence to come out publicly?
CONNOR: There were a fair amount of coming out videos on the internet when I came out so I used those as kind of inspiration, and I saw what those videos did for me. I wanted to give back to that community and make my own, essentially. And because I had an audience, I almost felt a weird responsibility around it that finally after 20 years, I’ve come to accept myself that I should try and help other people try and reach that as soon as possible.
RAW: What would you say to someone who’s afraid to come out of the closet?
CONNOR: Take your time. It’s very, very situational, so make sure you’re in a safe environment and make sure the time is right for you. Don’t let anyone pressure you into coming into yourself too early, that is a personal decision. So know that it will happen eventually, it will happen in your own time, and everything will be okay.
RAW: What is one thing in this lifetime that you want to be remembered for?
CONNOR: As a good person (giggles). I would love to also leave some sort of impact in the LGBTQ space or in some form of art would be amazing. But first and foremost, a kind person. ᴿᴬᵂ