10 Years of YouTube

10 years ago, on May 23, 2006, I joined a new website called YouTube. At the time, it was a great place to upload a video you didn't necessarily want on your hard drive. Little did I know that YouTube would later play a huge role in my life and even influence who my current friends are.

Here's the baby seagull

Here's the baby seagull

Soon after joining YouTube, I started to create videos solely for sharing them on the website. I didn't know who was watching them, but I got plenty of views on each video. One of my first hits was a video of a baby seagull at the beach avoiding the waves of the ocean shore set to the song April Showers (that song from the rain scene in Bambi).

After a number of years, I took a hiatus. I dropped off the face of YouTube. During this time I had some major changes in my life. Some might say they were the dark ages. Once I found myself, I created a new channel to upload clips from my acting career. Then, as if the universe sent it as a sign, a giant hummer limousine calling itself the "world's biggest limo" appeared at my front door. Literally, there was a giant limo parked outside of my house.

Me and the world's biggest limo

Me and the world's biggest limo

While the limo was not for me, but for an Armenian wedding happening down the street, I pulled out my camera because I knew I wanted to share this with people. The limousine's owner gave me a tour and I vlogged the whole thing. I posted it on that acting channel and the video quickly got a bunch of views. A few days later, the Harlem Shake was a thing and I jumped on that bandwagon as well. Another small viral hit.

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I then remembered what I loved about YouTube: the full control of my creativity and the sense of community.

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The rebranded youtube.com/redRomina

The rebranded youtube.com/redRomina

I started to create videos again just for YouTube. In 2015, I decided to rebrand myself by creating a whole new channel with a clear focus. It was crazy... starting over yet again??? I did it and I haven't looked back yet. I have never felt more like myself.

YouTube has given me my life. That might seem silly to some. "Really? A website gave you life?" Funny enough, it did. The majority of the friends I have today are a result of being on YouTube. I've met some of the most creative and wonderful people because of YouTube. 

This past decade deserved a just celebration so I decided to celebrate in the most traditional way possible... by making a cake (on video of course). Enjoy the video below and here's to another 10 years!