Two years later, Connor is ready to bring to light a side of himself he’s rarely shown on or off camera. In this diary-like look at his life since A Work in Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.
Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, poetry, and original photography, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator turning inward in order to move forward.
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Connor attended the 2016 Variety’s Power Of Young Hollywood event on August 16 in Los Angeles, California. High quality photos from his arrival have been added to the gallery. Make sure to check them out!
Connor is on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine’s September 2016 issue! He recently did a photoshoot and interview for the magazine. Photos from the photoshoot have been added to the gallery! Click “Read the rest of this entry” to read part of the interview. You can visit the magazine’s official website to get a free digital copy of the issue.
YouTube sensation Connor Franta is one of those young successes that can make us feel seriously unproductive. At a time when content is king, Franta’s found a way to establish a voice on YouTube and his social platforms that spans more than 17 million people. In a world of Kimye and T-Swift, that number is still beyond impressive.
Young Hollywood sits down with YouTube star Connor Franta at VidCon to chat about his growing lifestyle brand, Common Culture, and how YouTube was a stepping stone to branch out into other endeavors! He also gives us one new musical artist we should all be listening to, offers some advice for other aspiring YouTubers, and plays a game of “Would You Rather”!
Connor Franta has his own clothing line, and his own music label that just launched a compilation album with Tyler Oakley, but he’s not done! Connor tells ET’s Denny Directo that he’s also hosting his own camp for creators! Check out the video above!
Connor Franta is tailor-made for success. With 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube, a New York Times bestselling memoir, a line of premium coffee, and a music label, the award-winning entrepreneur seems to have it all figured out. He has a killer eye for design — his favorite Instagram accounts of the moment belong to Vika Petlakh, Cole Sprouse, and Henrik Aa. Uldalen (all artists) — and his lifestyle brand Common Culture dropped a new clothing collection less than a week ago. It’s already selling out. He’s also charming. Like, really, really charming.
We caught up with Connor to talk about bullies, struggling to label his identity, and experiencing his very first Pride celebration, which was tragically marked by the horrific murders of 49 LGBTQ people and their loved ones at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
At just 23 years old, vlogger Connor Franta has reached and defined a new strata of Internet stardom. His YouTube channel boasts 6 million subscribers–a combined 15 million followers when you include his Instagram and Twitter pages.
Connor rose to YouTube fame for his quirky, #relatable (but really, though) weekly vlogs about his life as a college student, funny pop culture quips, regarding music, movies, books.
But it was his December 8th, 2014 video, “Coming Out,” that elevated Connor’s platform into new terrain.
The video, which has amassed more than 10 million views, was a heart-wrenching six-and-a-half minutes, during which Connor came out as gay–something he had kept from his dedicated fanbase for a long time.
His 2015 memoir, A Work In Progress, touched on his life growing up in conservative Minnesota, while both struggling with, and accepting his gayness, all in front of millions of people. The book has since sold 200,000 copies, and was a New York Times Bestseller.
Now, after expanding his interests into music, with a record label, and coffee and clothing sold on his quasi-Lifestyle shop, Common Culture, Connor has become a bonafide mogul.
But the Los Angeles-based media scion remains remarkably humble, and dedicated to living his truth amidst his international fame and ever-expanding media empire. We caught up with Franta while he was in New York to attend a 2016 YouTube Summit, and talked to him about life post-coming out, and where he sees his career going.
Connor Franta is an American entrepreneur, writer, YouTuber, content guru & style extraordinaire. With 18 million+ followers (and growing), we got to pick his brain on all things fashion, comedy and well, life. We know one thing after speaking with him and that is – this kid is going places.
How would you describe your style?
My style has recently been shifting now more so than ever before. It’s always been a strange combination of formal and causal; mixing sneakers with button ups and dress shoes with sweaters. It’s changing every day now and I wake up every morning excited to see myself as a blank canvas ready to paint.
Who is your style icon?
I’m not sure I have just one. I admire people like Ruby Rose, Jaden Smith or Jared Leto because they push the boundaries of gendered clothing and colours. They unapologetically wear whatever they want and undeniably own it.
What’s your favourite current trend?
Pins! A good pin or two can really add so much to an otherwise normal outfit.
Avocado toast. It’s good any time, any place.
Tell us a secret.
I’m not currently wearing any pants. (more…)
The openly gay YouTuber has turned social media fame into a platform to inspire struggling LGBT teens to accept themselves.
Connor Franta has made a lucrative career from sharing personal, confessional, and tangential videos on YouTube. Alongside the likes of Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig, and Troye Sivan (Out’s May cover star), Franta’s name has become synonymous with the ever-increasing popularity of social media, YouTube, and millennial oversharing.
Since he began filming in 2010, the YouTuber has used his platform and massive following to launch the bona fide lifestyle brand, Common Culture. Through that brand, the 23-year-old has dabbled into clothing design and specialty coffee, and has started a record label powered by social tastemakers known as Heard Well. He’s also penned a New York Times best-selling memoir, A Work in Progress.
When the self-described “angsty 23-year-old” visited New York, he sat down with us to discuss the almighty power of social media, his YouTube inspirations (looking at you, Tyler Oakley and Troye Sivan!), and his tendency to sob. (more…)