The Create Unknown

The Create Unknown

There’s a new dream job out there and it’s Creator. The allure of flexing your creative muscles in the limelight for a living is enticing young and old to jump on YouTube and start recording. But a lot can happen on the way to millions of subscribers. In ‘The Create Unknown’ co-hosts Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor take time off from getting millions of views on the education YouTube channel Vsauce2, part of the Vsauce network, to reveal how dozens of dynamic creators have successfully navigated the ever-changing, uncertain landscape of online media — and how others have been swallowed by digital quicksand. Through intensely personal conversations, listeners learn what it takes to not only survive but thrive as a creator and in life. Interviews cover everything from getting started as a YouTuber to how you land that first brand deal and the realities of being a digital influencer. ‘The Create Unknown’ is the ultimate behind-the-scenes YouTube podcast.... Show More

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July 28, 2020 107 min
*100% of Patreon* funds go to making The Create Unknown, and you can get early access to episodes for just $2: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown Join our DISCORD to talk with artists, creators, and fans of the finer things in online life: https://discord.gg/qAQV3Jw Subscribe to Chris Ray Gun! ( https://www.youtube.com/chrisraygun ) Subscribe The Snark Tank ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-snark-tank/id1382961940 ) ...
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*100% of Patreon* funds go to making The Create Unknown, and you can get early access to episodes for just $2: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown Join our DISCORD to talk with artists, creators, and fans of the finer things in online life: https://discord.gg/qAQV3Jw Subscribe to Carson! ( https://www.youtube.com/callmecarson ) *Carson King’s* online prominence ranges from 8-Ball Pool Champion to creating content on YouTube and...
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*100% of Patreon* funds go to making The Create Unknown, and you can get early access to episodes for just $2: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown Join our DISCORD to talk with artists, creators, and fans of the finer things in online life: https://discord.gg/qAQV3Jw Now that Kevin is out of Sardine Jail, he explains what really happened over the last month or two -- and our recent plights draw on several of the themes we’ve tal...
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*John Swan* leaves the pond to address a sinister new force in the YouTube and Twitter scenes: channel takedown extortion and harassment. It’s always been around, but now that it’s possible to doxx creators and shut down their livelihoods, there’s a massive surge in false strikes and impersonation. Sometimes it’s got a financial purpose, sometimes it’s just a bizarre vendetta. We go over the DMCA system and how YouTube manually ch...
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100% of *Patreon* funds go to making The Create Unknown, and you can get early access to episodes for just $2: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown Join the *DISCORD* to talk with artists, creators, and fans of the finer things in online life: https://discord.gg/qAQV3Jw Australian YouTube commentary cognoscente *John Swan* ( https://youtube.com/JohnSwanYT ) broke open one of the most complex, interesting stories of 2020 -- and no...
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100% of Patreon funds go to making The Create Unknown, and you can get early access to episodes for just $2: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown Join the DISCORD to talk with artists, creators, and fans of the finer things in online life: https://discord.gg/qAQV3Jw We've opened up The Create Unknown Vault to unleash an exclusive Q&A previously available only to our earliest Patrons -- extended material from the great Wil...
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Our favorite feculent goblin psychicpebbles ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--BMyA2X4a9PGAo3lTuopg ) returns to The Create Unknown to talk about his new Adult Swim pilot, “Smiling Friends” -- and this extra-length episode took us an additional week to edit because there was just so much in here. Oh, and if you haven't seen Smiling Friends yet, here's your link: https://www.adultswim.com/videos/smiling-friends/smiling-f...
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May 1, 2020 73 min
After a robust discussion of a Bolivian dancing/fighting ritual, Matt and Kevin realize that they’ve used their experience as content creators to dole out nuggets of creative advice for 44 episodes. Now it’s time to talk about the flip side: what they SUCK at. Kevin starts off by admitting his lack of technical prowess and how it affects the production of his videos, and Matt follows up by explaining how lofty aspirations often ge...
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Chad debuted on the Filthy Frank Show and earned the name “Anything4Views” by showcasing his ridiculous comedic talent as he undertook absurd on-camera tasks -- like eating the Human Cake. He’s thrown barrels at his friends, he got tattoos of both iDubbbz face and Pewdiepie’s logo on his buttocks, and he’s got YouTube’s wildest, most popular talk show in Cold Ones… but Chad’s also grounded in a serious, analytical approach to the o...
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Johnny Millenium is a pioneer of giving honest and passionate video game reviews on his HappyConsoleGamer channel, sharing his unbridled and unflinching love for anime and gaming going back decades. In a world of Angry Video Game Nerds, Johnny saw opportunity to live by the tagline “Other people review games and bash them, I just want to review cool games that I think KICK ASS!” Oh -- and he literally invented the concept of filmi...
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Look, something weird is happening. We're all home - ALL OF US - and... parts of the internet are dead. Completely dead. Netflix and Hulu streaming are up, but YouTube is all over the place. (Is the increase from kids watching more content?) Podcast-listening is down across the board. What are people doing!?? We talk about how quarantine life has affected creatives and the projects they produce, and what it might mean for us ...
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First, it's a bit about tongue prints. Then a tweet from a friend suggested that *real* YouTubers write their own scripts, edit their own videos, make their own thumbnails... and handle every part of the creative process. We strongly disagree. ... until we agree. And then don't. And then agree. And then don't. And then do. It's complex. We talk about what working with others does to creative projects like YouTube ...
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March 29, 2020 73 min
After Kevin and Matt discuss a landmark scientific discovery, they talk about the Crime of the Century: a YouTuber stole one of Matt's Spice Girls tweets and brought it to the masses. It's insignificant, but it raises important questions about how creatives work online and what it really means to be original. When we're all influenced by our creative heroes, and we're all subject to our brain's amazing ability ...
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March 20, 2020 105 min
In our longest episode ever, we recap the Cereal Tier Ranking livestream and give an emergency quarantine announcement to the Dumpster Crew, INFANTry, and Baby Gang -- and then it's time for some real talk. It's really easy to get stressed creatively... and that's in normal times, let alone now. We're seeing a bunch of people we love announcing that they need to take a break, and we understand why. Kevin and Matt ...
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March 12, 2020 74 min
It might happen. It'll PROBABLY happen. We'll know soon whether the year's biggest, most significant event for the YouTube world gets delayed... or canceled outright. SXSW is dead, some TwitchCons and ComicCons have been axed, and it looks like E3 is in trouble. What will fans and creators do without VidCon? Kevin and Matt talk about the climate of managing these events and the impact they have on YouTube. Will there ...
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We discuss our most HATED episode ever -- the massive backlash against last week's interview with Justin Silverman. We theorize about why there are movements to criticize things so harshly when you used to love them, and Kevin speculates about the role of nostalgia in steering expectations for content. We go into why changes and evolutions are inevitable, and how that can morph into hate. Then we answer some *very* serious que...
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Justin Silverman produces one of the most successful YouTube shows of all time: James Rolfe's Angry Video Game Nerd. And Justin is a serious YouTube OG, stretching back to working with Vsauce at one of the earliest YouTube startups. We talk to Justin about his content creation and producing history that involves AVGN, Screenwave, the Too Many Games convention, and... a whole lot of other conventions (2 a month???). And the mo...
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February 21, 2020 78 min
So... you probably didn't know it, but YouTuber Jake Paul cured the world's anxiety IN A SINGLE TWEET (this went really badly). On top of that, he's now offering a 'Financial Freedom' course for $19.99 a month that appears to be targeted at kids. We talk about why everyone should have a "Tweet taster," and we even find some legitimate points in Jake Paul's pop-up scheme. But even so, we uncover a fe...
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February 10, 2020 71 min
We've recorded 34 episodes of The Create Unknown. We've interviewed YouTubers with a collective billions and billions of views, and we've pulled back the curtain to show what our own process is really like. At this point, we know who/what our favorite part of all this is. It's you. We had a pretty wild ride in 2019, and it culminated in some personnel changes. Now we're looking to double down on building the i...
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January 29, 2020 88 min
Matt and Kevin talk to one of the most wondrous humans ever to come out of the Midwest: Gus Johnson (aka Gusbuckets), whose YouTube channel, Twitter/Instagram, Gus & Eddy podcast, and Comedy Central material are alllll must-watch. Gus has probably been the most-requested guest in the Discord since we started TCU, so it was awesome to talk to him about what it's like trying to develop comedy skills in a small town, how to n...
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