Becoming YouTube famous
Vid Chronicles channel to hit one million subscribers this month
Last updated 7/6/2021 at 9:49pm
When John Frederick filmed his first "skit" for Vid Chronicles, a YouTube channel, no one knew it was going to make the progress it has.
Frederick, a Mauriceville actor, was in the background of 2018 Oscar winning Best Film "The Green Book" and had a supporting role in Tom Hanks' 2020 film "Greyhound." He has also had leading and supporting roles in several shorts produced locally. He also cohosts "The Barefoot Director" on Facebook.
He was doing a friend a favor in December when he first met Romario Facey, the creator of Vid Chronicles.
Frederick said someone he knew came to him and said, "Hey there's this guy doing YouTube videos in Dallas and I'm supposed to do one, but I got booked for something else, so I'm not going to do it. Do you want to fill in for me?"
Frederick said, "Maybe, what's it about?"
The friend sent a headshot of Frederick to Facey. Facey agreed he would fit the role, so John headed to Dallas.
"He really liked my performance and said, 'Hey man, next month we're going to start shooting 30 skits over 10 or 11 days and upload one a day.'"
The next month he was in five or six skits. "Then it went up to six or seven. I do 12 to 15 a month now," said Frederick. He has kept a spreadsheet of all the ones he has done, which now totals around 60.
"You can see the growth."
Sixteen of his skits have already reached over one million views each, with his top video clocking 7.6 million views so far.
When John started, the channel was about a year old and had around 100,000 subscribers. By the end of July, it should reach over one million subscribers.
"We should hit 1.1 or 1.2 by the end of the month," said Facey.
Facey said they have been growing an average of 100,000 to 200,000 subscribers a month now.
"June was low because we didn't post videos for about 16 days, but we still got 85,000 subscribers in June," said Facey. "We're getting about 5,000 subscribers a day, as we speak."
Their total at press time was 911K.
"We're going to have a big celebration party," said Facey.
"...and at some point, this year we're going to do a Vid Chronicles movie," piped in Frederick.
"That one, we'll put through a theater or something," said Facey.
Facey did not expect this kind of success. When he started the channel, it was to help actors get practice and training. They were only doing maybe one video a month to start in December of 2019. A few months later, COVID-19 shut everything down, including most film productions. That meant there were more out of work actors looking for things to do.
It wasn't until YouTube came to them about monetizing the channel that they started to really work to grow it.
"I didn't even know about YouTube on a financial level like that," said Facey.
Facey admits the quality of the early skits were lacking, but as the skits earn more money, he is upgrading crew and equipment.
They focus on short skits, most under 10 minutes, that are socially relevant, bringing positive outcomes to negative situations, hopefully doing their part to make the world a better place.
They are just gaining a bit of fame in the process.
Frederick now has fans worldwide. He was communicating with one in Australia, Saturday.
Recently someone told Frederick he needed to work his Instagram account. He laughed saying he hardly used it and had 10 followers, all family. He recently took their advice and started posting some VID Chronicles "behind the scenes" photos. He has already jumped to over 200 followers. As others start to find it, no doubt there will soon be a "k" behind that number. His Instagram handle is johnroyjr21 if you want to join the throng. You can also check out his filmography on IMDb at https://www.imdb.me/johnroyjr.
Don't forget to subscribe to VID Chronicles on YouTube.