Immediately friendly and outgoing, Mark Phillips obviously has a way with people.
What isn’t so obvious is that the 22-year-old integrated studies major is Youtube famous. The young entrepreneur has over 600,000 subscribers on his channel RDCworld1 and started creating youtube videos when he was 13. Since then he has received international attention, and some of his videos have garnered views up to 7,000,000.
As a military brat, Phillips spent much of his childhood moving to and from his birthplace of Waco, Texas. Upon graduating high school, the star moved to Denton, Texas and began his career at UNT with his childhood dream of becoming a movie director.
“I wanted to be a movie director and I didn’t really know any way to go about it,” Phillips said. “So I just started making videos by myself when I was like 13, and I just kept filming and kept doing it more and more and then I started posting them.”
The Youtuber creates comedic skits that appeal to a wide variety of audiences, including sports fans and anime viewers, but his videos based off of video games are by far the most popular.
“He’s very charismatic and I look forward to when his videos pop up in my subscription feed,” 21-year-old junior Nick Tweed said. “It brightens my day.”
Phillips didn’t hit it big right off the bat and his viewership was limited to family and friends. Then he began posting shorter comedy skits on Instagram that would draw in viewers, and he expanded the short videos on his Youtube channel.
“I started making Instagram videos and I made a few that got like 6-7 million [views] in a row,” Phillips said. “Then a lot of people started coming to my Instagram and I started sending them over to our Youtube. A lot of people don’t go straight to your Youtube, they don’t care.”
After steadily gaining subscribers, Phillips put out a video titled When People Take Anime Too Far, and it exploded.
“So I made When People Take Anime Too Far, and it started as an Instagram video. But then we made it a full video,” Phillips said. “Once we made it a full video and put it on Youtube, people just went crazy. A lot of people covered it, Japan news even covered it.”
The video that got Phillips’ channel so many subscribers is still widely popular and continues to bring in subscribers almost a year after it was published. Word of mouth spreads quickly and soon people from all over were talking about his channel.
“I heard about him from a friend,” 20-year-old subscriber Nathan McRay said. “His videos are actually funny, which is refreshing.”
With 97 videos under his belt, Phillips continues to work hard to stay fresh and creative with his content.
“His videos are always modern and up to date, he’s super creative,” 21-year-old George Meyers said. “I originally subscribed because I like his style of videos and his type of humor.”
The young star often relies on personal experience to inspire his content.
“Mostly situations I’ve actually been in make me want to make a video,” Phillips said. “I get a lot of inspiration from childhood things that I’ve been through or childhood things that I’ve seen and I just put in my videos.”
Besides spending up to three weeks putting together videos, Phillips works on other creative projects.
“I’m actually writing my own manga,” Phillips said. “That and videos are all I do. I write short stories and stuff too. I want to have my own anime show, and my own movies.”
For Phillips, Youtube is a platform to showcase his video skills and a stepping stone to get where he wants to go: Hollywood.
“I’m gonna continue to grow my channel until I get to actual movies,” Phillips said. “I’ll still post on Youtube, just not as much as I do now. I want to direct, I don’t want to act. Even though I act in my own videos, I’d rather be a director.”
For now however, the college student plans to continue to create good content and enjoy his success.
“I like being able to work on my dream and actually get paid for it,” Phillips said. “[This is] something that I’ve worked and put my heart into since I was younger and it actually came to life. I’m hoping it can last for the rest of my life.”