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.
Franta also happens to be an entrepreneur, the writer of a New York Times’ bestselling memoir – A Work In Progress – and co-founder of the record label Heard Well. Oh, and he also interviewed candidates during the Democratic Debates on how to reach millennials. Is there anything this kid can’t do? Turns out, he loves coffee, finishes the night with wine, and has lots of different sauces in his fridge he rarely uses. We also chatted with Franta about the political issue he’s most concerned with, as well as the video where he came out to his fans…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Ideal…oh boy. My typical and favorite food day would consist of something like this: I would have Avocado Toast with a poached egg and a drip coffee with almond milk for breakfast. I’m not much of a lunch person, so I would mostly like snack on things like almonds, veggies, hummus, etc. I finish the night with wine, salmon, Brussels sprouts, and perhaps ice cream.
As someone who came out on YouTube – with a video that was incredibly popular – do you think people who are public/famous have a responsibility to do the same? Why or why not?
I think everyone has a sexuality journey that they’re on and it’s completely unique to them. There is not a right or wrong way to discover the person that you are. For me, I felt a desire to use the platform I had amassed over the years for good and leave a positive impact. It’s not that I felt responsible to do so, it was more that I felt it was the right thing to do for myself and hopefully anyone who watched.
What is your personal definition of good content online?
That’s very subjective. Sometimes I’m looking for easy chats or mindless humor, other times I’m desperate for complex content that will blow my mind in its process and execution. It all depends upon the mood I’m in, but all are ‘good’ for different reasons.
What makes other YouTube videos stand out to you and why?
When an artist is able to express their vision to the world through a path unique only to them, that’s when they become memorable. When I see a piece of content online that is filmed, written, or presented in a way I’ve never seen done before, that’s when I’m impressed.
What’s your idea of the perfect first date?
If you barely know the person, I say go out for a coffee. You can talk and get to know each other better. Also, the best part is, if it’s going horribly, just down that drink and peace out.
The best advice you have ever received? The worst?
One of the best: There’s nothing selfish about putting yourself first.
One of the worst: I have no idea.
What’s the political issue you feel most passionate about right now and why?
Gun Control in America. At this point, it’s simply ridiculous and doing nothing is saying something. We need to speak up and more importantly, we need to change something. I can’t keep waking up to find another act of senseless violence was committed in this country. I can’t.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
Sydney, Australia has the best breakfast in the world. Milan, Italy has the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Mumbai, India has some truly incredible curry. I’m very open to trying new cuisines and restaurants, so when I go out to eat, I try to eat at new places and different dishes.
How do you always start your day? What’s your go to breakfast?
I try to wake up early, so that I can start my day by being relaxed. I usually have a glass of water with lemon, make a drip coffee and go for a run. After exercising, I’ll usually make some of omelet or scramble with kale, peppers and anything else I can find in my refrigerator.
What do you think social media will look like in fifty years?
You’ll be able to post thoughts online as you’re having them (terrifying).
What’s always in your fridge?
Almond milk, kale, hummus and a two dozen different sauces that I never really touch.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
Well, that’s incredibly morbid. It would probably be like cake and sushi with my family. Wait, that’s really sad and a strange combo, but I’m sticking with it.
You never liked X till you tried it at Y…
I never liked silence till I tried it with you.
In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
The new potato in the fashion industry is cropped pants and turtlenecks.
*Connor Franta, photographed at La Piscine at Hotel Americano in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann