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Meet Leo Camacho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leo Camacho.

Leo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story begins on Myspace, of all places. When social media was budding, and no one knew what to make of it, I thought it would be funny to start a fake internet band on Myspace Music. It was just to make my friends laugh, but before I knew it, I had a substantial amount of followers.

That led me to start performing and eventually hosting. I realized that no one was questioning my validity because I had followers, so I just kept going with the flow and eventually ended up with my own online show.

Through all of these circumstances, I came to meet many talented people who would eventually grow to become quite well known on Youtube, which inspired me to pursue it as well. Eventually, I ended up being cast as Prince Eric in Traci Hines’ “Part of Your World” music video. The video exploded, and before I knew it, I had a following in a whole new genre and platform.

I love Disney very much. This new direction provided me with a means to express that fandom through cosplay, Disneybounding and eventually starting a Disney-centric collaboration channel on YouTube called Thingamavlogs.

This essentially rocketed me into the Disney fandom head-first, and I’ve never looked back. It’s bee a wonderful ride, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many creative folks, working with Disney proper, and being part of one of the most positive communities I’ve ever experienced online.

Now, I am a full-time host, model, actor, and all-around nerd for a living. I couldn’t be luckier or happier!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to success is never smoothly paved. One of the biggest obstacles in the way of being a full-time content creator is that it yields no immediate income and you will probably have to do it alongside a full-time job.

That’s hard when you consider that to make it on social media; you must treat it like a full-time job. Many sleepless nights went into making sure I had a video ready to go, or perhaps a long night on set kept me from being as crisp as I probably should’ve been the next day at work. It’s physically hard, but mentally it’s even harder. Aside from the constant flexing of creative muscles, there is another psychological aspect of creating content online that can be difficult to bare. The judgment of the audience.

First off, it takes a bit of time to grow the audience, and that will test your patience, but on top of that, along with fans come critics and growing that thick skin is a process. You learn that everything you do from the way you look to the things you say is under scrutiny. Once you learn to navigate your community, it becomes easier, but you must develop that perseverance and have faith in yourself and your work.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I guess I’m sort of my own brand now. Over time, I have developed a set of useful skills that have allowed me to fill a bunch of different shoes. I host shows and events, I act, I model for a number of companies.

I’ll take graphic design jobs just to keep my chops up (this is what I actually went to school for), and I even consult on the digital brand building as well. I’ve never been great at sitting still, so the fact that I actively work in so many interesting areas and within such amazing communities is really a dream come true.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a shy little nerdy kid. Disney, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles and a fine peppering of cheesy action movies made me the man I am today. Seriously, school was rough for me because I found it kind of hard to relate to other kids since my passion for those things was so extreme, and kids try so hard to be ‘too cool’ for… well… kid stuff.

My coping mechanism was to be the class clown, but I prided myself in doing it in such a way that my teachers would find it funny and let it slide. That’s the trick, you see. Don’t do it simply for the sake of getting attention, do it in a way that everyone has a good time and you’ll find far more success.

I was always very interested in everything. I drew, played multiple sports growing up, watched a ton of movies, but at the center of everything was family. I am the son of Cuban immigrants, and that culture was something I always cared deeply for, and it would come to define me as an adult.

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Gil Photography, Mark Edwards Photography, Corsiglia Photography, York in a Box Photography

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