Now, if you're anything like me, you probably spend 24 hours on Tiktok. If you do, then you must've come across Braeden Sorbo, a Tiktok famous comedian. The 18-year-old Tiktok star has gained almost 980K followers on the app by constantly uploading "short stories" that have an underlying joke. Sorbo's been on social media for almost two years now and funnily enough all of his fame was just a result of boredom. He has also starred in a couple of movies, for instance "Miracle in East"(2019) and "Let There Be Light"(2017).
And, since here at The Teen Magazine we appreciate young talent, and think they truly deserve all the recognition they can get, we decided that we need to interview Sorbo. We asked him all about his fame and how it all started, how he responts to hate, and most importantly what he has planned for his career in the future.
Of course we had to start off by asking the most important question, when and how did this journey start for you? "I was 17 when I first started Tiktok," says Sorbo, then he goes on to explain how the idea of making videos sparked in his mind, "I was bored in my house and wanted to make videos for fun." And, I think we can all clearly tell that he is having fun through his tiktoks. So, with your gaining success, what was your family and friends' reactions? "My friends thought it was awesome, my family was supportive from the start; it’s really cool that they don’t see me differently. We’re all still friends, tiktok hasn’t changed that, and I’m thankful for that every day." And we are glad to hear that!
It must've been a really long journey from a simple funny video to a page with 980K followers, so would you describe it as easy as a cake or as difficult as a Greek puzzle? "I started my page as a joke, and it’s still that, just now I have more followers," he explains, "they love me for what I post and I love posting because of it. I would never say it's difficult, because if you do what you love you never work a day in your life." Well said, Sorbo, you gotta do what you love.
We see so many different people on Tiktok everyday, all making different content, but not all of them are as famous as others. So, what do you think is the key to gaining fame on TikTok? Do you understand the algorithms of TikTok and which videos end up in the 'For You Page'? "I personally don’t think there is much of a key." Okay, but do you have advice for our future creators out there? "Find a niche, post consistently, and eventually you will be rewarded," he advises, "so many people make tiktoks foley about the money, if you joined Tiktok to have fun, HAVE FUN! Nobody is stopping you from posting whatever you want and enjoying yourself." And, personally, I agree with you, Braeden. Something as simple as making short videos shouldn't have alternative motives, just have fun with it guys! So, what would you say you've learned from the life of being a celebrity? Are there any drawbacks? "You learn who’s real and who’s fake. You see who your real friends are and who just wants to use you for clout," he responds. "There are of course drawbacks. Having a well-known name throughout generation Z means that I’m a target. I have to be careful who I’m around and what I’m doing at all times because all it takes is one photo or video of me being in a bad environment to ruin the reputation I’ve tried so hard to uphold." And we know all about that hate! People just love scandals nowadays..
Moving swiftly on from my last question, it's the sad truth that it has become a norm for rising stars to face hate on the content they make, so I gotta ask: do you come across any bullies or haters? If yes, how do you deal with them? "People often get offended at my jokes and comment rude, unnecessary things. As unfortunate as it is that they do not understand the humor behind the words, I have no hate in my heart towards anybody. I ignore hateful comments and live my life, I encourage everybody else to do the same! It’s not worth the stress or the time to let the haters win." I agree with Sorbo on this one, my personal take on it is that if all creators just ignored the hateful comments they recieve, they will eventually stop.
We have obviously established that Braeden is a famous creator and actor on multiple platforms now, but is that the ceiling to his dreams? Out of pure curiosity and admiration, I had to ask, what would you say are your dreams and goals for the future? "I love acting and public speaking. My overarching goal is to become an actor, that is my passion." Was Braeden's response, but he didn't hesitate to leave a message out there: "So if there are any television/movie people reading this, hi I’m Braeden Sorbo let’s work together ;)".
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So, Braeden, now that you kind of have an impact and a platform, what would you like people to always remember about you? "The thing I want people to remember about me is that I just enjoy laughing. Everybody should smile every now and then. I love everybody equally all my jokes are simply to make people laugh." That is simply just beautiful, and for the benefit of the readers: Braeden had a little ":)" typed with that answer.
Before we finally move on to the random questions, I have to ask how have you been holding up with the current situation with the pandemic and all? "I live in Florida so we just recently lifted our ban and I couldn’t be happier," he starts off, "I am an extrovert by nature so I missed going out and seeing my friends. That being said, it is important to stay safe. If you think you might be sick, stay inside, if you live with your grandparents who are MUCH more susceptible to this disease, stay inside. That’s my message, stay safe, be yourself, and enjoy life!" And as I may disagree with Braeden on missing the social life part, I do highly promote staying safe and keeping yourself healthy and clean at all times!
After discussing Braeden's fame and talent, we wanted to know more about him as a person. So, we've come up with a few exciting questions that we think you guys would want to know the answers to! So, Braeden, do you prefer the famous celebrity life or a more normal life? "I want to be a celebrity when I grow up so… that one is nice." Solid answer, does the job. Okay, between Tiktok and Instagram, which one do you think is better and which do you personally perfer? "Tough question, both have their ups and down. I’m on instagram more than tiktok according to my screen time." Well, that is just ironic since you are more active on Tiktok. Moving on, what would you say is the most rebellious thing you ever did as a child? Now, if you ask me, that is the real tricky question. "Oh man, I was homeschooled, my prom date was my mom, there wasn’t much to do haha." Well then, not as tricky as I thought, lol. Um, any possibility you have a hidden talent that no one knows about? "Most people don't know I play piano/sing, so I guess that probably." A man of many talents, wow. Last, but not least, what is something that annoys you the most? "People who think they have moral high ground and try to force you to believe one thing or another." Tell me about it!
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Before ending the interview with Braeden, we wanted him to answer a few of the fans' questions. We brought just a few questions and here are Sorbo's answers to them!
1. What is your favorite movie?
Oooh, that's tough, I don't like picking favorites. Mr. Right is a phenomenal movie, Deadpool is funny, dang this is hard lol.
2. What are you missing the most during quarantine?
Going out and being social, it’s killing me.
3. Which animal is your ideal pet?
Dogs, they’re the absolute best.
4. Have you ever gottena any weird DM's from your fans?
SOOOOO many, I read all my DMs so they make me laugh. Feel free to dm me anything! :) @braedensorbo
5. What do you do in your leisure time?
I love working out, I started 2 years ago. I have a dog who’s name is Hunter, he’s a Pomeranian dachshund and is the best good boy you’ve ever seen. I love playing video games with my friends. I enjoy public speaking, singing, and I also play piano!
I really hope this article covered everything you could possibly want to know about Braeden Sorbo. He was very helpful and nice to work with. So, don't forget to follow him on Instagram @braedensorbo and on Tiktok @braedensorbo.