Casey Neistat is one of the most popular YouTubers today. He started film-making before YouTube was even a thing. As of this writing, Casey has got over 12 Million subscribers. I started watching his videos about four years ago. I am not a filmmaker, but Casey has inspired me a lot in life.
Neistat’s life is a fascinating story. When he was 15 years old, he left his house, dropped out of high school, had a baby when he was only 17, and moved to New York at 20. His passion was film-making, but he had to go through a lot before pursuing his dream. He worked as a dishwasher to support his film-making career. His life took a turn when he sold a TV series about his life called The Neistat Brothers to HBO for a little under $2 Million. Since then, he has been making videos for brands, and he owns several companies.
When I first heard about Casey, I thought he was just another YouTuber. I figured he was just like other vloggers. I did not follow him for a very long time. Then I saw his video called, Make It Count. It was a video he made for Nike. He had spent all the money the company had given him to make their video by traveling around the world. I thought it was cool. I started watching more of his videos. Do What You Can’t is one of my favorites.
How Casey Inspires People?
I am neither a filmmaker nor a YouTuber like Casey. But still, I watch his videos and get inspired. There is more to his videos than just movie-making or YouTubing. Casey’s life and his working style are a motivation to me. He does not have to make motivational videos for this. We can see it in almost all of his videos.
Casey vlogs insanely. He carries a camera in one hand and rides a boosted board in New York City traffic, all while talking to the camera. His filming shots are crazy. He sets up his camera everywhere he could think of while vlogging. Most viewers don’t even realize that Casey sets up his camera somewhere first and then goes back to re-appear as if the camera was there all along.
Casey’s insane work routine is also an inspiration. He works like no other. In one of his videos, he said that he hates sleeping because he could have used that time to finish some of his work. That is a little extreme, but that’s how he is. He runs every day, and it’s not I-need-to-sweat-and-get-my-heart-pumping-a-little kind of run. Instead, he runs for miles and miles.
Look at any of Casey’s videos. You will surely find something different which you usually don’t see in other YouTubers’ videos, whether it is his unique filming techniques or his way of conveying a message to his viewers. Casey doesn’t miss out on a chance to inspire people. He finds different ways to send inspirational messages in his videos through drawings, writings, or props.
Motivations From Casey Neistat
Casey’s video, Do What You Can’t, is a must-watch motivational video. There are many other videos where he talks about motivational stuff. I personally like Fat and Lazy, Intensity, and Losers and Closers.
When people ask him, “How to find passion in life?” he says to find the worst job possible. When you are doing something you hate, you will be thinking of things you would rather be doing. You will find something you love when you are doing something you hate. That is Casey’s response.
Casey has different slogans tattooed in parts of his body – “Do More”, “Work Harder”, and “Always be Closing”. Now I’m not suggesting that you need to get stuff tattooed to be motivated. But that is just his way of reminding himself of the important things.
Casey used to do daily-vlog series where he would upload a video every single day. Yes, you heard it—a video every day. That is not easy to do. Think of all the processes involved. You have to find unique things every day to film and then edit it. And, with the standards of Casey, there is plenty of work involved.
Casey talks a lot about taking action and focus. He says that action leads to success. To all the wanna-be-YouTubers, he says that you can’t succeed if you are uploading only once a month. You need to show up to work every day. Focus is another thing that he talks about. You need to stay focused on what you want to do and do it with persistence.
Besides all the videos and the work, Casey is also a good human being. Recently, he accidentally scratched a person’s car while he was parking his truck. He was kind enough to leave a note with his number to agree to pay for the damage. But, the car owner replied to Casey by asking him not to worry about the damage, instead to donate to a local food bank. So, Casey donated $250 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in the name of “Mr. Scratched Car.”
been complaining about LA a lot, lemme share why I love LA. I scratched a guys car this morning when parking my truck, total accident, small but noticeable scratch. I left the owner a note on the wiper and he texted me… pic.twitter.com/0x8HQkjGa2
— Casey Neistat (@Casey) April 20, 2020