Ten minutes with Toby Turner

Toby Turner in Toronto
CamMi Pham, right, with Toby Turner and her sister Havi.

Toby Turner’s first Canadian appearance was an #EpicWin!

Last week, Rogers brought the YouTube star up to Canada to perform live on stage at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre and promote our new Rogers Student Bundle. Tickets to the event were free, and Toby performed his unique brand of comedy to hundreds of fans who lined up to see him. He was so excited about coming to Canada, he even made a video about his trip.

Fashion blogger CamMi Pham was able to go backstage and talk with Toby for 10 minutes. We caught up with CamMi after the meet and greet to see what she thought about the man behind the videos:

Q. You got to go backstage and meet Toby. Tell me what that was like.

A.  It was not what I expected at all. In social media, a lot of people have two personalities:One online and one offline. Most of the time, the person that you see online is not real. I expected Toby to be another diva who only talks about himself. I was wrong. Toby Turner is more friendly and down-to-earth than many other social media people I know. He taught me a great branding lesson: Be yourself and make people feel special and like they are your best friends. The YouTube star gave me a big giant hug and talked to me like we had known each other forever.

Q. Did you have a favourite part of the show? What was it?

A.  Toby Turner is an amazing singer. I didn’t expect him to sing so well. I adore his voice and recorded a few of his songs.

Q. What did Toby tell you that really stuck out for you?

A. I asked him “If you were trapped on a deserted island with a YouTube of your choice who would it be?” I thought he would pick a fun and cute YouTuber to be with him. He actually thought about it and wanted to take the one with the best survival skills.  Behind a funny YouTube show, there is a really smart and practical man.

Q. What most surprised you about this experience?

A. Of course, how pretty Toby is! Just kidding. While Toby is much more adorable in real life, my biggest surprise is the power of the Internet. There were hundreds of screaming teenagers waiting to meet an online celebrity. If you had told me this 10 years ago, I would laugh. The Internet gives normal people so much more power to influence others. I feel like I need to be more responsible with my online activities. Everything I do will impact someone in some way.

Q. What will you remember most?

A. I learned so much about personal branding from him. I am not his target audience but he managed to turn me into his fan.

Q. Toby Turner is known as a YouTube sensation. Are there any YouTube subscribers you like to follow?

A. I follow Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. Her videos are amazing and I adore her bubbly personality.

Q. Do you use YouTube as part of your online presence? Why or why not?

A. Right now I am not on YouTube. It is a lot of work to put together a YouTube channel. I really admire all the YouTubers out there. I had always thought YouTube is not social enough. However, I am hoping to launch a Hangouts show in the near future. Google+ Hangouts makes video becomes so much more interactive. Video is the future of the internet, and I want to be part of it!

Here’s a clip from Toby’s show at the Elgin, filmed by CamMi:

Check out some photos from Toby’s show:

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Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard


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