By Michael Varrati with Epoxy.tv
Each week we team up with Epoxy, the company that helps video creators grow in a multi-platform world, to sit down for a quick Q&A with an exciting YouTube channel that’s growing fast across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and beyond.
Returning this week to the Creator Spotlight series, we turn our attention to an individual who has no problem grabbing ours: The digital space’s own spandex clad dancing sensation, Spandy Andy.
A Canadian street performer who took his love of the groove to internet, Spandy Andy has garnered a following for his upbeat attitude and sick skills. Originally catching the attention of audiences on the Canadian version of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Andy noticed an overwhelming response in the digital space to his moves and decided to take a gamble at performing full-time as a social media influencer.
So far, it’s a gamble that seems to have paid off. Andy’s reach on various platforms expands daily, and his devoted fanbase has ensured he’s able to travel the world, bringing his unique dance stylings with him.
We caught up with Spandy Andy to get the dirt on his beginnings, his love of social media, and what he’s up to next.
Briefly introduce yourself.
I started out street performing in Vancouver, Canada. From the attention I received doing that, I thought it was a no brainer to spread my message on the internet. From there, opportunities arose allowing me to travel globally, spreading happiness. I like to keep it tight and bright, and I believe that each day is the day to better yourself!
As for my channel, it’s a crazy mixture of spandex outfits, amazing locations, dance music, and public reactions. I love being able to step outside as Spandy Andy, blare my boombox on my shoulder, and capture people’s reactions on camera.
You love to dance around the world and live it up. Why spread smiles through dance?
Dance is the ultimate expression of happiness. Dance is exercise, and exercise produces endorphins, which in turn builds happiness. Dance and happiness are contagious, and I want to spread those smiles to everyone I meet.
If you weren’t keeping it tight and bright, what would you be doing?
I love technology, so I would most likely be doing something with computers, but I think I would still be keeping it tight and bright every day. You know the guy that wears crazy ties to work and has all the cool gadgets at his desk? That would be me. I’d be the office clown, probably getting in trouble for pushing the limits too far.
You’re managing your presence across all of your social networks and posting daily Facebook videos, right? How do you do it all?
I don’t know how I manage to do it sometimes! It can be overwhelming at times, but then I have to remind myself that I’m creating funny videos making a fool out of myself and playing pranks on my girlfriend. You can’t stress about that stuff too much. With the help from my girlfriend, Kimmy, we manage to control all our social networks on our own right now, but it is getting so big that we are starting to branch out and require assistance from platforms designed to help creators.
Without sharing too much, what’s up next for you?
Summer is my favorite time of year because I get to take part in so many festivals. I am also creating new and exciting content that will be in the form of vlogs and cross-country road trips through the United States, Canada, and the UK. I can’t wait!
If you missed last week’s Creator Spotlight, check out Damon and Jo’s Extended Cut over at Epoxy.
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