Waipahu resident ‘fan favorite’ in YouTube contest
BY KIMBERLY YUEN / firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Pacarro doesn’t have any formal film education or training, but that did not stop him from placing fourth and winning “Fan Favorite” in a nationwide competition for the next web video sensation last month.
The Waipahu resident, known as “YellowPaco” on YouTube, was one of thousands from the U.S. and Canada who competed in “Internet Icon,” a YouTube-exclusive reality series hosted by the YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family) Network. The network was created by Hollywood director Justin Lin and YouTube personalities KevJumba, Chester See, and Hilo native Ryan Higa.
“Internet Icon” contestants participated in various video challenges with time constraints and specific rules. The grand prize was $10,000 cash, a development deal with the YOMYOMF network, and individual meetings with industry insiders.
“I didn’t expect to make it this far,” said Pacarro, 23. “I’m just happy to make friends, get views and get subscribers. God blessed me so much.”
As the “Fan Favorite,” he automatically gets a spot in the Top 10 next season.
“To have so many people vote for me, that means so much to me,” he said. “It feels good.”
Being part of the show was a huge gamble, he said. All contestants had to cover their own travel and lodging expenses to Los Angeles, where the show took place in April. Coming from Hawaii, last-minute flights weren’t cheap.
“High risk, high reward,” he said. “But definitely worth it.”
PACARRO WAS one of several solo contestants on the show meaning he had to write, act, shoot, and edit a video in a span of six hours by himself. He plans to improve his editing skills and upload original content weekly in preparation for season three. If the YOMYOMF network permits, he said he would like to return with a group.
“When you’re by yourself, you have no one to bounce ideas off of,” he said. “You don’t know if it sounds good or sounds funny.”
On the show, the judges described Pacarro as “very likeable,” “a natural vlogger (video blogger),” with a “captivating personality.”
He learned how to make videos by observing other YouTubers’ content. He studies their jokes and what made it funny so he can incorporate some of those elements into his videos.
Criticism and critique is something that he learned to accept as a contributor for the world’s largest video-sharing site.
“YouTube is a wide audience. Anyone can watch it,” said Pacarro. “If you don’t capture someone’s attention in 20 seconds, they’ll click away.”
And view count is how he gets paid through YouTube.
“A good video is like a good steak,” he said. “When you take the first bite, you want to eat the rest of it. If there’s fat along the way or it’s not cooked well, you don’t want it anymore.”
THE PEARL CITY High School graduate began making videos in his junior year with his friends for fun and uploaded them to YouTube. To his surprise, he accumulated subscribers slowly with each upload.
Pacarro’s online following took a big leap when Ryan Higa clicked the “like” button on one of Pacarro’s videos two years ago. Because of the mere click, his video made it to the front page of YouTube and he gained over 100,000 views and almost 4,000 subscribers. That moment, he said, is when he decided to pursue web video as a career.
Prior to the competition, Pacarro had about 6,800 subscribers on his channel. Now, he has over 37,000 subscribers — a number that grows daily.
His YouTube channel consists of video blogs, skits, original music, breakdancing videos, dance tutorials and more.
Pacarro was also the mastermind behind the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s version of the viral Harlem Shake trend on YouTube, which garnered over 80,000 views.
“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. Whether it’s making music, doing improv, or acting. I’ve always wanted to make people laugh.”