Cory Williams

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Cory Williams
Born(1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 31)
Merced, California,
United States
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDudeLikeHella, Mr. Safety, SMP
Years activeMarch 2005 – present[1]
Known forInternet video
Notable work(s)"The Mean Kitty Song"
Height6'3" (190.5 cm)
Internet information
Web alias(es)Mr. Safety of SMP Films,
smpfilms,
DudeLikeHella
Web hosting service(s)YouTube
Signature phrase"My videos are a parody of my real life." / "Dude like hella!"
Website
http://www.youtube.com/user/smpfilms
 
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Cory Williams
Born(1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 31)
Merced, California,
United States
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDudeLikeHella, Mr. Safety, SMP
Years activeMarch 2005 – present[1]
Known forInternet video
Notable work(s)"The Mean Kitty Song"
Height6'3" (190.5 cm)
Internet information
Web alias(es)Mr. Safety of SMP Films,
smpfilms,
DudeLikeHella
Web hosting service(s)YouTube
Signature phrase"My videos are a parody of my real life." / "Dude like hella!"
Website
http://www.youtube.com/user/smpfilms

Cory Williams (born August 5, 1981), also known as "Mr. Safety" from SMP Films, is an actor and YouTube personality who lives in Thousand Oaks, California. His "The Mean Kitty Song" is Williams's most popular video to date. He is in a relationship with Kathleen Elliot who features him in her daily vlogs.

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Biography

Personal life

Williams was engaged to Stephanie Roby (known as SMPlady on YouTube) in April 2007, and they were wed in September 2009. However, their relationship ended in January 2011, after over six years of being together and over a year of marriage. Since January 2012 exactly, he has been dating fellow YouTuber Kathleen Elliott (known on the website as Katers17 and Katersoneseven). This was officially announced when he confessed his love for her somewhat at the end of one of her videos; her New Year's Eve video-blog called The Next Chapter. It received 220,000 views in 8 days. He inspires so many people through his vlogs and videos. Josh Kanan, Kathleen Elliott and Cory Williams went on tour with indie rock musician Shaun Holton (Also known as Projected Twin) and they went about 13,000 miles around the United States of America. Afterwards, they went to Melbourne, Australia to do a meet up with another friend and fellow YouTuber AngryAussie.

Work

In early October 2007, Williams starred in his first feature film role as the character "Hunter" in the movie Faded Memories, which opened in theaters on November 14, 2008.[2] The first trailer to the movie was released on YouTube, August 3, 2008. This marked the first known instance in which a YouTube user, without an agent, made a direct transition to film acting. Williams also has a cameo in the music video "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss" by Bloodhound Gang as well as "White People For Peace" by Against Me!.

Internet history

Williams started streaming online video in March 2005 on Newgrounds. He then developed a following by posting original music tracks to his MySpace profile, leading MySpace to sponsor him on a cross-country tour.[1] In September 2005, Golden Palace Casino sponsored Williams, making him the first video blogger to receive corporate sponsorship.[3] Williams is the creator of SMP Films, which was named after his friends in his home town of Hilmar, California. The "SMP" stands for "Simple Minded People".

Williams has made all of his newer videos available to view and download in 720p HD on Vimeo, another video-sharing website that obtained high-definition capabilities before YouTube added "high quality" and "HD" features.[citation needed] Williams has also admitted to artificially inflating the number of views on some of his videos.[4]

When I first started out, I had a refresher and I had somebody doing it for me.[4]

YouTube

Williams's video output includes music, sketch comedy and community building. As of January 2, 2012, Williams's YouTube channel, "smpfilms" had acquired over 570,000 subscribers and over 209 million video views.[5] He is also one of the first 30 users to be chosen to for YouTube's revenue sharing "partner" program.[6]

"The Mean Kitty Song" (or "Hey Little Sparta"), based on his cat with the same name, is Williams's most popular video to date. As of September 11, 2012, it has attracted over 66 million views.[7] In one year, it became the top 21 of YouTube's list of all-time favorite videos, top 39 of YouTube's list of all-time most discussed videos, number 1 all-time most discussed Pets & Animals video, and number 4 all-time most viewed Pets & Animals video, and is the No. 1 all-time favorite video in the Pets & Animals section. The video was also aired by CBS' The Early Show and a few other television shows as well.[8]

Cory is regularly on Kate Elliott's daily vlogs. The cats of the couple, Loki and Sparta (often referred to as Poki and Moo respectively) also make appearances.

On December 10, 2008, Williams was mentioned on the front page of The New York Times as being one of YouTube's top earners. "Half of the profits come from YouTube’s advertisements, and the other half come from sponsorships and product placements within his videos".[9]

Television

In November 2006, Williams became the host of the first national TV show to spawn from video bloggers, called The FIZZ[10] on DirecTV channel 101 in the United States.[3] The show features other popular video bloggers such as TheWineKone, boh3m3, TheHill88, Kevin Nalty, Kassem G and many other notable YouTube users. It aired daily on DirecTV channel 101 until the show was canceled in June 2008. This marks the first time in which a YouTube user has transitioned into a television role without the aid of an agent. Williams was also named as one of the "Who's Who on YouTube" by G4TV's Attack of the Show on July 31, 2008 and also made a guest appearance on Tom Green's House Tonight on The Comedy Network in Canada.

Williams has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and MTV Scarred.[1]

Outside of YouTube, Williams works for a viral video project called "I Got Shotgun" (which was created by General Motors) in which he interviews celebrities on the red carpet about their personal opinions on the future of new media.[citation needed]

On September 18, 2008, Williams was featured on The Tyra Show for his music video "The Mean Kitty Song". In the episode titled "YouTube Made Me Famous", Tyra Banks announced that Williams makes a monthly income of $20,000 (US). Williams's response to Tyra's comment about his income was, "The money I make each month isn't from YouTube alone but through sponsorship, consulting, and acting gigs."[citation needed]

On September 17, 2009, Williams was a guest on The Bonnie Hunt Show. This was also the first time his cats Sparta and Loki had been taped for television in front of a live studio audience. The topic focused on Cory's ability to comfort animals in extreme situations which led him to performing "comfort tricks" with Sparta.[citation needed]

"As One"

Williams is the founder and West Coast American Event Coordinator of the international gathering of YouTube users dubbed "As One".[11] The first "As One" gathering was held in January 2007 in Hollywood, California; Williams's associated video went on to receive over 1.3 million views. The second gathering, held at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California,[12] managed to attract many of YouTube's highest viewed users, YouTube employees,[13] and attention in the mainstream press.[14] Notable YouTubers who attended include Caitlin Hill, Ben Going, Smosh, and Paul Robinett, Yousef Abu-Taleb and Jackson Davis, the actors who play DanielBeast and jonastko in the YouTube series lonelygirl15.[15] Another "As One" gathering was held on July 7, 2007 in New York City and one other gathering also took place on December 1, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Appelbaum, Eliav. (2007-09-13) Appelbaum, Eliav "'Mean Kitty Song' creator finds fame on Youtube.com " The Acorn. Toacorn.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  2. ^ Faded Memories Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  3. ^ a b Modesto Bee article. Redorbit.com (2006-11-12). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  4. ^ a b Real or Robot: The LisaNova Controversy — Online Video News. Newteevee.com (2007-06-28). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  5. ^ smpfilms. "smpfilms' Channel". YouTube. http://youtube.com/profile?user=smpfilms. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  6. ^ "YouTube Elevates Most Popular Users to Partners". YouTube. May 3, 2007. http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2007/05/youtube-elevates-most-popular-users-to.html. 
  7. ^ smpfilms. "The Mean Kitty Song". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qit3ALTelOo. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  8. ^ Karen Lindell (November 8, 2007). "With more than 3.6 million views, Cory Williams' 'Mean Kitty Song' is a YouTube hit". Ventura County Star. http://venturacountystar.com/news/2007/nov/08/rap-fever/. 
  9. ^ Stelter, Brian (December 11, 2008). "YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/business/media/11youtube.html?_r=1. 
  10. ^ The JIZZ on DirecTV 101's website. Thefizz.tv (2012-01-27). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  11. ^ Coyle, Jake "YouTube Vloggers Congregate Offline"[dead link], Associated Press, 2007-08-22 The first notable congregations of YouTubers was held this January in Los Angeles and, more famously, in San Francisco in February, where about 100 people attended. These meets, known as "As One" and organized by Cory "Mr. Safety" Williams, drew many well-known vloggers including Ben Going ("boh3m3"), Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla (the comedy duo known as smosh) and Paul Robinett ("renetto").
  12. ^ Felicia Williams The Daily Reel – As One. thedailyreel.com (2007-02-20)
  13. ^ "As One... THE DAY AFTER... and then some." Paul Robinett's channel on YouTube
  14. ^ "Top YouTube videographers descend on San Francisco" cnet.com
  15. ^ "As One. – San Francisco 2007 YouTube Gathering" Cory Williams's channel on YouTube
  16. ^ The official "As One" Gathering website. Youtubegathering.com (2012-01-27). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.

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