YouTube NextUp

by Matt Koval

Imagine a fully grown man sitting on the floor of his dining room, wearing a blonde wig with pig-tails. It’s a hot summer night, and he’s sweating through his costume.  He’s alone and frustrated.  Things aren’t going well.  There’s too much to do and not enough help.  Not any help.

He begins to ask himself questions.  “What am I doing?”  “Is this going to amount to anything?”  “Am I just a complete idiot?”  “Am I irresponsible for thinking there might be some career benefit to doing this?”

The minutes pass.  The ceiling fan whirs overhead.  The man considers the alternative — quitting.  He takes a deep breath, then gets up and turns the lights back on.  Then the video camera….

Yep, that’s been me.  On more than one occasion.  As other YouTubers know, making video content can be a lonely experience, and one that takes a lot of courage.  The end results are rarely visible, especially in the beginning.  But if you keep following your heart through the fog, if you trust your ability, if you keep doing what you’re most passionate about and don’t quit… a strange thing can happen.

You can be rewarded.


Thanks so much to those who voted for me in the YouTube NextUp program. I was selected, and will be heading to New York at the end of the month. Funding is to arrive shortly thereafter… along with a lot more Koval internet flicks. :)


Htin December 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

You’re awesome.

repacol May 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

Congrats man… continue to inspire us… :) Keep it up!

Matt Koval May 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Sweeeet! Thanks for the support guys!

Nadine May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I voted, and for once it added to solid win and awesome.

I rib you often on YT for being disturbingly handsome and have asked you to stop. What does a writer have to do in moments of extreme frustration but go hunt a muse at a site where she knows they are active?

May your muses be with you, Matt, always.

Kielly May 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

I love your videos, they’re very well made. Congratulations!

Yen May 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

Yess!!! Thank God. I voted! I am so happy for you Matt! ^_^

Aurélie May 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hey Matt!! I’m so happy to hear about this! You absolutely deserve it!! :D I just can’t wait to see your next projects, miss your videos ;)

JayJSee May 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Congrats man! I actually wanted to thank you for the blog post because even though I’m just starting out on YT, I feel like that every time I’m about to make a video.

But I’m officially following you on Twitter and added you on YT.

Thanks again!


Sue Fox May 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hey Matt! Love your work. I voted, my friends voted, my friends friends voted. We all think you are the bomb! Well deserved & I sure hope this gets you the recognition you surely deserve.

Joshua May 3, 2011 at 10:04 am

Congrats Matt!! And thank you for being so open and generous all along the way in sharing your experience and journey. It’s an inspiration to a lot of us! And it allows us to share in the excitement and enjoyment of your success.

p.s. You should do a video with @jenniferlanda, she rocks!!

BrAdFeRd May 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

Congrats Matt… very cool!

Camilla May 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Congrats! SO earned, really :)

Kelly May 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm

WOW! Congratulations! I am actually so happy for you! Plus, I’m really excited to see more of your videos. You are too hilarious.

KAY May 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm


Lianne May 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

This is brilliant news, Matt! You are so so incredibly talented and you deserve every support you can get to pursue your dream and…. show us more of what you do so well! Me and all my friends here in Colchester (UK) cant wait for the next fupler video and constantly imitate them; ‘Jethus….ooohhh Jethus, we love you….and your dad Santaclauth’. Keep them coming!!!
Love, Lianne and other Colchestarians x

Norma May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

Matt, that´s what happens when you have an “angel” inside, something that makes you different, one of a kind. Congratulations, from far, far, faaar away. Blessings!.

Emily May 2, 2011 at 10:35 am


Dean May 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

Congratulations Matt. Cant wait to see what happens. You deserve it mate!

Matt Koval May 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks Aana and Nico!

John Davis May 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

Matt, we are so pleased with your being chosen for this honor! Your fans love your videos. Truly a deserved honor to be recognized for your tremendous work in video.
Best wishes to you, and we all look forward to what will come from your team in the future!

Aana May 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

Love the video. So glad you’re on youtube. Something about it makes it a personal experience more than the big screen. It’s like you’re a part of the family. Love that! Congratulations again. Wishing you the best of luck as you continue to create and grow.

nico May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am


I’m glad you were selected because you deserve it.

Previous post:

Next post: