Who is Garrett Watts?
Garrett Watts was born on 15 June 1989, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and is an online personality, best known for gaining fame on platforms such as Vine. He also has his own personal YouTube channel, as well as working as a content creator for the channel Funny or Die.
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The Riches of Garrett Watts
How rich is Garrett Watts? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $800,000, earned through a successful career online. Prior to his online work, he had experience working in the entertainment industry, mostly behind the scenes. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Very limited information is available regarding Garrett’s family and his life prior to his rise to fame. While he was born in Memphis, his family later moved to Mesa, Arizona where he grew up with a brother, and would complete high school. After matriculating, he enrolled at a community college in his locality. While the schools have not been specified, it is known that he subsequently enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, to study for a degree in film.
UCLA is the southern branch of the University of California, being established in 1919 – it’s the fourth oldest among the 10-campus system of the University of California. They offer over 300 programs in a wide range of disciplines, and has over 44,000 students attending annually. It is one of the most popular universities in the country, being the most applied-to of all universities in the US. It is considered one of the countries’ Public Ivies, meaning that it produces education on par with that of the Ivy League.
After completing his degree, Watts then began his work in film, being hired by the company Nigel Lythgoe Productions in 2011. As the company name denotes, it was created by television and film producer Nigel Lythgoe who is best known for being one of the judges of the reality show “So You Think You Can Dance”, and was also a producer of “American Idol” during the peak of its popularity. Watts worked as a casting coordinator for a year, but then turned his attention online as he was gaining fame on the social media app Vine.
Vine was a short-form video hosting service which allowed users to create six second looping video clips. The service was launched in 2013 after it was quickly acquired by the website Twitter. Users posted videos through Vine’s own social network and it could then be shared to other platforms. Users can also browse videos depending on theme, trending, and other categories. During the peak of its popularity, it had over 200 million active users, and competed with Instagram. However, in 2016 Twitter announced that uploads would be disabled, leading to its eventual demise. According to its developers, other websites integrating short form videos spelled the end of the service.
YouTube and Funny or Die
Like numerous Vine personalities, Garrett began posting content on the website YouTube, and transitioned towards that platform. Unlike some personalities, he managed to transition well onto his account, as the longer form videos allowed him to fully express his creativity. He soon posted various types of videos, including video blogs (vlogs), challenges, sketch comedy, and collaborative work with other YouTubers, particularly with another popular YouTube personality in Shane Dawson. Soon, his account would grow significantly in subscribers.
In 2014, he joined the website Funny or Die as a digital content creator. The company was founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, and produces exclusive material from its in-house team of writers, directors, and producers. The website is also known for contributions from other popular celebrities such as James Franco. Two of their most successful productions include “Billy on the Street” and Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns”, which won an Emmy Award. Well-known actors have appeared in their projects, including Nina Dobrev, Steve Carell, Daniel Radcliffe, Mila Kunis and Jim Carrey.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, Watts is openly gay, having expressed his sexuality numerous times through his videos and online posts. He is in a relationship with frequent collaborator Shane Dawson, in an on-again off-again situation. The two started collaborating in 2015, around the same time their relationship started. He is also close friends with numerous LGBTQ+ YouTube personalities, who have been featured in his videos.
— Garrett Watts (@Garrett_Watts) July 22, 2019
Similar to numerous YouTube personalities, he is highly active online through accounts on social media. His Instagram account has over two million followers – he posts a lot of personal photos on it, which often showcases his love for children and animals. He also posts a lot of comedic content and photos with friends or with his boyfriend. He has an account on Twitter too, which has over 1.2 million followers, using the platform to share some of his day to day thoughts and endeavors, and to promote his YouTube content He recently celebrated his birthday with close friends. His channel has over three million subscribers, though he has only recently uploaded to the channel after a six month break.