Who is Jay Bauman?
Jay “Susan” Bauman was born in 1980, in the United States of America. He is an actor, writer, and director, best known for his work alongside Mike Stoklasa in their production company called RedLetterMedia. They have worked on several mainstream films as well as YouTube shows including “Half in the Bag”.
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The Wealth of Jay Bauman
How rich is Jay Bauman? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in his various endeavors. Aside from their work as a production company, they also gain a huge amount of income through YouTube and their Patreon account. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Very little is known about Jay’s life prior to his rise to fame online as he has not shared details about his education, childhood, and family. It is known that he had a passion for film at a young age, and began his career as an independent filmmaker. He didn’t have much success at this point, until he eventually met Mike Stoklasa during a filmmaker’s forum held in 2001.
The two would become close friends and would start film projects together, including “Gorilla Interrupted”, a film about a group of four misfits who try to save the world during an alien invasion. With funding hard to come by as an independent filmmaker, the duo’s next project would come seven years later, entitled “Feeding Frenzy”. The film is a play on the ecology term describing an event when predators become overwhelmed with the amount of prey available. During this time, they were already producing projects through their own company called RedLetterMedia
A year after the release of “Feeding Frenzy”, Bauman and Stoklasa started their own YouTube channel to continue their passion for film. They didn’t gain a lot of attention initially, but after Stoklasa released a 70 minute comprehensive video review of the film “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”, their videos began to gain a lot of attention. He presented the review as the character Harry S. Plinkett, a character who would become pivotal to their YouTube success.
Red Letter Media's Half in the Bag Episode 95. Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman educate us on Microagression while reviewing "The Visit" by M. Night Shyamalan. www.redlettermedia.com
They released their first YouTube series entitled “Half in the Bag” in which the duo review films in a more traditional format, though they include an overarching plot and occasional fourth wall-breaking moments. The show has been described by critics positively, and is usually presented with Bauman playing a VCR repairman who discusses films while trying to find ways of avoiding scheduled repair work on Plinkett’s VCR. In 2013, they released another show entitled “Best of the Worst”, in which members of Red Letter Media review numerous unusual films, including B-movies and instructional videos. It has been named by the “Daily Herald” as their most entertaining series.
In 2016, Jay and Mike returned to creating film, as they released “Space Cop”, a science fiction action comedy film starring the duo alongside Jocelyn Ridgely and Rich Evans. According to the duo, the project was in development for a long time, dating back to 2008. However, the film didn’t receive many good reviews, with some critics stating that the film only catered to followers of Red Letter Media. Around the same time, they released a new series called “re:View” which is a stripped down and more straight forward approach to reviewing films, often featuring older films that are cult classics or genre defining.
Jay also became a part of a secondary channel effort being launched by Rich Evans, called “Previously Recorded” or “Pre-Rec”. The channel’s aim was to review video games, and it ran for around four years with Jay appearing several times to stream while playing video games. One such game was “The Binding of Isaac”, however, in 2018 it was announced that the channel would be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of any of Bauman’s romantic relationships. He has not talked a lot about this aspect of his life publicly, which has led to a lot of speculation. Several people state that he is single while others believe that he is gay and is romantically involved with his longtime career partner Stoklasa. However, most of their appearances online indicate that they are just good friends who share the same passion for film. He is a big fan of comedy and horror films. He often enjoys doing absurd jokes or unexpected subject changes as seen on his videos.
— Jay Bauman (@JayBauman1) October 8, 2017
Similar to numerous YouTube personalities and filmmakers, he is highly active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Twitter on which he has over 80,000 followers. He uses the platform to express some of his opinions on films past and present, while also giving out recommendations from his fans. He often promotes films that are not often seen by many, while also commenting on more mainstream projects. He has shared his opinions on shows such as “Stranger Things”, and films such as “It”. He also does a lot of commentary regarding the horror genre, as he enjoys watching those types of films.