Should you’ve been on TikTok anytime up to now month, you have most likely seen certainly one of Joel’s movies.
Truly, you have most likely seen, like, 200 of them.
Joel, aka @flamingoboy1196, has quickly change into one of the vital prolific and standard TikTokers on the app. The 23-year-old — who exterior of TikTok works in videography, makes music, and has a job in a restaurant — has skyrocketed to greater than 1.1 million followers in simply over a month.
Joel, who lives within the Baltimore space, has amassed devoted followers for his signature content material which is mainly simply movies of him, wanting out-of-this-world stoned, and reacting to different folks’s TikToks, normally along with his signature “Woooooooow.”
“Folks primarily know me for saying the phrase ‘Wow,'” Joel informed BuzzFeed Information on Friday. (Joel requested his full identify not be used for privateness causes.)
TikTok has change into well-known for catapulting younger folks to fame virtually in a single day, and Joel — flamingo hat and all — has change into certainly one of them.
A lot of his sudden rise to TikTok fame took place simply due to how a lot he is posting, which is…quite a bit.
“I just started posting a lot,” he said. “Honestly, realistically, it could be anywhere from 20 [videos] to the most I ever posted, which was like 90 or something.”
Joel stated he is principally simply discovering the movies — primarily “satisfying” content material — on his For You Web page, similar to anybody else utilizing the app.
He additionally takes reacting to the movies very, very significantly.
“After I’m watching a video, I do not watch the entire thing to ensure my response is actual,” he defined.
Joel stated his reasonably stoned look within the majority of his TikToks will not be an act. He is been smoking fairly usually just lately, he stated, to deal with continual ache he is struggled with for years.
“It’s getting quite a bit higher, however I used to be in a automotive accident just a few years in the past, and I’ve been going by plenty of neck and again ache for years, so it helps me calm down and never be stressed about it,” he stated.
The feedback part is probably the most effective components of Joel’s TikToks, with followers typing again imitations of his healthful, amazed reactions.
“Everybody within the feedback, they’re all actually hilarious,” he stated. “I could not ask for higher folks to assist folks.”
Joel stated he was fairly anxious to see the feedback when he first began making TikToks, however when he realized how universally optimistic the response was, he was actually pleasantly stunned.
“I’m going by my feedback now and scroll from prime to backside, and there will likely be virtually zero negativity,” he stated. “In the event that they go to my account, they know in the event that they remark one thing, no person’s gonna remark being impolite to them. It is a protected area, in a means.”
Joel has a lot love for his followers, he stated, and their positivity has been one of the best a part of his rise to TikTok fame. Whereas response movies are Joel’s bread-and-butter on the app, he stated he is engaged on some artistic new sorts of movies he is hoping followers will likely be stunned by.
“They’re one of the best. I really like them, I actually do, and I am so grateful and appreciative of them,” he stated. “They’re altering my life exponentially, and I am unable to wait until I am lastly capable of give again and assist all them out too, if I can.”