Connor Franta is an American YouTube vlogger, Internet personality and entrepreneur. He runs the YouTube channels ConnorFranta and More Connor, with 4 million and 0.8 million subscribers respectively. He was previously a member of YouTube group Our2ndLife under the Fullscreen Network but is now an independent member of the Big Frame network, managed by Andrew Graham. In addition to his vlogs, Franta is involved in various enterprises, including a clothing line and acting as a music curator.
On December 8, 2014, Franta publicly came out as gay in a YouTube video, stating he has accepted who he is and is "happy with that person." He also spoke on the help he got from others on the Internet and wanted to give people struggling with their sexuality similar advice. This six-minute long video titled "Coming Out" has over 6 million views and 700 thousand likes, being the second most viewed video on Franta's channel as of January 10, 2015.
Inspired by other YouTube vloggers such as Shane Dawson and Mitchell Davis, Franta uploaded his first video to YouTube in August 2010. He now has more than 182 million views on his channel and over 4 million subscribers, making it the 147th most subscribed channel in the world. In 2014, Franta was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the "Web Star: Male" category, but lost to Tyler Oakley. Franta, like other vloggers, regularly visits the YouTube convention Playlist Live and VidCon.
In 2012, he joined collaboration channel Our2ndLife, which helped him become widely known. He announced departure from the group in July 2014 due to his unhappiness in his personal life.
Franta made a cameo appearance in the 2014 YouTube Rewind video, released on December 9, 2014, a tribute to the year's most popular videos on YouTube.
Franta celebrated his 22nd birthday in September 2014 by launching a fundraising campaign for The Thirst Project to build wells for people in Swaziland. He set a goal of raising of $120,000 within a month by offering fans incentives such as T-shirts, posters, an acknowledgement in one of his videos and a Skype call with him. Within 48 hours, fans raised over US$75,000 and met the original $120,000 goal in 10 days. By the end the month, the campaign raised over $230,000.
On November 11, 2014, Franta released a compilation album, Crown, Vol. 1, of songs from his choice of up-and-coming musicians. The album charted on the Billboard 200 and reached number 12 on the iTunes pop charts. Franta plans to expand the Crown brand into other industries. Possible projects include a capsule clothing collection, live events, and a beverage product. Franta also has a book which will be released in April 2015.
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