Cameron Dallas is the poster boy for the social media success story-young, charming, and good-looking, the 22 year old saw something that many didn’t see coming. He saw opportunity in social media and that small window turned into walking runways, producing his own docu-series, and creating an empire that supports the careers of other social media darlings. We chatted with Cameron on what social media meads to him, dating, and what’s next.
What dreams were you chasing when you were young?
I used to want to be a veterinarian. That was my dream. I wanted to help animals, but growing up I realized school was not for me. Although I still love and want to help animals, that was just not my path.
What does social media mean to you?
It means opportunity. I think people are able to create opportunity and they have endless opportunity with social media. The new generation can really leverage this to follow their dreams.
How did your docu-series, ‘Chasing Cameron’ come about and what was that experience like?
The year before it happened, I wrote in my notebook that I wanted to have that show to help educate people on what social media was and what it looked like behind the scenes. I met with a few production companies and pitched it to a bunch of networks, but ended up going with Netflix. I definitely accomplished my goal in showing what it was like behind the scenes, and in the process I learned a lot about myself, and it was a lot of fun.
What did you learn about yourself in the process?
I learned that I need to be more patient and I got to see what I was like going through certain situations and how I could’ve handled them better. I think that was a really cool insight. I was also the executive producer.
What did you love and hate the most about being on Magcon Tours?
I loved giving talent the opportunity to meet their fans and being talent as well I loved being out there, connecting with my fans, and then performing. What I hated most about it was that it required a lot of energy and you can see on the show that I only have a certain amount and I wish I had more. It really bugs me.
Do you see yourself dabbling more into music and do you have a dream list of people you’d love to collaborate with?
I do! I’m working on music right now, and I think it’s something I’m going to follow for the rest of my career. We’re finding it out right now [what my sound would be like] because I love all genres – it’ll be very interesting. I really wanted it to be me. I’m not really gauging what sound I’m going for. I’m just making music and whatever category it fits in, it fits in. Ed Sheeran as a writer is awesome, Calvin Harris is super sick, Drake is dope, Bryson Tiller is awesome. I like Murder On The Beat, Metro Boomin, Mike Will – these are all amazing people I would love to collab with. I like all genres though and grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, BeeGees and classical music. Growing up my mom would quiz me in the car [on songs] that would come on and it would be a great exercise. The first two albums that I listened to and memorized were Sublime and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
“FAMILY TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND SOMETHING I DON’T WANT TO LOSE BEING IN HOLLYWOOD”
What has your transition into music been like for you?
It’s been fun. I’ve been learning a lot about myself as far as being an artist. The process of being a writer and writing my own stuff, allowing myself to be open with others, and myself and to speak to millions of people is going to be really awesome and special. For me, music is a therapeutic outlet I really enjoy.
Does it make you feel vulnerable?
It does make me feel vulnerable, but I don’t shy from that feeling. I think it’s very important to feel vulnerable sometimes and be that open. People connect to vulnerability because it’s hard to be vulnerable and to dig deep down, and on top of that then share it with the world.
We noticed on the show you were very free with sharing your emotions when you shared your issues with anxiety. How are you dealing with your anxiety now?
Now I’m just taking it one step at a time and taking more time for myself. When I was having those panic attacks I was working 24/7 and was really exhausted. Whenever I feel like I’m going to that point I take fifteen minutes to an hour to relax.
Tell us a bit about your family and growing up.
I’m in a group chat with my mom and sister. Family time is very important to me and something I don’t ever want to lose being in Hollywood. It’s important for me to keep my family and my friends close.
You went from humble beginnings to Hollywood. What is that like and would you change any of it to make living in the spotlight easier?
It’s interesting to say the least. It’s definitely what a lot of people expect, yet not as easy as people expect. There is a lot of hard work that goes in to it and it is very tiring. I wouldn’t change much, but if I had a twin that would be awesome! Another duplicate me would be great.
What’s dating like for you and how do you keep you dating life private?
Dating is cool. I think dating is very cool for anyone growing up and like the writing process, you learn a lot about yourself, but I don’t have a girlfriend at the moment. With keeping my private life private, I think it’s sort of like high school. If people really wanted to keep things private they would.
What do you want to accomplish that you haven’t already?
I have a lot of long and short-term goals, but the one thing I want to do is put out an album.
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