YouTube Star Connor Franta Is Ready to Stop Talking About Himself: ‘There’s Only So Much You Could Say’

Who inspires you right now?
Same with Michaela Coel. It’s people who are involved with the whole process. I love what Donald Glover makes. People who care about step one to step 1,000. It’s people like Tyler the Creator.
There’s only so much you could say. I’ve spent a decade talking about myself. I would love to do something that has nothing to do with being about me. I’m exhausted. I’m desperate to write or direct a short film.
I caught up with Franta at Sightglass Coffee in Los Angeles.
Is there another platform you want to explore next?
It brings me to a point where, even if I get knocked down, I’m still high and it helps me not get lower. I do a lot of walking. I also go for a five- to 13-mile run every morning. I’m like a grandpa because right when the sun is going down, I go for a good three-mile walk every night. I do a lot of running. Maybe I’ll call a friend and just talk.
What was the most challenging subject to tackle in the book?
A friend of a friend knows [fashion designer] Hedi Slimane, and he said to me, “He’d love to have dinner with you.” I went and it was so fucking cool.
How do you cope when that stuff does come up?
Do you ever look at apps like TikTok now and think, “I’m too old for that?” You started on YouTube.
Writing about it was a way to let people know that thoughts aren’t real, what’s in your head doesn’t have to be your reality. Even though I’ve never been one to feel like I would ever act on those, it’s funny how that’s still something present in my darkest moments. Depression, and the ultimate darkest side of that is suicidal thoughts.
Who’s someone who slipped into your DMs and you couldn’t believe it?
It’s something that’s completely comforting — a home — but then something that’s destructive, a fire. Life is essentially a series of house fires, where you’re building yourself up to some position, and then, it sounds sad, but you burn it down and you move on to the next thing.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
Like I don’t think it makes too much sense for me to be up there doing dancing TikToks, but maybe it make more sense for me to social commentary TikToks.” /> I think where people go wrong is where they try to keep up and then it becomes disingenuous.
Connor Franta shot to internet stardom as a YouTube personality. His new and third book, “House Fires,” is a collection of essays, photos and poems about dating, sex, relationships and his struggles with depression. Since launching his channel in 2010, Franta, who was born and raised in Minnesota but moved to Los Angeles in 2013, has amassed more than 20 million followers across his social platforms. Franta, 29, is also a writer, a photographer and an LGBTQ advocate.

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