Joey Graceffa

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Joey Graceffa
Joey Graceffa by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Graceffa at VidCon
Personal information
Born Joseph Michael Graceffa
(1991-05-16) May 16, 1991 (age 27)
Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation YouTuber, Actor, Author, Producer
Partner(s) Daniel Preda
Website http://joeygraceffa.com/
YouTube information
Channel
  • JoeyGraceffa
Years active 2007–present
Genre Vlogging, Gaming, How-To, DIY
Subscribers
8.9 million (main)
2.5 million (gaming)
Total views
1.7 billion (main)
531 million (gaming)
Associated acts Shane Dawson, Miranda Sings, Tyler Oakley, Connor Franta, Gabbie Hanna, Trisha Paytas, JoJo Siwa, Rosanna Pansino, James Charles, Brent Rivera, The Psychic Twins, Manny MUA Colleen Ballinger
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
Subscriber and view counts updated as of April 2018.

Joseph Michael Graceffa (/ɡrəˈsɛfə/; born May 16, 1991)[1] is an American YouTube personality, actor, author, producer, and singer. He runs two active YouTube channels, both named after him. His main channel is dedicated to vlogging,[2] while the second one features video gaming content.[2] They both have a combined total of more than 2.2 billion views. He was a contestant on the 22nd and 24th seasons of The Amazing Race, and has appeared in a handful of short films as well as creating and hosting Escape the Night, an unscripted web series, distributed by YouTube via its paid-subscription service YouTube Premium. He appears in all three of the seasons with several other YouTubers.

Early life and education

Graceffa was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the son of Debbie O'Connor and Joe Graceffa. He has two siblings, an older sister named Nicole and a younger half brother named Jett who has autism, through his mom and his stepfather, Bob. Graceffa endured hardships with his mother when she resorted to alcoholism to cope with troubles in her life. These started when Graceffa was around 12 years old. According to his book In Real Life,[3] he graduated from Marlborough High School in 2009.[4] Graceffa enrolled in Fitchburg State College intending to major in film, but left after one year. Graceffa initially intended to enroll in Emerson College, a private, liberal arts university in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, but was rejected twice, so he decided to stay at Fitchburg.[5]

Career

2007–13: YouTube and The Amazing Race

In 2007, at age 16, Graceffa began uploading videos to the YouTube channel WinterSpringPro, with his high school friend Brittany Joyal.[3][6][7] In 2009, he started posting videos on his own channel, called, Joey Graceffa. In 2013, he joined the StyleHaul YouTube network.[8] Graceffa posts daily vlogs on his channel. As of August 2017, he has over 8.1 million subscribers and more than 1.43 billion total views on his main YouTube channel.[9] On a second YouTube channel focusing on his gaming, he had more than 2.2 million subscribers and over 417 million views, for a total of over 1.7 billion views.[10] He also has more than 3.7 million Twitter followers[11] and more than 5.5 million Instagram followers.[12]

In 2013, Graceffa and fellow YouTube personality Meghan Camarena were contestants on The Amazing Race 22.[13][14] The two made it to the tenth leg before being eliminated. Graceffa told an interviewer that "There were a lot of bad times but it was definitely good overall. It was an amazing experience, and I'd love to do it again."[15] The two later teamed up again to compete in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.[16]

2013–2015: Films, In Real Life and other projects

In late 2013 and early 2014, Graceffa starred in his own web series titled Storytellers.[17][18] The project was funded by Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns that Graceffa ran himself. They raised over $140,000 and $30,000, respectively, though reports continue into 2018 that some of the project backers have not received their perks or rewards for backing the project.[19][20]

In 2014, Graceffa starred in his own short film titled Eon.[21] The same year Graceffa also starred in Ethereal alongside Joey Pollari. Throughout 2012 to 2014, Graceffa was in various BlackBoxTV short films. He was also a part of the Fine Brothers online series MyMusic throughout 2013 and 2014. Graceffa was nominated for two awards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.[22] He won "Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series" at the 2014 Streamy Awards for his portrayal of Hunter Crowley in Storytellers.[23] Graceffa was named by Common Sense Media as one of "10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love".[24]

In March 2015, Graceffa starred in an episode of the CONtv reality television project Fight of the Living Dead, created by fellow YouTube personality Justine Ezarik.[25][26]

On May 16, 2015 Graceffa released a song with an accompanying music video titled "Don't Wait". It is an unconventional fantasy fairytale story featuring goblins, a witch, and a prince.[27] The video ends with Graceffa, dressed as a prince, kissing his male co-star, now current boyfriend, Daniel Preda. By October 2016, it had received more than 24 million views.[28][29] Graceffa confirmed on YouTube on May 18, 2015 that he is gay.[30] Graceffa stated that the reason he waited so long to come out online was because "there was a lot of hesitation to come out online because of growing up in my town: It wasn't acceptable to be gay; it was looked down upon." He also went on to state that after coming out, "I definitely feel more open and free with who I am, and I think that's inspired a lot of other people to also do the same and have come out to their friends and family."[31]

On May 19, 2015, Graceffa released a memoir titled In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, published by Keywords Press.[32] In the book, he discusses being bullied and feeling lonely in school, his mother's alcoholism, his brother's illness, the beginnings of his YouTube career and his road to self-acceptance, among other topics.[33][34] His book was a New York Times Best Seller on the "celebrities" list in July 2015[35] and the cover was updated to acknowledge this achievement.[36]

2016–present: Escape the Night, literature, and jewelry line

On February 14, 2016, Graceffa announced that he has been in a relationship with Daniel Preda since July 2014 in a video titled "OUR LOVE STORY!" [37][38]

On June 21, 2016, Graceffa announced in his YouTube video, titled "I HAVE A SURPRISE!", that he's starting a crystal-based jewelry line called "Crystal Wolf".[39][40] On June 7, 2017, Crystal Wolf Co released their Summer Solstice Collection[41] with new jewelry and including the Crystal nail polish[42] for the overall Summer Collection.[43]

On June 22, 2016, Graceffa started, starred, and uploaded the first episode of a YouTube Premium mini-web series called Escape the Night with other YouTubers like Shane Dawson, MyLifeAsEva, Glozell, Oli White, Timothy Delaghetto, Andrea Brooks, Matthew Hagg, Justine Ezarik (iJustine), Sierra Furtado, and one Viner/YouTuber, Lele Pons. The first episode has over 9,000,000 views.[44] On June 22, 2017 Graceffa started, starred, and uploaded the first episode his YouTube Premium web series Escape the Night's season 2. The season stars himself and includes Liza Koshy, Alex Wassabi, Lauren Riihimaki(LaurDIY), DeStorm Power, Gabbie Hanna(The Gabbie Show), Jesse Wellens, Andrea Russett, Tyler Oakley, and Tana Mongeau.[45]

On October 4, 2016, Graceffa, along with co-author Laura L. Sullivan, released a young adult novel titled Children of Eden, published by Keywords Press.[46] The book follows a Second child named Rowen, who is marked with death due to Eden's population control and recklessly escapes for an adventure after sixteen years of hiding.[46] His book was a New York Times Best Seller on the "Young Adult Hardcover" list in the week of October 23, 2016.[35] The book has received positive reactions from readers on Goodreads and Amazon, with four and five star reviews predominating.[citation needed] Critics have not been universally positive, although Rachel Hyland of Geek Speak Magazine wrote, "Graceffa knows a lot about YA dystopian conventions, and they are all present and accounted for here. This is by no means a bad thing — an enjoyable romp through this genre doesn't necessarily require too much divergence (no pun intended) from the established norms — but it is worth noting that most everything in his Eden has pretty much happened before, in one way or another. Still, it is fun to see just how those ever-trusty elements are put together, and there is a nice twist on the almost essential love triangle that is actually pretty awesome."[47]

On January 6, 2017, Graceffa announced that he would be playing an extra in the full-length feature film, The Space Between Us. The movie originally released in the United States on February 3, 2017, follows a teenage boy (Asa Butterfield), born on Mars, who travels to Earth. After uniting with his long-distant friend (Britt Robertson), the duo soon form a new relationship with each other.

On May 16, 2017, Graceffa announced in his YouTube video, titled "MOST INSANE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE EVER!" the sequel to his young adult novel Children of Eden.[46] The sequel, entitled, Elites of Eden,[48] follows an Elite and a lilac-haired girl – Yarrow and Lark. When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically – and that Eden may never be the same. Rowan - captured by the government, her fate is uncertain. The novel's official release date is October 3, 2017.[49]

On a YouTube video uploaded on May 16, 2018, Graceffa's 27th birthday, he announced the release of the final book in his "Children of Eden" series, Rebels of Eden. It is set to go on sale on October 2, 2018.[50][51]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2014
Eon Drifter Short film; also served as producer
Ethereal Zane Short film; also served as executive producer
Haunting Ian Ian Short film; also served as writer and executive producer
Storytellers Hunter TV mini series; also served as writer and executive producer
2016 Absolute Peril Jake Short film
Children of Eden Ash Short film; also served as writer and producer.
2017 The Space Between Us Student Full-length feature film

Television

Year Film Role Notes
2013–
14
The Amazing Race Himself Season 22 (10 episodes), Season 24 (3 episodes)
2015 Huge on the Tube Episode: "Joey Graceffa"
Influencer Journeys

Web

Year Film Role Notes
BlackBoxTV Hotel Employee #2 Episode: Silverwood: The Perfect Night
Adrian White Episode: Zombie
Not announced Episode: The Babysitter
Aaron Episode: The Fourth Door
2013–
14
MyMusic Vampire Temp Recurring role; 6 episodes
2013 Storytellers Hunter Crowley Main role; 6 episodes
Also executive producer, writer, and co-creator
Streamy Award for Best Actor in A Drama
Nominated—Streamy Award for Best Drama
2015 Fight of the Living Dead Himself Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Children of Eden Ash Short film; also served as writer and producer
2016–present Escape the Night The Savant/Himself Host; YouTube Premium series
2017 Haters Back Off Himself Episode: "my 1rst bae"

Discography

Extended plays

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Ref.
UK D/L
[53]
UK Indie
[54]
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
(solo or duet with Luke Conard)
2012 N/A [55]
"Kiss You"
(solo or duet with Luke Conard)
2013 [56]
"Anna Sun" [57]
"Story of My Life"
(with Luke Conard)
[58]
"Collar Full" 2014 [59]
"Silver Lining" [60]
"Don't Wait" 2015 64 7 [61]
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart or was not released to that country.

Bibliography

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Gaming Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series – Storytellers Won
Best Drama Series - Storytellers Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Lifestyle Series Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Ensemble Cast - Escape The Night Won
2017 Shorty Awards Best Web Series - Escape The Night Nominated

References

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  58. ^ "iTunes - Music - Story of My Life - Single by Joey Graceffa & Luke Conard". iTunes. 
  59. ^ "iTunes - Music - Collar Full - Single by Joey Graceffa". iTunes. 
  60. ^ "iTunes - Music - Silver Lining - Single by Joey Graceffa". iTunes. 
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Further reading

  • Graceffa JM (2015), In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World. New York: Atria/Keywords Press. ISBN 978-1476794303
  • Graceffa JM (2016), Children of Eden: A Novel. New York: Atria/Keywords Press. ISBN 978-1501146558
  • Graceffa JM (2017), Elites of Eden: A Novel. New York: Atria/Keywords Press. ISBN 978-1501174537

External links

  • Official website
  • Joey Graceffa on IMDb
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