David Dobrik is the archetypal boy-next-door: charming and witty, yet unassuming and affable. Unlike his peers, who are preoccupied with embellishing their teen idol image with some ‘hunky brat’ aura (mastering their hallmark ‘Zoolander looks’ and pulling out all the stops in a bid to become modern sex symbols), Dobrik is content being who he is – a happy-go-lucky bloke with a great sense of humor and a sensible head on his shoulders. If you’re not familiar with the name, here is a brief foreword – 20-year old David Dobrik is an internet star, a popular Viner/YouTuber with a fan following that exceeds a million and a budding acting career that holds a lot of promises. Here is a sneak-peek into the life and times of one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from the virtual world in the recent years.
- It all began in April 2013, with Dobrik’s Vine debut. The amusing antics and inventive improvs of the 17-year old Dobrik quickly attracted the attention of fellow-Viners, and soon Dobrik started garnering a steady following, with teenage girls doting upon him. While most of his initial videos featured solo improvs, Dobrik soon started collaborating with popular Viners like Gabrielle Hanna, Alex Ernst and Brandon Calvillo. Meanwhile, the YouTube channel ‘Second Class’, which David co-hosted with his long-time friends – Cameron Kasper, Jack Dytrych, Jake Webber, and Bren Lunn – was making waves and reaffirming his prowess as a gifted comic. And just like that, in the snap of a finger, David Dobrik established himself as one among the most sought-after vloggers around.Recommended Lists:
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- Unlike most of his ilk, Dobrik doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who meticulously plans out his career, and this ‘likeable slacker’ image has been one of the key ingredients to his popularity. His tongue-in-cheek tweets, endearingly irreverent sense of humor and good looks have stood him in good stead, as these are the things that teens are most drawn to. The fact that he is a high-school dropout (Dobrik doesn’t mince his words when it comes to pointing out the failings of the academic system!) adds to his appeal – here is a rebel who openly expresses his disdain for the beaten, conventional path and has still managed to make it big in the world. In Dobrik, you find the proverbial renegade every adolescent dreams of becoming. And that itself is the X factor that makes him special.Recommended Lists:
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- An impressive aspect of Dobrik’s budding career is how well he has managed to steer clear of controversies and scandals. His personal life is not riddled with highly publicized break-ups or infamous brawls or politically incorrect statements. He’s been dating fellow-Viner and internet celebrity Liza Koshy for some while now, and if the hilarious vlogs are anything to go by, the two share an excellent chemistry that’s not going to fizzle out anytime soon.The couple recently celebrated their nine-month anniversary in style, attending the Summer Olympics in Rio and cheering for their country throughout the games like true-blue Americans. A testimony to their popularity can be found on the online storytelling community Wattpad, where dedicated ‘fan fiction’ accounts take interesting leaps of imagination based on the relationship.Recommended Lists:
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- Not much is known of Dobrik’s early life or his immediate family, though his younger brother and sister feature prominently in his early Vine videos and his tweets. He was born in Kosice, Slovakia, but the family moved to Chicago early in his childhood. Dobrik doesn’t regret missing out on college, and in a recent tweet celebrating the one-million followers mark, Dobrik credited Vine for his success and conceded that had it not been for the video-sharing platform, he “would still be back on the farm in Illinois raising cattle, or worse, going to college.”With some notable acting credits in TV series like ‘The Honest Show’ and ‘Prank U’; and shorts like ‘An Interrogation', Dobrik seems headed in the right direction as he steps into the labyrinth called the American entertainment industry. It would take more than his talent and looks to make big in the industry – it would take the right stroke of luck at the right time. But if the popular axiom of fortune favoring the brave is anything to go by, David Dobrik might be a name to reckon with in the years to come. Here is wishing him all the luck for his future endeavors!