Chester See

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Chester See
Born
Chester Lionel Watch

(1983-04-20) April 20, 1983 (age 40)
EducationBA in Economics and Theater Arts
Alma materUCLA
Occupation(s)Actor, musician, vlogger
Years active2006–present
Known forYouTube personality, singer, songwriter
Awards2014 Streamy for Best Original Song
Websitechestersee.com/info/

Chester See (born Chester Lionel Watch April 20, 1983) is an American YouTuber, singer and actor. He is best known for his YouTube videos, which have garnered over 207 million views, as of September 2017. He appeared as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages on Broadway from October 2014 through January 2015.

Career[edit]

In 2006 See hosted Disney 365, an entertainment news program on the Disney Channel, which ran until 2009.[1][2]

See started his ChesterSee YouTube channel in 2007 after having some success writing lyrics for Warner/Chappell.[1][2] The channel primarily consists of comedy sketches, short films and cover songs.[3][4] He is part of the Maker Studios multi-channel network.[5] In 2011, See, alongside YouTubers Nigahiga and Kevin Wu uploaded a music video titled Nice Guys. In 2012, See, alongside YouTubers Nigahiga and Kevin Wu, also film director Justin Lin, started the YOMYOMF YouTube channel.[6][7][8] The channel released an internet-only reality TV talent show called Internet Icon later that year; See hosted the first season.[9][10] Later in the year, See was a contestant on season 2 of D-trix's Dance Showdown.[11]

In 2013 See was the executive producer for online-only NBC and AwesomenessTV produced musical comedy series Side Effects; he also starred as Keith in eight episodes over two seasons.[12][13] The following year See was cast as Jeff Sanford in the comedy film Camp Takota, in a supporting role alongside Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart.[5] See starred as Stacee Jaxx in a Broadway production of Rock of Ages from October 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015.[1][2][5][14] See appeared in the 2015 Relativity Digital and FilmOn feature film, Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin.[15][16] In 2018, he made a guest appearance on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, where he was given a drag makeover by contestant Miz Cracker. He and Cracker won the challenge and was given a Klein, Epstein, and Parker $2,000 gift card as a prize.

As of January 2020, See has produced over 400 YouTube videos and has over 1.9 million subscribers to his YouTube channel ChesterSee and over 275 million video views.[5][17] As of August 2014, he has sold over 500,000 songs on iTunes.[1][14] See is influential through social media, with over 200,000 followers on both Twitter and Instagram as of January 2020.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See was nominated for two Streamy awards in 2013 at the 3rd Streamy Awards, under the "Best Online Musician" and "Audience Choice Finalists for Personality of the Year" categories.[19] He received a further four nominations in 2014, winning the "Original Song" category for his song "Whistle While I Work It" in collaboration with Toby Turner and Wayne Brady.[1][20] He was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration" (for his cover of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet with Flula Borg), "Best Cover Song" (for his cover of "Roar" by Katy Perry with Andy Lange, Andrew Garcia and Josh Golden) and "Best Musical Artist" categories.[21]

In 2014, See's YouTube Channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #44.[22]

Education[edit]

See graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a BA in Economics and Theater Arts.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Camp Takota Jeff Sanford
2015 Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin Himself
2016 Dirty 30 Ben

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2009 Disney 365 Himself 22 episodes
2012 Yesterday, Today, Forever Himself 8 episodes
2013–2014 Side Effects Keith 8 episodes on AwesomenessTV's YouTube Channel, 2 seasons
2018 Rupaul's Drag Race Himself / Miz Cookie Episode: "Social Media Kings Into Queens"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 Rock of Ages Stacee Jaxx Broadway

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "YouTube Star Chester See to Make Broadway Debut in Rock of Ages". Broadway World. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  2. ^ a b c Gans, Andrew (2014-10-26). "YouTube Sensation Makes Broadway Debut in Rock of Ages Tonight". Playbill. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  3. ^ Webber, Imogen Lloyd (2014-10-14). "Don't Stop Believin'! YouTube Star Chester See (aka Mughees) Will Make His Broadway Debut in Rock of Ages". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  4. ^ Ramli, Bibi Nurshuhada (2013-03-02). "Meet latest YouTube sensations". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c d Lee, Ashley (2014-10-14). "YouTube Star Chester See Cast in 'Rock of Ages' on Broadway". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. ^ Manarino, Matthew (2012-06-12). "5 Reasons YOMYOMF Will Be A Successful Premium Channel". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  7. ^ Chun, Gary Cw (2012-10-07). "Isle Influence Contributes to Asian-American Videos". Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
  8. ^ Varrati, Michael (2014-02-19). "Chester See: YouTube's Multi-Platform Champion". VideoInk. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2012-03-28). "'Internet Icon' aims for virality". Variety. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  10. ^ Lanning, Carly (2013-02-12). "Ryan Higa On Internet Icon Season Two and Being YouTube's #3 Most Subscribed". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  11. ^ Carrasco, Ed (2012-09-27). "DanceOn's 'Dance Showdown' Second Season on YouTube Set to Premier". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  12. ^ Robins, J. Max (October 30, 2013). "Three Ways YouTube Plans to Dominate the Music Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  13. ^ Dredge, Stuart (2013-10-30). "Side Effects might be the new Glee, and it's only on YouTube". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  14. ^ a b Kennedy, Mark (2014-10-15). "Chester See leaps from YouTube to Broadway for Rock of Ages". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (2014-07-15). "YouTube Stars Get the Hollywood Treatment". Variety. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  16. ^ Shaw, Lucas (2014-07-15). "YouTube Stars Shane Dawson, Olga Kay to Appear in Movie About an Internet Assassin". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  17. ^ "chestersee YouTube Channel Stats, Subscriber Statistics, Ranking". vidstatsx. Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  18. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (2014-04-11). "YouTube stars hit MIPTV". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  19. ^ "3rd Annual Nominees & Winners". The Streamy Awards. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  20. ^ Bloom, David (2014-08-07). "Streamy Awards Name LGBT Activist Tyler Oakley Entertainer of the Year". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  21. ^ Bloom, David (2014-08-18). "Stream On: 2014 Streamy Nominees Announced With Freddie Wong Schooling The Field". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  22. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 50-26!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015.

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