It’s very troublesome to not chortle whereas speaking to David Dobrik. After only a few minutes of speaking, the allure and sincerity that made the low-key everyman a YouTube sensation are clear. And, sincerely: He is not a gymnasium rat. “I was supposed to work out with my trainer today, but you called so I cancelled on it,” he says. “So, thank God for that.”
He bought his begin on Vine, however Dobrik is greatest recognized for his YouTube vlogs, which have gone from pranks on his mates to and gifting away vehicles and driving round L.A. with Kylie Jenner. Over the years he’s amassed nearly 18 million subscribers on YouTube, spinning the aforementioned allure to a very large viewers. However, because the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dobrik stopped making vlogs. He’s determined to pause on his YouTube channel and take a while to experiment with different platforms and keep protected from the virus.
He talked to GQ on how he’s filling his days through the pandemic, coping with the stress of the YouTube grind, and winding down together with his favourite candle.
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GQ: What’s your common day appear to be through the pandemic?
David Dobrik: My common day feels prefer it’s simply day and evening. During the day, I am ready for it to turn into evening and then at evening, I am ready for it to turn into morning. It’s getting so repetitive.
Usually I get up round 10 or 11. I work with my roommate and we’ll get on some Zoom calls. And then normally they’re going to exit and go on a run or they’re going to go work within the yard and I will make some kind of excuse the place I’ve to bathe, or I’ve to do some extra vital issues [laughs]. But there have been loads of days in a row the place I’ve used some excuses to skip that half of the day.
Actually, I used to be alleged to work out with my coach right now, however you referred to as so I cancelled on it. So, thank God for that.
Happy I may try this for you.
Next month, you realize, I will work with the coach subsequent month. There’s gonna be heaps of months sooner or later. I am not the perfect at figuring out. I completely hate figuring out. I ought to say that: I hate lifting weights. I hate doing sit ups. I simply don’t perceive actions the place there is not any clear aim or sport concerned. I really like, love enjoying basketball and soccer. I really like sports activities for a objective and there is a winner or a loser in that second. There’s one thing about lifting weights that I discover it is so boring. I simply find yourself getting so offended by the top of it.
That’s so humorous to me, half of me has been dying throughout this entire factor as a result of I am unable to elevate weights. I am like: I’m gonna go to the gymnasium and I’ve this tremendous structured program that I am following. It’s all about sure numbers I must be hitting.
Why do you do it? Are you seeing critical physique adjustments? Is it like, the second you see a bit of change in your physique you are hooked on it now? How does that work?
I benefit from the numbers facet of it. I really like watching just like the power good points you may make—being like final month I could not elevate this however now I can.
What you have achieved is you have constructed a sport into what you are doing. So you go and you are competing in opposition to your self, which is cool. I may by no means do it [laughs].
This is a “me” factor. I do not assume anyone’s ever had this drawback, however after I grip weights and I am like “Okay, I’m benching something.” I get actually in my head. I take into consideration my hand across the weight and I take into consideration how my veins are bending across the weight, and how the within of my hand is trying and it grosses me out a lot.
I do not assume I’ve ever heard any individual say that earlier than.
I actually love tennis, and tennis earlier than quarantine occurred. The courts had been open and I may exit with a professional to play. It’s a three-in-one since you get a piece out, you could have enjoyable, and you get a tan. My favourite half about getting back from tennis is trying tan. I do not know why, I simply find it irresistible, it appears like an added bonus.
Honestly, quarantine has simply been loads of sitting round. It’s gotten to the purpose the place I do not assume I’ve watched a film in a very good three weeks now too, as a result of I can not discover something to observe. I can’t sit via a film anymore. I have been enjoying loads of video video games with my good friend. I play Call of Duty at evening for like, three, 4 hours with my hometown mates. Which truly has been the perfect as a result of I have not seen them. It appears like summer time break from after I was in highschool as a result of I actually talked to them in a single day. It’s been a pleasant silver lining.
I do know you are not making vlogs in the intervening time. What have you ever been doing to fill that point and keep inventive?
I have been leaning extra closely on Instagram tales and TikTok. TikTok particularly is like the brand new age of leisure for folks from the ages of ten to thirty. So I’ve form of been doing that and I truly actually get pleasure from it. It’s loads much less stress than making a vlog and it brings out the natural creativity the place you are simply form of doing it only for no motive. You know what I imply? There’s loads much less stress on it and it simply feels enjoyable.
TikTok particularly appears like you may form of simply take an concept actually quick and get it up there. A random child from South Carolina could make one joke that is the perfect joke of his life and now everybody will hear it.
Has it helped you keep related along with your viewers right now?
Yeah, I believe it is actually vital to remain within the eyes of my viewers, at the very least day-after-day a pair occasions. I get anxious as a result of I really feel like there would not be that outlet for me to create stuff.
It’s been so troublesome to be inventive right now. There’s justf no motivation and I do not know the way some folks like managed to do this proper now.
Even after I take into consideration making vlogs once more, I simply can not assume of a single concept. I am particularly dangerous after I’m not underneath stress—given all this time to consider me not having the ability to execute something simply places me in a bizarre spot.
Do you are feeling much less burdened not having to make vlogs proper now?
I do not know, that is a troublesome reply. On one hand half of me is much less burdened that I haven’t got to add vlogs extra steadily. But then one other half of me is extra burdened occupied with coming again to it. My favourite time in my life was after I was making three movies per week, and I used to be so stressed. When you get to do one thing you’re keen on and you are so stressed as a result of there’s a lot alternative and work in it, that is the perfect feeling and I form of miss that.
Do you assume after this is all around the means you make work is gonna change?
If you’d requested me this two months in the past, I might have stated no. Now with this taking so lengthy, I do not know the reply to that. You know, some folks inform me that issues will not return to regular until 2022. When is regular? I am in all probability gonna must pivot quickly, make some adjustments and do issues in a different way. I believe loads of individuals are gonna must reevaluate the best way they do issues heading out on the opposite facet of this.
I’ve heard from a number of folks that you’re a completely large Chipotle fan.
Oh, yeah, sure, that is all we get as takeout. It’s Chipotle a pair occasions per week normally. I by no means actually eat breakfast. You know, it is normally a lunch, a dinner, and then a 2 a.m. dinner. I suppose realistically, I do have breakfast, however that is extra of my lunch simply because I get up a bit of later now. My days simply moved over a pair hours.
Have you been cooking in any respect?
No, completely no cooking [laughs].
Anything else you have been doing to fill your time not too long ago?
I’ve not too long ago began to take baths. I believe these are enjoyable. I imply, I’ve solely taken two or three baths throughout quarantine however that is essentially the most zen I’ve ever been my whole life. I will even go so far as lighting a candle.
Do you could have a particular candle?
Oh yeah, it’s Santal, from Le Labo. Oh my god—it is so good. Oh and one of my favourite snacks currently is watermelon and bread, which I get is a bit of uncommon nevertheless it’s unimaginable.
Wait. You put watermelon on bread?
Well, yeah I imply I am fairly superior when consuming it. I throw the watermelon in my mouth first and then make some room and put the bread on the opposite facet of my mouth. I am a professional. Sometimes I will make a sandwich out of it, I will take the watermelon and wrap bread round it. It’s so good. I do not know why.
Do you ever do the watermelon and salt factor? I really like that.
Oh no, no, I am unable to try this. No. That would not really feel proper for me, simply the bread. I’ve had a bizarre fascination with bread as a result of I used to be born in Slovakia, so bread was what you ate with each meal. It’s like it doesn’t matter what it is, there’s bread in every single place. Late at evening I might at all times sneak right down to the kitchen and I might simply take 4 slices of bread. It’s not like that bullshit American white bread. That would at all times be the perfect and with watermelon it is like, excellent. I really like soggy bread. You ought to give it a shot.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.
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