Influencers And Their Stories
Moderator: Nick Carreras, Bent Pixels | Stewart Reynolds | Robert Randall
Matt Clarke | David Milchard | Linda Dong (Leeda D)
Hear from a diverse group of influencers. Find out why they chose this path, how they got started, what their goals are and their struggles and successes along the way.
Moderator: Nick Carreras,
Nick Carreras is an experienced manager of top talent whose experience ranges from the traditional agency model to overseeing the careers of digital-first performers.
After graduating from law school, Nick began his career as an agent specializing in TV campaigns, animation, and celebrity endorsements. He collaborated with popular actors such as Julie Bowen (Modern Family), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
Nick moved into the digital world after six years as an agent. He joined Maker Studios as Director of Talent, Branding and Endorsements and in that role he developed and grew the businesses of the largest and most influential YouTube and social media influencers. His roster garnered over 6.7 billion monthly views, and included stars like Shay Carl, KassemG, Stampylongnose, Bart Baker, Markiplier, Captainsparklez, Convos with My 2 Year Old and Timothy DeLaGhetto.
During his four-year tenure at Maker Studios, Nick was promoted to Head of Talent Strategy. He was responsible for aligning the career goals of the talent he represented with Maker Studios initiatives on both the development and commercial fronts. Nick led a team of highly skilled talent managers to grow Maker's enterprise talent, and partnered with them to create original IP and branded entertainment.
Nick joined Bent Pixels as Vice President of Talent and Brand Strategy in 2017, heading up the talent division and helping to spearhead branded content projects and partnerships.
brittlestar.com| Major Brands
Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.
His comedic and family-friendly but irreverent videos have been seen more than 400 MILLION times on various platforms. His recent KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017.
With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs.
Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two teen boys, Owen and Gregor (both well-known creators online). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon (co-star of their successful The Morning Show Thing live stream on Facebook), have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, and others.
838K Subscribers | Youtube
Robert Randall is a Leo Award-winning filmmaker and founder/director of the Young Actors Project (YAP) - a Vancouver-based acting program that provides drama education to over 30,000 BC and Alberta school children every year. YAP's YouTube channel features award-winning short films and web-series and boasts over 800,000 subscribers. His short film The Girl Without a Phone - a Cinderella Story, with over 50 million views, ranks as one of the most watched Canadian short films of all time
Instagram: @Young_Actors_Project / @Rob.Randall.Photo
Matthew Clarke is a Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician. He is most well known as the creator and star of the hit, award winning web series, “Convos With My 2-Year-Old.” Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, owned two kids, joined a book club, and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.
David Milchard is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Comedian and Improviser. He does a lot of things but still finds times to call his mother. A former member of Second City Toronto, he currently performs at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. David has performed all over North America in festivals at Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Just for Laughs,BumberShoot and many more. He is a member of the hit touring show The Comic Strippers which tours internationally.
You may have seen him in Psych, Sanctuary, Fringe, the Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, Package Deal, Robert Redford’s the Company You Keep, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Starring roles include Russell Mania, After Party and the upcoming movie Monkey Up.
David was best actor at the 2014 Streamy Awards, best supporting actor at the Movie Maverick Awards and is a multi- nominee with Canadian Comedy Awards Check David out acting, producing and directing in the award winning hit web series, Convos With My 2-Year-Old on YouTube. He’s in more things too! David likes things, being involved in things and on occasion engages in nothing.
Linda Dong, Comedian
Linda Dong is a female comedian known on YouTube as Leendadproductions. She directs, edits, and also stars in her own YouTube comedy channel with a following of over a million subscribers. Recently, she was awarded for the “Best Social Student Video Channel” at the Vancouver Social Media Awards. Linda is a very passionate individual and hopes to inspire others to express their creativity and individuality.