YouTube Star & Entrepreneur
Connor Franta has grown from YouTube personality to global trendsetter and entrepreneur, with an audience of more than 17 million and continuing to increase exponentially across social platforms. He has taken his brand beyond the realms of social media by penning the New York Times’ best-selling memoir A Work in Progress, curating the Billboard-charting Common Culture Music Series compilation albums, and co-founding Heard Well, the first record label powered by social tastemakers. Earlier this year, he launched a specialty coffee line, Common Culture Coffee, a specialty coffee line that is part of his Common Culture brand which offers superior clothing, premium coffee, and a variety of undiscovered musical talent. Last year, he announced a partnership with Urban Outfitters to distribute exclusive pieces from his clothing collection with all proceeds going to GLSEN.
Connor partnered with Supergravity Pictures via Heard Well to release GAYBY BABY, which was the #1 film in the iTunes documentary section and which he also helped curate the music for. The film won best documentary at the Australian Film Critics Association Awards, scored first runner-up for best documentary at the Sydney Film Festival, and was nominated for an AACTA Award for best feature-length documentary by the Australian Film Institute.
He is the winner of the People's Choice Award for Favorite YouTube Star, Logo’s Social Trailblazer Award, as well as the Thirst Project’s Governor's Award for raising over $400,000 for The Thirst Project to provide clean, safe drinking water to people in Africa.
Connor was honored by GLSEN for his deep commitment to LGBTQ youth. Through his online presence that touches millions of youth, he has elevated GLSEN programs, such as GLSEN’s Day of Silence, and most recently, all proceeds from his collaboration with Urban Outfitters went directly to GLSEN.
He released his second book, the New York Times bestseller, Note to Self which is full of intimate, raw, honest, and inspiring reflections on his own life as he's living it right now, as well as his observations about contemporary culture.
Connor talks about his battles with coming out, clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance. There is a challenge to maintain your authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections. This has created new importance to be in the moment—with others and yourself.