Shane Dawson is a multi-talented American artist that is famous for his work as an actor, musician, director, writer, and YouTube artist. He is known to be one of the first and successful people in the industry of the video-sharing website, YouTube.
When he was 19 in 2008, Shane started his career on YouTube by making videos and in 2010, his videos have gained half a billion views.
A lot of his initial contents are based on sketch comedy videos where he is the main character giving reference to light popular culture and impersonating celebrities. Like any other industry that attracts the public’s attention, his impressions of character have caught the eye for criticism such as offensive content and racial.
He had a short-lived career in music where he was able to release six original songs and several song parodies of popular music videos. He ventured and launched his own podcast called Shane and Friends, and it became successful to run for four years.
Shane has featured himself in his first and only film “Not Cool”, he has then moved up his acting career by his role and appearance in several series and films.
As a writer, Shane has released two New York Times best-selling books in 2018.
Celebrity Name: Shane Dawson
Full Name: Shane Lee Yaw
Birthday: July 19, 1988
Place of Origin: Long Beach, California, US
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual
Partner: Ryland Adams
Profession: Actor, Writer, Director, Musician and YouTuber
Total Net Worth: $12 million US dollars
Shane Dawson’s real name is Shane Lee Yaw, he was born on July 19, 1988, in Long Beach, California, United States. He has two older brothers named Jerid and Jacob Yaw who have a close relationship with each other.
The siblings grew up with their single mom who has a low income. Shane went to school and graduated in Lakewood High School.
During his teenage years, Shane experienced being bullied because of his weight and his brothers are always there to help him, since then, he has worked hard to lose 150 pounds. While he was in high school, he was always interested in videography especially when it came to school projects.
Shane has settled in with his fiancee Ryland Adams in Calabasas, California. The couple was engaged in 2019.
He has a medical mental concern called body dysmorphic disorder – BDD or dysmorphophobia. It is a mental disorder associated with the idea of one’s aspect of his own body part where it’s appearance is flawed, giving the person exaggerated means to fix it. This illness caused him severe distress, loss of time, and inability to perform normal activities.
In 2015, one of his YouTube videos Shane Dawson TV announced and admitted that he is bisexual. He also confirmed that he and his partner at that time, Lisa Schwartz had separated.
Shane has also encountered some challenges with controversies in his racial comedy, ghetto pranks, and pedophilia statement. He was criticized by other YouTuber and bloggers. With this, he apologized for every word and action that was made offensive to others, and constructively said that this was a learning experience for him and his career.
Because of controversies that are constantly brought up, Target has announced on June 29, 2020, that they will be taking down Shane’s two published books from their shelves. YouTube has also taken action on June 30, 2020, by suspending monetization indefinitely the three-channel accounts of Shane Dawson.
Everything started in March of 2008 where Shane created his YouTube channel “ShaneDawsonTV”.
While he was starting off in his career on YouTube, he was working at Jenny Craig together with his mother and brothers, but then, was laid off due to a video he uploaded where he was pole dancing in the establishment.
In September of 2008, he published a video called “Fred is Dead!” that gained over 25 million views. Continuing this time, Shane made several videos portraying characters that are cultural stereotypes such as Ghetto Girl, Barb the Lesbian, Ned the Nerd, and Guadalupe or Fruit Lupe.
These characters are portrayed in caricatures that highlighted the person or character’s skin color. This is where his allegations of racism began.
After some successful videos in his first YouTube channel, Shane expanded his ideals and created another YouTube channel with a different approach. He made his second YouTube channel “ShaneDawsonTV2” which was now called “Human Emoji”. His third YouTube channel is “Shane” where he features vlogs and collaborations with other YouTube artists.
Rising to Stardom
Following his success in ShaneDawsonTV. He also made appearances in television pilots and started off his music career in 2010 to 2013, in his music career he made 6 single records and several song parodies from notable artists.
From 2013 to 2016, he created his podcast channel called Shane and Friends, at the same time he has published 2 books titled, “I Hate Myself: A Collection of Essay” and “It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essay”.
What made Shane famous is his unique approach to his content and acting. Although he received numerous backlashes from the racial videos he also produced good quality content, nevertheless, he was able to gain large subscribers to his channel as well as gain millions of views.
Awards and Nominations
Shane’s talents have brought him several and notable awards, especially his success on YouTube. He also has awards and nominations as a character and influencer.
He has won the Streamy Awards as Best Vlogger in 2010, Teen Choice Awards as Choice Web Star in 2010, YouTube Streamy Awards as Creator of the Year, Documentary, and editing in 2018, People’s Choice Awards for The Social Star of 2018, and The Shorty Awards for YouTuber of the Year in 2019.
Forbes Magazine has also given him recognition and ranked him 25th most famous web celebrity in 2010.
Shane Dawson’s Total Net Worth
Shane Dawson has become famous and a successful veteran in YouTube. He is a multi-talented artist in his acting, writing, music, and directing. He has over 22 million YouTube subscribers in a 10-year platform.
He has a current and estimated total net worth of $12 million US dollars, all throughout his career.