Who is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is a Slovak-born American YouTube personality considered the de facto leader of YouTube group called The Vlog Squad. He started his career on Vine before starting his own YouTube channel in the latter part of 2014. His videos often feature his friends and fellow Viners such as Liza Koshy, Alex Ernst, Gabbie Hanna, and Jason Nash. His main channel has since reached over 12 million subscribers.
He was born in Slovakia in 1996. There is no official information on the names of his parents. When he was six years old, his family moved to the United States, ultimately settling in Illinois at a suburb of Chicago. When he was in his twenties, he relocated to Los Angeles where he launched his career. Besides English, he can speak Slovak and Hungarian.
In 2013, he started his first Vine. Before starting his own YouTube channel, Dobrik was associated with the YouTube group, Second Class. By the end of that channel in 2015, Dobrik and his colleagues gained over 18,000 subscribers. After Dobrik set up his personal YouTube channel, Second Class was no more. Since its inception, videos on this channel have mainly been comedy vlogs based on real-life situations he has encountered and semi-scripted bits, featuring many of his former vine colleagues who remain connected to him. In August 2016, Dobrik created his second channel, David Dobrik Too, where he posts blooper reels and challenge videos which has also garnered a large following.
He has a podcast titled ‘VIEWS’ with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash with occasional features from Joe Vulpis and Natalie Mariduena. In September 2018, Dobrik created his third channel, Views Podcast, where he posts the video podcast of Views.
The term “The Vlog Squad” came to apply his friends who have appeared in Dobrik’s vlogs. Dobrik acts as the center and de facto leader of the group, seeing that the group is often mainly driven and brought on board by him. Those who make regular appearances in his videos and are considered to be a part of the “Vlog Squad” by fans are Liza Koshy, Josh Peck, Jason Nash, Scotty Sire, Zane Hijazi, Heath Hussar, Matt King, Alex Ernst, Toddy Smith, Jeff Wittek, Carly Incontro, Erin Gilfoy and formerly Gabbie Hanna, BigNik, Elton Castee and Trisha Paytas.
Honors and Awards
In 2017, Dobrik won Vlogger of the Year at the Ninth Annual Shorty Awards. In 2018, Dobrik won First Person at the 2018 Streamy Awards while The Vlog Squad won Best Ensemble Cast under the name “David’s Vlog”. Dobrik was named one of the “10 Social Media Personalities Making the Most Noise” for 2018 by PAPER Magazine alongside Bretman Rock, Trisha Paytas and Jaboukie Young-White among others. He has also won awards for Breakout Creator and First Person at the Streamy Awards, as well as Social Star in the Kids Choice Awards.
By the time he was 22, Dobrik earned a net worth of $4 million mainly from his vlogs. It can be said he perfected his craft at an early age when he began creating his videos. TGoogle ads pay channel owners like him a small amount for each click when they open their sites. This adds up when the numbers keep rolling and the views multiply exponentially.