A decade ago, you mightn’t have thought that one day “social media influencer” would be a legitimate, lucrative and impactful career. But now, these 21st century celebrities are prevalent across all forms of content creation, lifestyle flavors, points on the political compass and any other niche imaginable, connecting to fans in very personal ways.
While influencer hijinx generate their share of negative headlines, there are brilliant creators out there doing their part to pay it forward and give back to the community using their unique skills. One of these is Jaiden Animations, a YouTube “storytime” animator whose funny and authentic cartoon-ified musings have racked up 8.75 million subscribers. This Channel Frederator Network member has made a point of creating some good in a year of so much bad news.
Jaiden Animations partnered with #HopefromHome earlier this year. The digital fundraising event brought together entertainers, influencers, gamers, streamers and the public across a range of platforms (TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to help fight the impacts of COVID-19. Jaiden conducted a four hour livestream event with prizes and fan engagement opportunities, raising over $250,000 at the end of the World Health Day event on April 7.
More recently, Jaiden (and her birds) made a virtual visit to Queensland Children’s Hospital on September 16 to “meet” some of her greatest fans. She got to check out the children’s own artwork, answered their questions and shared stories through animation and video, and even conducted a live, custom drawing for a fan (and everyone else) to watch.
[jaiden animates fan drawing]
“My main goal in YouTube is to just make people laugh,” she tells one of the youngsters when asked her favorite thing about animated storytelling. “So … being able to just make people laugh, really!”
You can watch highlights from the virtual visit on the Juiced TV Facebook page here.
“It has been incredible to watch Jaiden this year use her gifts and influence to give back,” said Kenny Ash, VP & General Manager at Channel Frederator Network. “This pandemic has affected a lot of lives in so many ways, and it has been very inspiring to see Jaiden brighten so many. We’re excited to work with Jaiden and her family/team, to figure out what’s next.”
Channel Frederator Network is the #1 multi-channel network for animators, artists, gamers and ‘nerd’ pop-culture with 3,000 members. Since starting in 2015, the network has amassed over 200 million subscribers on YouTube with billions of views per month. Channel Frederator Network members include Jaiden Animations, Domics, Lindsay Elyse, ChaoticCanineCulture, CircletoonsHD, Mithzan and more within the tech, cosplay and creative space. A key component of the “Frederator Loves You” promise is a dedication to help every member achieve their dreams and express themselves creatively.
Members of the network receive 360-degree protection for video, images, sound effects and music with its libraries of royalty-free assets. The network provides affiliate opportunities and sponsorships, tools and platforms to help members succeed on YouTube, opportunities for gaming, animation platform discounts, merch account management, the option to pitch a cartoon to Frederator, and much more. Contact email@example.com to learn more about becoming a member.
Watch Jaiden Animations at www.youtube.com/c/jaiden