The Normies Origin Story & Inspiration with Suraj Choudhary
How was The Normies channel originally born?
I would often host watch parties of shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective. Then one day I decided to have my friends over for Game of Thrones and just decided to stick a camera in front of us. I didn't really tell them what I was doing with the footage.
What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?
We differentiated ourselves immediately by being more knowledgeable about the subject matter as well as playing games related to the material we were watching. Our interactivity with the audience helped a lot in our early days.
What did you learn about yourself through becoming a career streamer?
Before we started doing this, I would often see other popular streamers' careers and thought it was incredibly simple. I learned it's definitely not as easy as it looks. It can be taxing to be 'present' and energetic during streams. You are functioning as an entertainer, player and personality.
What makes the reaction community so special?
People watch reactions to connect emotionally with others based on their collective love for stories. What makes them special is they end up knowing you a lot more personally than you would ever expect them to. Little intricacies and how certain scenes touch us emotionally can really share your personality with people online.
Which streamers influenced you the most?
PewDiePie has been doing it the longest and obviously he is the biggest YouTuber. Lately he has had more of a commentary style take for his streams and I've noticed that lots of people look up to his opinion. He has shown me it's important to not be afraid to let your mask down and show your true self/be down to earth.
Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?
This one time we were sent a package in our PO box that...well...wasn't something you would legally expect to find in a package! We weren't live at the time (thank goodness) but we all had a great big laugh about it. We took it as a lesson to tell people NOT to send us weed or other illegal things through our PO box. Just didn't expect people would love us/know our personalities well enough to send us something like that.
What's your favorite memory as a gamer?
My favorite memory as a gamer is when we won back-to-back victories in COD: Warzone during our charity livestream. We hadn't gotten a single victory in the longest time and to get TWO back-to-back for such an important cause really galvanized us and motivated us to continue to entertain in our streams.
Who will enjoy your channel the most?
Those who will enjoy our channel the most are people that are huge passionate fans of the shows/movies/games they consume. We are down to earth people and at best we represent that friends group you have all had at some point in your life.
Anything else you'd like to add?
YouTube/Streaming is the absolute best combination of everything I've wanted to do with life. Being a filmmaker, entertainer, comedian, gamer. I couldn't ask for a better life.