Working with Family: For Shay Carl, There’s ‘No Downside’

/ Mar 4, 2014


When Rhett & Link asked Shay Carl about the alleged “dark side” of vlogging every single day with your entire family, Butler replied with a simple, “There is no downside.” Of course, he elaborated about working with the “Shaytards” on his “Ear Biscuits” interview.

First off, how does one get started with the seemingly masochistic task of a daily vlog? For Carl, it was an age thing. At 29 years old, Carl wanted to create a challenge for himself before he turned 30. So he thought, “What if I made a video every day for the last year of my twenties?”

Clearly, the idea stuck around longer than a year. Now five years into (almost) daily vlogging, Carl has missed only “ten to twelve days” total. A career YouTuber, Carl must work full-time creating content while balancing it with his family life. What better way to do this than to merge vlog and family into one?

“The vlog is a huge priority in our family,” Carl informed Rhett and Link. So much so that his children, who reportedly cherish time in front of the camera, have a rule almost certainly unique to the Shaytards clan. The rule: No YouTube channel of your own until you turn 13.

Still, vlogging as a family affair requires lots of sensitivity. To make sure their job isn’t causing any emotional duress, Carl constantly “takes [his kids’] temperature” on how they feel about the vlogging, in spite of their outwardly enthusiastic demeanor.

As for fights, Carl reserves those for behind-the-scenes. He admitted that he and his picture-perfect wife get into “heated conversations” concerning their work together. However, no partnership is complete without its quarrels. The Shaytards just prefer not to air theirs to the public. “There’s already so much of that that [our viewers] don’t need it from us,” Carl explained. The comments sections below the Shaytards videos reveal plenty of kids who post about negative family experiences. Carl wants his channel to be a place where people can go to escape from that, even for just 15 minutes at a time.

In other words, Carl’s family vlogging career constitutes a “dream come true of a dream I never even knew I had.” Furthermore, it’s already paid for all five of the Carls’ children’s college tuitions.

If that sounds like a dream to you, too, figure out how Carl got a job that allows him to spend all day playing with his kids on “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

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