From Unus Annus; How one YouTuber found his voice


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‘I have to do this show’ quickly became the name for Ethan Nestor’s show because he was forcing himself to go through with his plan and create something.

Angelina Wilson, Editor

Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling is a 24-year-old YouTuber with the channel name CrankGameplays. He has been uploading his own edited gaming videos since 2015, and currently has 2.1 million subscribers. In 2019 he decided to collaborate with fellow YouTuber Mark Fishbach (Markiplier) with 30.3 million subscribers on a subject most push into the backs of their minds because of the unknown: death. 

This channel was called Unus Annus (Ooo-nus ah-nus), which is Latin for “one year”. From Nov. 15, 2019, to Nov. 15, 2020, Fishbach and Nestor posted one video per day. They steered clear of their typical gaming videos. Instead, the duo attempted to experience everything they could in the short amount of time they had. In one video, they pepper-sprayed themselves. In another, they can be seen trying goat yoga. The channel was then deleted after exactly a year, as a message to help people become more comfortable with the idea of death and to remind the audience to be grateful for the time they have left.

Before the start of the channel, Nestor wasn’t in a good place because he didn’t feel like what he did mattered. He’s mentioned in many of his videos that he felt as if he’d been copying more popular channels and hadn’t really created anything that he’s truly proud of.

“I’m getting emotional just because I felt very lost in the last few years, and Unus Annus really reignited a lot in me and it really showed me how much I have to give, and I’m nowhere near done yet. It showed me that I made an impact on people and that what I do matters, and that I’m good at what I do. And that’s really hard for me to say because I’m hard on myself,” Nestor said. 

After Unus Annus ended, the YouTuber took time to recover from the loss of the meaningful channel and quickly moved on to some bigger plans that he’d never felt confident enough to do until now.  Nestor posted a video titled, “I’m Back… and I Have Something to Tell You,” announcing that he had rented out a place to perform a show, the contents of which are still unknown to the public. He wasn’t sure what the show would be at the time, but had committed to a lease and couldn’t back out. It wasn’t long before all of the tickets were sold out.

“I honestly don’t know what to say. I hope I make something that all of you can be proud to be a part of. The show is completely sold out. @RealGoodTouring, let’s do this!” Nestor said. 

Nestor then came out with another video, “i’m sorry… things have changed.” This video was made to say that Nestor would no longer be doing a show. Instead, he would now be completing an entire tour! Many places have been sold out already, and his fans are very proud to see him finally start to reach his potential.

“I just really want this to do well because I worked really hard and I made something that I’m genuinely proud of, and it’s something that I really want to show you guys,” said Nestor. 

Come spring of next year, Nestor’s tour will begin and fans will finally see what he has been working on for the past year.