Hi JinnKid, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m good, thank you for asking! I’m super excited to speak with you.
So, how were you drawn into the world of TikTok?
Originally, I started out by posting comedy skits and my voice impressions on Instagram as my primary platform. Through there, I then generated a lot of buzz due to my Tekashi 6ix9ine and Tony Montana impressions. Throughout the year, I continued to grow my fanbase by collaborating with bigger content creators such as Anwar Jibawi, TraxNYC, and even met one of my biggest influences when it comes to doing voice impressions, Jay Pharoah. It all happened so fast. So then one day, I was informed by another influencer that TikTok was growing massively in popularity and that I should start posting my content there immediately. And So I did!
How did you come up with the idea for the Skyrim videos?
My co-worker and I had finished up our work early at our day jobs, so we started using our phones. I opened up my TikTok, checked the notifications, and randomly decided to go through the different face filters on the app. I came across a face filter that completely blackens out your eyes, and I was immediately reminded of the Dark Elves from the popular video game called The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, which I had just started playing again. I looked over at my co-worker and said, “Hey! Would you mind holding my phone and help me make a TikTok?” He laughed and said sure. So we walked to one of the empty hallways at my job, and I just randomly started acting like a Skyrim character, and thought it would be funny to walk into a wall. I really gave it no thought whatsoever, and then I uploaded it, and it made over a million views overnight. I really couldn’t believe it.
With new trends coming and leaving at a high speed – is it easy to stay relevant?
Well that’s the thing! Before the Skyrim videos, I had no idea how to use TikTok, or even what I wanted to post on that platform. I would watch so many people’s videos on TikTok and noticed that people tend to follow whatever trends are popular at the time and used the same formula. However, I just wasn’t interested in doing what other people were doing. That’s not really what I wanted to do with my JinnKid brand. Before my Skyrim videos, I wasn’t even sure that TikTok was the right place for my style of comedy, or work. However, I was quickly proven wrong after I posted my Skyrim videos which essentially created its own trend and now thousands of people recreate my Skyrim videos and tag me. I love it. It’s all so flattering.
With all the new trends coming and going, is it hard to stay relevant?
I think for me, it’s not hard to stay relevant at all, simply because I have so many different outlets that I can divert my focus on at any given time. If I want to write music, and record an album, I can. If I want to dress up as Tony Montana or Tekashi 6ix9ine and start shouting movie lines in my house, I can. I am very fortunate to have a fanbase that for the most part, accepts whatever I offer to them because they trust that I will always provide them with good fresh content. Plus, I am always thinking of what to do next. I never tend to follow the same formula over and over. Being a singer, a comedian, and a voice impressionist gives me all the more ability to continue to push the boundaries on my content while keeping it fresh. I do it for the passion and for the love of the art and honestly, making people happy is very rewarding for me.
Where do you usually find your inspiration for your ideas?
I guess it depend on what I am trying to accomplish per video. When it comes to my voice impressions, I like to get my audience involved beforehand by asking them to suggest which impressions they would like to hear from. It’s such an exciting challenge for me because every now and then, someone will suggest an impression that I have never thought of trying before, and then I get to see whether or not I can pull it off.
For my comedy bits, I usually get most of my ideas while I am either stuck in traffic coming home from work, or when I am laying in bed trying to sleep. My mind is always running, non-stop. Anytime I get an idea, I type into my notes on my phone and sleep on it. When the time is right, I get it done.
I understand you are also a singer-songwriter – how does this side of yours tends to help you when it comes to work on your videos and the other way around?
When I first created the JinnKid name, I was only making music at the time. I would spend hours in the night writing and recording pop and rap music at my home studio and then post them on SoundCloud and Instagram. I did that for a few months before I realized that I wasn’t gaining any traction. I could barely get 10 likes per post. It was a little disheartening for me because I put alot of time and work into my music. But I’m so glad that my music didn’t gain any traction in the beginning because it forced me to go back to the drawing board and think of new ways to gain some popularity online. I then began to incorporate music with comedy and my voice impressions, by filming myself acting like I was a producer and had famous rappers recording music at studio. It was a hilarious comedy bit where I would recorda short song as Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, or 6ix9ine and then play the song during the video making it seem like the artists were recording it in real time in my skit. I didn’t go viral until I did the Tekashi 6ix9ine in the studio skit. From there that opened up a whole new world for me. My 6ix9ine impression went insanely viral on WorldStarHipHop, FunnyHoodVidz, and more. From there I eventually converted to just making comedy skits, and my brand has taken off since.