1: Tell me about yourself ?
My name is Matthew Petitto. I am 18 years old and I am from Staten Island, New York. I do Twitch and Tiktok and as well do acting. I have been in two movies as a extra in WuTang american trilogy and as well as The King of Staten Island. I just started Tiktok in late 2019 as well and just got verified on twitch and it is only my second week.
2: What made you start making TikToks?
I started Tiktoks to make people laugh. Especially the rough times many are facing, the best thing to do right now is put a smile on someone’s face. As well, I wanted to do acting. That is something I yearn for in the near future.
3: When did you first go viral on Tiktok?
I first went viral in January 2020. That is when I reached 1 million followers. And when quarantine first started in March I went instant viral overnight. I made a ton of What you what says about you and started that trend and many others did their own spin off of it. As well, I was one of the first Italian American creators on the app by doing a lot of Italian comedy in the beginning. Such as Italian vs American videos, Italian mom videos and basically what it is like growing up Italian American.
4: When you downloaded Tiktok. Did you think all this would happen?
I downloaded Tiktok in Jukly 2019 just to watch however began my journey posting the month of October! To be honest I would never expect this, it felt like a dream I met many new friends along this journey and sadly lost many but that is how the world works. I’m very thankful for this blessing to be able to entertain millions a day and put smiles on everyones face no matter where you come from in the world I try to make sure you escape the real world and just try to make everyone smile.
5: How do you stay away from TikTok drama?
There isn’t a way to really stay away. Sometimes It just happens to come to you however, thankfully for me I haven’t or have never been involved in severe drama. But the best thing I try to do is stay as far away from it has possible.
6: What are the most views you’ve gotten on a video?
My most views i ever gotten was 11.8 million. I have several other videos with 10,7,8 and 9 million as well. My most viewed video has over 3.1 million likes, 161 thousand comments and it was What the time you go to sleep says about you.
7: What is your least favourite part about being a TikTok influencer?
The least favorite thing is getting a name as a Tiktoker. There is so much more to just being a tiktoker. I feel people look at people like me and think we have not a lot of talent and we just got “lucky’ however, we all have so many talents that many other don’t even know about.
8: Who have you collabed with on videos?
Some tiktokers I have collabed with are PoloBoy, Zarbruh, alejandro and many others. I enjoy collabing with others however I like doing my own thing so I don’t have to rely on others to make content
9: What is your favourite place to film a video?
The best place is always home. I feel different environments are good however, there is nothing better than filming tiktoks in your bedroom or household and feeling very comfortable. As well, I feel I make the best videos at my house.
10: Is there a secret to making videos and going viral?
There truly is not a secret. The best thing to do is not to overthink. Sometimes as a content creator you get stuck and say “My views are low, why isn’t doing well!?” The reason for this is because you are overthinking. You must have fun while making videos or else this hobby becomes a job and it becomes too much to do. But the best thing for me is to not overthink and make the videos that I would find funny.