Sam Kuhlmeyer ’20, a television arts major from Arnold, Mo., jokes that his parents told him he has “a face for radio.” He hosts the YouTube channel iupdate, where he tests updates and chases down rumors for Apple users. The channel has 135,000 subscribers.
1. WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING AROUND WITH COMPUTERS?
I was probably 7 or 8. My computer teacher in grade school, Mrs. Hock, was a huge Apple person. Also, my dad’s a salesman. He sells electronics. My mom’s a nurse. I joke that I got all my good qualities from my mom, my techie qualities from my dad. They’re both great, but I definitely picked up on the fact that my dad was always buying music. He’s a huge audiophile.
2. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE A YOUTUBE SENSATION?
It’s the best college job anybody could ask for. I get to make my own hours, and my success is entirely chosen and decided by myself.
3. WOULD YOU EVER WANT TO WORK FOR APPLE?
That would be a conflict of interest with my YouTube channel, because I talk about rumors and leaks. I’d love to be a consultant for them, though.
4. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU INVOLVED IN AT BRADLEY?
I’m in the Bradley Fellows, where we volunteer. I’m really lucky to be in that. And I work out; I try to take care of myself physically. I can’t just sit at a computer all day.
5. EVER BEEN RECOGNIZED BECAUSE OF YOUR CHANNEL?
Yeah. It doesn’t happen often because 130,000 subscribers is very, very small. I’m like the 80,000th most subscribed YouTube channel in the world. That’s miniscule. That’s what keeps my ego in check.