Sometimes he vlogs about nothing more than a bad meal at Chipotle. Other times he's offering teens guidance on coming out. But the affable 26-year-old online diarist with the sometimes blue, sometimes blond pompadour has 7 million YouTube subscribers logging nearly 500 million views. Since moving from San Francisco to L.A. in 2013, his mainstream profile has been surging, too, with appearances on Ellen and a gig covering the Grammys red carpet. His work to prevent suicide among LGBT youth also has earned him kudos; he visited the White House in 2014.

Craziest interaction with a fan: "When Ellen DeGeneres tweeted me saying she was a fan. It may not have been crazy on her part, but I definitely went bonkers."