Most of us have joked around during the movie previews at the cinema and tried to imitate the deepy, overly dramatic narrator’s voice (especially if it’s icon Morgan Freeman). But the majority of us are also embarrassingly bad at our attempts. That’s okay though, because we have Mebane, North Carolina teen Jake Foushee for our entertainment. At 17, he is already well on his way to making an online impact as deep as his trademark manipulated voice.
Whether you catch Jake enjoying a snow cone at his favorite hometown place, Pelican’s SnoBalls (“I probably go there at least once a day,” he jokes) or around on the Internet, he’s easily identifiable for at least one thing: that voice. Flash back to sixth grade when Foushee went to see a “Transformers” movie with his dad, only to mimic the characters and discover his odd talent. He’s put the skill to good use, with voice over spots for networks like ESPN and Nickelodeon, and he recently reached the impressive 1 million followers mark on Vine. Maybe he will be the second coming of Morgan Freeman.
“It’s crazy,” he said, “It’s a good feeling knowing that at least someone out there enjoys watching me mess around with my grandpa in a six second video.” Having only a fleeting moment to earn some laughs could be difficult, but his sharpness and wit makes it truly comical rather than kitschy. Whether it is featuring his adorable grandparents or showing off his Optimus Prime-Morgan Freeman hybrid voice in a bit of a parody while surrounded by some of his pals, he guarantees laughs.
“My Vines aren’t usually planned,” he said, “I just kind of hit record and do something and hope for the best.”
MoonwalkHD, Foushee’s personal YouTube channel has voiceover videos and his love for Taco Bell. Because one channel is never enough, he is also part of the collaborative channel Our Pizza Gang. Along with Christian Collins, Crawford Collins, Alex Ernst, Justin Escalona, Zach Lilley and Hudson Luthringhausen, the guys make weekly videos for their 160,000 subscribers. To catch the vibe of the channel, listen to Foushee’s description: “OPG was formed by the pizza gods when they wanted each of us to fulfill a destiny. We’re hoping to please the gods and get the ultimate reward: unlimited pizza.”
His social media presence has allowed him numerous opportunities to do more and more travelling and meeting amazing people.
“Everyone is naturally close to each other,” he says of YouTubers, “it’s a fun community of people who all have similar goals, but we all do our own weird thing.”
At his recent trip to Playlist Live, he and fellow pizza gang member Hudson were a little mischievous and got into a bit trouble that involved falling and shattering a glass table in the main lobby. Oops. Rest assured, his beautiful face was not harmed in the incident.
With followers growing exponentially, more people are listening. He knows this, and it’s why he most likely won’t be getting on his soapbox anytime soon. “[That’s] why I usually only post things about the big issues in our society, like what I want for dinner and how tired I always am,” he quips.
But if there is one thing Jake wants his viewers to hear, it’s about the importance of happiness. “No matter what you do in life, it’s not worth it unless it’ll make you happy,” he said, “Life’s too short to dwell on the negatives.”
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