Merritt truck driver discovering fame on TikTok with insights into his life and work
A truck driver from Merritt, BC, became famous online by posting videos of his adventures as a lumberjack trucker on TikTok.
Chace Barber started sharing videos on the popular social media app about a year ago and has garnered nearly 400,000 followers since then.
“I’ll be honest, I have no idea how I got so many followers,” Barber told CBC’s Daybreak South on Tuesday.
“I’ve only filmed what’s on my mind, and often what’s on my mind is really stupid. And apparently people like that. “
While his videos are mostly about his job driving a lumberjack, Barber also gives a light-hearted glimpse into his life by introducing Cedar, his pup, and mate, and even posting some dance videos.
“I really love driving trucks, so I’m trying to share a little of my passion for this industry through TikTok,” he said.
But it’s not all fun and games. Barber also addresses a few topics on his channel that are important to him, such as his thoughts on the wood industry.
“I’m sure this will be a controversial opinion for someone in the wood industry,” he says in one of his videos. “They are currently harvesting leaves that are up to 1,200 years old on Vancouver Island, and I can only think of why? Why do we have to cut these trees down? . “
Barber’s videos have garnered a total of 7.4 million likes. He says it was all worth it because he was able to connect with people he would not otherwise have met.
“The advantage of being popular with TikTok is that you get in touch with a lot of other TikTok creators. I’ve met people from all over the world who I consider close friends: Scotland, Australia, South America, South Africa. It’s just cool, ”he said.
Barber says he will continue to share his passion as long as his videos keep making people smile.
“I have absolutely no goals for my TikTok,” he said. “If I can make a few people laugh or entertain a few people, that’s all that matters.”