Tyler man dancing with drone good points million of followers, makes TikTok’s most favored movies | Information
With the swing of his hips and a flying drone, Tyler-born and UT Tyler graduate David Allen has become a TikTok superstar with over six million followers. His creative videos have drawn the attention of celebrities like singer Jason Derulo and television personality Dr. Phil won.
The video, which went viral this summer, garnered 37.4 million likes and played over 233 million times on Allen’s @totouchanemu account.
His TikTok, titled “Stay”, features Allen, 32, watching a content creator dance in a humorous way to the song “Stay” by Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI.
In the video, Allen is surprised by the number of likes the video received and the dance moves, and is re-recording his version, but with the addition of a drone that he often uses in other TikToks.
The camera circles around him, dancing and swinging his hips, while the feel-good music is playing in the background.
Allen’s goal with his latest series of TikTok videos is to encourage others to go with the flow and not care about what people think.
“When I film the TikToks, people look and laugh a lot because I’m a guy on Venice Beach with jeans and boots and a button-down shirt dancing my sand in the sand,” he said. “It would be pretty easy to be ashamed of yourself, but I think it just comes with age, but I don’t care. I just think, yeah, maybe I look ridiculous, that’s great. People will think what they think. ”
Since the first video was released in late July, Allen has recreated the video several times in a variety of locations including Los Angeles and Austin, working with Derulo and Filipino-American social media personality and singer Bella Poarch.
Recently, Dr. Phil McGraw, known for the talk show “Dr. Phil”, Allen’s dance moves and drone videos on his own TikTok account.
“It was shocking and very cool and surreal. I don’t watch TV even during the day. But everyone knows Dr. Phil, ”said Allen.
After seeing the video of Dr. After seeing Phil, Allen made a TikTok reaction video showing his excitement.
Allen said it was surreal for these celebrities and big names to turn to him.
“It feels like a movie. Instead of questioning it and arguing with him, I decided to go along with it, ”he said.
The opportunities arise from Allen’s availability. He said every time someone gets in touch, he writes back and the rest is history.
“If my TikToks were doing pretty well, I would sure need someone to help me build collaborations, but TikTok is doing so well that people are reaching out to me. I didn’t mean to, I didn’t really want to, but they got in touch and I’m open to it, ”he said, adding that he was open-minded and willing to share his time.
Like many other YouTubers, Allen started posting last year when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Its original goal wasn’t to go viral. In fact, he hadn’t posted for a while when his inspiration rose and fell. He decided to step back as a content creator and started using the app as a consumer to see if he could learn new trends or techniques.
Allen said he posted content with little effort and was lazy, even though he still had 500,000 followers.
“I went to TikTok and saw Max Taylor Lifts and the video popped up on my feed,” said Allen.
Most of the comments on Allen’s video say that it is “a vibe” and that they like it.
“I don’t think I’m necessarily funny. When on TikTok you will see so many great creators who are like the funniest people you have ever seen. I’m not funny compared to these people. I can tell a good story visually, but I don’t think I’m funny, ”Allen said.
He said his TikTok name came from a photo of him as a child that pointed to an emu who used to walk around a friend’s house. This photo inspired his Xbox screen name and the nickname stuck for TikTok.
Before Allen went viral with the “Stay” TikTok, Allen had loads of likes and views for a humorous video about washing rice before cooking. Allen makes a joke of the cooking tip by pretending to wash rice with dish soap.
“It’s very tongue and cheek. It shouldn’t be disrespectful to anyone. It’s just funny and this one got around 200,000 likes, ”Allen said.
He graduated from UT Tyler with a degree in chemistry in 2017. Allen has his own photography business, David C. Allen Photography. He has been taking wedding photos for eight to nine years.
He visits Tyler often for work and to see his family, and says he always stops by the Foundry Coffee House in downtown Tyler.
Today Allen lives in Austin with his girlfriend and dog, with whom he occasionally does TikToks. He works full time in his photo shop. He’s working on making connections with TikTok and social media and hopes to transition into videography, model or product photography.
Zak Wellerman contributed to this report.