Olan Rogers is a film-maker, photographer, comedian and Youtuber from Tennessee. Olan started off by telling stories but has been rising in YouTube fame for his mini-series: The Last Scene, Pop Rocket and New Prime. He has around 730’000 subscribers and his most famous video, “GHOST IN THE STALLS” has over 10 million views as of writing this article.
Aside from being one of my favorite youtubers, he’s a selfless and kind man…He embraces all life’s opportunities and is always looking out for others. Did I mention he actually owns a store? Oh, yes he does, and it’s called The Sola Parlor. Aside from drinks, you can buy merchandise, but it’s designed for friends and fans to hang out with comfortable seating, a patio and even an arcade (…and free wi-fi).
“The idea originated from Rogers’ experience with YouTube and a wish to keep his channel on the platform advertisement free. Rogers felt that his audience came to YouTube to see video, not paid ads. At The Soda Parlor, he has similar ideals for customers who want to experience what Rogers believes is his most important value, authenticity. Rogers wants his online and offline audience to be included, treated with respect, and interactive with a brand that stands for independence, organic growth, authenticity and inclusiveness.“People will support you if you treat them with respect,” he said.”
Not only that, but Olan also launched a tour across the US called “Eat a Slide with Me” to share pizza and meet people. For free (as always). Here’s the video about it.
I really recommend you watch the Sola Parlor Documentary below; it’s heartfelt and sincere and just brought tears to my eyes.
“I hope those of you that are feeling discourage right now know that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Even if it’s a national wide pizza party tour. You can do it. My parents, at a very early age, planted the idea in my head that I can be anything that I wanted to be. Anything. I mean, what a crazy thing to say to a kid. So many possibilities waiting to be turned to action. There was no limit but you have to want it. You have to want it. It may take years! It may take years. You might ask yourself ’What if I don’t get there?’. Doesn’t exist. There will be people that will say ’You can’t make a living out of this. You can’t make a living out of something that you love to do.’ But are you really living by not doing it? You are never too young, you’re never too old to start. I had a guy look at me and say that I would never make it in this business because I didn’t have the drive for it. I’m not the most popular Youtuber, I’m not a famous director. I have never got first place in anything that I have ever done, ever. Ever! I’ve been arrested for filming twice. I’ve lived with $20 in my account, between jobs, and I could only eat once per day until I got my other job. I do it because I love it. I love it. I love every aspect and I’m not gonna let anybody tell me what I can’t do. Neither should you.”
“What can I say about the whole experience? Push through. It’s not going to be easy. It’s never meant to be easy and a lot of times, the right way is never the easy way. And without a dream, there is no direction, there’s no aim, there’s no fixed point to sail to. You kinda get lost and you just kinda wander about. And there may be a point where that dream takes a backseat for a little while – you know, don’t throw it out completely. Don’t throw it out, keep it. Always keep it. I guarantee you, you’ll ask yourself is this all worth it. I’ve asked myself that more than I care to even mention; and if the answer is yes, you have to keep going. The world will feel like it’s out to get you and that’s because the world isn’t a nice place but that doesn’t mean we can’t be nice. And with a bit of charm, maybe we can make it a little bit nicer.”