Our Slice N Rice Story | Trying To Make It As A Creator

Our Slice N Rice Story | Trying To Make It As A Creator

February 8, 2020 32 By Sebastian Fry


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– We want to take you guys from the beginning of the rise of Slice and Rice and just our story together of what it took for us to get to where we are today. – So there’s a lot that
we haven’t talked about, but we would kinda want to take you back to before we even did this. So I guess, where should we start? – We should start by
giving a special shout-out to our homies, Mani and Megan! – Yes! – They are the reason we are making this video right now. They watched the videos and was like, (hands clap)
yo, we love it when you just talk to us. It feels like we in the
room with y’all, man. And I wanna know about this. About your life, and
maybe that can inspire other people, too, so. Make sure y’all put in the comments, Thank you Mani and Megan for this video! Because if we do more, it’s because of them. – Mani actually came to our first ever meet and greet. And we actually bumped into them again at a pho restaurant. So that was kinda cool, we got to kinda like,
talk to them one on one so it was really awesome. We’re super excited to get into
this topic because of them. – Told y’all I was gonna
give y’all a shout out, dog! – (laughing) – Where do we begin? Let’s start when we didn’t
have that much subscribers and we were working our regular jobs. – So I was working at
University of Maryland. And I was a video producer,
kinda making like videos for professors or just
the school in general. – For me, I had three jobs. And I was broke. I was broker than broke. (glass shattering)
I was shattered. – (laughing) – I was (chuckles). – (laughing) No, we’re laughing about it, but that was a really dark time. – Yo, that was. When I look back like, two years. And I talk about this all the time. Two years ago, man, like, I was on the brink of
getting ready to need to apply for food stamps, like. It was rough. I was making a total of like, four hundred dollars a month. I was working in the mall. I was working actually I was doing video for Comcast. And I was working part-time ’cause Glory was like, boy you need some money! And she helped me get a
job working under her. So she was like my little boss, and we was tag-teaming it up. Making videos at the
University of Maryland. – But he was, like, an as-needed basis, so only when we had like big projects, he would come in. – Yeah, and it was rough. It was really rough and
on top of all of that, we were making videos once a week because we lived an hour away from each other. – Yeah, so while I was
out working (laughing), kinda funny that I’m saying this now, I hope no one’s watching
this from my old job, but I literally would
like, any break that I had, like especially lunch breaks, I would edit Slice and Rice videos, or I would like, reply to emails. It was just always on my mind. I was just like, yo, like, this is what I wanna do. I loved my job, but, ya know, like, any time I had down
time, I would just work on Slice and Rice like, at my 9 to 5. Just like, ’cause I knew that’s where I wanted to be. Like, that’s what I wanted to do. I was working so hard and if we had a video that week, which we always did, I feel like I’d work eight hours a day at my day job, and then
I’d come home, eat, and then I’d work eight hours that night. I was like, literally constantly working. – And while you were doing that I was in the streets. – And by the streets
– (laughing) What? – And by the streets, I meant, like, retail, and like talkin’ to customers as they were coming in, like, (classical music)
hey, would you like to buy this shirt? What kind of videos do
you like on YouTube? Hm, maybe we should
emulate this on YouTube. I was trying to figure out what it is that would help us break through. And it was a rough, like,
we’ve been Slice and Rice almost going on six years now. – Dang! – Six years and it took our fifth year before we actually started bringing back how much we were putting into it. Four years of finally seeing growth. So just imagine, out of six years, three straight years, you’re not even passing a thousand views. You don’t have too many subscribers. You seeing your peers
just blow up in your face. – (laughing) – And you’re like looking
at your own content like, what is it? Like, what can we do? – We were struggle-busing. And I, when people like,
ask us how we grow, I feel like it’s discouraging
to say it took us this long because it
did take us kinda like, what would you say? Four, five years? – I’d say four, yeah. – To finally go from zero to a million, but like, some people get that– – Oh, that was five years. – Oh (laughing) Some people get that in
like a year these days. Or like, in a few months. – Three months. – But honestly, that
growth, it was a fun ride and it just took a really long time. But, you can imagine, we didn’t make like, any money for a long time. Like, even when we were
starting to gain subscribers, like, even when we had like, I feel like a hundred
thousand subscribers, we weren’t making like, any money. – It was a lot of drawbacks and it was really hard. Just, there’s a lot that goes into being a couple that primarily just do YouTube all the time. And you can refer back to the older video where we talked about how we almost broke up when we hit a
thousand subscribers. A thousand! We weren’t even getting
fifty, a hundred views at the time and we almost broke up! – Because it was just like, we started to put Slice and Rice over our relationship, which is nah! (dramatic music) – Whoa, what kinda– – That is literally! – Whoa, what kinda, what kinda, what, are you training
to be Mulan right now? – Literally, that’s like the worst thing you could ever do! Is put your job over your relationship. Especially for those of you
who are doing this together, like, mm. (dramatic drumming) That’s not for everyone, man. – Watch it, watch it,
whoa, watch these weapons. – So, it took me a
while for me to mentally wrap my head around being a creator again. And then it’s like, you
watch how God just works in our careers from using
those setbacks in your life, using those hard times to really develop who you are as a person. Develop your skills. You can look at the time
where you’re sitting on the top, or at least
it feels like you’re on the top, and you can be like, I can’t be here without those skills or those experiences that I went through. – Yeah. We had to be so patient. There were literally so many setbacks and like, we make light of it now, but I would say like, Matt, especially, was going, was in a really dark time. – Yeah. – Because I remember there’s one time, it was like, before 2018, we were like, if we don’t get to where we want to be within the next like, three months, we’re not doing Slice and Rice anymore. Right? – Yeah, that was the year, 2017. I was still living with my mom. I love my mom to death. She was like the bread. She took care of me, paid all the rent, paid all the bills, and I wasn’t bring home like, nada. – Yeah. – And it was getting to a
point where it was like, yo, like, I need some help around here. Like, I knew what you
doing, but it’s like, it ain’t really bringing anything back. – Yeah. And you can’t blame, like both
our parents weren’t really. I feel like they, well,
at least my parents. I’ll speak for myself, didn’t really understand like, this whole YouTube thing, you know. So it was just really hard
for them to like, be onboard. It’s just so foreign to them, so, but because I was
doing it on the side, you know, it was fine. But it wasn’t until I
literally approached them, I just had this feeling like, I have to quit my job. Even though I was making such good money, I had a really great job, and anyone would think I
was stupid to leave it. But, I approached them with like, say, I feel like I need to quit. Like, I feel like God
is calling me to quit. And my parents were so against it, like. I don’t know looking back if you can help me decide or not if this was good or bad, but they literally said, just give it one more year. And then like, by the end of the year, like, see how you feel. If you still feel the
same so it’s not impulse. So I actually gave it another year. Do you think that was like… – I mean, I think looking back at it now, I think that it helped by
you giving it one more year, I ended up getting hired
and taking your position. – Oh yeah (laughing) – So it was like, I
started making way more money ’cause you had quit to focus, like, doing more editing
with Slice and Rice, and I was able to like, bring in bread, help around the house so it was like, it ended up working out. – Yeah. – And I was only there for a year. Last year, 2019, is when we officially quit all of our retails
and all of our jobs. – Everything. – To pursue Slice and Rice full-time. And it was like, great. – Yeah, when I went quit too, mind you, he was still
working his like, jobs, and we were not making money on YouTube. Like, we didn’t quit
because we were doing well. We quit, well, okay, I quit because I felt so called to it. Every, all the signs were there. And like, I, we weren’t making any money. I’m telling you, we weren’t making money, so this was like, not
like, the smartest thing to some people. But I felt like it was
the push that we needed ’cause the moment you quit, and you’re like, oh shoot. I’m not making money anymore, like, it makes you like, feel like you really gotta grind. So, I feel like, and I
remember specifically when I quit that day,
we got like three emails of like, brand deals. I remember that. I was like, what! We never get brand deals! (laughing) – Well now we do, we get
tons of brand deals now. But… – It was like a confirming sign from God, like, you did the right thing. Like, you gotta have the
faith before you, you know, you do the actions so I was super proud. – For me, it’s like,
it’s kinda sad to say, like, I measured my value as a man with the amount of money
that I was bringing in. So like, before I got
hired with all those jobs, my value as a man was like, very low because I was like, working retail. There was like people way older than me like, college kids making
more bread than me. I’m working in a mall, I’m doing part-time, freelance stuff with Comcast, and then I’m as-needed basis with her. So once I got her job, and then I started bringing all these all these monties up in here, I was like.
– It was the first time, it was the first time
since we’ve been together you made more money than me. (laughing)
– (chuckling) I know. – It was like, a great feeling because – I mean, the feeling of
not making more money, like, that doesn’t matter to me. But to be able to bring
in more than a thousand dollars a month felt great at the time. And now, like, skipping forward, all of those things
happened, we were doing good, we still weren’t making
a living like Glory said with Slice and Rice. I saw the potential of
where we were headed. Like, our videos were booming. Our subscribers were raising up. And it was at that moment
my grandmother said, and I forget the law that she said, but you can’t have two things
in the same exact place. Physically, it just can’t be there. Like my finger can’t, my left finger can’t be
where my right finger is. It just can’t happen. You have to move one of them out the way. And what I was trying to
do at the time was have, put Slice and Rice, my job there, with my regular job on the same time. – Oooh. – And I couldn’t do it! – Yeah, it was too hard. – It was a certain
amount of time that I had to put in with Slice and Rice, that I was giving to my other job. So we had to make the conscious decision, a lot of prayer, families was scared. – (laughing) – You have no idea how scared. It wasn’t they didn’t even believe in us. – They just didn’t believe
– No yeah. – They don’t understand.
– in the culture of it. – And you can’t even blame them! It’s still a relatively new thing. I mean, more people are
doing it these days, but the average person is not doing this. So like, you can’t even blame them for having like, worries, you know? – And it’s like, only a small percentage of creators on YouTube is making a living just strictly off of video views and just their channels in general. It’s like going and making
it into a professional sport of some sort, like, not everyone’s gonna make it there, you know what I’m saying. Unless you have that drive, unless you’re just trying and putting a lot of time into it. And that’s why I quit my job, I said, (dramatic orchestral music)
we have to do this. And when did it, man,
there was no looking back. And it was in 2019, man,
just everything was booming. I felt like I was fighting for everything. We were getting married that year. – Oh yeah, I remember we had like a budget for our wedding, you know what I mean. And like, we weren’t
making money prior to this, but like our first ever. I’ll never forget our first paycheck. Man, like, it was almost
like exactly the amount that we had wanted as our
budget for our wedding and stuff. And it was just so God-sent, like, everything and it’s timing
happened so perfectly. I’ll never forget that
first paycheck we got. – I know, man. I’m gonna cry. I mean, talk about how broke I was when I was working at college, I got a check for fifty bucks. And I started crying.
– He started crying. I had a video of it, I
don’t have it anymore. – Whoa, whoa, why would you – (laughing) – Look at him cry, look at him cry. – No! He got a check for fifty dollars, and he had never been so, he was crying like tears of joy and I’m just like, just Snapchatting you, lke, he’s really happy. – Yo, it was rough man. It was rough. So like, every day, like, no lie, every day I would wake up, with a gracious, grateful heart, but then also fear of not
utilizing the platform properly what God like, hooked us up with. ‘Cause I don’t want Him to take it away. – Yeah. – But I am so like, blessed and happy. Like, I never dreamed of being in a position that we are in right now. – I do want to say one thing though that was a
little bit troubling for me. Especially before we met
up, or we saw Mani and Megan and had this like, conversation. I was going through this
lack of motivation thing because for the past like, few months, we had gotten to a million subscribers, like, we got married. All this like, big stuff
happened literally all at once. And like, we had worked so hard. I feel like as a creator, especially if you’re on YouTube, or on Facebook, like, you work so hard especially for that one
million subscriber like number. I mean, it’s just not you’re
only working for that, but that kinda like
makes you feel so good. And so like, once we
hit it, we got married. And I just feel like my motivation to keep working as hard as I
was when we didn’t have money, when we didn’t have those things, was starting to like, go down a lot. And it was to the point
where actually, like, I would wake up and I
wouldn’t wanna do anything. I was content like, just being in bed, being lazy, and I just, I really hated it. I don’t like this mindset
of having to like, you wanna get somewhere,
and then once you get it, you’re like, now what? You know, like I hated that. And like, thank God for Matt like, and just like, the
community that I have. I have this like, amazing,
wonderful community, I have to shout them out! 9.5 grain rice, you know who you are! But, yeah, I have like
this group of people that are creators basically on Instagram. I have this group on Facebook. I ask people for prayer. And I feel like I’m
finally motivated again. It’s not like we have
to work for something. If we’re making videos that we’re proud of and that are effective to other people, and again meeting Mani and Megan made me realize that it’s not about that, it’s about, like, I don’t know. Being someone’s you know what I’m saying? – Like, like temporary joy. – Yeah! – Like, you guys really
inspire us to do this and it breaks our heart when we miss a upload day
– Yeah. – Because you look forward to our content because it helps get you through the day. It helps you look forward to specific days in a week and stuff. Like your favorite TV show or an album that you’ve been anticipating. And this was a fun video for us. It’s very therapeutic when we make these videos because it helps us like, reflect on life and just things. And if you’re a creator out there, or if you have dreams just in general, or if you wanna be a doctor or if you wanna have your own business, all of those things. Yo, rejoice in those hard moments. – Yeah! – And just know that.
– Come up. – Exactly. And a come up. Appreciate these hard moments because it’s building your character, you might not see it now, but later when you’re successful, you’ll look back and be like, that is why that happened. – And you’re gonna miss it. Trust me. You’re gonna miss the come up.
– Oh, I don’t (mumbling) – (laughing) – Not no four hundred dollars a month. No! – I mean, like, I just meant
people that are like not where they want to be yet
’cause they’re grinding. And it’s just fun like,
when you look back. – No, the grinding is fun. You just gotta re-route that
same drive to other aspects. And if you guys want to hear about like the strategies that we took to grow to a million and what we did. Let us know for a future video and also let us know in the comments what you want us to talk to y’all about. And we are dropping another video this Saturday as always.
– Yeah! – That one’s gonna be a little more funny. We ain’t gonna tell you what it is. So make sure y’all follow us on Instagram to see updates and subscribe. – Yes. We hope you guys
enjoyed this talking video. We’re gonna do these
every week, all right. So give us some topics
you wanna (mumbles). – Does that mean two videos a week? (dramatic music) We’ll try. – (laughing) – No promises.
– No promises. – Alright, as always. I got the slice. – I got the rice. (chanting) (whooshing)