Joey Graceffa Biography
Joey Graceffa was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the son of Debbie O'Connor and Joe Graceffa. He has two siblings, a sister named Nicole and a brother named Jett. He graduated from Marlborough High School in 2009. Graceffa attended Fitchburg State College intending to major in film, but he found it a lonely experience and left after one year. Soon afterwards he moved to Los Angeles.
At age 16, Graceffa began uploading videos to YouTube on a channel known as WinterSpringPro, with his high school classmate and friend Brittany Joyal. In 2009, he started posting videos on his own channel, called JoeyGraceffa. He posts daily vlogs on his channel. As of May 2015, Graceffa had over four million subscribers and more than 400 million total Youtube views on his main YouTube channel and, on a second YouTube channel focusing on his gaming, he had more than one million subscribers and more than 100 million views, for a total of more than 600 million views. He also has more than two million Twitter followers.
In 2013, Graceffa and fellow YouTube personality Meghan Camarena were contestants on The Amazing Race 22. The two made it to the tenth leg before being eliminated. Graceffa told an interviewer that "There were a lot of bad times but it was definitely good overall. It was an amazing experience, and I'd love to do it again." The two later teamed up again to compete in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
In late 2013 and early 2014, Graceffa starred in his own web series titled Storytellers. Also in late 2013, Graceffa joined the StyleHaul YouTube network. In 2014, Graceffa starred in his own short film titled Eon. The same year Graceffa also started in Ethereal alongside Joey Pollari. Throughout 2012 to 2014, Graceffa was in various BlackBoxTV short films. He was also a part of Fine Brothers online series MyMusic throughout 2013 and 2014. Graceffa was nominated for two awards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. He was also nominated for and won "Best Actor in a Drama" at the 2014 Streamy Awards, for his portrayal of Hunter Crowley in Storytellers. Graceffa was named by Common Sense Media as one of "10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love".
In March 2015, Graceffa starred in an episode of the CONtv reality television project Fight of the Living Dead, created by fellow YouTube personality Justine Ezarik.
On May 16, 2015 Graceffa released a music video titled "Don't Wait" that was widely distributed on Twitter and other media to broadly positive comment. It tells a fantasy fairytale story that "features goblins, a witch and, of course, a prince who turns out to be Graceffa's love interest." The video ends with Graceffa, dressed as a prince, kissing the male co-lead. Graceffa confirmed on YouTube soon afterwards that he is gay.
On May 19, 2015, Graceffa is releasing a memoir titled In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, under the Keywords Press imprint of Simon & Schuster.
In October of 2013, Graceffa uploaded a vlog in which he reported his blue Prius was missing. A few days later, comedian Nate Clark uploaded a video to YouTube, which went viral, claiming that he had Graceffa's car towed because it was blocking most of his driveway.