YouTuber, boxer & influencer Alex Wassabi looks back at his rise on YouTube, before he had 12M+ social media followers. Through his parents sacrifices and migration from the Philippines, he’s been able to accomplish his dreams and also give back to the family that help make him the man he is today. He details of his memorable trips to the Philippines and the process of how boxing brought him back to YouTube after taking a hiatus to focus on his mental health& overcoming burnout. His parents, the Burriss’ provide commentary on Alex’s inspirational story and why they are proud of him, currently living in a home that he helped buy for them in North Carolina.
Watch the FULL EPISODE HERE of this special Asian Pacific America History Month edition of “Making it in America” sponsored by McDonald’s, highlighting the next generation of leaders making history in America and the trailer below:
ABOUT ALEX WASSABI:
Alex Wassabi, also known as Alex or Alexander Burriss, is a YouTube star who runs a comedy based channel called Wassabi Productions and his very own vlogging channel named after him. Alex Burriss was born in Great Falls, Montana, U.S. When he reached the age of 1, Alex moved to Kentucky with his family and lived there for the first half of his childhood. Eventually, he moved again to North Carolina, U.S. when he was in fifth grade. Growing up, Alex was the class clown; he wanted to make people happy. He was very interested in basketball, that he participated in the Local Leagues for 6 years until he went to high school.
In Middle school, Alex was diagnosed with ADHD, which meant that it was hard for him to pay attention in class without getting distracted. However, he usually pays attention only to topics that he’s interested in. After college, he moved to Los Angeles, California as a part of being a YouTuber.
Alex has a big family of 6: his mother, his father, his older brother Aaron, his younger brother Andrew, his sister Mariah, and himself.
Alex recently became a winning boxer, a moment he had described as a “dream that actually came true,” he mentioned he will use the earnings to help put his brother through college. He writes on his YouTube, “I can’t thank you all enough for the support and love throughout it all. You gave me the best experience of my life. I love each and every one of you!”
Stay tuned for more to come from Alex Wassabi.
ABOUT “MAKING IT IN…”
Making it in… is a new MYX & TFC original series that follows the multigenerational journey of migrant families that have created top Filipino entrepreneurs, artists, leaders in various parts of the world like America, Canada, the Philippines, Europe and beyond.
Featured talent include but not limited to:
Ez Mil, Asia Jackson, Alex Wassabi, Rechie Valdez, Keith Pedro, Nelita V., Chef Vallerie & many more.
Asia Jackson is a talented actress, producer, content creator & activist that represents everything good the next generation has to offer. Watch her full “Making it in America” episode as she takes us through her inspiring story as a Filipina and Black creative in the world of entertainment and media. See how Asia tackled colorism with the creation of #MagandangMorenx, watch her get vulnerable as she talks about the importance of mental health, and get a look into the business behind the influence that all started with the ongoing support of her parents. Currently a Long Beach, CA resident, as an Air Force brat, she had moved nine times around the world by the time she was thirteen. She spent two years of her elementary studies in Tokyo, Japan as well as Baguio City, Philippines. She discovered her passion for modeling and acting while attending college for computer science.
Watch the original MYX series “Making it in America” special Asia Jackson episode, presented by McDonald’s in celebration of young leaders making history during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, watch the full episode HERE and the trailer below:
ABOUT ASIA JACKSON:
Asia Jackson is an actress, entrepreneur, content creator & activist based in Los Angeles, CA. She is of African-American and Filipino descent. An Air Force brat, Asia moved from California to Mississippi when she was just two weeks old. Since then, she’d moved nine times around the world by the time she was thirteen. She spent two years of her elementary studies in Tokyo, Japan as well as Baguio City, Philippines. She discovered her passion for modeling and acting while attending college for computer science.
ABOUT MAKING IT IN AMERICA:
“Making it in…” is a new MYX & TFC original series that follows the multigenerational journey of migrant families that have created top Filipino entrepreneurs, artists, leaders in various parts of the world like America, Canada, the Philippines, Europe and beyond.
Featured talent include but not limited to:
Asia Jackson, Alex Wassabi, Ez Mil, Rechie Valdez, Keith Pedro, Nelita V., Chef Vallerie & many more.
Critically acclaimed artist/musician Ez Mil was born in Olongapo City, Philippines before migrating to the United States as a teenager. He recently went viral, performing “Panalo,” on the Wish USA bus. The memorable performance has garnered over 62 million views on YouTube, and has caught the viral attention of the YouTuber reaction community worldwide. Since then, he has signed with Virgin Music and continuing to make an impact in the industry with his many talents in writing, producing, directing, dancing and playing several instruments.
Follow along as Ez as well as his mother, Hazel Miller, who is also his FFP Records and Management Co-Manager, give us a behind-the-scenes look into his early life. From his humble beginnings making music in his bedroom, to performing on television with GRAMMY award-winning band 1500 or Nothin, to producing his own virtual concert watched by thousands, discover how EZ Mil is striving in America while never forgetting and always representing where he came from.
Watch Ez’s “Making it in America” full episode below:
Making it in America is a new MYX original series that follows the multigenerational, challenging journey of successful Filipino entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities & influencers. The story documents the sacrifice and immigration of their parents & friends from the Philippines that worked hard to help raise them and kickstart their careers. The theme of the show was inspired by Guapdad 4000’s “I’m just trying to make it in America,” lyric from his song “Chicken Adobo,” produced by !llmind.
Making it in America Team:
Executive Producer: Roslynn Alba Cobarrubias
Writer & Producer: Nino Llanera
Director of Photography: Christopher Henley
Editor: Jon Santos
Los Angeles Line Producer: Deji Bankole
Camera Operators: Christian Hoffman & Eric Smith
Las Vegas Line Producers: Jayar “Left-Eye” Tolentino, TNES Madolora, Twopas
Watch & share the Ez Mil “Making it in America” Trailer below:
Special Thanks: Wish USA & Wish 107.5
YouTube Reactors: Waleska Herrera, Music Game News, Bubs and Doe, Glasses Kingdom, Albert and Cynthia, Gabi S, Realist, RT TV & Scru Face Jean
“Chicken Adobo” by Guapdad 4000 & !llmind is available on all streaming platforms.
With Ez’s biggest influences as Chris Brown and Eminem; The music that he writes and releases usually hit closer to his real life and are less theatrical than his heavy and destruction-driven metal music, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of his passion to deliver a solid experience to whomever takes a listen.
Hailing from the 2200; at the 27th of July, 1998, EZ was born a Filipino, half Caucasian in Olongapo City, Philippines. Born into parents that were tearing it up in the nation’s local Rock & Roll scene, that city was his place of birth and where he was raised. As the norm of rebellion from over-exposure, instead of Rock, Hip-Hop / Rap was the first musical genre he fell in love with. Then as he grew up, being exposed to the peek of R&B / Pop infused with Hip-Hop.
Chris Brown & Eminem’s music and dancing became the first obsession for Ez’s childhood self-expression, with there being a point where it was only Chris Brown songs and videos as his choice of entertainment. But from that obsession, brew his practice on the basics of vocal athleticism because of Brown’s songs, and led to the love for dancing; which led him to another obsession for the Jabbawockeez. Having him diversify his dancing style from Krump, Michael Jackson, Pop n’ Lock, Isolation (robotic dance subgenre), and a little bit of B-Boy.
But as any child who grows out of certain obsession phases, Ez was far unlike those children. For anything he falls in love with and obsesses over, he will for the rest of his life. Up to now, Ez Mil keeps stacking up on things that he loves to do, and no one has, or ever will keep him in one box. From musical genres in his music, producing, dancing, skateboarding, illustrative art, and many more. He has amassed 63M+ international viral views for his “Panalo” performance on the Wish Bus as well as been critically acclaimed for his appearances on Power 106’s “On the 8th,” ASAP Natin To & his own KTX virtual concert.
For more follow: @ezekielmiller, featured photo by Sthanlee Mirador.
Isaiah Dacio Jr. better known as DJ Icy Ice was born and raised in Carson California. In this episode of ‘Making It In America,” follow along as DJ Icy Ice and his immigrant parents from the Philippines, recollect Ice’s journey and see how their hard work and sacrifice paved the way for his success as a current member of the world famous @thebeatjunkies & @snapback_live crew. He is a “legend” in the community for co-creating the blueprint for nightlife promotions and DJing within the Filipino community with Legend Ent. and has a strong community of thousands of fans behind him called the “Ice Pack,” that watch him stream daily on Twitch. Watch the full episode below:
MYX hosted a special sold-out screening of the episode on Thursday, August 12 at Keepers in DTLA, owned by Filipino entrepreneur & DJ Jay-P. Watch the highlights of the event below:
See the photos featuring DJ Curse, DJ E-Man, Nico Blitz, DJ Remark, Gene Hov & many more by celebrity photographer, Sthanlee B. Mirador, on MYX Global’s Facebook.
Ice began playing violin in kindergarten and was surrounded by music at a very young age, a middle school dance sparked his passion for wanting to become a DJ. With his parent’s support, they bought him the first half of a Technique turntable set, and Ice and his friends did odd jobs around the neighborhood to save up for the other half. As Ice continued to hone his craft he was met with the challenges of the early 90s which included gang violence, but he stayed focused and became one of the first Filipino American DJs alongside DJ E-man to make it on terrestrial radio in Los Angeles, one of the country’s leading & toughest to get into markets.
Watch the trailer below and on MYX on 8/16 at 7P PDT (8/15 at 10A Manila). Check your local cable TV listings for MYX, or watch online at www.myx.global/livetv.
For more follow: @djicyice
Making it in America is a new MYX original series that follows the multigenerational, challenging journey of successful Filipino entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities & influencers. The story documents the sacrifice and immigration of their parents & friends from the Philippines that worked hard to help raise them and kickstart their careers. The theme of the show hopes to motivate young creatives to pursue their dreams, inspired by Guapdad 4000’s “I’m just trying to make it in America,” lyric from his song “Chicken Adobo,” produced by !llmind.
Executive Producer: Roslynn Alba Cobarrubias @roslynnc
Director/Writer: Nino Llanera @ninollanera
Editor: Jeremiah Ysip
DP & Cinematographer: Eric Smith @tex.es
Drone Operator: Michael Cruz
DJ Icy Ice “Making it in America” TV Episode Screening at Keepers in Los Angeles, CA
ABOUT DJ ICY ICE:
As an original member of the World Famous Beat Junkies, DJ Icy Ice has amassed a resume that includes nearly two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the US, Australia, China, Canada, Dubai, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and more.
He has also been the exclusive party DJ for Manny Pacquiao, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, NBA All-Star Games, The Democratic National Convention After Party, The Magic Convention, SEMA, LA Fashion Week, X-Games, and hundreds of other corporate and private events. Icy Ice is universal across the DJ spectrum spinning for LA’s top-rated radio station, Power 106, to hosting music TV shows, to appearing in movies, to owning multiple retail shops and music websites – StacksTV.net, ExclusiveGrooves.com and TurntableU.com.
Icy Ice is currently featured as a DJ & Video Mixer on LA’s top-rated radio station, Power 106 as well as doing mixes for Wave 891 in Manila. His mixes are also heard weekly by tens of millions throughout the US and the Philippines via syndication on Superadio. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding the exposure of, “Visual Turntablism,” through a variety of high profile online platforms and can be seen live every Tuesday at StacksTV.net and BReal.TV (Cypress Hill’s online channel).
Icy Ice’s accomplishments include spinning for acclaimed radio stations such as KKBT 92.3 The Beat, 93.5 KDAY, Divine Forces Radio on 90.7 KPFK, and Movin 93.9 FM with Rick Dees in the Morning. Icy Ice has been the resident DJ for Guerilla Union’s “Rock The Bells” Music Festivals and toured as the DJ for legendary Hip Hop artist, KRS-One. A renowned turntablist, entrepreneur and elite party rocker, DJ Icy Ice continues to push the boundaries into the future.
Chef Vallerie was born in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, in her Grandfather’s Bakery. At an early age, her parents migrated to the United States in hopes for better opportunities, and later brought Chef Val to the states to raise her in Hawaii once a foundation had been built. A late start to her career has not stopped her from reaching the top. She began her career as a Pastry Chef and, in just a span of a few years, has become the first Yamashiro female Executive Chef at premiere Hollywood restaurant to the stars like Bruno Mars, Michael B. Jordan, H.E.R., Apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) and many more.
Her gracious hospitality and her seasoned palate have created a new renaissance for this famed Hollywood establishment. Follow along as Chef Vallerie and her parents, Christopher and Elo Castillio, reflect on the early years of migrating to America in search of greater opportunities. See the photos from the Hollywood screening at Yamarshiro’s, hosted by Chef Vallerie here on our MYX Global Facebook with Patrick Starrr, Robin Nievera, JayR, Mica, Princess Punzalan, Manny Streetz, DJ Flict, G Tongi and many more.
Making it in America is a new MYX original series that follows the multigenerational, challenging journey of successful Filipino American entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities & influencers. The story documents the sacrifice and immigration of their parents & friends from the Philippines that worked hard to help raise them and kickstart their careers.
Watch the full “Making it in Ameirca” Ep.1 episode below:
For more follow: @chefvallerie
Making it in America Production Credits:
Executive Producer: Roslynn Alba Cobarrubias
Director / Writer: Nino Llanera
Editor: Jon Santos
Cinematographers: Brian Bautista (Hawaii) & Eric Smith (Los Angeles)
Director of Photography: Jordan Martin
Featured Cover Photo: Sthanlee Mirador
Special Thanks: Chef Vallerie & Yamashiro Staff
Watch the “Making it in America” trailer below: