Jared Frank, the Regina man who became an Internet sensation after posting a video selfie where he was kicked in the head by a conductor on a passing train, continues to enjoy some celebrity from his YouTube hit — and a modest financial windfall.
"It was extremely overwhelming at first," Frank said about the intense interest his video sparked when he added it to YouTube in April.
- Jared Frank's selfie of head kick from train makes him YouTube star
Within days he was doing media interviews with local and international news organizations, including The Queen Latifah Show and Good Morning America.
"They were all really fun. There wasn't one bad interview," he said. "They were all great experiences."
Frank was even lined up to do an interview Wednesday night for a major television station in Japan.
"That's pretty exciting," Frank told CBC News ahead of that interview.
Not revealing exact revenue figures
Frank also made an agreement with a California-based agency, Jukin Media, to earn some money from his video.
"I haven't been releasing any information in terms of exactly how much I made," Frank said, even before he was asked "How much?"
He did allow that his first cheque was enough to cover the trip to Peru where the head kick video was made. That excursion, earlier this year, cost several thousand dollars.
Frank said it is likely his video has reached a peak of views, around 35 million at last count, and he is not expecting significant payments into the future.
He also learned that because his video was so short — just 11 seconds — it was not possible to insert paid commercials ahead of a view. Frank said paid advertising associated with a YouTube view generates the greatest amount of revenue for the rights holder.
"You're not going to watch a 30-second ad before an 11-second video, so because of that I lost out on a lot of the higher end of [revenues]," he said.
He also revealed that, even though it appeared he had received a substantial knock on the head, it didn't hurt.
"It did not hurt. Not even a little bit," he said. "I was in shock more than I was in pain because I didn't see the train coming."
Would love to meet the man from the train
Frank also said he doesn't have a problem with the person on the passing train who gave him the boot.
"If I found him, I would take him out for a drink," he said. "He's changed my life."
Frank said he is still keen on travel and hopes to make another trek, soon.
"Maybe one more big trip — with hopefully less kicks to the head," he said.