Next up in our Creator Spotlight series is @justthenobodys, a podcasting duo made up of two brothers, Ryan and Daniel Omoto. On their podcast they discuss pop culture, science, and everything in between, with a goal of building more Asian representation. Just The Nobodys represents not having to be a “somebody” to make a difference in the world, and their platform showcases family friendly content inclusive to all races and communities.
What does it mean to you to be part of the API community?
It's about being a part of a community that feels like family, celebrating life, achievements, food, rising above adversity, and much more. It is empowering knowing where we came from. Our ancestors, grandparents, and parents had to endure and sacrifice a great deal for us to have an opportunity to be successful and live out our American Dream. Those of us in the API community have shared experiences. We have all faced adversity and hardships that only minorities have experienced. Our grandparents were placed in internment camps. They were American citizens, yet stripped of everything they had because of the color of their skin. They came out of the camps with nothing and had to start anew. Their sacrifice, grit, and perseverance has always motivated us to give 100% in our content making. We want to represent the API community in a positive way and honor our ancestors that rose above their circumstances and discrimination.
How has the TikTok community inspired you?
TikTok has inspired and motivated us by seeing diverse communities around the world have success on the app. Knowing that we're able to express our passions and interests freely is empowering. It's a space where people can bond over shared experiences and viral challenges, be advocates for their communities, raise awareness around specific causes, build stronger connections and create lasting memories. As influencers, we feel empowered and supported. Specifically, the For You Page has been an appreciable feature highlighting all people to be heard and seen around the world. TikTok has truly built an inclusive platform reflective of the diverse world we live in.
What is your favorite TikTok video that you've created and why?
Our favorite video is one where we talked about Squid Game. This video means a great deal to us because Squid Game became a global phenomenon and the biggest show of 2021. Furthermore, it showcased an all-Asian cast that is paving the way for future generations and representing the Asian community in the entertainment industry. It was a dream come true to be able to talk about the biggest show of the year and support the API community at the same time. It encompassed everything that we stand for by not only exhibiting inclusion, but also featuring Asian representation, which allowed us to discuss pop culture. Having the two intertwined is rare.
What are some of your passions on and off of TikTok?
Ryan: My hobbies include golfing and music (guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele). I recently graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's in Fire Science and I am a licensed EMT. One of my passions is to serve my community. I am also in the process of obtaining a Private Pilot's License to expand my horizons. I would like to create more content by traveling. I enjoy watching movies and television shows. My utmost passion, though, is creating content on TikTok with my brother, Daniel.
Daniel: My hobbies include basketball, golfing and playing video games. I also enjoy playing guitar and bass. I am currently obtaining my Bachelor's in Healthcare Management at California State University, Dominguez Hills. I love watching movies and binge watching streaming shows. Having the opportunity to discuss our passions and interests on TikTok has been one of the greatest shared experiences alongside my brother, Ryan.
What is your dream opportunity?
We'd love to have our own interactive talk show where we showcase other API creators and others around the world. We want to create a fun and entertaining space where individuals can learn from guests that work in interesting fields and share their personal experiences. We want to be advocates for equality and diversity and give everyone an opportunity to be heard and seen.
What advice do you have for other podcasters who are just starting out?
Post on TikTok to showcase your passion. Have something to discuss that you're passionate about and it will drive followers. People gravitate to our TikTok and podcast because we're genuinely excited about the topics we're discussing.