Colleen Ballinger has recently been in the limelight as the pregnant woman in Ariana Grande’s record-setting music video – Thank you, but she has a career that extends far beyond her appearance in the music video, having spent over a decade in the entertainment industry. Like many people did when YouTube came online, Colleen Ballinger built her career on the platform, creating the channel, Miranda Sings. Today, the channel has over 10 million subscribers with over 1.8 billion views. While she took advantage of the platform like millions of other creators, she has been able to transfer her YouTube popularity to comedy tours around the country and a Netflix television show.
Colleen Ballinger – Biography
Collen may have been born into a small middle-class family with a father who is a sales manager and a mother who is a homemaker, but she was destined for stardom. Born on the 21st of November 1986 in Santa Barbara, California and being the third child in a family of four children, she was home-schooled through middle school until she enrolled at San Marcos High School. After high school, Colleen Ballinger went to Azusa Pacific University where she studied vocal performance, a subject that would later be critical to her success as an adult. She graduated from Azusa in 2008. Right from Azusa Pacific, Colleen Ballinger was already using her vocal talent to earn a living, performing for Disney, and offering private voice coaching and piano lessons to children. She did this for two years between 2007 and 2009. In 2009, she starred in a High School Musical production at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, in California. She also began the performance that would lead her to fame in 2009, combining her vocal talents with her comedy talents to create a one-woman act called Miranda Sings. She started uploading her comedy videos on her channel, Miranda Sings where her Miranda character mocks YouTubers who sing badly and are unaware of their lack of talent. Her character, Miranda would sing and dance badly in mockery of these personalities. Also on that platform, she discusses current events she misunderstands, among other acts. Since she created the channel, she has uploaded over 1000 videos which have earned her over 8 million subscribers and 1.8 billion views. With her online popularity, she has transitioned her act beyond YouTube to national and international tours, performing in countries like Australia, Canada. She has also performed in the UK and Europe. Colleen Ballinger has featured in hotlists like the Forbes list of Top Entertainment Influencers and The Hollywood Reporter list of Top 25 Digital Stars. She has also featured on stage as an actress and singer off-Broadway and as herself on shows like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The Tonight Show, and The View. In television, she was contracted by Netflix to produce a show based on her character. The show was titled Haters Back Off and it ran for two seasons in 2016 and 2017. Her other television appearances also include the season three of the web series, Escape the Night. In film, she had a cameo in the 2018 film, Ralph Breaks the Internet Her other ventures and accomplishments include writing and publishing a self-help book, titled Selp Helf. The book debuted on number one on the New York Bestseller list. Amidst all her success and accomplishment, Colleen Ballinger has found time to give back. Colleen Ballinger dedicated her birthday, November 21 to raise money for childhood cancer research and the patients. She started the tradition in 2015 and donates all the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She has received several award nominations, winning a couple of them, including the Teen Choice Awards which she has won once.
With a YouTube channel that has over 1.8 billion views and an average views number that earns her an average of $3000 per day, combined with her other gigs such as her published book, her concert shows, and comedy tours, she has been able to build a net worth of $8 million.
Colleen Ballinger – Divorce from Joshua David
For a long time, Collen Ballinger dated fellow YouTuber, Joshua David. The two lovebirds decided to take their love to the altar in July 2015. The couple got married in California, however, the beginning of their marriage was the beginning of the end of their love story. Combining the responsibilities of their careers and building a stable marital life proved to be too challenging for the couple and they got a divorce a year after, announcing their divorce in September 2016.
Current Husband or Boyfriend
After her divorce, Collen wasted no time in putting herself back out there and met Erik Stocklin, an actor in 2016 during the casting of her Netflix show, Haters Back Off. After the end of the show, the couple began dating in 2018. The couple got engaged in June 2018 and gave birth to their first child on December 10, 2018. Their child is named Flynn Timothy Stocklin.