There are a few phrases that could summarize Rosanna Pansino’s rise to fame. None of them can do it better than the famous axiom, ‘no knowledge is lost’. Her popularity YouTube comes out of her foray into other professions, specifically acting.
Although acting now occupies one of the major professional hats in Rosanna’s resume, it was once a short and unsuccessful bridge to her YouTube success. As one of the video-sharing platform’s most accomplished personalities, there is plenty worth learning about her rise to fame, and it all began with her grandmother.
Rosanna Pansino Learned To Cook From Her Grandmother
She was born on June 8 in Seattle, Washington, and is of Italian, Croatian, Irish, and German heritage. There are still a few personal details she has kept away from the media. However, we do know that she is one of two children born to their parents, the other being a sister, Molly.
As a child, she always developed an interest in cooking. But a relationship with her grandmother exposed her to the joys of cooking. Rosanna Pansino learned how to cook from her grandmother. At the time, that knowledge remained one of the skills in her arsenal on her journey to becoming a professional actress.
In addition to her interest in acting, Rosanna, to those who knew her, was a nerdy and awkward kid. At the time, it was a flaw, one that made her stand out among other children. In pursuit of a dream acting career, she attended Pacific Lutheran University, after which she moved to Los Angeles.
How Her Acting Pursuits Birthed Her YouTube Career
Following Rosanna’s arrival in Los Angeles, she learned what many actors come to discover – LA is a tough scene for aspiring talents. Her first onscreen role was as a contestant on the VH1 reality show, Scream Queens. The winner of the show would get a chance to appear in the Saw films. Rosanna finished ninth.
She made additional minor appearances on shows like Parks and Recreation, Glee, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Husky Tales. She also appeared in short films like Star Trek: Phoenix – Cloak & Dagger, Shakey Grounds and I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu.
Rosanna Pansino struggled to find substantial roles and, in turn, took the advice of friends in a similar position who encouraged her to make videos of herself and upload them to YouTube. The intention was to make her more comfortable in front of a camera and improve her chances at auditions.
In following their advice, she recorded a few videos. In the first few months of taking up the task in 2011, she posted video contents that revealed her nerdy, awkward, and bubbly personality. Her first seven videos consisted of different concepts, in search of what would connect with the audience, and in turn, help her acting prospects.
Pansino’s eighth video came out of a mixture of her childhood love for cooking and her nerdy personality. The video focused on the process of making themed treats for parties. Thus, she began Nerdy Nummies, the baking show that launched her to stardom.
YouTube Star and Success in Hollywood
In the first thirty days of the posting the video, it gained 60 thousand views. Over the next few months, Rosanna experimented with other types of video content, but none of them attracted many eyes as her Nerdy Nummies content.
At this time, YouTube was becoming a significant part of Rosanna’s life, competing against her acting duties. Eventually, she gave up acting, albeit temporarily, with the belief she can make something of her budding YouTube career.
Armed with the knowledge of her audience’s preferred content, Rossana made Nerdy Nummies into a baking show in 2012. She began posting several episodes per month and as her number of videos grew, so did her subscriber and viewing figures. She reached 100,000 subscribers at the end of 2012, and one million in 2013.
As of July 2020, she has made over 450 episodes of Nerdy Nummies, with more than 12.4 million subscribers, and over 3.14 billion views. The figure makes her channel the 154th most-subscribed channel in the United States.
The popularity of the show has also seen guests from different professions make an appearance, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Grant Thompson. She has also collaborated with several of her fellow YouTube stars. Although she has incorporated other content forms such as vlogs, DIYs, Challenges, and collaborations to the channel, the baking show remains her primary claim to fame.
As part of the show’s success, she has published a cookbook, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook. The book became a New York Times bestseller and has been accompanied by another, Baking All Year Round. Rosanna Pansino also has a baking line, in partnership with Wilton, and has been a judge on the Netflix reality baking show, Nailed It!.
Her Return to Acting and a Music Career
Two years into her YouTube success, she returned to acting in the YouTube animated series, Broken Quest. In the same year, she starred in the comedy-horror film, Bloodsucka Jones. Other appearances in her expanding filmography include Emo Dad, Escape the Night, A Heist with Markiplier, Bizaardvark, and Bad Internet.
She also started a music career, with the release of her debut single, Perfect Together. Rosanna Pansino hasn’t been signed to any label yet, but she has leveraged on her channel’s popularity. Other tracks in her discography include Rainbow Magic, and the opera song, O Mio Babbino Caro.
In all, her YouTube career has made her an accomplished woman. She has more than nine award nominations to her name, for her work on the video-sharing platform and as an actress. She has also appeared on popular talk shows like The View, Home & Family, Good Morning America, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Today.
Rosanna Pansino’s Accidental Career Has Made Her Rich
Through almost 500 Nerdy Nummies videos and an additional 300+ videos of varying content, the actress/YouTuber has become a rich woman. Quitting acting to focus on YouTube forced her to share a house with three bedrooms and six people. Now, she has an estimated net worth of $9 million and lives in a $3.8 million house with one person, her partner, Mike Lamond.
Calculations by Naibuzz show she makes up to $1.2 million in revenue per year, from an average of 800,000 views per day. With income from sources like her published books and baking line, quitting acting has become the smartest decision she ever made.
Facts You Should Know About Rosanna’s Personal Life
As one of the most popular figures on YouTube, here are some interesting facts you should know about Rosanna Pansino’s personal life, including details of her love life.
She Has Been Dating Mike Lamond for Seven Years
She met Mike Lamond, a former eSports commentator and co-producer of Nerdy Nummies in 2010. He is one of the people who advised her to explore YouTube as an acting tool. Three years after they met each other, they began a relationship and have been together ever since.
The two haven’t shared any intention of getting married, but it is presumed to be in the longtime couple’s future. Rosanna and Mike live together in Los Angeles.
Rosanna Pansino’s Father Died Of Leukaemia
Pansino suffered the tragic loss of her father on December 17, 2019. He died of leukaemia, a disease he had battled for six years, according to social media posts by Pansino.
Not much is known of her father, but he appeared in several of her videos and was a huge supporter of her professional endeavours. Her cookbook, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook, was dedicated to him.
She Once Suffered From A Major Health Scare Too
Pansino hasn’t battled leukaemia, but she has faced health challenges of her own. Before her father passed, she got admitted to a hospital after suffering from severe pain and illness in October 2019. Later, she revealed that she caught a rare, life-threatening bacterial infection. Her treatment involved a spinal tap and a week of bed rest.