He has an older brother and two dogs.
itsRyanHiga grew up competing against his brother in everything and started doing Judo when he was five. In middle school, he had a difficult time due to being bullied for his test placements putting him in a higher grade.
After a while, he decided to try being the class clown as a way to stop being bullied. Fortunately for him, this approach worked. He found that the best method was to just run with their comments and make fun of himself even more than they did. This inspired him to start recording skits of himself on his mom’s VHS camera. It eventually became a family standard that he would show them a new comedy skit every Sunday.
He again went through a rough patch when he first entered high school and had trouble finding a group to hang out with. This changed from him when he joined the wrestling team and managed to earn a state title by the end of high school, as well as a second-in-the-state title for Judo. He is still friends with people from the wrestling team, and even creates content with them. This includes Sean Fujiyoshi, who was part of his team until 2019.
After graduating from Waiakea High School in 2008, he went on to attend the University of Nevada to attempt a degree in Nuclear Medicine. He didn’t enjoy it and dropped out after two years to pursue a fulltime career in content creation. Although initially disappointed, his parents soon became completely supportive of his decision.
He opened his YouTube channel in June 2016 and uploaded his first video How to Ninja shortly afterwards. He did so in order that he wouldn’t have to physically bring his family copies of his skit every week However, it immediately blew up and has generated over 55 million views to date. This set him up to continue gaining millions of views per video for years to come. However, this slowed down for him in 2019. He stopped uploading to his original YouTube channel in early 2020. In April 2020, he started streaming on Twitch and decided to focus on that instead and to upload exclusively to his secondary YouTube channel, HigaTV.
In 2016, he got a role in Tell Me How I Die as ‘Scratch’ and was a voice actor in the cartoon, Our Favorite Martian. He tends to keep his language family-friendly.
TwitchStat’s puts itsRyanHiga’s Twitch sub count at over 3,000. This would generate him a monthly income of at least $512 USD before taking into account other revenue he receives from tiered subscriptions, merchandise sales, book sales, donations, Twitch cheer bit contributions, advertisements, and sponsorships.
He doesn’t have a set schedule, but tends to stream around six days a week.
- Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube (multiple) -
- Forbes’ 30 under 30 award - 2017
He released a good called How to Write Good in May 2017 that made it onto the New York Times best seller list. He also has severe ADHD.