“Do What You Cant” was one of the YouTube videos that changed the course of my life and when I heard the creator if the video Casey Neistat would be in Dubai, I knew I had to do everything I can to meet him.
The day finally arrived, and that Friday morning I was up bright and early making my way to the World Trade Center for the start of the VIDXB. Upon collecting my pass, I was able to select two meet and greet wristbands and to my surprise, there was still some left for Casey Neistat and KSI. I was stocked with words and grabbed them before someone else could take them but still acting cool and calm. Afterall today was all about me pushing myself and showing the world that I am the f$@ki@g ICEBERG (another beautiful quote from Do what you cant by Casey Neistat)
I might have been a tat over prepared after studying the program a few days before and prepping for all the talks I wanted to attend.
The first panel featured Anas Bukhash. This founding partner of the Bukhash Brothers. He has been an inspiration to me since watching one of his TedTalks a while back for the first time. It was such an honor to have been able to meet him in person as well. I am sure we will see much more amazing work from this hard-working Emirati entrepreneur.
Sitting in the centre of the front row (best seat in the room) I was about the see Casey Neistat in person for the first time. The entire time before he came up I was amazed at how intimate space it was and I had to pinch myself a few times while he was sitting less than 2 meters from me. The panel was epic led by Emirati filmmaker and storyteller, Peyman Al Awadhi. ) We were able to get a little bit more insight into the life of this fantastic content creator.
As the program was pretty full and pressed for time Casey was whisked away shortly after his talk. I made my way over to the meet and greet with English YouTube personality, comedian and actor, KSI. He was indeed such a humble guy taking time to talk to me for a few minutes.
Inbetween talks I was roaming around the venue, and there were content creators everywhere. I. Was able to grab a few selfies with the likes of Max of Arabia, Adventure Factory, Priti Malik as well as Its OZX.
I was able to give some of my Coffee Addiction Collection products to the likes of Lele Ponds, Hannah Stocking, Haifa Beseisso and even a few special sesame street characters DBM was surely making its mark at VIDXB.
Just as I thought the day could not get any better, it was time for my meet and greet with Casey Neistat. The queue grew longer, and while waiting, I was graced with the presence of some of the Dubai royal family and Casey right next to me. What an experience. The queue started to move, and before I knew it it was my time to meet Casey, for some reason I was so nervous the words could bearly come out, we took a photo, and I gave him a few DBM coffee addiction products. There was just something special about him. Bucket list ticked.
VIDXB was a day like no other. I learned a few new tricks of the trade and met the most wonderful people. As I looked back, I am humbled and blessed to have been able to meet the people I have met and to realize that I am doing exactly what I love and loving what I do and it all started with a little inspiration from Casey Neistat, therefore, go out and Do what you cant.