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Block 'M' Blog: Catching up with Pat Stansik

By Everett Cook, Daily Sports Editor
Published November 6, 2012

Obviously, for the Air Force game it’s harder to ask questions where you are trying not to make fun of a service academy, so I base a lot of the questions off who the opponent is.

TMD: You have these other videos, like I Love Denard or Tall Blonde Girl or I’m 24. Did you want to do videos like that before “Pre-Gaming with Pat” started?

PS: Those are kind of my focus, because that’s the kind of stuff I want to be making. Going forward, that’s going to be what I focus my time on. I made videos at Michigan because the first thing I did when I first transferred here was join the staff of the Every Three Weekly, and they had a brand-new video department. So I made videos with them my first year at Michigan, and those didn’t really take off and didn’t get many views, but I learned a lot doing that. We put a lot of time and effort into it, but we were still figuring it out because we were just getting started. That taught me a lot about video-making.

My second year at Michigan I joined the club lacrosse team and I video-blogged for Inside Lacrosse throughout the year, and that was my focus that year. Those were very similar in style and how they are edited to the “Pre-Gaming” videos, because it was a mix of interviews but also game footage and practice footage and stuff like that. Everything I’ve been doing leads to the next thing, so now I’m making the “Pre-Gaming” videos but my main focus is making the music videos and the sketch videos that appeal to more people, because they aren’t just Michigan-based. I’ve been wanting to make stuff like that for a while, but it was just a matter of learning the skills to make them and figuring out what ideas work and what don’t.

TMD: Obviously social media has been pretty massive for you, not just with YouTube but also with Twitter and Facebook. If you had graduated in 1980 instead of 2011, would you have been able to do this kind of stuff? What would you be doing?

PS: I have no idea. I’m really glad that I am living in the era that I am. With entertainment in general, it was definitely more of a straight path, like someone did stand-up and then got on a tonight show and then did a sitcom, and there weren’t many opportunities to build your own brand. You look back at someone at Larry David, who’s my idol, and there’s not much history on him. If you search him on the Internet, it seems like he kind of just blew up with Seinfeld and then went on from there. It’s funny because guys like that spent years doing stand-up trying to make it. Nowadays, there’s a virtual record of how people make it. It seems more gradual nowadays, but the Internet has just flipped everything on its head. It’s awesome because I can hopefully use the videos I’ve made so far and eventually wind up where I want to be.

I’m glad I don’t have to actually answer that question, because it would be a lot different even 10 years ago. Only recently have I really reached that point where I make something and people will willingly want to share it, as opposed to me begging people to post it on Facebook. It’s a gradual process, but it’s pretty cool to look around and see other young people who are always making videos and see how other people use the Internet to their advantage. I’m trying to do my own thing, but it’s reassuring to look around and see that there’s other people making a name for themselves doing something similar.

TMD: How much longer do you want to keep doing these videos, and what’s the future look like for Pat Stansik?

PS: I really like short videos right now, just because for the most part it doesn’t require too much of a time commitment for a two- to four-minute video, and I can make it, post it and move on to the next idea, which is awesome. I guess right now I would like to get a job doing this at a website making videos, like Funny or Die, I would love to work there. Further down the road, I definitely want to write for television and movies.