Who’s Rory Kramer From ‘Dare To Live’? The Inspirational Filmmaker Is Doing What He Loves

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When it comes to reality show programming, MTV has always lived on the cutting edge of ridiculousness. Back in the ‘00s when Survivor and American Idol were just getting off the ground, Johnny Knoxville and his buddies had made a career running around around like idiots, and performing dangerous stunts on Jackass. But you know what Jackass was missing? Inspirational life messages, high-quality video, and famous musicians. Luckily, MTV’s newest series Dare To Live , premiering August 29, will have all of that and then some. So who is Rory Kramer, the star of Dare To Live?

This is how Kramer introduces himself at the start of the very first Dare To Live, which is already available to watch on the MTV website:

Of course, that’s not a whole lot to go on, unless you’re a fan of Avicii — then you probably do remember him from the music video for “The Nights,” which is comprised entirely of Kramer’s videos and currently has over 291 million YouTube views.

AviciiOfficialVEVO on YouTube

Although “The Nights” was his breakout success, Kramer has been making videos for YouTube for at least seven years, and seems to have been a huge MTV fan from a very early age. The oldest video on his YouTube channel is from ten years ago and called “CKY Jackass like video”; the second-oldest features his surprisingly solid impersonation of Rob Drydek from Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory and other reality shows. In 2011, he also starred alongside The Hills star Audrina Patridge in a YOBI.tv miniseries known as Dream Makeralthough good luck finding it online now.  

Now, his his personal YouTube page has 67,898 subscribers and over 3 million views, and over on Instagram he’s got 390,000 followers. He’s also turned that video-making passion into a career; on hs website he notes that he’s worked with 3Lau, Kanye West, Drake, and other musicians as a videographer. He’s even directed a number of music videos, including Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us”, Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You”, and a number of lyric music videos for The Chainsmokers, including “Don’t Let Me Down” below:

ChainsmokersVEVO on YouTube

It seems like a reality show on MTV that combines his love of adventure and his love of music is probably exactly what Rory Kramer should be doing with his life. Here’s to hoping Dare To Live exceeds all his expectations, as well as those of the fans watching when the show premieres on Aug. 29.