Bermudian’s TikTok posts on island life attract millions of views
A Bermudian in the US has won social media stardom with a series of quirky video clips about the island which have attracted millions of followers.
Dylan Hollis has also earned more than 37 million ’likes’ for his short films posted on the video-sharing service TikTok.
And the platform has ranked him seventh in the world for social media influencer growth.
Mr Hollis, 25, a music student in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, said he often returned home – and never missed an opportunity to post observations about island life.
He added the topics might seem routine to residents – the size of Bermuda’s roads or the design of island roofs – but he said he tried to include something offbeat in his commentaries.
Mr Hollis highlighted Bermuda’s low speed limit in one of his posts.
He said: “The country of Bermuda is one of the slowest driving in the world.
“Some of these roads can actually be as slow as 10kph – also known as ’get out and walk’.“
In a snapshot of his home town of St. George’s, he added: “Finally made it to Bermuda. I’m at peace now.”
Many of the videos – never more than a minute long – are filmed at Mr Hollis’s Wyoming home.
Mr Hollis said he has highlighted bizarre-sounding recipes from an old cookery book, including cassava pie, and played jazz on the piano.
He added he was always keen to give his island home a plug and a Bermudian flag can often be seen in the background in his films.
What magic is this #baking#vintage#cooking#greatdepression♬ original sound - B. Dylan Hollis
Speaking to The Royal Gazette last night, Mr Hollis said he was inspired to make his films by the coronavirus pandemic – and the boredom of lockdown.
“I started uploading videos in April 2020 while I was stuck in the United States during the start of the Covid-19 quarantine as a way to pass the time,” he said.
“I was one of many who flocked to the app inspired by nothing other than boredom.”
Mr Hollis said he was surprised by the popularity of his films.
He said: “As an admirer of all things yesteryear, it wasn’t until I pulled out my vintage cookbooks that I realised what viral videos could do.
“It appears that I currently represent the largest social media following of any Bermudian to date across the platforms.
“I haven’t been the ego to understand the implications, but I’ve been told it’s a hoot.”
This can’t keep happening #vintage#cooking#baking#cake♬ original sound - B. Dylan Hollis
The former Warwick Academy student added: “In each of my videos I have the Bermuda flag proudly displayed upon my refrigerator.
“I think every Bermudian is born with a remarkable pride and love of their island heritage, and we long to share that with people who might not even know of our little rock.
“As I grow on TikTok, I hope to somehow use that to our island’s advantage.”
Mr Hollis’s videos can be found at https://www.tiktok.com/@bdylanhollis?lang=en
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