Taking Risks

Burnie Vlog: Taking Risks

This week it’s back to the bus for another chat with Burnie! He’s here to talk about the importance of taking risks in your creative life, and how that’s shaped his journey to where he is today!

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  • godzylla

    6 days ago

    im actually going to miss all the dad wisdom that these vlogs contain.

  • cak100 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Im gunna miss the Dad wisdom moments with Burnie but we all wish you the best of luck on your next risk!

  • MisterElijah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mister Elijah

    6 days ago

    I still would love to see more of Ellie shes great!

  • thefunion FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gold Stars

    6 days ago

    Sad to see this go but glad that it's introduced us to Ellie as an on camera talent. Hope to see more things from her in the future!

  • Dittohh FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Alex

    1 week ago

    These vlogs have been really enjoyable. Can't wait to see what the future holds and best of luck with your new project!

  • C4pT41nNoMan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Every Christmas I get fried twinkies and oreos

  • Silversoma FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Digital Artist, Animator

    1 week ago

    I would personally love to hear your take on the "imposter syndrome", the feeling of faking your way through a career/job regardless of previous work, experiences, or education. I struggle so much with feeling like I don't know what I'm doing or that others are seeing more in me than I'm actually capable of. As one of the leaders of such a successful company, I would love to hear if you've also had experience with "imposter syndrome" and/or dealing with such a feeling among your employees.

    • LeonidasXIX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I absolutely know how that feels. I gained a lot of experience in lots of little areas but never any special other than probably leading when leadership is needed (like Bilbo basically not wanting to go on an adventure) it can always be crazy specially feeling like now is the only time for those chances to prove oneself. 

  • sonny88p

    1 week ago

    The  dashornado and the Disco Feveregistered look like fun rides

  • djlooker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Matittude

    1 week ago

    Thanks Burnie for gifting us with your Vlog for all this time, I've had so many laughs and moments of astonishment, as well as occasioanly some emotion (i.e. any time Monty is mentioned), as sad as I am that it's coming to and end I'm sure I speak for many when I say I look forward to what it will become, and what else you will create. <3 

  • A_CanadianKitty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the Meowvelous

    1 week ago

    Can't speak for everyone else, but I always enjoyed your vlogs. Can't wait to see what your next project leads to!

  • CoffeeNut78 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PUC the Lunatic

    1 week ago

    I rather enjoyed the vlog for the most part.  Oh there were one or two that didn't hold my interest at the start but that is to be expected. And I admit I have not watched all of them I think there are about 4 or so that I didn't see shortly after they came out and just haven't gotten around to then.  

  • mmillward89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Don't worry that the vlog 'never really took off'. Not everything is made for mass appeal, and these vlogs have been really awesome not only to get some really good advice from people, but also as a great way to see people just doing things for themselves, making their own shit.

    It's easy to get caught in the daily grind and feel trapped by responsibilities, for me the vlog has been an awesome way to see how you guys make your own way and turn ideas into reality, whether they be silly, interesting, creative, or what. I loved the vlog and am sure I'll come back to it when I want ideas and inspiration : )

  • lonestarlite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Good talk.  Risk taking is scary and it helps to talk to people who have failed and succeeded and having them tell you that they survived. I want to start my own firm someday, but for now I'm just working for other people and building skills and trying to take away as much knowledge as I can for when it gets to be my time. 


    In the future, I'd love to see more about that mobile office. Also Ellie needs to do some stunt or race car driving.  


    Cheers! 

  • GizmoGeek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Em

    1 week ago

    I'm going to look back on this video one day for many a good reason :) 

  • BluntObjekt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Well, I'm sad to see that your weekly vlog is coming to a close.  Your business savvy and expertise really shone through for us and helped me cope through much of  the rough spots in 2017.   You are certainly a man of your word, Burnie.   I hope the future me, looks back at the past me like Ditto.  Your wise beyond your years, sir.    After watching this vlog entry you've supercharged my mind to let go of the past, and just settle for whatever life has.    As a company, Roosterteeth has given me so much to be thankful for: (And I don't just me the awesome sales at the RT store.)   Kudos to you Burnie, because you never batted an eye at uncertainty.    Especially when it came to producing and recording an entertaining chronicle of your life.  There have been so many people positively influenced by your vlogs man.  That's a WIN if I ever saw one.   Hey, there's no telling what life's got in store for you now that you've got the time to work on your project.  So, I wish you good health, happiness, and all the best!  


    Would also love it if Ellie assumes control of the vlog!  And I furthermore support the notion of furthering her apocalyptic training to supersede your expectations.        

  • MrXeniophobic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Final VLOG should be a clip show aha :D

  • brodrick1009 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Brodrick

    1 week ago

    Hey, i want Ellie to finish out her training. I have a 600 acre farm in Arkansas. We'll do a straight up, bow hunting seen, go into processing the meat ourselves, then we feast. 

  • tylerheist FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Man, when did Burnie get so profound? Haha, but thank you for all the work and fun times with the vlog, Burnie! I'm a little teary that there are only a few more left from your perspective, but I'm excited for them and whatever mystery project you'll be filling your time with :)! 

  • imabetastic Ignite

    1 week ago

    Success is the inevitable result of failing better over and over again.

    Fail better people.

  • Jus10lane FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I would love to sit down and just talk with Bernie or any of these people from roosters teeth. They seem like they have a lot of interesting stories.

  • BAD3xL FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I really enjoyed these vlogs. The personal touch was nice. Sure most could be on the RT Podcast or whatever, but a lot of it did see very one-on-one. Even as an older gentleman (use that term loosely) myself, there was always something to take from most of these. Great work Burnie!

  • LucentLight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I completely forgot about it until now, but what happened with Barbara's monthly vlog?

  • CrazyOatmeal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fuck off.

    1 week ago

    "I hate announcement-teasing" guy teases an announcement. HYYYYPE?

  • Tasrayryn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    So when the Vlog ends the clear solution is to start a new series: "Ellie vs The Apocalypse".

  • Sase3119 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Even though I knew it was coming, I'm still sad to see the vlog go. It would be cool if you'd make one occasionally still (e.g. if an event happens that you think would make a great vlog entry) just to throw at us as a pleasant surprise.

  • SachiiSez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Good-Natured Realist

    1 week ago

    Thanks for the vlogs! And good luck for your 2018 project ^_^
    Laughter and Sunshine!

  • SirSeanzy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Thanks for doing these vlogs, Burnie/Ellie; I've really enjoyed watching all the behind the scenes stuff and adventures in the last year, along with all the advice you have given. Good luck on your next project! 

  • jacobgkau FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Thanks for all the vlogs, Burnie. I really enjoyed them, especially the ones like these where you're just giving your perspective on something.


    One topic I'd love to hear your thoughts about is how to work well with people and/or how to meet people you work well with. When you were working on those early projects, how much did you treat it like business, and how much did you think of it as a casual thing? When I try to get others involved in my amateur video projects, I find it very difficult to get them to see the project on the same level that I do. I'm not sure if I'm taking it too seriously, or if I need to find more like-minded friends.

  • bobzombie3k FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I'll miss the vlogs!

  • bmac92 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Love seeing Burnie use a fountain pen. 

  • bainsey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I've really loved the vlog in this format. The growth of the show has been so much fun, watching it slowly change. It would be nice to see a continuation of Ellie's apocalypse training and maybe follow other personalities through part of a typical day or week to get a better picture of what everyone does off camera. Good luck with your new risk.

  • adamly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I want to know about the business side of RT, building it up, how you want to see the company grow, things you thought were hard to overcome when building. Essentially like an analysis on the company as it grew. But, I think that's kind of niche for the RT audience (hopefully I'm wrong)

  • grampaeric FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I have enjoyed these Burnie VLOGs very much. As someone who's been watching RvB since around the end of Season 1 back on the original site. I have seen the risks you guys have taken to get where you are today, and I'm so happy you guys have had success.

    I will miss these VLOGs when they end, but hope you'll continue to do some every now and then. Like an update every 3 months or so.

  • NicolaiAAA FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Before you go, Burnie, quick tip when it comes to steaming your milk: hold your cup so that the wand is just into the milk, let it foam up a little, and then go ahead and set it down to steam. If it's still kind of loud, pull the wand out to just inside again and let it go a wee bit longer. It takes a few times to get it right, but it's much easier on the ears when you do. ;)


    Oh, and the longer you hold the wand just above the milk, the foamier the milk, so more foam = cappucino, less foam = latte. Enjoy!

  • IAmVeryMoist FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rebel Scum

    1 week ago

    We'd love to meet the interns and what a typical day in their life is like @ RT... could be a new interesting insight!

  • WellForFoxSake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Next step: deep fried oreos


    Like, so good.

  • muffinmanlan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I really wanted that Sugar Pine 7 parody vlog.

  • Mordai FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold C.T.

    1 week ago

    Honestly I jumped all in with the vlog when you started it. Wise words and great laughs throughout and while it is sad to see it go, it is also a great time to reflect on what has come from it. Through the vlog it felt like we had a better connection with you on a more personal level, which for some of us who have been watching / listening for years feel grateful for. For me personally it has shown exactly what you put out in this video. Take some risks and see where you land, because without risk there is no reward. (Unless you can see the reward on the cereal box).

    Congrats on the year of vlogging and I look forward to the next project that you are working on!

  • Sweetfeet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I'm really happy with what the vlog was, and that's because it was exactly as you described; An opportunity for you to sit back a little bit and connect with the fans in different context. I think it could continue in the future as Ellie's Vlog where she gives us behind the scenes looks on the goings-on and shenanigans of daily life at RoosterTeeth. 


    Also... I was excited to see Gen:Lock paraphernalia on your desk. Gray will be so happy!

  • MyNameIsJeffrey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Everyone made it seem like Burnie was leaving RT.

  • MyNameIsJeffrey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    let's go lakers

  • Dimst FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Sad to see you go from this program, Burns. This was, all jokes aside, a very inspirational segment that I never wanted to miss. It was at the top of my list of shows that I had to make sure to make time for. Listening to the mindset and the thought process of a successful entrepreneur, was a very valuable resource for me in the past year. This made you much more of a relatable person, to me at least, than you had ever been before.

    You, among others, drove me to make the decisions I made, and drove me to finally apply for one of my dream jobs…. And get it.

    I hope one day to be part of the RT office family. Though, if I have learned anything, I am not in a rush to get there. I am going to take my time making my mistakes and becoming better and better at the things I want to do. Then, if the opportunity comes, I will take it without fear, but with confidence in myself and my path that I will learn from anything that comes my way, good or bad. I will have confidence in my worth as both an employee and a human being. I will not sit idly by because I do not have the inspiration to make the effort. I will work through the ruts, I will rely on grit and drive to be better above all.

    You helped with that Burnie... Thank you.

    *internet high five*

  • mypal1990 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The one who works

    1 week ago

    Dang Burnie. You gave me a heart attack just watching this vlog. But I'm glad you dabbled into vlogging. Trying new things isn't easy. But you managed to make it enjoyable.

  • cartercaramel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Thanks for all the entertainment and knowledge this year. Thanks for inspiring me to chase my dream of going into entertainment. 

  • chrismobley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I read some of these comments before watching and some of them make it seem like Burnie is leaving RT. That was one of the most stressful videos I've ever watched, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when it ended. 

  • ActionSalad FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Going to miss you Burnie. Thank you for a year of inspiration when we needed it most.

  • KLionHeart FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Good luck, Burns. Excited to see what you do next! I never thought I'd watch a vlog but you found a way to make it interesting. No matter what you do, I know it's going to be entertaining.

  • TPG FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Custom Programs

    1 week ago

    Coffee & La Croix combo is potent

  • ZacheryYoung FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    we see your weights but maybe a family podcast that talks about the effects of roosterteeth on them.

  • MikeOgden FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Have really enjoyed these Vlogs, I know you've already done the "day in the life" ones, but I really dig the one's showing the going-on's at RT and the one's like this focusing on the creative process and how you got here. It's probably too much of an endeavor, but maybe a final one showing how an idea for a show can change from concept to completion and the speed bumps along the way, or how to stay true to an original idea and keep that throughout the process (in a very broad sense obviously).