A self-described “LEGO addict” has found a way to turn a hobby into a thriving YouTube channel that led to a freelance career, and a Texas State UIL Championship, and he’s only 17.
Five years ago, at the age of 13, Jim Ned student, Konner Frazier, began toying around with stop-motion animation, using the popular LEGO building block toys.
“He started doing just some very basic LEGO stop-motion animation,” said his mother, Jenny Frazier.
A self-taught builder, writer, director, editor, and producer, Frazier continued to hone his craft before entering the UIL competition in 2018.
“Fun in LEGOLAND”, this year’s submission, follows a grandfather/grandson duo as they road trip to LEGOLAND in California.
“He had been to LEGOLAND with his granddad a couple of times as well,” said his mother.
Due to complications of Covid 19, Frazier’s grandfather passed away recently, making the subject matter of the submission even more special.
“This video even means more, really.” Frazier’s mother said.
Expecting to go home with 3rd place or lower this year, Frazier had no idea that fate had something else in store.
“Looking at the top 3 results and I didn’t see mine on the bottom 3. That’s when I got really excited,” Konner says. “But after seeing like, the two, and I wasn’t in 2nd or 3rd place, that’s when I really got hyped. It was just insane.”
“We kept thinking, ‘Uh-oh, his is the next one up,’ and we just got all the way to first place,” Konner’s mother said.
Though he has a successful YouTube channel and state championship under his belt, Frazier isn’t resting on his laurels. He is currently working on his first paid gig, a 30-second commercial for the James McCoy Drugstore in Abilene.
No matter where Konner is, he says he will continue to do what he loves.
“It’s just part of my life, and what I want to do in life,” he says.