Part 1: Periscope
On a random morning when I was still living in Maine, a very famous comedian showed up to my Periscope: Bert Kreischer. At first blush I thought the @bertkreischer tag was a joke and couldn’t possibly be his real account. I finally believed him as my view count went nuts, and commenced freaking out.
At one point my phone was dying and I was struggling to find a charger. I was worried at the time that I would lose the crowd that Bert so nicely brought in if my connection cut out. Eventually I managed to plug my phone in and get it together for the remainder of the broadcast. Despite this shit show that ensued, Bert retweeted my broadcast that day and followed me on Periscope. Very cool!
By the way, the periscope that I'm talking about is: here
Part 2: A Mention on YouTube
I got a notification from Instagram when leaving the movie theater a while later. It was a comment that went something like : I saw the Bertcast with Owen Benjamin and I’m from Maine too. So cool that he mentioned you, and so on. I allowed myself to melt down/freak out for a second or two and then got to researching on YouTube. The dude was right! Bert mentioned me in the episode of Bertcast Featuring Owen Benjamin starting at the 1hr, 9m mark.
Part 3: Portrait
After I moved to Louisiana and got settled in, I was able to begin painting again. I first painted Doug Benson’s portrait and we’ll talk about that some other time I bet. The second person I painted in a similar style was Bert, and I was (and continue to be) in a learning phase of portraiture so I used a photo I found easily on his website as a reference.
A few months after I completed this piece, I built up the courage to send Bert a message via his website contact form. I crafted what I felt was a nice but not creepy email saying thank you and that I would love to send him his portrait as a thank you. To my delight, I received an email just a short while later from Bert’s wife LeeAnn. She said she thought it was so cool that I had done this and that they would like to have it. I sent it off and haven't heard much since but I remain hopeful that they liked it. I am not 100% positive but am pretty sure that I saw the painting a few months back hanging on his wall in the background of an Instagram story. I only caught a glimpse for a second. I hope that he at least liked it enough to keep it. Fingers crossed!