Ryan was born and raised in Hilo, a small town of 50,000 people, on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was born on June 6, 1990 to parents, Wendell and Luci Higa. Having an older brother, Kyle, kept him competitive academically and athletically. He was your typical kid. From age 5 he played basketball and did judo and loved to watch TV and play video and computer games. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in judo and wrestling, earning local and state titles and received his black belt in Judo.
With nothing else to do after a night of bowling or movies, he organized his school friends to make videos. In 2006 came the discovery of Youtube, a digital camera, tripod and editing software. At first they did a lot of lip synching videos, then skits with a plot. He did a lot of rants…things you think about but are afraid to speak….he said it, yet always trying to be funny and not offensive. He started posting videos on Youtube because it was an easier way to share them with his friends….not knowing they would become so popular.
Since 2007, his MySpace friends has grown from 27,000 to over 178,000. His Youtube channel has over 2 million Subscribers and became #1 Most Subscribed All Time in August 2009. His over 60 videos have more than 341 million views.
Ryan is currently a student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in Film and hopes to be successful some day in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer, producer or director
……. or perhaps, fulfill his dream of starring in his own TV series.
Despicable Me – Promo Video – Universal Pictures
Video featuring Dave, minion character, and trailer from 3D CGI movie Despicable Me
Nexus One – Promo Video – Google
Google introduces their Nexus One Phone
I Heart Vampires-New Beginnings, Season 2 Episode 1 – Cameo Appearance – Take180.com, Member of the Walt Disney Family of Companies
DPS 32 Degrees T-shirt Campaign – Promo Video – Tadcast LLC
DPS is David Peyser Sportswear Inc.
Carl’s Jr. Portobello Mushroom Burger YouTube Campaign – Promo Video – Initiative Media
Campaign included 8 other YouTubers.
Harry Potter and the Ooh Something Shiney – Cameo Appearance – Take180.com, Member of the Walt Disney Family of Companies
Take180 involves the community in producing their webshows.
Hawaii Matters Contest– PSA Video – OC16, Oceanic Time Warner Cable
Promo Video incorporated into a Hawaii TV Commercial for a teen video contest.
Elevator-Eavesdropping and Elevator –Green Ball of Doom – Actor - HBO Lab Project, BTL Production Services
2 episodes released on their YouTube Elevator Channel.
Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure – Co-star – Zemrak/Pirkle Production
Comedy feature film, starring Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi, filmed in California.
Pathology (motion Picture) YouTube Video – Promo Video – Lakeshore Entertainment Group LLC
Video featured Milo Ventimiglia and Pathology Trailer.
REVO – PSA Video for MySpace Impact Awards – REVO
REVO is a non-profit organization who’s goal is to change the world.