logo
instagram.com/rosssmith
instagram.com/rosssmith

Ross Smith and His 94-Year-Old Grandma Have Millions of Followers — Meet the Viral Video Stars

Edduin Carvajal
Sep 12, 2020
11:20 A.M.

Internet personality Ross Smith and his grandma, Pauline “Granny” Kana, have been making people laugh online with their hilarious videos for years.

Advertisement

It all started in 2013 when Ross was still in college at the University of Dayton. He was recording himself and Granny playing basketball, and she did something funny, so he thought that it would be worth sharing it on the now-extinct video app Vine.

[Granny] didn’t even know what the internet was.

Pauline “Granny” Kana during an interview with Steve Harvey in his show | Photo: YouTube/Ross Smith

Pauline “Granny” Kana during an interview with Steve Harvey in his show | Photo: YouTube/Ross Smith

ROSS SMITH AND GRANDMA’S INTERNET CAREER

Little did he know that the short clip would go viral with hundreds of thousands of views. From that point on, he kept capturing Granny being her funny-self and uploading them online.

Most of us have probably run into videos of Granny pretending to be a thug (gangster Granny), making fun of Ross in different ways, and performing some of the trendiest internet challenges.

Advertisement

For all those reasons, Ross Smith and his grandma are internet sensations with millions of followers on social media nowadays.

Advertisement

Only on TikTok, where they frequently share their content, they have over 12 million followers. Most of their videos have at least 2M views, but others have already reached the 50-million mark.

Advertisement

Having such an incredible career online is no easy task, as many might believe. In fact, as reported by Money, Ross can invest as much as $200,000 a year to make high-quality content.

To get one good photo, Ross can invest over $1,000 in things that some people take for granted, like props, equipment, camera, and so on.

Advertisement

ROSS SMITH AND GRANDMA AFTER VINE SHUT DOWN

That’s probably the reason why he thought that his life was over in 2017 when Vine shut down. Actor and internet personality Cameron Dallas probably thought the same, too. Since most of Ross' fanbase was on Vine, and he had about 3,000 followers on Instagram, he considered giving up on their social media career.

Fortunately, one of his clips went viral on Facebook a few weeks after Vine was shut down, and he realized that not everything was lost. By that time, though, he had already learned a lesson: don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Advertisement

With Vine, Ross Smith learned that things could change very quickly and that, on the internet, there is no consistency. Algorithms can shift, accounts can get deactivated, and brand deals can be hard to get and/or keep.

Over time, he has learned to treat his brand as his most important asset. He even recommends others to be persistent and to think about the long run and how to stay relevant for as long as possible.

Advertisement

ROSS SMITH’S INTERNET STRATEGY

In recent years, Ross has become the “Mark Cuban [from ‘Shak Tank’] of the internet” by offering his platform to different businesses in exchange for a cut of the profits.

It has proven to be a prolific strategy, something that Granny, who grew up poor during World War II and worked blue-collar jobs for years, doesn’t really care. According to Ross, his grandma is very obstinate when it comes to money.

Advertisement

Ross Smith’s granny has refused to move from her 700-square-foot house located “in the hood” in Youngstown, Ohio, and she didn’t even want the money their viral videos make.

Her grandson admitted that he and his mom came up with the idea of sneaking money into Granny’s bank account every month.

ROSS SMITH’S GRANNY ENJOYS BEING WITH HER GRANDSON

Ross admitted that, for the first three years, Granny thought that he was taking pictures of her, and she didn’t even know what the internet was.

Granny once admitted that although being recognized in public was strange, she enjoys shooting the videos with Ross because of the time they spend together.

Advertisement

On August 1, Ross uploaded a photo on Instagram to wish his grandma a happy 94th birthday. In the pic, she was sitting on a beer throne, flashing her infectious smile at the camera.

In the caption, Ross Smith wrote that he was sorry about the fact that Granny had to be in quarantine the whole year, but added that great things and memories are yet to come. We are very likely to see more of this hilarious duo in the future!

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
info

We at news.AmoMama.com do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDС, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated.Take care!

Related posts

Shana Render, Killer Mike's Wife, Is a Self-Named Entrepreneur & Real Estate Investor

November 12, 2023

Is August Alsina Gay? Fans Assume the Singer Came Out on 'The Surreal Life'

November 30, 2023

5 Stories of Spoiled Children Who Learned a Lesson

January 31, 2024

Teacher Chides Boy for Being Late, Next Day Old Lady Comes to School and Asks to Meet Him – Story of the Day

February 09, 2024

Teacher Chides Boy for Being Late, Next Day Old Lady Comes to School and Asks to Meet Him – Story of the Day

May 01, 2024

After Grandmother's Death in a Nursing Home, Man Inherits an Envelope with Several Dollar Bills – Story of the Day

March 10, 2024

Gayle King's 'Favorite Son' Proposes to Girlfriend with Oprah's Help: 'It Has Happened!'

February 27, 2024

3 Stories about Family Heirlooms and Inheritances That Took an Unexpected Turn

February 22, 2024

Diana Ross Begged Son to Protect her Estate – His Life Changed Following Wedding

December 06, 2023

Man Tries to Scam New York Grandma — She Takes Sweet Revenge on Him & Films It on Camera

December 18, 2023

This Walmart Employee Is Child Star’s Spouse - She Died Homeless in His Arms

February 05, 2024

Marie Osmond Is Going to Leave Her 7 Kids Nothing after She Dies - Inside Her Decision

November 09, 2023

After Husband’s Death, Poor Old Widow Finds His Parents’ Will in a Cache in the Wall – Story of the Day

February 05, 2024

Boy Washes Cars to Raise Money for Old Man’s Treatment and Receives Huge Parcel as Reward — Story of the Day

February 27, 2024