Hassan Haq: “This Is What I Will Do Till the Day I Die” — Fannboy Friday

"I would say I am ambitious, overly ambitious. I'm extremely passionate about just making people laugh and smile. That is ultimately my goal with content creation [and] why I started it. I love just making people's days when I'm streaming."

Hassan Haq: “This Is What I Will Do Till the Day I Die” — Fannboy Friday
Hassan has been creating content since he was a child. He is now close to hitting 1.5 million followers on TikTok.

FannBoy Friday is a weekly column from Shahjehan Khan that highlights American Muslim creatives.

Hassan Haq is primarily a TikToker who posts funny short-form content, but who also loves to stream a variety of content from gaming to just chatting. He’s 24 years old. (Adapted from Hasan’s twitch page.)

Hassan was recommended to me by previous FannBoy Friday guest Shah-Ameer (Shimmerwali). He very graciously continued my much-needed content creation education.

(This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)

Shahjehan: How would you describe yourself and what are you passionate about?

Hassan: I would say I am ambitious, overly ambitious. I'm extremely passionate about just making people laugh and smile. That is ultimately my goal with content creation [and] why I started it. I love just making people's days when I'm streaming and I see somebody say, "Hasan, your stream has made my day … I was so sad today, but after you went live, my day is so much better." That's why I do what I do, because I'm ambitious. I want to go to the moon. I literally want to take my career to the highest level possible and uplift people while I'm doing it.

Shahjehan: What’s an average day in your life?

Hassan: I try to wake up early around Fajr time, which is around 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. these days. I used to do [a] morning workout [but] I unfortunately scroll through my phone for a while … Then [the first thing I do is] get on my computer and look at my content and see what I need to post … and I'll usually get started with some early morning editing. I don't have an editor, so I just do everything myself … And then around midday, I will probably head to the gym, do a workout. [Sometimes I will do this] after lunch as well, then come back home, have dinner with my family, take a nice little shower. Then [I] probably hop on my stream — which is around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. — and basically make content from there. Then at night, if I have some free time, I'll hop on on Discord and play some games with my friends, but that hasn't been happening lately because we've all been super busy. 

My day is pretty much … A combination of me being lazy, procrastinating, editing and working. 

@thehashaq

Sitting in a 3 wheeled Taxi!

♬ original sound - Hassan Haq

Shahjehan: What are the pros and cons of being a digital creator? Do you feel like you're making stuff because you like to? Do you feel a need to do it or do you think it's second nature now because it’s your career too? 

Hassan: I will always love [being a digital creator]. I did it as a kid. I started it back when I was 9 or 10 years old. I would grab my mom's camera, record and edit on her laptop. For me, content creation will never end. This is what I will do till the day I die, hopefully.

The pros are that I have location freedom. I can make content literally wherever I want. I was making videos [in Pakistan] and it's the best thing ever. You never know: the videos might explode — do well — and then on top of that, with content creation, I just enjoy what I do. I put it out there and … [hopefully] people like … something that I put so much effort into.

There definitely are cons. It's currently happening to me right now. Some months you'll have the best month of your life; you'll think you're on top of the world. The next month, you'll have no views, nothing. Everything's gone, and you're just like, "What happened? Did I fall off? What's going on?" And then that puts a little doubt in your mind. "Can I sustain this? Can I keep doing this?" But as long as you're consistent, as long as you push yourself, you'll be fine. But it is scary. Sometimes financially too, like "Okay, I'm not making enough money this month. What's going to happen?" The thoughts come into your head. It is mentally taxing sometimes, but if you're persistent, you shouldn't have a problem.

Shahjehan: What are your goals and plans for this year?

Hassan: One of my goals before the end of the year is to hit 100K subscribers on YouTube. I'm currently sitting at 86K. I was racing with Shah-Ameer (Shimmerwali) actually. He was at like 50k [subscribers] and I was at 70K and we were racing to get to 100K. Out of nowhere, his videos just [blew] up. He's about to [reach] his 100K subscriber milestone soon, which is crazy because he was below me and now he's all the way up there. 

I [also] want to hit around 40 or 50 million more views on TikTok before the end of the year. I think it's doable if I just put my mind to it. [I want to reach] 1.5 million [followers] on TikTok and 100K subscribers on YouTube. 

I want to lose some more body fat physically as well.

Shahjehan: You made me think of another question. Do you and friends like Shah-Ameer support each other? Is it healthy competition?

Hassan: One hundred percent. [Shah-Ameer and I] are really close friends. [He] started [making] content way before me, [and] I actually used to watch his videos when he was Rwnl Pwnl. I used to watch him when I was a teenager on my YouTube feed. 

It's a very friendly competition … We're always giving each other tips on how to do things. When you are creating content … you want to put yourself in a position with like-minded people because … it motivates you to … get off [your] butt and start doing work. Shah-Ameer’s work ethic is really good. It's insane. And when I see him do well, I want to do well.

Shahjehan: Who are other creators that inspire you? 

Hassan: When I was a kid, it was definitely FouseyTube. I loved watching his content. He used to do these Middle Eastern skits that were hilarious.

There wasn't a lot [of Muslim content when I was] growing up. FaZe Apex is one of them, he's the one of the owners of FaZe Clan.

[Of the] people that are doing a good job, definitely a lot of them are on TikTok now that are my friends — GoldenGully, GoldenBalance, other TikTokers. Just seeing them do well and doing it in a space where it's not really seen as a proper career path in our culture is [like], "Wow, we're here for each other." If our community is not behind us, at least we're there for each other.


Please follow Hassan everywhere: His linktree, his TikTok, his Instagram.

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