Shawn Mendes' YouTube Artist Spotlight Story Offers Intimate Look at His Life

Shawn Mendes
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Shawn Mendes attends a special screening presented by YouTube music of "Shawn Mendes" YouTube Artist Spotlight Story on Sept. 27, 2018 in New York City.

Shawn Mendes has teamed up with YouTube Music to share a part of his emotional journey to stardom in the latest YouTube Artist Spotlight Story, out today (Sept. 28). 

The short film focuses on the 20-year-old musician's life leading up to the release of his self-titled third studio album, Shawn Mendes, in May of this year. 

"It was just about doing it for fun and posting videos,” Mendes recalls. “I wasn't dreaming about stadiums, or Grammys. I was dreaming of my friends being like, 'That's very cool. I love that. You sounded great.' I just wanted to be that guy who sang and played guitar on YouTube.”

Directed by vlogger and filmmaker Casey Neistat, the video looks back on the popstar's journey from uploading YouTube videos in his Toronto home to performing on the world’s biggest stages. It includes exclusive interviews with Mendes, along with intimate footage of his days on tour to show the young artist's resilience and how others can use YouTube to leverage their success. 

 Check out Shawn Mendes below.