Kaleb was born in 1988 in Orange, Texas – a small town mostly known for its infamous street of petroleum plants called Chemical Row. Through many childhood relocations, Kaleb worked as a chocolate seller, a website designer, a photographer, a blogger, and a goat herder, among others. He spent many of his teenage years on a farm building pig fences until a series of fortunate accidents paved the way for a career in Hollywood.
At 13, Kaleb answered an advertisement for a radio hosting job to see which of his parents would be the first to say no. After receiving unexpected support from both his parents and the station manager, Kaleb suddenly became the host of a weekly radio show in Austin, Texas – the youngest on air at the time.
By age 17 and under the name Kaleb Krew, his show The Top 5 was broadcast nationally in over 20 states and countries, with few of his affiliates realizing he was a teenager recording the episodes in his bedroom.
Kaleb Nation’s first story – penned at age 9 – featured the heroic and egotistical King Kaleb on a submarine journey under the North Pole. At 12, Kaleb phoned the editor of a major publisher to pitch a book idea but was sent to talk to security instead. Unhindered, he continued to write as a teenager and completed his first novel in 2003 when he was 14. Six years and many edits later, his book was published in multiple languages as his 2009 debut novel The Farfield Curse. Its sequel, The Specter Key, was published on 10/10/10. One of his publishers is the same company that rejected his call years before, but everyone is friends now.
Kaleb is also the author of 2013’s Harken, a reptilian conspiracy theory thriller called “whip-smart, charming, and irresistible” by New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano.
By 2008, Kaleb left radio to focus on writing and Internet media. Unintentionally, he became the face of TwilightGuy.com – a blog originally intended as a resource for his male friends to follow his study of The Twilight Saga, a popular series of vampire romance novels and films. Within days of its launch, Kaleb’s blog received a flurry of media attention and became one of the most popular (and hated) Twilight websites in the world. The website went on to receive over 8 million hits and was widely highlighted in the media, including features by Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Businessweek, and several documentaries. Kaleb was invited to the red carpet premieres of The Twilight Saga films – his first visit to Hollywood – to interview the cast and bestselling author Stephenie Meyer, who says TwilightGuy.com “…made me laugh buckets.”
Having experienced the powerful opportunities offered by new media, Kaleb turned his attention to producing digital content full-time. As a hub for his growing audience of followers, he began producing video blogs at YouTube.com/KalebNation. After nearly 600 videos, he partnered with media leader PMC to produce The 60SR Show in 2012, which received over 12,000,000 views.
In 2013, Kaleb launched Kaleb Media: a creative marketing agency specializing in social media advertising and viral content. As a consultant, Kaleb has designed marketing strategies for many leading companies and brands. He has spoken widely at corporate events to highlight the rising influence of online media, including as a featured speaker at Taco Bell’s Franmac franchisee summit (2016).
In 2014, Kaleb proposed to fellow YouTube creator bfftaylor on stage at a YouTube convention, and in 2015 their wedding was filmed for an episode of TLC’s hit TV show Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta. The story of Kaleb and Taylor’s YouTube relationship – they met at Playlist Live, started dating at Vidcon, and got engaged at Digifest – was included in the 2017 documentary Internet Kids.
They live in California with puppies named Selfie and Hippie. Kaleb Nation is his real name.