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Official website for Kaleb Nation: producer, TV personality, entrepreneur, and author of Harken and the Bran Hambric series.

Watch Me On Dr. Drew On Call!

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Kaleb Nation On Dr. Drew On Call

I have some BIG NEWS… I’ll be on your TV tonight!

On Thursday, January 30, I’m a guest on Dr. Drew On Call, which is broadcast live on HLN at 9PM ET (6PM PT). Find out more here.

Right now, HLN is airing a commercial that features me and some of my friends! Yes, I’ve been making that weird face on national TV all week… see it in my latest video:

It’d be awesome if you could tweet about me being on the show tonight! Tweet with the hashtag #KalebNationOnDrDrew… and tweet me a screenshot if we get it on Twitter’s Trending Topics!

I’ll be replying to your tweets all day. After the show, I’ll call one person on the phone who was tweeting #KalebNationOnDrDrew. Will that person be YOU?

See you on TV!

Merry Christmas From Kaleb, Taylor, And Chilla!

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Merry Christmas from Kaleb Nation, bffTaylor, and Chilla!

Merry Christmas from Kaleb, Taylor & Chilla!


On Stage At DigiFest LA (With Screaming)

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I filmed this video on stage at DigiFest LA last weekend.

Feels… GREAT.

MaximoTV was there too. They took this lovely video of us arriving on the red carpet. By “lovely” I am referring to all parts in this video except the parts where I make that-face-which-shall-never-be-made-again.

Thanks for the thumbnail, Maximo!!!

On stage, Taylor and I announced the return of Nation. Get ready for the show to be even bigger and better in 2014!


I’m In YouTube Rewind 2013. In A One Direction Shirt. With Harken.

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The title of this post says it all. Yes, that’s me in YouTube’s Rewind 2013 music video.

Adding up YouTube Rewind 2013, Rebecca Black’s Saturday, and The Today Show, I’ve made my weird face at over 33,000,000 people this week.

And on top of that, I was holding a gnome, my book Harken, and wearing a pink One Direction shirt.


It can’t get any more 2013 than that.

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Kaleb Nation On The Today Show

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Did you see me on The Today Show?!

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2 seconds of fame is the new 5 seconds of fame 😉

That crazy face is from Rebecca Black’s new “Saturday” music video, which got over 4,000,000 views in a day. I’m the crazy eyes guy.

In Rebecca Black’s “Saturday” Music Video, I’m The Crazy Eye Guy

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I’m in Rebecca Black’s new “Saturday” music video.

Rebecca Black Saturday Music Video Gif with Kaleb Nation

I made crazy eyes.

Saturday is the sequel to the legendary Friday music video that got over 60,000,000+ YouTube views in 2011.

Be In A Rebecca Black Music Video can now be checked off my bucket list.

I don’t want this Saturday to end.












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Rebecca Black's Saturday Music Video - Kaleb Nation Scene




12/9 UPDATE: My face was on The Today Show.

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How To: Take Adorable Photos

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Last week, Taylor and I did a photo shoot with the amazing fashion photographer Jade Ehlers!

Taylor and I take a lot of photos for our friends and family (okay I’m lying, we do it for Instagram) but it’s tough to get great shots when all you have is a tripod and a remote. With Jade and his wife Kaitlin, we were able to get some new photos and headshots and plenty of pics for Tumblr.

We spent an entire day changing outfits, finding locations, posing, and smiling. LOTS of SMILING. My face still hurts from all of the smiling. Watch our behind-the-scenes video on YouTube and see all of the photos below:

P.S. Are you following both of us on Twitter? She’s at @bfftaylor and mine is @KalebNation.

Power Showers And The Creative Trance

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I just took my first shower in 4 days.

It lasted almost two hours. I bathed, showered, washed my hair, scrubbed my skin, shaved, moisturized, deodorized, brushed my teeth, mouthwashed, brushed my teeth a second time, conditioned and fixed my hair, slipped into fresh clothes, and finished it all off with some sprays of cologne.

Doubling up with a bath and shower took the longest. I bathed before showering to loosen up days of filth.

I call it a Power Shower.


The “before” was atrocious. Last night I didn’t go to sleep until 4 in the morning. I had my first meal at 3:45AM: mini muffins and bacon. I have little memory of the past 4 days except for what I’ve written in my notes “to catch up on after this is done” and the still-echoing clicks of my laptop’s keys.

After barely seeing me for days, my girlfriend visited my office yesterday. She couldn’t stick around because of my condition.

I didn’t even notice it’d gotten that bad. I didn’t even notice anything but my keyboard.

I call that the Creative Trance.

Writers and creatives know what I’m talking about. A new idea appears with such strength that everything around you drops five levels in importance. Your mind says you MUST explore this idea. You MUST make it happen. Nothing else could POSSIBLY be more important than the idea until the idea isn’t an idea anymore, but real and sitting in your hands, completed.

In the Trance, I don’t see the days as they pass through the window behind my desk. I don’t notice when the sun sets and the darkness falls. The glow of my computer screen hypnotizes my concentration from everything happening elsewhere.

My bottle of water is empty but I can’t mentally bring myself to take 5 seconds and grab another. I get thirsty, glance at it, see it’s empty, consider getting more, then immediately become distracted by the words on my screen and forget my thirst entirely.

Did you text me? Email me? Warn me of a deadline? I didn’t even notice.

The Trance has taken over. Writing season has begun.


Luckily it doesn’t last forever. The Creative Trance is only that jumpstart on a new project: that jolt of energy and concentration needed to transform an idea from an intangible concept into something real, something that doesn’t just live in your head. It blocks out everything else in the world and makes regular routines seem easy to delay. You can call them back later. You can read your texts another time. You can eat and sleep tomorrow. All that matters is writing, creating, building. Making it happen.

I’m a writer — we live for the Trance. Two or three Trance weeks a year keeps me sharp with book ideas.

The week ends eventually. A two-hour Power Shower ceremony can transform a crumbled, overworked, sleepless creature into a normal human again. Then I’m back, just like before — the only remaining evidence hidden in my slightly bloodshot eyes and the new thing I just created.

It’s harder for the non-writer half of a couple to understand the Trance. When you date a writer, you date all of their characters too. When you date an entrepreneur, you date their work. They love you most, but they love their work too.

Don’t fear the Creative Trance. Give it a few days, your writer will be human again soon. Buy air freshener in bulk, it’s cheaper.


Writing In Seasons

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I was interviewed by Chris Trondsen at Erika Tascon’s Birthday Bash last month! Watch it if you want to see me incredibly hyped up on too much caffeine and if you want to meet my new friend The Little Hair That Would Not Stay In Place

Among other things, I explain how I write in “seasons” around 2:56. I point it out because my seasonal writing goes against everything in those library books about how to “be a writer” —

“REAL writers write EVERY day and once they finish a book REAL authors IMMEDIATELY start writing on the NEXT one so they are ALWAYS writing like REAL writers…”from The Only Real Way To Be An Author by Huckster Notawriter

It makes sense in theory on paper (pun was required). If you work out every day, you’ll get stronger. If you write every day, you’ll write better. But they fail to mention that some writers aren’t the norm.

Most writers are rabbits.

They can bounce from one project to the next, finishing a book in their children’s series then another in their adult series just in time to release a racy e-novella under their fourth pen name. They hop around with their semi-robotic routines, their superhuman discipline, their ability to crank out thriller after thriller and never run out of steam or have the slightest dip in quality.

These writers annoy me. No amount of energy drinks can help me keep up with their spirit-crushingly spectacular pace.

Other writers are bears.

Sometimes plotting and writing and editing and polishing an entire novel is such a mental exercise that your muse simply needs to rest. For a LONG time.

My muse needs 6 months of hibernation for every 6 months of writing activity. Like clockwork, my mind switches to creative mode at 5PM PT, which is why you’ll often see me posting word count updates to Twitter at 3 in the morning.

If I push myself to write in the off-season or at different hours, everything comes out wrong and falls apart into a frustrating mess. My muse just isn’t awake.

I’ve learned to work with it. Half of the year, I’m online: making videos, websites, shows, projects, everything from that side of my life. Then the writing seasons creeps up on me. Before I even realize what’s happening, I’m suddenly writing in a frenzy again.

Keep writing, but keep loving writing too.

I’ve learned to not be afraid of doing things my way. If you have school or a job or commitments and can only write on Wednesdays after 7PM, don’t feel like you’re any less of a writer than someone who never pries themselves from their pens-and-microwavable-food-covered desk. If you scheduled writing time for every day at noon but find yourself uninterested and uninspired, relax. Do something else. Take notes for tomorrow so you feel better. Writing doesn’t expire. Often letting an idea simmer for the night will deepen its flavor it the morning.

Now that I’ve finished this alarmingly lengthy blog post, I just realized something… I think writing season is about to start again.

Haunted Hollywood Hotel!

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I slept in a real HAUNTED Hollywood hotel and things got VERY weird…

The Hotel Roosevelt is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, who lived in one of the hotel suites for two years. Before checking in to the hotel, I scripted out a scary paranormal video and planned to prank Taylor with a fake “ghost”.

But from the first moment, things did not go how I planned. I ended up being more spooked than Taylor. KARMA??



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