Rodney Petersen on Spending a Day With YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul

  • Rodney Petersen is a TikToker who has branded himself as a look-a-like of YouTuber Logan Paul.
  • Petersen recently got a chance to meet and film with Logan Paul and his brother Jake.
  • This is his story of what it was like to meet the influencers, as told to Charissa Cheong.

Over the past year, I’ve developed an online presence as a look-a-like of YouTube star Logan Paul on TikTok.

I never expected this to be what I wanted to do with my time, but after I created an account and people in my comments section said I looked like the controversial influencer, I decided to make being a doppleganger a part of my online brand.

I now have 207,000 followers and live with my wife and four children in Iowa where I build fences for a living.

I never would have guessed that I would actually get to meet Logan Paul because of my TikTok account. But when I did, the experience was even better than I could have hoped for.

I was shocked when Logan Paul contacted me and agreed to film content together

In October, Insider published an interview with me about my content and TikTok account. Shortly after the story came out, Logan Paul messaged me on social media and called me his “twin.”

I was immediately starstruck and responded by suggesting we meet one day and film some content together. Logan seemed to like the idea.

The next thing I know, I’m making a 21-hour drive to Arizona, where Logan’s influencer-turned-boxer brother Jake Paul was scheduled to fight former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

A post shared by Logan Paul (@loganpaul)

The plan was for me and my family to watch Jake’s fight on October 29th and then film some content with Logan for both of our TikTok accounts.

After the match I went to meet Logan outside of Jake’s AirBnB to film with him and his assistant came out to meet me with a briefcase from Logan. He gave me some shoes, necklaces and a hat and I was told to wear the clothes so that I would match Logan and be able to film content as his doppelganger.

Logan created a video where he had some of his friends and family members, including Jake, react to the two of us standing next to each other. He filmed their genuine reaction: everyone laughed and said we looked really alike, even in our mannerisms.

It was also cool to see how a big influencer shoots content. Logan had a whole team with him and they talked about camera angles and sound quality. I learned a lot that I hope can help me improve as a content creator.

I was pleasantly surprised by how genuinely nice the Paul brothers seemed

I got to spend a lot of time with both Logan and Jake during the tour, and even though they both have controversial online pasts, they were both extremely nice to me and my family, both on and off camera.

They both met my children and played with them. There was a time when my son got really excited and started showing them some paper origami tricks he can do and the brothers really listened and responded to him.

A picture of Rodney and his son meeting Logan Paul.

Provided by Rodney Petersen.

Rodney Petersen.

I have to say that I didn’t necessarily expect that from people as famous as Logan and Jake Paul. I expected them to be much shorter with their time, but they got to know my family and also asked me questions about my personal life, which I appreciated.

Logan made me feel really safe the whole time I was with him. He even asked me to be a featured guest on his podcast and gave me a pep talk when I was nervous about it.

It was an incredible experience to spend a day as an honorary Paul brother after all these months of making fun of it on TikTok – I even noticed quite a few people recognized me from TikTok and wanted pictures with me.

It was really nice to get a taste of the big influencer lifestyle, but at the end of the day I love my life in rural Iowa and was happy to go home. Still, I hope to keep in touch with Logan in the hope that we can do it again sometime.

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