Long story short: I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to still be alive and breathing for 45+ years and hopefully counting.

The tldr:

I am the independent, jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, one-man-band behind the Ephemeral Rift YouTube channel and the homegrown EphemRadio podcast (which is on hiatus).

I grew up a skinny, shy, awkward, goofy, rebellious Roman Catholic kid in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I still reside. I have always wanted to be creative, always having been strongly attracted to the arts, but just never had the patience to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, nor did I have that unbridled fire burning within my veins that made me focus on becoming a musician, a writer, a painter, etc. Aside from holding down regular jobs since I was 15, I was into writing amateur song lyrics and poetry as a hobby, teaching myself guitar, learning digital music, but mostly playing video games. All of that stuff never really amounted to anything. So I just worked, played video games, watched TV, went to the movies, and just keep pushing through the muck trying to figure out what it was that would make me happy, outside of having a family of course (but the whole family thing didn’t happen until my mid 30’s).

I stumbled onto YouTube in September 2011 with the hopes of it being the satisfying creative outlet I was searching for most of my adult life. Call it a sandbox, testing ground, perhaps even a social experiment, the first videos on the channel consisted of time lapse photography of clouds and my amateur playing of the Native American Style Flute. I had no direction for the channel. No plan. Not a great way to start or run a channel, but that’s me: the man without a plan! My only plan every day is to wake up and hopefully still be able to contribute something positive in the world, and do something with myself that allows me to get food to eat, since I’m not good at hunting and gathering.

I stumbled onto ASMR in the spring of 2012 via someone discovering a particular video on my channel. I went from a this-is-the-thing-I’ve-experienced-all-my-life consumer of ASMR videos to an ASMR content creator in a matter of weeks. From there, the creative flood gates opened and the rest is history.

I am a husband, dad, godless animal, nature enthusiast, ex-insect macro photographer, foodie, gamer (traditional table top to video games), ex-tobacco smoker (as of ~2005), ex-moderate drinker (sober since late 2017), ex-cannabis smoker (as of ~2005 but could change if it became legal in Pennsylvania), wanna-be stand up comedian / film director / actor, diehard metalhead, nihilist, optimist, cynic, skeptic, critical thinker, free thinker, escapist, philosophy enthusiast, absurdist, and someone who sometimes identifies as a humanist, anti-capitalist, anarcho-communist, individualist, praying mantis and alien.


Paul aka Ephemeral Rift