Before moving to Fort Collins, 35-year-old Taylor Calmus was just another aspiring actor in Los Angeles, raising a family and working full time and hustling between auditions.
When he and his wife, Heidi, decided to ditch the sandy beaches of California for the mountains of Colorado, Calmus created a YouTube channel that would allow him to continue creating content no matter where they lived.
Calmus was inspired to create the channel, which he calls “Dude Dad”, after seeing that there were tons of vlogs, blogs and videos dedicated to moms and the issues and challenges they faced raising children. , but not really for dads.
“I had seen a lot of vlogs for moms, but there was nothing for dads,” he said. “I wanted to share my experiences as a dad and fatherhood.”
Dude Dad offers fun and entertaining videos on different topics and experiences about parenting, marriage, and life in general, from juggling multiple kids and target races to the joys of coffee creamer and “mom and dad” time. “.
Calmus and his family moved to Fort Collins in 2020 after buying a house they had only seen in photos and videos, never walking through the door in person until they had the keys in hand .
For most people, buying a house without seeing it would be risky and unimaginable, but for Calmus, he knew he had the knowledge and inspiration to turn the Fort Collins property into the perfect family home.
His most recent home renovation project involved redoing the basement, which he posted a video of on his Dude Dad channel. The video shows how Calmus transformed a dark, ordinary room into a family room with a warm environment and custom cabinetry with programmable LED lights.
Although he makes the whole process easy, Calmus admits it was a bit of work.
“I’ve been doing this for years and years and years, so it’s not that easy,” he said. “Even I still struggled which was shown in the last part of this video. I show how I messed up my clearcoat at one point and had to sand it all down and start all over again .
Tools Calmus thinks every household should have in their garage include the basics – a set of screwdrivers and a hammer – as well as a good set of power tools like an impact drill, circular saw or jigsaw. .
“With these tools, you can pretty much do all the basics,” he added.
Calmus’ Dude Dad videos caught the attention of ‘Fixer Upper’ hosts and husband and wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines after Calmus challenged Chip to build a performance hall with proceeds from the event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Chip and I are very similar in that we’re these do-it-yourselfers who are these goofy dads, and I’ve always been really admired by him and his show and how cool it would be to work with him,” Calmus explained. . “So I created this challenge video and released it, and they agreed. We ended up raising $1.5 million for St. Jude.
The performance hall showdown not only raised money for the hospital, but also partnered with Gaines’ Magnolia Network for a show called “Super Dad.”
The show centers on Calmus helping “aspiring DIY dads turn their kids’ outrageous backyard dreams into recreational realities,” according to the show’s online description.
Throughout the show, Calmus has helped dads complete backyard projects such as a castle, pirate ship, fort, and zip line, proving that with a little help, all dads can be super dads.
“It’s a whole different beast, and it’s fun because we have 30 minutes to tell a story, so you have a lot more room for reality to unfold and to dive a little deeper into the story” , did he declare. “And the projects have all grown. But it’s a ton of work. I’ve never worked harder than trying to make a TV show.
While Calmus teaches his fellow dads how to create amazing garden contraptions, he also taught the men he worked with in the series lessons in being a dad.
“I have three kids and I’m tired all the time and a dad told me, very simply, if you’re tired then you’re doing well,” Calmus said. “And that really struck a chord with me. If you are tired, you make effort and work.
In addition to the “Super Dad” show and his Dude Dad videos, Calmus has created his own line of merchandise that includes t-shirts, hats, apron, coffee mugs and a diaper bag focused on kids. guys, with adjustable straps, carabiners, exterior drink pocket and not one, but two bottle openers.
He’s also written a book, “A Dude’s Guide to Baby Size,” which helps expectant dads through the “crazy rush of forty weeks pregnant.”
Having had three children of his own – Theo, Juno and Otto – and another on the way, Calmus has extensive first-hand experience in navigation during pregnancy and postpartum.
Regarding his future plans and where he sees Dude Dad going, Calmus explained that his goal is more than just entertaining people, he helps dads connect with their kids and create memories, even if it’s as easy as slip-n-slip out of PVC pipes and pool noodles.
“The reality is that kids are going to be impressed with everything you do. They’re just going to be happy, and they’re just going to be excited that you did something for them,” Calmus said.
For more on Dude Dad’s videos, “Super Dad” or to buy some chic swag from the influencer online, go to www.dudedad.com and https://bit.ly/3QVdQlj.