Benny Wills From JoyCamp, An IntroductionsteemCreated with Sketch.

Greetings steemers!

I am Benny Wills, a 30-something actor-turned-poet and co-creator of the "conscious comedy" YouTube channel, JoyCamp. You may recognize me as this...

Some more about me (based on peer assessment, internal exploration, and self-realization):

I'm...

A conspiracy theorist
A radical extremist
A paranoid, ridiculous, delusional idealist

I'm a ludicrous anarchist
I'm a pessimistic communist
I'm a woo-woo, hippy-dippy, foil-hat enthusiast

I'm an airy-fairy truther
I'm a curly headed loser
I'm a tripped out, bleeding heart, cannabis abuser

I'm a pathetic, apathetic, free-loading non-voter
I'm an empathetic, sympathetic, tree-hugging peace promoter

I'm certified organic. :)
I'm hopelessly, endlessly...

Romantic...

I'm enigmatic, I'm aloof
I'm charismatic, I'm a goof

I'm annoying, I'm a nuisance
I'm privileged and I'm white
I'm an opinionated SOB who don't lean left or right

I'm anti-war, anti-government, anti-fear, anti-money
Pro-love, pro-biotic, pro-fun, pro-funny

I'm awake, I'm aware, I'm unshackled and I'm free
I am man, I am beautiful
I'm a YOU
And you're another ME

That's me performing at Anarchapulco earlier this year where I received multiple standing ovations during my 40-minute set. I say that not to brag, but because, well, it's awesome. It's important to acknowledge the good stuff in life. Also, wow, I never could have guessed that this is what I'd be doing - performing poetry around the world. Who'da thunk?

As I mentioned before, I'm the co-creator of JoyCamp.

We produce content intended to awaken the masses, nurture the awakening, and soothe the already woke. In early 2012 my compadre Kevin and I embarked on this joyful journey and later that year the world didn't end. Coincidence? We think not.

Here's a quote we like:

I was born in Hollywood, USA, to actor parents and started acting at the tender age of 7. Here's me on In Living Color in 1994.

Luckily my dad got me outta there before any sleezebags could get their pervy little hands on me. Thanks, Dad.

We moved far far away from La La Land to Mary-land when I was 10 and I didn't return to "the business" until I was 25. During that time away several life-changing events occurred. I lost my virginity, fell in love with the theater, and watched the twin towers collapse (to name a few). From 2000 - 2011 I appeared in over 50 plays. Notables include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Endgame, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelfth Night, and The Good Woman of Szechwan.

I loved acting. I loved being on stage and the thrill of taking audiences on a journey. I loved expressing myself through the lens of a character. I loved bringing words to life and telling stories. It was my passion, and I was destined for accolades and awards, red carpets and movie premieres. There was only one small problem... a little thing I like to call "9/11" happened.

I was a senior in high school on September 11th, and outside of the tragedy and shock of the moment, there was something about that day that just felt... weird. It was pre-YouTube back then so I couldn't sufficiently satisfy my itch, but I knew something was off about what had gone down that day (no pun intended). The "official story" just didn't add up. Those (three) buildings falling to the ground was... strange. Fast-forward to Fall 2004, my first semester at San Francisco State University. The sentiment of that political season was, "anyone but Bush," and while everyone around me was seemingly on the Kerry bandwagon I was perplexed by the fact that both candidates were "Skull and Bones" members. Out of the hundreds of millions of people in this country, we had to choose between two chuckleheads who were LITERALLY in the same club? What...? That didn't sit well with me either.

Anywho, shortly after Bush won, Kevin (who's been my friend for almost 15 years now), and I happened to come across a short 5-minute video about the Pentagon that posited the idea that no plane had actually hit the building. It was a mind-blower and EXACTLY what I had been waiting for. The scratch for my itch. A rabbit hole had presented itself and I plunged down it head first, full steem (pun intended) ahead. Movies like Loose Change and Zeitgeist came along further rocking my world. I discovered David Icke and he knocked my socks off too. I was in deep, fast, and by Fall 2005 I had fully committed myself to the pursuit of "truth."

And my life has been a wild ride ever since...

Problem was I didn't know what to do with what I was learning, comprehending, processing and understanding. I didn't just take the red pill, I took the whole bottle. I was getting in arguments and debates that didn't get anywhere. Fights with friends and family. I was baffled by people's indifference, and irritated by their resistance. I was too invested emotionally, so I wasn't communicating optimally. I knew I had to change my tactics.

Meanwhile, and thankfully, I always had these dudes to talk shit out with.

Tony and Kevin. We've been deconstructing this silly matrix together since day one. And what a gift that is. Definitely something I don't take for granted. I got to "wake up" with my two best friends. Lucky me.

The three of us have always been able to laugh at this stuff. A quality that ultimately led to the creation of...

Kevin and I moved to LA in 2009. We knew that we wanted to contribute in some way but had no idea how. We attended some 9/11 rallies, held signs, passed out DVDs... but it didn't feel authentic. For us. There's certainly a place for that, it just wasn't our thing. Then one day, for fun, we were inspired to make a short little video called, Conspiracy Theorist, PSA. We had a blast making it and we were thrilled with the result. And in that moment of watching it back we realized we were onto something. What this movement, or whatever you want to call it, was lacking was a sense of humor. And we could fill that void! Through our combined skill sets and backgrounds in performance, writing, and film production, we set out to create content that was thoughtful, funny, and well-produced. We could provide respite for those in need of an outlet, while simultaneously offering something shareable, humorous, and bite-size for your slumbering friends to enjoy. We had discovered our niche.

And the rest is history. We currently have over 100 videos and 18k subscribers. We receive messages almost daily from people around the world thanking us for our work.

Which brings me to my next point. The most rewarding aspect of JoyCamp by far has been the people. I consider the friends I've made and the allies I've assembled these last few years to be my greatest success. I have the best international community a boy could ask for.

David Icke

Max Igan @maxigan

Carey Wedler and Luke Rudowski @lukewearechange

Liam Scheff (RIP) and Robert Scott Bell

Abby Martin

Dan Dicks @pressfortruth

Kenny Palurintano @kennyskitchen

The whole Regeneration crew

And many many more...

So... what's next?

I'm riding the waves of change and stepping into a new role. I started writing poetry a few years ago and I've slowly been going more and more public with it. My set at Anarchapulco was entirely poetic and it served as a real activation point. The response from the crowd was better than I could have imagined and I'm now poised to accept and embrace this new role of traveling speaker/poet.

I'll be using JoyCamp as my platform to express this newfound talent, and, well... we'll see what happens. We'll also continue making videos (don't worry), as well as re-launching our podcast which had a 6-week trial run late last year.

Lastly, I have a confession.

I have massive student loan debt. A contractual illusion that taunts me every day of my life. It's an ongoing, ethereal annoyance that just won't go away. And I'm sick of it. I just turned 34 and my goal is to eradicate it completely by the time I'm 35.

If you're reading this and you can help me in any way, let me know!

I "owe" $63,000 and I want to crowdsource about half of that number, roughly $31,500, through various cryoto-currencies and Patreon donations. I'll then offer that amount back as a one-time only payment, and (hopefully) free myself from this nagging issue forever.

I'll admit, I was naive when I took out those loans, thinking I'd surely be able to pay them back in short order with all of the acting money bound to come my way and all. But like so many of you, I woke up from my dream, saw a world that needed my help, and walked away from the only pursuit I'd ever known.

Luckily, the time I invested and the skills I acquired throughout my acting career are coming in handy now in the most beautiful ways. Because performing poetry and speaking in front of large crowds is the perfect coalescence of all of it. Had I NOT gone to school and trained and done all those plays, I wouldn't have the tool set necessary to do what I'm doing now.

It's all happening... exactly right. :)

Follow me, re-steem and upvote this post. Fill me full of Steem... and I'll do the same for you. That's what we do here, right...?

Help me out if you can and let's keep fighting the good fight.

Looking forward to whatever's next...

Much love to all.

-Benny

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Hey Benny, I am very happy that you decided to join the Steemit community, the "Joy Camp" lulz channel is one of my top ten favorite channels because you guys put some humor and some lulz to the conspiracies that we all talk about that are very serious and normally horrible to talk about.

I am happy to follow you on here, and up-vote your content. Check out my blog on here some time, you probably already know my YouTube channel "Titus Frost" by now. I would love to get you or some of your colleagues on for an interview.

My favorite video of yours is the "Kill Switch" episode, absolutely hilarious.

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Yo Titus - yeah man, been following your channel for awhile now. Let's do an interview soon! Next week maybe...? Much love dude.

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Yeah that would be awesome. Anytime man. You guys are always welcome on my show.

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Agreed! A STWT episode with Benny would be very interesting.

Welcome to the platform, I wish everything work out for you.
I wish you the best! Hope you gonna have fun with our community and see you soon.

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Nice post! What will happening, if someone resteem your post?

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Thanks! Happy to be here.

Hey joycamp-benny,
Thanks for the great content

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The pleasure is all mine. :)

So happy to have you join us on Steemit brother! I see great things coming up for you, and I know Steemit is going to LOVE having you around :-)

I am so grateful to have connected in Acapulco this year, and to watch your evolution into the next version of Benny. Keep up the amazing work, and just keep being you!

Much love brother, I'll see you soon!

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Love you brother.

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Welcome Benny! Now I know Steemit has a future for sure. With your talent and creativity, it's going to be fun! Looking forward to seeing your output!

btw screw that crony government debt! Move to Mexico! ;)

Wooooooo! JoyCamp is on Steemit :-)
Up-voted, re-steemed, and followed!

Wonderful post & welcome to Steemit @joycamp-benny!

Because this features 2 or more of the beautiful humans from The Tribe, it has been re-steemed by our communal account: @tribesteemup!

Hello Benny, and welcome to Steemit.

Looks like you've led an interesting life so far, and I'm sure it's about to get more interesting. Maybe even "better" in some ways.

From this intro post, it looks like you have quite a bit of experience and insight to bring to this platform. And it's clear that you will present it in interesting and unique ways.

I hope all your posts are as readable as this one. As long as you make quality content, you will find that any effort you bring to this venture is rewarding and rewarded.

All the best, and Full Steem Ahead.

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Looking forward to being a part of the community.

Welcome brother I Rember putting the mic on you last year at Anarchapulco see you in 2018 have fun steeming

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Ha! Awesome. See you soon...

Rock on, @joycamp-benny! We're glad to have you on board. Upvoted and I'm gonna' follow you --- but you better be good! :-)

Hey, let's stay in touch, man. I look forward to connecting more. Happy Thanksgiving, dude!

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Haha... I'll do my best.

Welcome aboard. If your poem is honest then truly

I'm a YOU
And you're another ME

I love your Oscar Wilde quote too. It's the first lesson you've taught me. I've been trying to attract flies with vinegar. :)

Your activism is heartening to this old man. You certainly can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

Undoubtedly you understand fiat money. When you borrow, the central bank creates money that you pay back with interest. If you pay $1 of interest the banks have profited off you.

I have massive student loan debt. A contractual illusion that taunts me every day of my life.

Everybody important has already been paid. Everyone but the banks and they'll just write it off their books. It means nothing to them since the money came from nowhere. If you continue to play by their rules, they will be the winners, the very structure you are supposedly fighting.

Walk away. Do it for us all.

Love your work...or is it play. Funny thing about those words. We play music but work a crowd. It's all so confusing. Look forward to seeing you in February.

welcome Benny. we met at Anarchapulco last year. Good luck on here.

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Thanks Danny!

@joycamp-benny You seem like a rad dude! I probably SAW you on that episode of In Living Color... ha ha Used to love that show. Thanks for the life-story-rundown - You've met some pretty amazing people. Would love to hear of your adventures with David Icke! And some of the Truther leads you've chased... So much changed that day. Looking forward to seeing your contribution to Steemit - Welcome!

Welcome, dude! Love your videos. Watch out Illuminati members on Steemit! They will disgiuse themselves and pretend they love you. Most of them will say to yo something like "Welcome dude! Love your videos." just to fool you in believing they are not in Illuminati.

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Haha. I'll keep one eye out...

Followed, Upvoted, and Highly rEsteemed!
I'm a small fan but a fan nonetheless.
It's very nice to to see such a wonderful introduction and your work speaks for itself. I was a BIG fan of Liam Sheff and was devastated by his sudden passing. Thank you for joining us and SteemON Bruv.

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Liam was a like a brother to me. He would crash at out place for months at a time. Taught me how to cook... among other things. I miss him dearly.

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Let me tell you, that guy had a PROFOUND influence on my art. So do you!
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A fun poem there my friend. And yes the sheeple need to be woke up as You are a talented and joy camp sounds well worthwhile. Welcome to Steemit Benny you will do well here. Folks are so kind and good to each other. What is David Icke like in person? Blessings.

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He was great. Totally genuine. He comped Kevin and me to his show. We chatted for a bit after. Very personable. Loves JoyCamp. :)

Welcome. You are a very talented artist with a beautiful heart and mind. Very happy to see you here!

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Aw, thank you. Happy to be here. :)

Hey Benny, true story, my wife also went to San Francisco St. Class of 2014 we know exactly what it feels like. Ironically, her debt is right around the same that you “owe” 59k. You got my vote, you canabis abuser you.

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Haha. Yeah, what a scam.

Welcome Benny! You can know a man by his friends, eh! Great photo cred! Ha! Have you thought of giving "accepted for value" a try with you loan debt? RDS seems to think Trump may really go ahead with that Debt Jubilee! Upvoted and following. @dakini5d

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Never heard of it. What does "accepted for value" mean...?

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Present one image every day for 7 days.
No people.
No explanation.
Nominate someone every day. Although anyone can join in.
Use the tag #sevendaybnwchallenge as one of your five tags.

Hi Benny!
Welcome to Steemit!

I've been a fan of many of the people you've shared the same circles with, especially David Icke. So I imagine I will resonate with many of your writings here. I'll be following your posts here for sure.

Cheers!
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FUCK YESSSSSS!

Welcome to STEEM Benny! I'm a big fan of Joycamp. You have supplied me with many, many laughs over the years. You're going to love it here on STEEM . You'll be fully crowdsourced before you know it ;)

Looking forward to seeing your poetry!

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Awesome. Glad to be connected, amigo. Just followed you. Thanks for the kind words. :)

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hey Benny! its a pleasure to meet u and support u! im very new to steemit also and havnt even used it yet. but i upvoted and will share it around on Lifting The Veil platforms. much love bro.

Love it brother! Welcome to Steemit!

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High energy bro. Steem Power.

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Nice to meet you, Benny! 💃

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Good to see you here amigo!

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Thanks amigo. Glad to be here.

Welcome to Steemit, Benny. I loved reading your introduction post. I would love to read lot more from you. I know for sure that your posts are going to be amazing. Have fun Steeming. Cheers!

Hello @joycamp-benny, I hope you are enjoying Steemit!

This is a great place with a great community -- glad to have you around!
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Done. Followed. Thanks dude

SOOOOO happy you are here!!!

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@joycamp-benny I enjoy your videos, good stuff, quality messages. With me being stand up comedian I greatly appreciate calling out the status quo. I’m just getting started at Steemit and still figuring this stuff out. Keep up the good work. @trezmala

Welcome. That's quite a life you have. Have fun on Steemit :)

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Thanks! Looking forward...