Who is Adam Montoya?
Adam Parris Montoya was born on 12 June 1984, in San Diego, California, USA, and was a YouTube personality, best known for managing the channel SeaNanners which gained a lot of popularity thanks to his commentary while playing video games. He also gained a lot of fame playing with other popular YouTubers, such as VanossGaming, GassyMexican, and Markiplier.
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The Riches of Adam Montoya
How rich is Adam Montoya? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1.5 million, earned through success on YouTube. However, he moved away from the platform in recent years in efforts to help build further wealth.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
There is limited information when it comes to Adam’s life before his rise to fame online, as he has only shared very few details regarding his family and upbringing. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at San Diego State University (SDSU). Founded in 1897, it’s the third oldest university in the California State University system. It has over 34,000 students enrolled annually, and is one of the biggest influences on the San Diego economy. It is ranked among the top 10 universities in the country in terms of racial and ethnic diversity. It also consistently rank among the top 500 universities in the world, based on the list by the publication “Forbes”.
Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Adam began to do freelance work, as he was looking for a specific career that would interest him – he did videography and several wedding projects. At around this time, he discovered the rising popularity of YouTube channels focused on gaming, and decided that it would be the path he would pursue.
YouTube Channel and Content
Being a big fan of video games, Montoya created his channel to focus on gameplay and video game commentaries. Initially, he started uploading highlights of his multiplayer games of “Call of Duty”. As he progressed, he found more comfort with creating video game content focused on himself playing with a dedicated group of friends who are also YouTubers. Some of the most popular games he has played during his career include “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies” and “The Hidden”.
Some of his collaborators were also popular in their own right, and this helped in elevating their popularity as well as their reach. His videos featured VanossGaming and Markiplier, and started to gain a lot of attention thanks to his playthroughs with YouTuber and the streamer GassyMexican, who is well known for his voice impressions. In these videos, he and his friends often coerce Gassy into playing the game while role-playing a character, doing the impression alongside it. Some of his other collaborators include Chilled Chaos, Hutch, Tejbz, RitzPlays, and Mr. Sark. He also played a lot of the game “Garry’s Mod” with his friends.
Sponsorships, YouTube Projects, and Sudden Hiatus
During the early part of his YouTube career, Adam partnered with the company Machinima Inc. and began posting gameplay videos which were featured on the company’s channel. He had become a full-time employee of the company at one point, though still managing to maintain his own channel’s content. After several years, he announced the creation of a new network called JETPAK, which was founded by former Machinima employees. The group specifically helped to create a network which advantaged YouTubers and their channels, not using them to the company’s benefit.
In 2016, he worked alongside Evan Fong on a YouTube Red series called “The Paranormal Action Squad”, which is an animated adult comedy. He played the character Paul in the show and it was written by “Michael Rowe” who is known for his work in “Futurama”. Two years later, his followers noticed a sudden decrease in activity from YouTube – he was only releasing a video a week. His social media presence also slowed down, and by mid-2018 he stopped uploading completely onto all of his public channels and accounts. While he hasn’t made any official statement about a retirement, he made a guest appearance in a friend’s Twitch stream, stating that he was looking into real estate and getting passive income up, which is his primary focus.
— Adam Montoya (@SeaNanners) October 12, 2016
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Montoya was in a relationship with fellow YouTuber Cathy Diep, though it is not known if they are still together. The two often collaborated on videos as she played with him on several occasions alongside other friends. She was the first to become inactive from her online accounts – her channel was focused on lifestyle, food, DIY videos, to name a few.
Prior to his inactivity, he was like many YouTube personalities, actively posting on social media. He has an account on Twitter which mainly promoted his YouTube channels and videos though it has not been active since 2018, at around the same time he stopped posting to his YouTube channel. He also has an Instagram account, but hasn’t posted anything on it. It is not known if the account previously had photos which were later deleted, or if he didn’t bother to use the website after its creation. There are a few photos of him available on Cathy’s account, but which has also been inactive for a few years.