DROPPING OUT OF COLLEGE FOR THE DOMINO ART REVOLUTION


My name is Lily Hevesh I’m 19 years old and I am soon to be a college dropout Not because school is too difficult or because I don’t enjoy it But because I’m deciding to take the alternative path as an entrepreneur and pursue my dream of being a full-time Domino Artist. This is my story. It was late 2008 when I searched on us on YouTube I started watching the most Mesmerizing and intricate Domino toppling videos with thousands or even millions of dominoes after scanning through hundreds of them I became completely obsessed From there, I was hooked for life I never would have guessed that a youtube search I made when I was 10 years old would eventually lead to a career that had never existed before It started with a set of 28 dominoes and my collection quickly grew to the thousands as my desire for larger and more complex domino setups multiplied. iuploaded my Domino videos to youtube and received overwhelming support from what we know now as a Domino community Throughout the years my skills of Domino builder increased dramatically and by age 13 companies wanted to hire me to build their logo out of dominoes for advertisements I’ll never forget my first proper business trip traveling to Montreal with my mom and getting paid to set up $25,000 for an ad agency the entire experience was beyond anything I could have imagined as a 13 year old Soon enough I realized that my unique skill had a value and can become more than just a hobby it could become a part-time job and that is exactly what it became. I coined the term Domino artist and started using that to describe what I do in November of 2013 My video Insane Domino Tricks went viral after being featured on the front page of YouTube and reddit My domino videos started getting recognized by major news outlets from all over the world including Nickelodeon and Fox News. I even got the opportunity to be on the Today Show with some of my friends that I met through our Domino videos YouTube amazingly connected me to other builders around the world and as the Donnell community came together in real life, the stronger our passions for domino and chain reactions became Little did I know that together we would break Guinness World Records and travel around the world to do work as professional Domino artists Domino’s have radically transformed my life and given me opportunities that I can only dream dup as a child Because of these little pieces of plastic, I’ve gotten the chance to create Domino art for companies like Ford, Honda, Marvel, Prudential, Marriott, Pizza Hut, and countless others. I’ve even worked with Kevin Jonas to make a lyric video for bethany mota And I’ve done a project for Katy Perry as part of her four-day livestream. Though the opportunity that stands out the most to me is when I was asked to be the lead dominant artist for the movie Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith My work had a remarkably made it to the big screen Attending the movie premiere in New York City in London, then walking the red carpet with Will Smith, Ed Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris, and the rest of the cast was absolutely surreal Taking a gap year directly after high school to do Domino work full-time in my own dedicated studio was one of the best decisions of my life Likewise, deciding to go to college afterwards was also one of the best decisions of my life, but for different reasons I’m really glad I went to college even if it’s just for a year And I’m so grateful for the experiences that I’ve had there, but I know my true career does not follow the traditional route I am an entrepreneur at heart, and I know that my path lies in the rising industry of Domino art that I unknowingly created We are witnessing the emergence of a new art form that cannot be ignored College is ending, but my revolution is just beginning Thank you for being part of my crazy journey and as always thank you so much for all of your continued support I honestly couldn’t do any of this without you so thank you so much to everyone who’s been with me by my side and I Cannot wait to see what the Domino community does next. I’m Hevesh5, and if you want to learn more about why I’m dropping out of college check out this video right here And I will see you next Saturday

100 Replies to “DROPPING OUT OF COLLEGE FOR THE DOMINO ART REVOLUTION”

  1. This video really means a lot to me and I hope it shows. If you enjoyed, please consider sharing this video with your friends or anyone who may be touched by my story ► http://bit.ly/2GLp8Im Thank you all for the continued support and for literally making my dreams come true <3

  2. Wow I think I watched the first video from you with line 250k subs that was quite some time ago! 😁
    Edit: Also congrats to 1 million subs! Sorry I lost u for quite some time lol

  3. Thank you for all of this your telling people to never let go over there dreams and if you a chive them you get many more good stuff then you will ever know good job I am amzed

  4. Hi Hevesh I also have a set of 30 domino after my 5 subs I got my 120 pics it was bought by my mother please reply to my I am dp

  5. It's plainly obvious to me that this means a lot to you. College isn't for everyone, and I hope people can understand that. I also hope that, in the future, if you do gain new interests in addition to dominoes and find something you want to study, that you'll consider it. Dominoes will last a lifetime, and an education in something you really enjoy learning about will last a lifetime too. A college degree does not equal an education, and I speak from experience because I studied fine art for 8 1/2 years, and the only degree I have is an Associate's (I was pursuing a Bachelor's at SCSU, and dropped out due to financial constraints).

  6. You are genuis if u dont know it I will tell you. And leaving college was a excellent choice becux u have this talent

  7. Hey Hevesh, I just wanted to tell you that I wasn't all that interested in dominoes. I always thought it was just a game that was played on the table. But you made me see that Dominoes is more than just that it could be creative interesting fun amazing and brings a different kind of art expression. I like your channel a lot I have subscribed to it the first time I saw one of your videos. I been a member ever since. You have imagination and wowness. Keep up the good work and talent.

  8. You go girl you can do anything if you put you mind to it you have a unique sense of arts and I think the whole world should know your name

  9. Hi Lily. Good luck on your career as an artist. These are some fascinating things you'd created. I'd love to see a video showing how you clean up and sort the dominoes after a big multi-color multi-shape event. Thank you.

  10. I guess you could say that the search you made as a ten year old really created a

    chain reaction?
    (ok I’m sorry)

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  12. I think your an amazing domino artist and person but I sincerely wish you do not drop out of college. It is wonderful that you have been provided such opportunities in life due to your skill with dominoes. With that said I would recommend re thinking your decision, while YouTube is huge and growing there is no guarantee it will be around forever. Furthermore there have been highly successful YouTube channels that have just died. What if this platform disappears? Or fans start unsubscribing for whatever reason or some crazy Youtube algorithm demonetizes your videos. All of these possibilities at present time sound as likely as a plane crashing, but still possible. I am unsure what you are or were studying in college but I suspect It would lead to a higher paying job perhaps with more job security. I am not trying to be mean, or be a troll, just trying to look out for your future. Why do I care so much, I don't know but I genuinely think you are a smart woman and have a lot more potential to share with the world than building dominoes. It is OK if people disagree with me, I would love to hear some arguments that favor her decision and for me to be proven wrong. I wish you the best of luck in your decisions.

  13. this is such a great video! love you so much lily! its extremely inspirational and i hope your dream job goes far and wide! <3

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  15. Good Luck! Love your art!
    Question: I am Cuban living in Miami and as part of our culture domino playing is part of every Cuban. Do you know how to play the actual Domino game?

  16. This is so inspiring I'm probably going to follow your footsteps for being a domino artist thank you so much for letting out the true me in my soul I knew it was in there but probably deep down in my body but now you made it rise to the top once again thank you so much 😊 you are truly my idol in my heart

  17. I know you guys are happy for her, I am too, I just kinda oppose the idea of her dropping out of college, it’s just not right to do that, I think YouTube shouldn’t be a full time job but a hobby, anyway that’s just what I think you don’t hav to agree with me

  18. This is also an example of why college isn’t everything. You have had experiences – based on your talent and hard work – that some people in college are dreaming about and will never achieve. It’s not the be-all, end-all and you are making a fantastic name for yourself without the piece of paper.

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