Deva Dalporto’s parody videos, including one sending up Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ have been getting lots of hits on the Internet.
It’s been a crazy year for Burlingame’s Deva Dalporto.
Aside from getting millions of hits on her parody videos about the struggles and joys of being a mom, Dalporto has had her work featured on CNN, Fox News, Yahoo, The Huffington Post and the TODAY show’s Parents page, along others. She’s new video called “The Holidays Are Hell” set to “Jingle Bells.”
“This has become my life,” said Dalporto, who has two children, one 5 and another 8.
It all began when her humor music video of the popular “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” called “What Does the Kid Say?” went viral on YouTube. She then made it viral again when she parodied the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen and parodied Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” with “Knock it Off.” Five of PopSugar’s 13 best viral videos of 2014 were Dalporto’s own. Her children take part in the videos alongside Dalporto.
She also runs a personal blog called My Life Suckers, where she writes about being a mom.
“I’m doing it for the love of it,” she said. “We’ve created such an amazing community over the last year on my blog. I hear from moms all the time about how the videos have helped them get through the day; that’s been rewarding in of itself.”
The “Jingle Bells” parody was created through a partnership with responsibility.org. The group did a study and found moms are very stressed out over the holidays, which leads to them drinking more to cope.
“They wanted me to put out the message of planning ahead,” she said. “They approached me about doing a funny video about approaching this issue. They found dads aren’t as stressed out because they delegate to moms, so I show my husband (Gabe) napping in the video.”
Lyrics include, “Dashing to the mall. My nerves are starting to fray. Traffic’s at a crawl. Kids screaming all the way (wah wah wah)”
This was her first video a videographer came to shoot. She still uses the same camera that she made her first video with a year ago and still records in her closet.
Right now, she is editing a video about New Year’s resolutions for moms. Children in her neighborhood all want to be in the videos now, she said. As many as 16 kids have been in a video so far, she said.
“They love doing the videos,” she said. “We pretty much just turn on the camera and let the kids do whatever they want to do. The house is completely trashed after a shoot.”
Dalporto has plans beyond her beloved music videos though. She’s working on writing a book on her journey through parenting. She started writing a few months ago and is a few chapters into the book. She signed with a literary agent and a talent agent.
“It’s like giving birth to another baby,” she said. “I think in 2015 I’m just going to keep on keeping on. 2014 was such an amazing surprise.”
For Dalporto, the best thing about making the videos is actually putting them together, she said.
“I’m just so happy when I’m actually producing them and working on the creative process,” she said.
Other recent videos she’s produced include a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” called “I Just Need Some Space.”
To check out her videos, go to her YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/MyLifeSuckers. Visit her blog at mylifesuckers.com.
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