When Casey was 17, his son Owen was born. For the next three years, he lived in a trailer park in Connecticut. He first worked as a dishwasher and short order cook and at one time was on welfare. Having a strong passion for filmmaking, Casey bought an iMac DV – the first PC that allowed consumers to edit videos. Being determined to use the opportunity that this feature of the iMac DV presented for filmmakers, he moved to New York to make movies. In the Big Apple, his first job was as a bike messenger but he ultimately teamed up with his brother Van and began making all kinds of short videos. Their first film that went viral was a three-minute video called “iPod’s Dirty Secret” that focused on Apple’s policy on replacing iPod batteries. In 2008, HBO released “The Neistat Brothers”; an eight episode show that portrayed the brothers’ adventurous lifestyle. One year later, after having worked on hundreds of video projects as a team, Van moved to Los Angeles and Casey began making films on his own. Through his creative filmmaking approach, energetic and fun personality, Casey soon accumulated an international following on YouTube. “Different people relate to different things in my movies, whether it is the handmade style, the simple way I try to communicate ideas or they relate to me as a person.” Despite the fact that Casey’s work has achieved great popularity, he has always refused to place ads in front of his videos and consequently never monetized his YouTube account. In 2012, Casey made his most viral video ever: “Make it Count”. A Nike commercial that depicts him and a lucky friend traveling around the world burning the budget received from the company. Until this date, the video has been viewed over nine million times.
Today, Casey continues to entertain his audience by regularly uploading his movies on his “numero uno" channel YouTube and was recently hired by Mercedes-Benz to shoot their new CLA car commercial. He also writes and directs short films for the website of the New York Times.