Rodney Petersen talks about spending a day with YouTubers Logan and Jake Paul

  • Rodney Petersen is a TikToker who branded himself as a YouTuber Logan Paul lookalike.
  • Petersen recently had the chance to meet and film with Logan Paul and his brother Jake.
  • This is her story of what it was like to meet influencers, told to Charissa Cheong.

Over the past year, I’ve developed an online presence as a YouTube star Logan Paul lookalike on TikTok.

I never expected this to be what I would do with my time, but after creating an account and people in my comments section saying I looked like the controversial influencer, I decided to make being a doppleganger part of the my brand online.

I now have 207,000 followers and live with my wife and four kids in Iowa, where I build fences for a living.

I never imagined that I would actually meet Logan Paul through my TikTok account. But when I did, the experience was even better than I could have hoped for.

I was shocked when Logan Paul contacted me and agreed to film the content together

In October, Insider posted an interview with me about my content and TikTok account. Shortly after the story broke, Logan Paul messaged me on social media and called me his “twin.”

I was immediately starstruck and responded by suggesting that we meet one day and film some content together. Logan seemed to like the idea.

Next thing I know, I’m taking a 21-hour road trip to Arizona, where influencer-turned-boxer Logan’s brother Jake Paul was reportedly fighting former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

A post shared by Logan Paul (@loganpaul)

The plan was for my family and I to watch Jake’s fight on October 29 and then film some content with Logan for both of our TikTok accounts.

After the fight, I went to meet Logan outside Jake’s AirBnB to film with him, and his assistant came out to meet me, carrying a briefcase of Logan’s. He gave me some shoes and necklaces and a hat, and I was told to wear the outfit to match Logan and be able to film the contents of him as his doppelganger.

Logan created a video where he got some of his friends and family, including Jake, to react to the two of us standing next to each other. He filmed their genuine reaction: everyone laughed and said we were very similar, even in manners.

It was also nice to see how a big influencer takes up content. Logan had a whole team with him and they were talking about camera angles and sound quality. I learned a lot that I hope will help me improve as a content creator.

I was pleasantly surprised how genuinely nice the Paul brothers were

I spent a lot of time with both Logan and Jake during the trip, and while they both have controversial online pasts, they’ve both been extremely kind to me and my family, on and off camera.

They both met my kids and played with them. There was a moment when my son got really excited and started showing them some paper origami tricks that he can do, and the brothers listened and answered him sincerely.

A photo of Rodney and his son meeting Logan Paul.

Provided by Rodney Petersen.

Rodney Petersen.

I have to say I didn’t necessarily expect that from famous people like Logan and Jake Paul. I expected them to be much shorter with their time but they got to know my family and also asked me questions about my personal life which I appreciated.

Logan really made me feel at ease the entire time I was with him. He even asked me to be a featured guest on his podcast about him and gave me a pep talk when I was feeling nervous about it.

It was an incredible experience to have spent a day as honorary brother Paul after all these months creating content joking on TikTok: I even noticed that quite a few people recognized me from TikTok and wanted pictures with me.

It was really nice to get a taste of the lifestyle of the big influencers, but in the end I love my life in rural Iowa and was happy to come home. However, I hope to keep in touch with Logan in hopes of doing it again sometime.

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