After reaching MTV dream, Bretman Rock aims for something 'bigger'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 25) -- After landing a reality show, Filipino American internet sensation Bretman Rock has shown no signs of slowing down as he pursues a larger goal.

"I am trying to inch my way into a bigger screen," the social media star told CNN Philippines' New Day on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Youtube content creator said he is currently sharpening his saw as he ultimately wants to be remembered as "one of the greatest entertainers" of his generation.

Teenage dream

Bretman wears many hats and being the newest MTV reality star is one of them.

He stars in "MTV Following," which airs weekly on MTV's Youtube channel. The show is about his life in Hawaii, where he and his family immigrated to around 13 years ago.

"With the show, it just became so natural for me to not only showcase my life but to showcase my culture as well," Bretman said. "I have always felt like I was a reality star," he said.

Bretman shared he has held the belief that he was meant to be an MTV reality star since he was eight years old. And lo and behold, that opportunity finally came knocking on his door four years ago, after graduating from high school.

"I went in a big meeting full of the biggest, most important names in MTV. and I had to propose my show to them. I had to tell them that there has never been an Asian American family or any Asian American representation when it comes to reality TV show. And I was like -- I think I have what it takes to do that," Bretman recounted.

Bretman has a huge fanbase, with over eight million subscribers on YouTube and more than 15 million followers on Instagram.

Why Bretman 'rocks'

When asked what he thinks has catapulted him to fame, he credited his upbringing.

"I think what attracts me to world is the fact that I grew up in the Philippines, and I grew up with the values of a Filipino and I think people could relate to me because as Filipinos we tend to laugh at things even when there's flood. In the middle of floods, we will still be happy for some reason," he said.

"And even though sometimes the Philippines is not in the greatest shape, we still find a way to sing and laugh at everything," he added.