O Beto de Cascais

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O Beto de Cascais
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Born
Duarte Prata de Vasconcelos Carrasco

November 24, 2000 (age 20)
Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal
NationalityPortuguese
Other namesO Beto de Cascais
EducationBachelor of Science in International Business
Occupation
  • Social Media Personality
Years active2017 – present
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Relatives
  • Alice Santos
  • Lili Caneças
  • José Castelo Branco

Beto de Cascais is a Portuguese Social Media Personality.[1] He won his first award at the iPOP! International Presentation of Performers, Hollywood, Los Angeles, in the Summer of 2017. Ever since then, Beto has self-entitled himself as "The Future President of the Portuguese Republic" and has made several collabs with influencers from all parts of Portugal. Recently, he started publishing musical parodies in his YouTube channel being the best known one called Estou Bem Melhor Que Tu, inspired by Look What You Made Me Do from Taylor Swift.

Biography

Beto de Cascais was born on November 24, 2000 in Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, a place where both sides of his family have been living generation after generation. In two of his TikTox, Beto revealed his royal heritage, showing that he descends from the first king of Portugal, Afonso I of Portugal. There is not much information yet about his relatives, as he chooses to keep the facts about his family undisclosed.

In 2012, at the age of 11, Beto participated in his first child musical, "A Mãe Natureza", written by the Portuguese writer Maria Helena Torrado and staged by the well-aclaimed actor Ricardo Carriço.[2][3][4][5] Even though he had already had plenty of experience in the theater world by then - he starting taking acting classes at the age of 6 at a local theater school in Cascais[6], this musical was Beto's first connexion within the music field. After the end of this project, Beto started taking piano classes at Centro Musical de Cascais, and, later on, guitar classes as well at Musicentro.

In 2015, Beto was one of the few selected candidates to participate in the Cascais-Biarritz Youth Exchange featured by Rota Jovem Cascais. In that program, 10 Portuguese people and 10 French teenagers lived a series of adventurous activities during 15 days, one week in Biarritz and the other in Cascais. As the program was carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Cascais, under a twinning agreement between the two municipalities, Beto got to experience traveling abroad alone for the first time, at the age of 14, while representing Portugal in another country and interacting with a different culture.[7]

In 2017, Beto was selected, among thousands of young artists in Portugal, to participate in iPOP! International Presentation of Perfomers, Hollywood, Los Angeles, an one week event that hosts today's top Agent, managers, and Casting Directors to see new faces and talent from all over the world. Before and during the event, Beto, along many other participants representing their countries from more than 50 other countries, was trained how to perform well in a casting for an acting and Model position. It was also in that event that Beto won a silver medal for Portugal in the modeling category, turning him the first Portuguese to ever gain a model in that presentation.[8][9]

In the school year 2017/2018, Beto participated in a leading student exchange and study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and monitored by trained staff and volunteers, preparing him with practical skills, knowledge and more needed to compete in a global world. While living with a host family for 10 months in the state of New Jersey, United States, the social media star attended an American High School, where he had a chance to join clubs and sports, while experiencing intensively the American culture and developing his personality that would, later on, lead him to fame. In a recent interview to a Brazilian magazine, Be Art, Beto confessed that that school year was one of the best experiences in his life. He felt part of a community, improved his language skills, made friends from all over the world, visited unique and authentic places and, in general, became a lot more confident about himself and about what his goals in life were.

After his return to Portugal, Beto made a casting to a new season of a famous Portuguese TV series, Morangos com Açúcar, but unfortunately, the season ended up never taking place. He paciently finished his studies at his local Secondary school, and applied for collegue in the North of Europe, in the Nordic countries. In August of 2019, he received an acceptance letter from Copenhagen Business School saying that he had been accepted in the bachelor's degree of International business, his dream program.[10] As of September 1, 2019, Beto began his collegue journey in Denmark, and he expects to be done with his studies in 2024, after completing both bachelor and master studies. In the future, besides aiming for the position of President of the Portuguese Republic, Beto dreams in getting a job at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

Career

His career as a social media personality started in 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. As all university campuses were forced to close in the Spring Semester, Beto saw himself returning to his parents' house in Portugal and, just like anybody else at the time, began studying via online. At the same time, new social networks started becoming a trend in the world, such as House Party and TikTok, and Beto decided to use the extra time that corona had stolen from his extracurricular activities in Copenhagen, such as the choir where he was enrolled in, CBS International Choir, to create comedy in his house, together with his relative, Alice Santos. What neither of them knew at the time was that, three months later, they would become two of the most recognizable people in the app on national ground.

Soon, Beto started meeting influencers and public figures in the country, such as Lili Caneças, a famous Portuguese Socialite, José Castelo Branco, a Portuguese singer, and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the current President of the Portuguese Republic and a big inspiration to the young internet star. In June of 2020, together with Constanza Ariza, the Mcloughlin girls, Hélder Tavares, Rafael Baselli, and some other Portuguese video creators, he joined a TikTok house for the first time in Zambujeira do Mar. And three months later, he had already filmed in four other houses, with more than 30 video creators from both TikTok and YouTube. At the end of the summer, he returned to Denmark with a lot of stories to share with the Danes.

Again in Denmark, Beto is blending his life in a way that allows him to keep creating content while, at the same time, re-focusing on his studies. In January 1st of 2022, Beto published his first musical parody inspired by Taylor Swift's song Look What You Made Me Do. This parody successfully self-satirized Beto, allowing him to reinvent himself after years of playing by the rules.[11] A month later, a new parody inspired by Lady Gaga's hit Paparazzi was released. This time, the song was about a past break-up. In March, Beto released his first political parody, providing a more educative perspective to his viewers and somewhat established fan base.


In the media

  

References

  1. Yumpu.com. "Be ART | Dezembro 2020". yumpu.com (in português). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  2. D'encarnação, José (26 June 2012). "Notas & Comentários: «Mãe Natureza», na Confluência, em Cascais". Notas & Comentários. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  3. "Mãe Natureza - oGuia | Lisbon". www.guiadacidade.pt. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  4. ""Mãe Natureza": Musical liga crianças ao ambiente". Boas Notícias (in português). 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  5. Renascença. "Renascença - A par com o mundo". Rádio Renascença (in português). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. Yumpu.com. "Be ART | Dezembro 2020". yumpu.com (in português). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  7. "Youth Exchange Cascais-Biarritz | Drupal". jovem.cascais.pt. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  8. "STAR MATERIAL / Beto CARRASCO INTERVIEW" (in português). Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  9. staff. "Home". iPop. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  10. "Lakeland Regional High School 205 Conklintown Road Wanaque, New Jersey Phone: Fax: - PDF Free Download". docplayer.net. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  11. Carrasco, Beto (2020-10-06). "Porque Precisamos da Geração Z na Política Portuguesa". Hyperuptive (in português). Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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