Aaron Vankampen, who works as a freelance location scout for his Toronto-based company One Percent Homes, has come across everyone from a cannabis store owner to a dream worker while filming the videos, which have earned him more than 567,000 followers.
‘I am simply doing this for everyone who has ever passed by a luxury home and wondered, What do they do for a living?’ Vankampen told BuzzFeed News.
Be a lawyer! Aaron Vankampen, the founder of One Percent Homes, visits the most lavish homes in Toronto, Canada, and asks the owners what they do for a living
Brilliant: Vankampen (pictured) said he came up with the idea for his popular TikTok series while looking for a way to expand his business
He explained that as a location scout he is constantly making inquiries to film at places, including homes. He came up with the idea for his TikTok account while looking for a way to expand his business.
‘I wanted to increase my workload and income because my primary source of income — bartending — has been crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic,’ he said.
The concept is simple, yet brilliant: When he comes across an expensive-looking home, he knocks on the door and asks whoever answers what they do for a living.
Each video features multiple properties, ranging in style and size, from modern architecture to sprawling estates. Vankampen makes a point to film the front of the homes as well as the pricey cars in the driveway before approaching the front door.
Wow: Each video features multiple properties, ranging in style and size, from modern architecture to sprawling estates
Making money: Vankampen has come across multiple lawyers so far, but there were many people who had less common jobs
What a job: One woman revealed she was a ‘dream worker,’ though she didn’t elaborate on what that entailed
He started posting the videos last week and they’ve proven to be incredibly popular. His third installment has been viewed a whopping 29 million times.
The first home he approached in the clip had not one but two Teslas parked in the front.
‘Hi, sorry for interrupting you. Your house is beautiful,’ he told the man who opened the door. ‘I really wanted to know, what do you do for a living?’
‘I’m a real estate lawyer,’ the homeowner replied.
In the weeds: One man was the proud owner of Sessions Cannabis stores
Lavish lifestyle: Not everyone who answered the door had a job. One young woman admitted she has a trust fund
Location: Vankampen estimates that the homes he visits cost about $5 to $10 million, and they are primarily located in the Greater Toronto Area and some neighboring cities
The next house he visited was also owned by a lawyer, though this one worked with pension funds. One would presume that many of the homeowners are lawyers or doctors, but that wasn’t always the case. There were a variety of careers, some more unexpected than others.
The woman who answered the door to her home was a ‘dreamworker,’ though she didn’t elaborate on what that entailed.
‘Amazing, that sounds magical,’ he replied.
In an early clip, a little boy answered the door, and it turned out he had a budding career as well.
‘Is this your house?’ Vankampen asked.
Living large: A confident little boy proudly shared that he is an actor and a beatboxer
Going viral: Vankampen’s most popular video has been viewed more than 29 million times
‘Yeah, of course, it is!’ the boy replied. ‘I’m an actor and a beatboxer.’
Meanwhile, the man who owned the next house was the owner of Sessions Cannabis.
‘Jesus, that’s amazing,’ Vankampen said. ‘You’re doing really well.’
The most recent video in the series, which has already been viewed more than seven million times, featured a young woman with a ‘trust fund’ and a ‘baby photographer.’
Vankampen told BuzzFeed News that he always has consent from the homeowners he films and never trespasses.
He estimates that the homes he visits cost about $5 to $10 million, and they are primarily located in the Greater Toronto Area and some neighboring cities.