With the help of his twin sister, Adam Libby became a star on TikTok sharing his favorite recipes with his over 600,000 subscribers.
LINCOLN, Maine – The magic of Tiktok is that fun dance or laughing baby, and a video can go viral.
From his kitchen in rural Maine, Adam Libby tapped into this magic, and TikTok makes him a star as he shares his quiet life and passion for food with millions of strangers.
Lincoln’s population is less than 3,000, but Adam, who has lived in the small town his entire life, has 200 times the viewers following him on the popular video app.
“Hi everyone!” Adam yells at the phone operated by his sister-in-law Sarah McCormick-Libby as they make a video creating a fiery Hot Cheetos Street corn pizza.
“I love it,” Adam exclaimed. It takes him over an hour to make a one-minute video.
He is coached and helped by his twin sister, Emily McCormick-Libby, and his wife. Together, they help Adam make two videos a week. Since he started in March 2021 he has racked up huge success and some of his videos have millions of views.
“In town everyone is like, ‘there’s Chief Adam,’” said McCormick-Libby.
The TikTok channel changes Adam’s life. McCormick-Libby said she didn’t think her brother knew the words Down Syndrome until she was exposed online. He was born with it.
“He’s more confident. He’s just happier. I think he was depressed,” McCormick-Libby said.
Growing up in a small town in Maine, Adam didn’t have a lot of resources and his videos opened up opportunities for him.
“Other families who have someone with Down’s syndrome have reached out and said how inspiring Adam is. It gives them hope for their children. It helps their child want to help more in the kitchen. of stuff is special, ”said McCormick.
In October, Adam featured in a video for the National Down Syndrome Society, and he connected with other people with disabilities, showing them his confidence and independence.
Language is a barrier for Adam, but his TikTok videos even help him there. He is not only amazing fans but also his family.
“I’ve never seen him so independent,” said his sister-in-law Sarah McCormick-Libby. “I never thought he would be able to cook pizza on his own. A lot of people with disabilities, we do things for them because it’s easier for us, but he shows everyone that he is able to do these things. “
Adam receives mail and gifts from strangers who feel like friends. And for the first time in his life, Adam has his own money, drawn from his TikTok account, which gives him a sense of independence.
Adam loves having his twin sister read him some of the thousands of comments on his videos that give him a good ego boost. And while his sister is sure he can’t figure out what 600,000 subscribers mean, she sees a change in her brother that brings tears to her eyes.
“I’ve seen him go through so many different phases in his life, and to see him become that man, and he’s proud of himself, that makes me very proud,” she said.
This holiday season, the gifts Adam’s sister is most grateful for are the lessons her twin brother is still teaching her.