Jessica "Jess" Bravura, better known online as Aphmau and formerly known as Challenge Accepted Inc, is an American YouTuber. Jess has been known for a wide variety of content but is most well-known for her Minecraft content on her primary channel. She is popular for creating two types of Minecraft Content- from Roleplays, such as her popular MyStreet and MC: Diaries series, to her very unique style of Minecraft gaming videos.
Jess started playing Minecraft in 2012, and since then has amassed over 21 million subscribers over her 4 channels. She’s been able to change and diversify her Minecraft content very successfully throughout her career. She is one of the 32 YouTubers to be featured in Kris Madas' YouTuber Intro Challenge, while also being one of the few YouTubers to have their intro in it.
|Name||Jessica "Jess" Bravura|
|Date Of Birth (Age)||October 16, 1989, 34 years old|
|Date Of Joining YouTube||August 13, 2012|
|Net Worth||$25 million (estimated)|
|Upload Schedule/Current Status||Everyday|
|Residence||Bellevue, Washington, United States|
Before beginning her career, Jess had discussed the idea of creating a YouTube Channel with a group of friends as well as her husband, Jason. The channel Challenge Accepted Inc was created in August 2012 and originally started off with four members, including Jessica and Jason.
Amphau’s first-ever video dates back to 20th August 2012.
Two members left after personal life issues came up and the channel now had just Jessica and Jason. They renamed the channel Aphmau Gaming and eight years after the channel's launch, Jess and Jason had managed to take the channel up to 6.3 million subscribers.
In 2020, Bravura currently co-owns a business known as CatFace with Jason. The company is dedicated to assisting Bravura’s content creation process, including production, design, direction, writing, etc. In total, Bravura has four channels.
Aphmau Gaming, her primary channel, posts a wide variety of gaming content. Its primary game has mostly been Minecraft, but the most popular videos have been a mix of SnipperClips, Minecraft Roleplays, Minecraft Mini-Games, Human Fall Flat, and Animations. Shuki is Bravura’s Roblox channel that was very consistent in posting videos from April to July 2020, but after that has not posted as much. This is possibly due to the heavy increase in the main channel's audience growth in 2020 and the fact that Jessica was pregnant in September 2020.
Aphmau Stories, which was initially released as the Aphmau Fantasy channel has been inactive since 2017, but in 2020 it has been rebranded as Aphmau Stories. In the past, it was known for posting only Minecraft Roleplay content. And lastly, Jessica Bravura, which is Bravura’s vlogging channel, was created in 2015. Her last video was her third child pregnancy announcement in 2019.
Aphmau is famous in the Minecraft community and is the kids' favorite Minecraft YouTuber, not because she's good at the game but because she creates characters in the Minecraft world that both children and adults love. Her YouTube profile, Youtube banner, her high pitch childish voice, and her innocence in the videos, all give her the persona of someone who is enjoyed by the masses, especially kids. Her character is the reason children like her, which is probably why she has over 16 million subscribers over 4 channels.
Jessica "Jess" Bravura’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. Most of Bravura’s earnings come from YouTube, with social media, merchandise, and business ventures playing a small role in her earnings.
On Instagram, she could potentially earn upwards of an estimated $4k for a brand-sponsored post. On Twitch she could earn upwards of $2k per donation.
Over her 4 channels on YouTube, her average earnings are around the $5k - 7k mark per video, excluding brand-sponsored deals, for which she could charge upwards of $15k per video. Her total earnings just from her main channel are well over $10 million, with 3 of her other channels making about $1 million to $5 million each as well.
Bravura has a selection of merchandise items, each ranging within the $15 to $70 mark. Although we do not have her sales figures, we could conclude that she makes close to the 6-figure mark each month on sales.
Bravura and her husband run, “CatFace Studios” that’s catered to creating digital content. How much they earn from that is currently unknown.
Bravura’s dominance on social media is very evident with over 190k TikTok followers, while on Instagram she has 964k followers, and on Twitter, she has 396k. On Twitch she has over 65k followers.
Bravura was born on October 16, 1989, in Houston, Texas. She grew up as an only child but has a half-brother. Her parents got separated a few years after she was born. Bravura’s mother received primary custody of her and they lived back at her grandmother's house. According to Bravura, her aunts and cousins would live there as well. Her older brother had a gaming console. She would ask her brother to play but because of their sibling rivalry, her brother wouldn’t allow her. Her parents then surprised her with a Nintendo 64 which was her first gaming console. This would begin her hobby of gaming.
In elementary school, Bravura made many friends through her interest in video games. She was also considered to be "too nice" going to the extent of giving her lunch money to those who didn't have or forgot their money. People took advantage of that and started bullying her, which also caused her to become introverted throughout elementary school. During the terrifying terrorist attack on September 11, Jessica's father was getting worried about her safety, so he pulled her out of school to be home-schooled for a year.
Bravura would eventually get into an online game called Final Fantasy XI where she met Jason in 2005. They played a lot together and became very close. A relationship was brewing and they decided to meet each other in person. Since she was in Texas and Jason was in New Jersey, Bravura decided to move out to New Jersey to meet Jason. She would often take trips to New Jersey. In October 2007 when she turned 18, She moved out from Texas to Philadelphia to live with Jason and adopted a kitten named Johnny. They were living in an apartment while Jessica went to college to study business management.
In late 2011, Bravura found out she was pregnant, and in the same year, Jason decided to propose. Jessica and Jason got married at Disney World. They moved from an apartment to a large house they had saved up for. While waiting for the baby, Jason and Jessica found themselves watching lots of YouTube channels and being amazed by the idea of making a career off of what you loved. As Jessica had already planned to be a stay-at-home mom, she and Jason talked about starting a YouTube channel, with herself being the personality and Jason taking the technical side.
On July 12, 2012, Jessica gave birth to a baby boy named Joseph. After adjusting to being parents, Jessica and Jason started a YouTube channel with her high-school friends Calvin (Castor) and Chris (Satiel). But due to personal reasons, both had to leave the channel. They all still play games together at times. Bravura, Jason, and their 4 children currently live in Bellevue, Washington where they moved in early 2016. After over a year, Jessica and Jason found out she was pregnant again with a baby girl. She was named Julia (born on January 21, 2014, 8 years old). In September 2018, Jessica announced that she was pregnant with her and Jason’s third child, and she gave birth to Jennifer on May 12, 2019. As of 2020, Jessica has announced her 4th pregnancy via her YouTube community post and her Instagram. She gave birth to Jessebelle on October 21, 2020.
Bravura has a wide variety of gaming content on her channels. Throughout the years she’s been actively modifying her content on the Aphmau channel. She has gone from group content to solo content, roleplays to unique Minecraft-style content, as well as various other games in between. She’s currently the top female Minecraft-only content creator. From the very beginning of the channel until 2019, Jessica has played multiple games from Dead Space to SnipperClips. She’s had multiple Triple-A game titles as well as indie games featured on the channel.
In 2015 she began making Minecraft Roleplays. This era of her channel would last from 2015-2019. Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, roleplays have since stopped, but are steadily making a comeback on the channel. The status of her roleplay content was not in a good position after her final series of Phoenix Drop Days. This is due to the decreasing popularity of Minecraft Roleplays as a genre in general, as at the time she was the last big Minecraft Roleplay Creator.
Bravura’s Roleplay content consisted of story-roleplay and roleplay-themed minigames. Jessica herself had written every roleplay with the counsel of Jason to bounce ideas off. Dreams of Estorra was the only series to have multiple writers working on the project, but it was ultimately discontinued due to a lack of audience interest.
Jessica has mentioned on streams that roleplay content cannot continue unless the support for the series can help fund the production of the series itself. She has mentioned that MyStreet was the only series that could help fund new roleplay projects, but has yet to comment on the current status of MyStreet due to a possible production halt because of COVID-19.
MyStreet 2015 was a slice of life story that follows the life of Aphmau and her friends. Episodes were originally filled with random mini-plots and character interactions. By Season 2, the series started to take on a more structured story and lore. MyStreet consists of 6 Seasons and each season is structured around a different story-telling genre. Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5 all structure around a slice of life feel, while Seasons 4 and 6 take the characters on a more story-driven and emotional ride. MyStreet originally started as an alternate universe from her beginning roleplay Minecraft: Diaries, but has since managed to pull in more fans and become the staple of the roleplays she’s known for.
Minecraft Diaries in 2014/2015 was a fantasy-esque roleplay that started as a survival series in Minecraft Diaries: Origins, and then spun off into the popular Minecraft Diaries that is well known today. The original concept of Diaries was to be a Let’s Play but it evolved into much more. The series originally did not gain traction but seemingly, after episode 20 it set things into motion for Jessica to begin to take on more roleplays.
Phoenix Drop High in 2016 was a high school slice of life story that follows Aphmau during her freshman year at Phoenix Drop High. This series was widely well-received due to it providing more backstory and insight into the characters in MyStreet. Phoenix Drop High consisted of 2 Seasons. Season 1 had its own run while Season 2 was intertwined with MyStreet Season 4. She has also since created various role plays which consist of Falcon Claw University, My Inner Demons, Mermaid Tales, VOID Paradox/Mod-Mod World, Meteora Valley, Dreams of Estorra, and various mini-MyStreet arcs.
Bravura’s most popular video on her main channel on YouTube is a Minecraft roleplay video with over 40 million views.
An animated music video of “Faster Car” by Loving Caliber with over 38 million views.
Another animated music video of the song “Be With You”, with over 38 million views.
Another animated music video of the song “You will always be the one” with over 37 million views.
A Minecraft roleplay video called “Aphmau's BIRTH to DEATH In Minecraft!” with over 29 million views.
A. Aphmau’s real name is Jessica "Jess" Bravura.
A. Yes. Jessica and her husband Jason have 4 kids together.
A. Bravura’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. Most of Bravura’s earnings come from YouTube, with social media and merchandise playing a small role in her earnings.
A. Jessica Bravura was born on October 16, 1989, and she is 32 years old as of 2022.