He never wore a wedding ring at Gaba either. Experienced male instructors know that it's a career limiting move. Some of the clients (students) are single older women who prefer to book single, attractive males. We can probably all agree that Norm is very fit and has above average looks. However, Gaba has an unusual amount of tall, attractive male instructors and Japanese women seem to like taller guys. Norm is at a disadvantage there. He is probably about 170cm which is well below the average height of male instructors at Gaba. (I'm very petite too by the way... nothing wrong with it!) Interestingly, he seemed to prefer the company of young female (Japanese) Gaba counselors over the instructors. Not sure what that implies but maybe he just finds them easier to talk to. Remember that Norm grew up with six sisters so it's entirely possible that he just relates better to women. Anyway, he was still married when we spoke about it last year. It's possible he got divorced since then but then why would he continue to use his wife's last name? Norm is very good at compartmentalizing aspects of his life. No one at Gaba knew about his YouTube channels and he never once mentioned them. I also stumbled across his main channel after I found Sharla's channel (through Micaela). Obviously I was totally shocked, honey! TOTALLY!!
I think "race faking" or obsessively altering one's appearance to have features of another ethnic group, is probably some kind of body dysmorphic disorder. It's not normal or healthy. This woman looks beautiful as her unaltered, completely authentic self, as shown in the older pics.
As for his wife, she's on Linkedin too of course. A very hard working patent clerk at a prestigious Japanese law firm. I'm sure she's the sole breadwinner in the family now that Norm has gone full-time YouTuber. But hey, he gets the fame and maybe someday the fortune and yeah, probably the ladies too! I'm sure that's the end game, honey. So keeping up appearances of being careless and single will be very important for Norm.
Yes, and as someone who has worked with him for years at Gaba, I can't emphasize enough how much he was despised by his coworkers. He was extremely arrogant and offered unsolicited "advice" to instructors on how to "improve" their lessons, often in the form of passive agressive notes he'd leave on their desks. Some instructors were very offended by this and went to nearby learning studios to avoid Norm because his personality is so toxic. I'm not entirely convinced that he quit Gaba because it was well known that Gaba management was trying to get rid of him for a long time. Perhaps they finally came to a mutual agreement on a nice severance package. He used to have his Gaba job history listed on his Linkedin profile but he disappeared it just before making his "I QUIT" video. You might think that I have an axe to grind with Norm or a vendetta of some sort but that's frankly not true. He actually never bothered me at Gaba and mostly left me alone. I think because I'm much older than him and he knew that I would never take his shit. Sometimes we would smoke out in the alley together and make small talk but we were never really that close and I always kept my distance. To be honest, I'm in agreement with those who think Norm's videos show a very high level of videography and editing skill. He could very well make a good living with this job. At the same time, I'm a bit disgusted by the extremely fake persona he uses in his videos, especially when he gets all emotive and syrupy and puts on the puppy dog eyes. I'm sure some fans swoon at that but it makes me sick because I know it's all an act, honey. Norm is really a snake in the grass so you'd better watch out!
Yes, there were some very immature remarks in that video made by Norm which is not at all surprising given the type of person that he is. It seems like he really put his foot in his mouth when he misunderstood the secret and then spent the entire rest of the video backtracking and trying to explain it away. I'm not faulting Sharla for pointing out the obvious when she said "he [Norm] could tell that you [Greg] like guys... because you were very like... flamboyant". What's more puzzling to me is why Greg seemed to think that he's NOT flamboyant. Seriously? Look in the mirror, sweetie! Nothing wrong with being a little flamboyant. I'm flamboyant every day of the week and that's just who I am. Live your truth, honey! To answer your question about Norm's dishonesty, he lied in his "I Quit" video when he described his job as: "The company was a communications training company. Kinda like English training but a little different, and I was given a position running an entire branch." Norm has been working at Gaba for the past 10+ years. Gaba is an eikaiwa (English conversation school) and in 2011 Norm became an ISL which stands for "Instructor Service Leader". He wasn't "running a branch" and he wasn't in a management position. He worked in various learning studios harassing his fellow instructors who universally despised him due to his incompetence and arrogant, condescending attitude. The lie is his attempt to portray himself as a disillusioned salaryman working in an important management position. Nothing could be further from the truth, honey!
Hi had to stop watching him. I find his videos to be contrived, tedious, and boring. I'm more than three times his age and my life in Kabukicho is ten times more exciting than his on any given day. That's a fact, honey!
Jun is always spectacular on camera because he's got serious sex appeal! What a hunk!! If anyone knows any Jun clones in Japan who are into mature 80-something year old drag queens please contact me immediately!
Yes and I skipped that video, honey. Norm is milking their "friendship" for more views and subscribers. Sharla is either oblivious to that or she doesn't care. But I know Norm personally and have worked with him in Shinjuku... He's a class A douchebag. Everyone comes to that conclusion within the first two minutes of interacting with him. He already blocked me for making a comment that exposed him for lying about his job in his "I Quit" clickbait video. Well, maybe he's pulling the wool over Sharla's eyes or she feels sorry for him. Probably a bit of both.
I think Chris is a good guy and his videos are high quality and fun to watch. Sharla can also be fun but lately I feel like a lot of her videos are just these big infomercials pushing crap products/services that no one wants but I guess she has to make a living somehow. Just glad that Norm is no longer in the picture. Can't stand him.