I know in real life, instagram and following doesn't matter. If I wasn't an actor and if we didn't have to represent our brand, I probably wouldn't even use instagram or social media. I'm generally more of a private person.
But these days, being an actor means you have to do it all. You have to "upkeep" your brand and market yourself. I feel this pressure even more because I'm a minority, we are constantly having to prove our worth and value. I've lost movie jobs after being pinned as their first acting choice because I didn't have enough of a social media following. My agent will tell me, well so and so has 10 million followers, this is her first movie but she has clout, *shrug*. You would think the most important factor would be your acting ability but most often it isn't. The things you think wouldn't matter often affect the decision making process - at least in my experience. But I get it, a lot of the people making the decisions are just trying to make smart investments. Simply put if an opportunity comes down to me and another actress who happens to be Caucasian, it will most likely go her way. Because she is more "marketable", most of America is "white", or so they say.
So I consider every single person who follows me on my socials or subscribes to my YouTube channel to be an important part of the journey. YOU are all part of the team and I wouldn't be where I'm at without you. Thank you.
Still can't believe 2 million people care about little ol' me...
August 2017 will mark my 10th year in tinsel town. Who knew I'd move here and end up sticking around this long? Los Angeles, the city of dreams and many broken souls. This business is quite the grind and despite the challenges, I'm in it for the long haul.
Some of you might say, what's the big deal? It's just instagram. And you're right, I'm surprised I'm even excited. I didn't really care up until this point. Honestly, the reality is, I have friends who have way bigger followings and I'm auditioning with girls who have 20 million + fans. I'm a small fish, essentially a nobody, who doesn't stand a chance. I even wrote a post a month ago about how irrelevant I am, which is still the case. But sometimes it's better not to compare yourself to others and just be thankful for what you have. Bottom line is, I moved to Los Angeles with a dream and no followers. I never would have imagined 10 years later, 2 million people would be following my career. For that, I'm forever thankful and satisfied.
I love you guys, thank you, especially the CHOsens who have stuck around.