Imagine accumulating 3 million followers and billions of views on Vine through the videos you upload. Sounds like a dream for an up-and-coming personality, right? Then imagine the horror when the very platform you shot to fame on announces its closure (Twitter shut down Vine as of January 17th). That’s where Vine Star Manon Mathews found herself. Luckily for her, Vine was just her launching pad and not the destination.
Manon had been pursuing a traditional acting career, attempting stand up comedy where she could, waiting tables, and making comedic videos online in the time she had to spare. Everything changed when an audience member of her standup act suggested she do her Kristen Stewart impression on Vine. Shortly after posting that KSTew impression online, she jumped to 10,000 followers in a matter of hours. As the impression continued to go viral, she ended that month with over 500,000 followers… and the rest, as they say, is history.
In the latest episode of our series Just Warmin’ Up, Manon Mathews reveals the ups-and-downs of rising to fame on Vine, why she quit her restaurant job before she found success, and ultimately, how she stacked the chips in her favor to succeed in Hollywood without being too dependent on the very platform that put her on.
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