How Twitter Humorists Landed Sweet Real World Gigs
The hilarious tweets written by funny people Megan Amram @meganamram, Jenny Johnson @JennyJohnsonHi5 and Josh Hara @yoyoha have not only attracted hundreds of thousands of followers, they've also landed these social media savants legit employment in television, publishing and marketing. In this session, Mashable Editorial Director Matt Silverman will lead a fun (and funny) discussion on how these three social media celebrities were able to showcase their talents through Twitter, create impressive followings that make "real" celebs jealous, earn the praise of major media outlets like Time, The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone, and ultimately land dream jobs that embrace their 140-character humor and charm.
Former TV news producer Jenny Johnson (aka @JennyJohnsonHi5) has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the funniest people on Twitter including Rolling Stone. With an impressive 400,000 followers, a talent for skewering celebs like Chris Brown and Kim Kardashian, and a new book deal, Johnson has turned her Twitter page into a career launchpad.
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Josh Hara is the director of social creative at Resource, an integrated marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio that works with many Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Limited Brands and Nestle. In his role, Josh leads social media strategies for major brands, writes social media content and ultimately helps his clients connect with consumers by identifying shared passions. Josh landed his job at Resource after his popular Twitter persona @yoyoha attracted the attention of the agency's executive creative director. His talent for writing humorous tweets about pop culture, parenthood and everyday musing have attracted almost 60,000 followers and the attention of Time magazine, OK! magazine, Mashable, Paste Magazine and others. Josh is also a trained cartoonist who uses the skills he acquired in this role to create captions, now known as tweets, to entertain audiences.
Matt Silverman is the Editorial Director at Mashable and the co-founder of The Fluffington Post. At Mashable, he works on editorial strategy, video strategy, special projects, oversees the features team, and writes regularly on social media trends, web culture and gaming. He is also the creator and co-host of Mashable's weekly trivia/comedy show #5facts. At The FluffPo, he writes satirical news about kittens in a quest to bootstrap a cute-powered media company.
Currently a writer on the acclaimed NBC series Parks and Recreation, Megan Amram is a rising star in the comedy world. Her viral blog and twitter account launched her into the entertainment industry two years ago. Since then, Megan has written for Comedy Central's Kroll Show, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, the Disney Channel and has contributed to Funny Or Die, Vice Magazine and Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roasts. She has been spotlighted by TIME, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Last Call with Carson Daly, the Huffington Post, Backstage, The Boston Globe, and Wired Magazine.