Each Friday, we pick one Aristocrat we think you should follow. (Even though you should follow all of them.) Meet Alex Blagg.
1. What was your first exposure to Twitter?
I joined all the way back in 2008 when I was still in New York, so I can’t remember exactly where I first found Twitter. I believe it was on The Internet, but it may also have been on Taxi TV or something.
2. When did you really get into using the site?
I guess I started to get serious once my managers and agents told me that all the real deals are happening on Twitter these days. Showbiz Execs are now spending upwards of 97% of their working hours scouring for Fav-magnets and Tweets of the Day that can be turned into big time Hollywood comedy deal memos, and I wanted to make sure I was leveraging the right new media strategy in order to diversify my comedy brand and get a great ROI on all that opportunity.
3. What has been your proudest Twitter moment?
I got a DM from Dave Coulier one time. He was just asking if I would “give him a shout-out”, but still. Pretty exciting.
4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
I swiftly delete any and all Tweets that aren’t immediately blasted with Favs and RT’s so I can confidently tell you: I’ve never Tweeted anything dumb.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring comedians or writers?
I guess I’d just want to do the right thing and be the one to break the bad news that all the slots in showbiz have now been filled and Hollywood is no longer accepting new writers/actors/comedians. I know a lot of people are saying just work hard, find your own audience, consistently create new material that makes you and your friends laugh, but all that is really a waste of time at this point, because there are a finite number of spots available for people to enjoy success, and now thanks to Twitter/YouTube/The Internet, they’ve all been filled. Sorry. Kind of the downside to this whole “democratization of entertainment” thing.
6. Name one person you would love to have read your tweets that currently isn’t (that you know of).
Jeff Garlin, one of my comedy heroes, has put me on a real emotional roller coaster with his abusive cycle of following me, saying incredibly nice things about me, unfollowing me, then re-following me again. As of a few weeks ago, we’re in a “not following me” phase. I still love the guy to death, probably because he’s become the withholding father I never had.
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