“You Are What You Tweet”: Young Hollywood Genius Talk Doles Out Sage Advice
For as much as we use Social Media, many of us are still trying to figure out how to use the tools right, and that’s especially true when it comes to some of the youngest — and biggest — names in the entertainment industry. A Genius Talk sponsored by AT&T during the BET Experience in Los Angeles this past weekend spoke to that issue with notable members of young Hollywood: Brandon T. Jackson, Quincy Brown, and Karrueche Tran.
While Karrueche, who, while making a name for herself as a model and actress, has been the subject of many social media taunts, surprisingly admitted she absolutely loves Instagram, stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Brandon, admitted that he’s still trying to figure out a way to brand himself on the photo platform. On the other hand, Quincy, who wowed audiences with his acting chops in “Dope” this spring, said he’s got it all figured out. “I had to ask myself, what do I want to represent in the long run,” the 24 year old told the crowd. Once he determined the answer he said of the opportunities that came his way, “I had to stop answering a lot of people.” Now knowing what he wants his Social Media presence to stand for, he says of its use, “It can be a big help, as long as you strategically set it up.”
After announcing that his much-anticipated album is finally finished, we have no doubt the independent artist who’s the son of model Kim Porter and Al B. Sure! will use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to spread the word, much like Tran does promoting her upcoming projects, which include the Maybelline- sponsored web series “Vanity” and the Sci-Fi horror flick, “Three-Headed Shark.”
Like any good big brother whose been in the game for a while, in the midst of the budding stars’ discussion of breaking into the industry, panel moderator Big Tigger issued a stern warning to them and the young people in the crowd on their social media behavior. Recounting the death of a fellow college alum whom he didn’t know well, Big Tigger said he looked to the woman’s social media to learn more about who she was and, unfortunately, her digital imprint didn’t leave the most positive impression.
“You are what you tweet, Tigger said. You are what you Instagram.” If you die tomorrow all people have are your tweets and your Instagram.”