Sarah Loch, Fanfiction Writer

Sarah Loch’s introduction to fanfiction was through the Netflix show Supernatural. “I don’t remember what led me to the first Supernatural fanfiction, I just know that it didn’t take long before I was well and truly hooked,” she said. After binge-watching the TV show on Netflix, she discovered fanfiction as an opportunity to consume more of her favorite content, characters…

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Michael Lemley, Fanfiction Writer

Think about the TV series you just binge watched, or a book series you recently finished reading. Have you ever wished that your favorite stories would keep continuing? Thanks to fanfiction, they can. Fanfiction allows people to channel their creativity and use their love for a particular story to create new connections to a creator’s content. Some fanfiction picks up…

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Malinda Reese, Google Translate Cover Artist, Actress and YouTube Vlogger

It all started out as a joke. Just to see what would happen, Malinda Reese used an online translator to convert the lyrics of Disney hit song “Let It Go” into multiple languages. Then, she translated them back into English. That’s how the lyrics “let It go” became “give up” instead. Reese hoped that her parody would get some laughs,…

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Mary Elizabeth Milbrand, Interior Decorator, Stylist, YouTube Star

Mary Elizabeth Milbrand got her start in fashion design and personal styling, earning a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. But a newfound passion for interior design paired with the accessibility and ease of online video, catapulted Mary Elizabeth into a YouTube success story. Mary Elizabeth calls home makeovers her “sweet spot” when…

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Jake Roper, Host of Vsauce3

From an early age, Jake Roper knew he wanted to express himself. But he wanted more than the traditional creative mediums to convey his personality. “I was never really good at painting, animating, or photography. I like telling stories with 24 frames a second instead of just one,” he said. It was through film and digital media that Jake began…

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Elisa Kreisinger: Artist, Pop Culture Remixer & Copyright Activist

When Elisa Kreisinger felt that the media she consumed was not giving proper attention to women and the LGBT community, she took matters into her own hands. Known as “Pop Culture Pirate,” Elisa began creating feminist video mashups of pop culture, using clips from shows such as “Mad Men” and “Sex In The City” to reinvent them into a different narrative…

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Riobamba: DJ, Producer & Cultural Promoter

Inspired by curiosity, self-discovery and a passion for remixing music, Riobamba has transformed from an online DJ to a renowned performer and producer. She credits her success over a span of just seven years to the democratizing effects of the internet which has increased access to her music and fostered a connection with other musicians for collaboration and re-creation. Sara…

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Eddie G, Video Producer and Entertainer

As a high school student in 1999, Eddie was ahead of his time. While the internet was fairly young, he understood that technology could bring tremendous opportunity to himself and his classmates, if they were only allowed access. Now a YouTube star, he credits where he is today to a pivotal moment from his teenage years, when his school administration…

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Nadeska Alexis, Senior Anchor & Editorial Producer at Complex

Complex started as a print magazine covering youth culture, style and hip hop but in 2012, a “let’s just see how it goes” decision to start a broadcast program ended up becoming a game-changing decision. Today, Complex is a booming online media platform with an online news site and YouTube channels that reach over 120 million people — all while…

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Peter Hollens, A Cappella Extraordinaire

A self-described “dorky dad,” Peter Hollens is an American singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his a cappella cover songs on YouTube. His online videos have reached more than 400 million viewers since he started posting in 2011, and his eponymous YouTube channel has surpassed 1.5 million subscribers. “I believe that the future of music is one in which…

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