Vine star Gabriel Conte talks about acting, fan love and advice for aspiring entertainers
With over 1 billion "loops" on Vine, you're definitely going to want to know all about Gabriel Conte (if you don't already).
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This 21-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida has blown up on social media, with his hilariously creative Vine videos that you could watch over and over again and stay absolutely mesmerized.
This social media celeb has over 1.7 million followers on Vine, 75.6K followers on Twitter, 182K subscribers on YouTube, 336K followers on Instagram, 870K likes on Facebook -- it's safe to say Conte has quite the influence on the social media game.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Conte and got this young heartthrob spill his Vine secrets to success. Take a look!
Your Vines certainly seem to have a lot of thought and planning put into them. What's the longest amount of time you ever spent putting a Vine together?
Well, now I spend a lot longer, because I also make longer versions of the videos to post on Facebook. So I'll spend probably two or three hours to film the videos and then editing can take up to about an hour or an hour and a half. It seems like a long time for such short videos, but it's worth it.
Your Vines and YouTube videos are all hilarious and highly empathetic. How do you come up with the topics? Is there a particular topic you especially enjoy making videos about?
The topics that I come up with typically just pop up while I'm going through my day, and I'll think 'I should make a video about the situation or talk about the topic.' I also like to incorporate my beliefs and religious views into my videos, because that's the most important part of my life. I feel like everything that I do was given to me by God, so I obviously want to direct that back to Him and direct people to see what I believe and why I have those beliefs. Hopefully that spreads a positive message.
Talk to me about your performing arts background!
Oh (laughs)...that. In middle school, my older brother started doing theater and I was like 'theater? that's ridiculous,' because I grew up doing sports, my dad is a wrestling coach. But then, after watching my brother having fun doing plays, I was like okay, I'll try it. I did it for a year, and I loved it. I stayed in it all through high school.
I did musicals and different plays. I was the scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, I was the artful dodger in Oliver the Musical. Then, I went to FSU for a year to get my acting degree; but at this point, all the social media stuff took off. So I moved to L.A. for the summer and ended up staying because there was just so much going on.
You definitely have a huge presence on pretty much every social channel. Is there one that you enjoy posting on or making content for more than the others?
As of this past month, Facebook. While I've always enjoyed making Vines, Facebook is basically what I can make on Vine, but, I can make it as long as I want. Facebook is kind of a free-for-all. I can post pictures, statuses, and whatever I want on there — it's awesome. I'm getting a really good reaction from the videos I've been posting, and growing a new fan base from that.
What is your absolute favorite thing about your fans?
They support me no matter what which is awesome. Like, if I'm going through something and I tweet something like 'Oh I'm sad,'...which I don't do often, but anyways, they get so concerned. It's awesome that you have people like that who I've never met in person, who like tweet and direct message me to see what's going on with me. They care so much, I love that.
What's one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring entertainer trying to make it big?
Don't overlook social media. Growing up in theater, a lot of my friends (and me at that point), we didn't know how far social media could get you in entertainment.
When people say one-in-a-million, it's literally one-in-a-million...The chances of 'making it' are so hard; so when social media happened, it was great. I can create whatever I want, I can do my own stuff, I don't have someone telling me whether I can go to an audition or not, whether I can book the role or not, or, what I have to say or do.
I just make it all by myself, however I want. And that's what I enjoy about it. So, don't look over social media, it's a great way to get your foot in the door in entertainment.
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