Shira Lazar and Dylan Dauzat Talk Moving to Hollywood and Social Media Actors

Emma Thompson and Michael Caine made some controversial remarks about social media stars, and we talk all about it on the What's Trending Podcast!

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  • Dylan Dauzat came over to What's Trending and together with Shira Lazar and Hayley Hoover discussing his recent move to Los Angeles and all of the latest trending stories.

    When asked about the difference between Louisiana and Los Angeles:

    "Every bit of the difference. There is no comparison except for that they're both LA.

    Dauzat got his start on Instagram and then utilized an app to optimize his hashtags. From there he blew up, and branched out to other platforms such as Vine and YouTube. You would think that Dauzat's online popularity would translate to his real life, however during the podcast, he refused to mention his hometown after being severely bullied there for several years.

    "I will never want to mention where I'm from because I would never want to give them credit."

    From there we moved onto the latest trends, such as the Trust Fall Challenge. While never having done this particular challenge, Dauzat did admit to doing some crazy things back home.

    However the primary topic of the conversation was regarding the controversial comments made by Emma Stone and Michael Caine regarding the casting of social media stars based on their following.

    Stone expressed that she felt social media actors were more interested in their audience rather than the skill of acting, and that the overall practice was lowering the quality of content being released by Hollywood.

    A recent piece on What's Trending from Cracked's Katy Stoll countered Thompson's statement by pointing out that some new media stars are trained actors utilizing all platforms to their advantage.

    Others have pointed out that there's a key difference between a social media star and a new media star, social media stars basically subsisting off platforms such as Twitter, Vine, Facebook, and Instagram while new media stars utilize platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo thereby illustrating more finesse in the filmmaking process.

    Even further still, some people have mentioned that YouTube itself could be considered a social media platform rather than a video publishing platform due to it's utilization of subscriptions and a commenting system which can be used to build and cull a community simliar to social media sites.

    Dauzat, who comes from the world of social media had this to say:

    "You can also see the frustration for traditional actors whever they've been struggling for 3-4 years to finally get something, and they're like *huff* I just got beat out by the social media kid. They get on and "look he has followers," that's why, and then you can see how they gain some sort of a hatred or a dismissive thought in their head because of that.
    I don't think that should be the case. You shouldn't even look at social meda whenever it comes down to that because if that person is actually a really good actor and they work really hard on their craft, I feel like they should be respect and I feel like they should be given that role."

    Do you guys agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments down below!

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