It’s the day after the Oscars, and I can guarantee that Adele Dazeem’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame was up before she got to the Vanity Fair party. That didn’t stop everyone from creating a parody Twitter account to commemorate the best moment of the night. Adele Dazeem was trending worldwide, and even the non-Equity version, Adele Dazim, got some time in the spotlight.
But what do you do when you fear the joke is over and people are ready to move on? NEWSFLASH! The joke doesn’t ever have to be over! You too can take a seemingly dead-end theme and milk the shit out of it for years to come!
Just follow these simple rules:
1. Create a Voice: Treat your account like a real person with feelings and shit. Decide how he/she speaks and what types of subjects they like to tweet about most. Nothing should be off limits, though. The Super Bowl is actually one of my favorite events to live tweet, and that has nothing to do with acting. If you can create a solid character for Adele Dazeem that goes beyond just miss-pronouncing words, then you’re ready to take the next step.
2. Launch a Blog: You should absolutely get a self-hosted blog. It doesn’t cost much. This is actually one hobby you can do without a Kickstarter! A blog will allow you to take your newly established three-dimensional character beyond the limited confines of Twitter and really let loose. A blog shows your audience you give a shit. Don’t be a flash in the pan! Demand attention! You know what my personal motto for Annoying Actor Friend is? Live everything with the desperation of the last 32 bars of “And I Am Telling You.” (Love me. Love Me. LOVE. ME.)
3. Pick a Project: Find something to write about on a weekly basis. Recap a show, review books, critique restaurants. It doesn’t matter. A blog series will help you refine your voice. You’ll also have the luxury of space to expand your creativity and share your gift. Speaking of sharing, the Twitter world and Facebook world are often very different entities that seldom mix. A consistent blog has a better chance of finding its way to Facebook, and that my friend, is where the “hits” are at.
4. Think Six Months Ahead: Looking to the future, make sure you have a plan of where to go and multiple ways to get to it. Twitter thrives on what is current, so for your own sanity, have a goal to work on that you have a little more control over. For example, whether Smash got canceled or not, I wouldn’t have had anything to blog about June – February. Having a book idea off in the distance gave me something to #werk toward. Be proud of the person you’re going to be in six months. My hero is me in September.
5. Don’t Give a Fuck: The joy of a parody Twitter account is making it up as you go along. I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing for the first year. If you have fun doing it, are consistent, and don’t take it too seriously, you might just be #blessed enough to be drunk and alone on Oscars night next year, live tweeting in your pajamas next at a large empty box of Papa John’s Double Cheeseburger pizza. And isn’t that something to aspire to?
Unfortunately for Adele Dazeem, only ONE account can survive and my money is on @AdelaDazeem. That bitch surpassed my amount of followers in less than twelve hours. #Werk. I believe in you, @AdelaDazeem. You can do this. You will survive.
However, if I were to make a parody account for Adele Dazeem, I wouldn’t have used a picture of Idina Menzel. I would have chosen some chick at random. I’d make it like there was actually an Adele Dazeem in real life sitting at home that was like, “WTF?” I wouldn’t connect her to Frozen at all. Her main character traits would be that her iPhone had no auto-correct function and maybe she was also a little dyslexic. She’d be some law student at Harvard who drops out and moves to Los Angeles because of her new found fame. That’s an Adele Dazeem with longevity that I could certainly get behind.
Godspeed. Stay #blessed.