Six Vine celebrities that call South Florida home
1. Andrew Bachelor “King Bach”
Andrew Bachelor, King Bach to most, moved to Florida from Toronto, Canada when he was 2 years old. He attended Coral Springs Charter for both middle and high school and graduated with a business management degree from Florida State University in 2010. From there, he moved to California to pursue his career in acting and filmmaking. Bachelor is also known for his YouTube account, BachelorsPadTv. But in 2013, he posted his first Vine video and has since gained 8.8 millions followers. His Vines focuses on funny skits and stories his fans can relate to. His Internet stardom has landed him roles in Showtime’s “House of Lies” and Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out.”
2. Marcus Johns
This 21-year-old from Miami has over 5.3 million followers on the mobile app earning him a spot on the Oscars Red Carpet. Though hired by Fandango to be its social media correspondent, jobs like these is what Marcus Johns is now accustomed to. People may also recognize him from Instagram, Twitter or the cameos he has made as a child actor in films like 2004’s The Punisher.
3. Robby Ayala
Robby Ayala was born in West Palm Beach and graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013. In high school he took up acting, directing and writing for comedy. Vine became an outlet for him to create skits again and with a growing 2.9 million fan base, he continues to do just that. His loud-mouth Vines mostly consist of jokes on the general male population or himself.
4. Jessica Vazquez “Jessi Smiles”
From Miami, Jessica Vazquez caused quite a stir on Vine. From becoming the first Vine couple with fellow Internet star Curtis Lepore to accusations of being raped by him, this 21-year-old came from YouTube to Vine and left her mark…and received over 3.4 million followers in the process. She is that edgy blonde from Miami that isn’t afraid to create six-second clips admitting what most girls are thinking in this generation. An aspiring singer, her first single “What If I” hit No. 81 on iTunes’ Top U.S. Songs chart in May.
5. Eric Dunn
Born in 1993 in Florida, Eric Dunn entertains his 2.8 millions followers sometimes while on campus at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. With an expected graduation date in 2015, Dunn starred several other aspiring Viners in his videos while attending school. Most popular is his alter ego “Jerome,” a gangsta from the suburbs. He even made a song that became a hit on iTunes’ R&B chart that surpassed artists Alicia Keys and Trey Songz.
6. Zane and Heath
Zane Hijazi and Heath Hussar, 21-year-olds from Plantation who attended Broward College, just recently moved to Los Angeles, hoping to grow their newfound fame from Vine. Now with 2.3 million followers, Hijazi told the Sun Sentinel, “Almost eight months ago, we didn’t see ourselves in this situation. But now we have the opportunity to move to California and live our dream.”
Whether traveling to the Big Apple or Hollywood, a trend among these South Florida Viners is that they are constantly on the move. Their days consist of making appearances, collaborating on new videos and sometimes advertising for a company.
Advertisers like Hewlett-Packard, Pepsi-Cola and Universal Pictures have paid popular personalities, like Ayala and Bachelor, to mention or display their products in a Vine. The average payout? Estimated at thousands of dollars per second. Not a bad perk for these social media-obsessed regular folks.