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November 18, 2006 1:38 PM   Subscribe

"I feel guilty because I have friends that are working really hard to get into television or acting and I'm just sitting here having not done anything more than enjoy playing with gadgets."

Susi Weaser (24) makes little one-minute gadget reviews and posts them on YouTube . The BBC must have liked them - because they hired her.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (18 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Good for her and all, but you're missing out that she was doing the reviews for the Shiny Media blog network, and she's been hired by independent TV company Princess Productions rather than the BBC itself. The overlap between blogs and low-budget media is way more interesting than crowbarring this into the rags-to-riches template.
posted by cillit bang at 2:04 PM on November 18, 2006 [1 favorite]


Nonetheless, I am biting my knuckles in a jealous frenzy.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:06 PM on November 18, 2006


This is the future of media? *weeps*
posted by gottabefunky at 2:11 PM on November 18, 2006


Good point, cillit bang. I will concede that I missed the part about her being hired by a third party commisioned a show for the Beeb rather than directly by the BBC itself. I feel the "rags to riches" side of things kind of holds true for this story, though.

I agree that the blurred/blurring lines between old and new media and blogging/MSM are much more far-reaching (and interesting) than this little story, but I think it's a neat story nonetheless and you can only cram so many themes in an FPP.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:37 PM on November 18, 2006


And come on, she was wearing a Cyberman mask.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:38 PM on November 18, 2006


"Incrediboo". Hee. Good for her. And without mention of shiny media I would never have found corrieblog, which makes me very happy.
posted by jamesonandwater at 3:37 PM on November 18, 2006


"Six months ago I was sitting behind a desk, getting in at eight and leaving at eight and now I'm on television."

So that'll be getting in at five, and leaving at ten?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:39 PM on November 18, 2006


I'm just sitting here having not done anything more than enjoy playing with gadgets."

should maybe be "I'm just sitting here setting up the shot properly, doing my makeup and hair, making sure my cleavage is showing, and then playing with gadgets?"

Not that I begrudge her her success, but it's obviously not as if she was doing this for fun and suddenly got a job offer. She was trying to break into the industry- just using a less traditional method than her friends.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:34 PM on November 18, 2006


I have friends that are working really hard in real jobs.
posted by Joeforking at 5:26 PM on November 18, 2006


The linked article spells her name Weaser.
posted by rfs at 7:44 PM on November 18, 2006


This just in: Booth babe makes transition to TV via the Internet.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:48 PM on November 18, 2006


The linked article spells her name Weaser.

Doh! Indeed.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:02 PM on November 18, 2006


Is she going to be the British Veronica Belmont.
posted by skepticallypleased at 6:08 AM on November 19, 2006


I don't remember her from 24. what season was she on?
I've seen enough ham-fisted gadget reviews to keep expectations low. Good for her?
posted by Busithoth at 7:53 AM on November 19, 2006


[fixed the name spelling]
posted by jessamyn at 9:27 AM on November 19, 2006


Thanks Jess.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:27 AM on November 19, 2006


I've been reading Shiny Shiny since around the time they launched (years? Who knows! Time doesn't exist on the internet!) and they've consistently produced some of the most readable British blogs that aren't focused around being particularly urban or hip (a lot of it would appeal to girls in the office that I work with, rather than my fellow interweb geeks). They weren't always Shiny Shiny media from what I remember, I think it started with one person and gradually branched out into a business. But that's the tale for most pro-bloggers. Anyway, I really like Catwalk Queen as well - even though they emphasise on UK-available clothes, they also cover the US side of the pond too. Love it.
posted by saturnine at 9:53 AM on November 19, 2006


Based on the reviews I just watched from this post, I wonder why they hired her. She didn't seem very personable, lively, interesting or knowledgeable.

I mean, I wanted to like her, cause I like the romantic idea of someone beating the odds and making an unconventional rise to greater things, but why her? I found her lackluster reviews kinda boring.

They seem more like ads than reviews, and for god's sake get a freakin tripod.
posted by dozo at 11:02 AM on November 20, 2006


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