Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we are going to discuss rising YouTube star and actress Lia Marie Johnson. She was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii in November of 1996. Lia began performing at a young age, after her family’s move to Virginia. During her time in Virginia, she was in several school plays and talent shows. A short time later, Lia and her family moved to California, and she posted her first YouTube video of herself singing ‘Ave Maria’ on June 8th, 2008 (which you can see here Ave Maria 2 – YouTube). Lia’s first YouTube video began to achieve some attention on YouTube, so she continued to post cover videos. On July 3rd, 2011, Lia released a music video for her song ‘One and Only’ on YouTube, and released the video to ITunes on July 5th, 2011, (here’s a link to the ‘‘One and Only’ music video: Lia – One and Only – YouTube). She continued to act in commercials and perform in numerous sketches such as in a ‘Twilight’ sketch which was posted on the popular Funny or Die website, as well as on the internet sketch comedy show ‘OMGTV!! Live’ (here’s a link to one of Lia’s sketches, so you can see how funny she is! I promise you’ll love it!!: Lia – OMGtv!!Live Sketch Comedy – YouTube).
She soon met fellow YouTubers Benny & Rafi Fine (also known as ‘The Fine Bros’ on YouTube), who hired her for one of their sketches entitled ‘Sarah Palin Family Meeting’. Lia has continued to work with The Fine Brothers on their ‘Kids React’ series (which is an online show that shows kids between the ages of 5 and 14 popular internet videos, and then the brothers ask the kids questions about the videos in order to get their opinions on pop culture figures, viral videos, and social/political issues…you can check out the fine brothers channel here: TheFineBros – YouTube).
Lia later went on to become a part of the cast another show created by The Fine Brothers, entitled ‘Teens React’, which shares the same format as ‘Kids React, but stars teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 (Lia is currently still a part of this show). She also currently is a part of another Fine Brothers’ project called ‘My Music’, which is a mock reality show which depicts the day to day lives of employees at a fictional record label. Due to Lia’s association with the Fine Brothers, and various other popular YouTubers, Lia was soon contacted by ‘AwesomnessTV’ (a YouTube channel that has videos about beauty, fashion, music, celebrity gossip, as well as a talk show and comedy sketches…I would definitely suggest that you check it out, because it is truly awesome, here’s the link: AwesomenessTV – YouTube…but remember, check out the link after you finish reading this blog, deal? Yay ok let’s continue then!).
She has been a part of numerous sketches for AwesomnessTV, however her most popular sketch is her ‘Terry the Tomboy’ series. This sketch is about a proud, self proclaimed tomboy named ‘Terry’, who makes vlogs in which she instructs her audience on how to dress and act as a tomboy. This series has been a HUGE success for Lia, and definitely shows her skills and passion for comedic projects. As a part of the ‘AwesomnessTV’ team, Lia has also appeared on Nickelodeon as a part of AwesomnessTV’ 7:00-7:30pm Monday night timeslot on the popular network. Along with her comedy sketch work, Lia also posts cover videos on her YouTube channel, vlogs, and does tag videos or challenge video (tag videos are videos where the YouTuber making the video answers questions, or discusses a particular topic, and challenge videos challenges the YouTuber making the video to do weird and/or difficult dares). Lia films the videos by herself, as well as with various other AwesomnessTV and YouTube stars. On October 29th, 2013 Lia guest starred on the first episode of the AwesomnessTV original web series ‘Side Effects’, as the character of ‘Susan’ ,the best friend of one of the main characters ‘Whitney’ (Meg DeLacy). Lia and Meg performed a rendition of Taylor Swift’s hit song ‘Mean’ on the show, which was uploaded on to ITunes on October 29th, 2013 (here’s a link to the official ‘Side Effects’ music video of the two talented girls performing the song Taylor Swift – “Mean” | Side Effects Official Music Video – YouTube). Although Lia is only 17 years old, she already has a resume that many would envy. I defiantly see her becoming a huge star in the next few years, and it won’t be long before she is a household name. Lia is a star on the rise, and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in 2014.