Yearning for that 4th Dimension: Inside the Actor’s Studio, the Band’s Mind, or the Movie’s Scenes. The Steps We Take, the Moves We Make, the Ideas that Break. The Wall Is Slowly Falling.
Ever since the invention of online social media – these are the things that I have been waiting for. Call it weird, call it creepy, call it stalker – but I love the Internet and the idea of the “4th dimension” made possible through social media. What do I mean by this? Well for starters, now you can know what your favorite band is doing, where an actor is eating lunch, or what is going on behind the scenes of True Blood. What’s the problem then? The problem lies in the fact that while many people are taking note of this issue, in my opinion, not many are using social media to their full advantage.
What brought this whole idea up? Well, today was the launch of fitness model and actor Greg Plitt’s new website (
There are other people doing this too, the first few that come to mind being Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen Degeneres. Ellen and Oprah both post monologues, photos, videos, contests, recommendations, insights, and opinions on their respective mediums every day. Usually this involves Twitter, Facebook, and their own branded websites but things such as texts and emails are expanding the spectrum daily. Ashton Kutcher now hires a production crew to go with him everywhere, documenting his every day life from a behind the scenes interview with Conan O’Brien to a candid bikini shot of wife Demi Moore while on vacation (which received over 950,000 views on twitter -
Actors and models aren’t the only ones getting in on this online action. Bands are constantly updating Twitter with where they are and what they’re doing, giving fans behind the scenes photos and videos, and breaking down the barrier between listener and artist. I’m still waiting for the “4th dimension” to be broken down further on this one though. Why can’t we get live streams of Dave Matthews in the studio recording his new album, a live feed of Blink 182’s pre-show ritual, or a behind the scenes look at how Kings of Leon drummer, Nathan Followill, chooses his drum set. Maybe it’s just me wanting to be a part of something greater, or maybe it is a whole new opportunity that isn’t being tapped into by many of today’s entertainers.
I’m still waiting patiently for this wall to break down completely. I don’t even watch Football, but I just spent four hours glued to the television for a show called “Hard Knocks: Preseason with the Bengals.” Why? Because it’s interesting to see what these football players go though, their families, their training, their ups and downs. The behind the scenes reality. I just read an article about Obama’s personal health plan documenting his daily workout regimen. Tell me you wouldn’t be interested in hearing what the president of the United States bench presses each day, what he eats, and how far he runs. It’s these small facts, these random thoughts, and these little ideas that get me going, and it’s these same thoughts that I think are paving the way for the future of social media.
Why do I post these blogs? Because I believe that someone out there is reading them and getting a little sneak peak into my life. If I were an actor, I’d have videos of life on the set. If I were a model, I’d be posting pictures of all the girls I worked with, and if I were musician, I’d put a webcam up during one our practices. It’s this “4th dimension” that I think will be crucial for success in the entertainment industry in the future. Those who can embrace it and attack it with strategy will connect with fans on a more personal scale, something becoming more and more important in today’s society.
My next blog will be a more intelligent study of this phenomenon and the power this “4th dimension" has in terms of consumer spending and brands. More specifically I’ll dive into the importance of social media strategy for companies like Vitamin Water, Red Bull, Gatorade, and Target and the importance of having an online personality and interactive brand in a crowded market of competitors.
I want to hear your thoughts on this. Are there any celebrities, blogs, websites you follow? Do you ever wish you could know more about your favorite entertainer? Give me some scoop in the comments. I welcome any insights, ideas, or opinions you may have.