How Did King Bach Get Famous on Vine? It Wasn't All Fun & Backflips
Being a Vine celebrity is not necessarily the same thing as being a celebrity period, but a few of the social media app's viral darlings have managed to break down the barrier and become recognizable superstars in their own right. King Bach, real name Andrew Bachelor, is definitely one of them. With 8.5 million followers on Vine thanks to his endless stream of hilarious six-second clips, some of which blew up to the point of spawning catch phrases, Bachelor was able to step outside the boundaries of social media and extend his comedy chops to TV appearances on BET and Showtime's House Of Lies and countless endorsement deals. How did King Bachelor get his start, though? We can all thank Vine Queen Brittany Furlan.
After his friend Furlan experienced an incredible amount of success (and recently an incredible amount of scandal) she got him into Vine. On May 29 of last year, he uploaded his first clip, and from there his followers skyrocketed. In an interview with The Daily Beast he said,
With Vine, I started doing it, and my first Vines sucked — they were horrible — but I started studying and seeing which Vines got the most likes, and what people liked to see and laugh in, and I took that and put my own unique spin on it. The results started to happen, and now I’ve almost mastered the structure of what people like to look at on Vine.
Um, "mastered" is an understatement, Bach. In 2013, he was charging companies like Samsung $1,000 for every 100,000 followers. With his follower count now at 8.5M, it's safe to say the King of Vine can retire early if he so desired. Fortunately for all of us that doesn't seem to be in the cards.
Bachelor worked hard for his accomplishments, honing his comedy skills in college at Florida State University by joining various comedy and acting troupes, and eventually uploading his stuff to YouTube. After a short stint at the New York Film Academy, Bachelor knew it was time to stop waiting and start doing, and moved to Hollywood. After a lot of hard work, Bachelor now has an end goal of having a sketch show similar to Comedy Central's amazing-but-defunct Chappelle’s Show, or their current hit, Key & Peele. Bach may not have a show dominating the network just yet, but he has collaborated with both Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key on some LOL-worthy Vines, so something's got to be in the works.
If you want to be the next King Bach, prepare yourself for some pretty rigorous dedication. Vining is fun, to be sure, but people like Bachelor treat it like the job it's become, sometimes working with a group of people for eight hours a day coming up with and shooting ideas. Clearly his hard work has paid off (literally), and it'll be interesting to see what happens next. We might have to wait a little while for his show to premiere on BET, but if anyone's day needs an immediate injection of King Bach, you know where to find him.