I owe a huge shout out and thank you to @amysuuuue. She heard an interview I did with @JennyMcCarthy on @SIRIUSXM where I mentioned my dream to be on Dancing with the Stars. It would be a dream come true. She has taken it upon herself to start a petition. I have no idea how a petition might help me — though of course I’d love for you to sign it — but it means the world to me that someone else cares as much about my dream as I do . . . enough to take action in my favor.
I refer to the people above using their “handles” because I’m struck by how social media has become such a player in our lives. Using it correctly allows you to reach so many people. When used with good intent, it’s a remarkable tool — like to gain support for a charity or to inform a large number of people about something important or just to campaign for something you want. (Like say, seeing a favorite celebrity cast on a dance competition show.) When used with ill intent it can be a weapon in your arsenal to bully someone or spread negative propaganda. Same as anything else, it can be used for good or evil. Either way, it’s extremely powerful. And it’s here to stay . . . at least for now anyway.
I resisted the social media thing for a long time, but it’s become a necessary tool in my world of entertainment and show business. Without my presence in the cyber community I would virtually not exist. Haha, I just got the irony of that . . . I now “virtually” exist. LOL. Oh, I slay myself.
Anyway, it’s even affecting whether or not actors get jobs. The more “followers” you have, the more ability you have to promote the project on your own media outlets. It’s free advertising for the production, if you will. Obviously, it’s not the end all, be all, but all things being equal, one’s social media presence can tip the scales in an actor’s favor, especially in the hosting and commercial side of the business.
It’s an interesting world we live in. I easily get sucked into the mire of it all. And I don’t just mean the hours I get transfixed on Pintrest or watching puppy videos that pop up on my Facebook feed. I mean the obligation and the demand to keep up with the whirlwind. But it’s not much fun if we feel trapped by it. Social media is a wonderful, fun, connective tool, that when used right can actually bring us closer, not further apart. I can honestly say Facebook has kept me informed and in touch with friends, good friends, that might otherwise slip through the cracks if our only mode of contact was letter writing or phone calls. I love it. So go ahead, comment on this blog, by all means sign the petition, share it on your own social media platforms (please, and thank you), watch hilarious videos, and look at pictures of your friends’ latest excursions. But before your eyes turn squirrelly, step away from the screen, call a friend, and talk to them directly. Even plan to meet for lunch so you actually talk face to face, not just via text.
Then at the restaurant be sure to take a #selfie. Just kidding. Sort of.
First…you crack me up.
Next…I’ll sign and I’ll put it on my blog (along with a link to your blog) so that maybe this thing will grow exponentially cause I know for a fact that if you get cast on DWTS my entire family will be glued to the TV voting their hearts out.
Finally-I love FB for the same reasons as you. I’ve reconnected and stayed connected with people I never would have otherwise. It’s done some really wonderful things but it’s also been used as an ugly and hateful tool. I guess we have to take the good with the bad-just like the rest of this crazy, awful, beautiful life we live. Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest (yay) are all part of our social landscape from here on out.
Here’s to learning to use it responsibly.
And here’s to getting Paige on DWTS!!!!
I found your blog thanks to Sherry (commenter above). I was so happy to get an update about you! I was a huge fan of yours back when you were doing Trading Spaces. I’m happy to be able to follow you both here and on Instagram!
Hope you’re doing well, Paige!
I have wanted to see you on that show for years. I will sign for sure. Fingers crossed!!!!!
You absolutely deserve to be on that show! Hopefully Social Media will do the trick!! xo
Aren’t you considered a professional dancer? Not really what dwts is about, is it?
Ok Paige, I’m officially stalking you on Twitter (in a non-creepy way, of course)…excited at the thought of you being on Dancing With The Stars! Signing the petition and I’ll spread the news for others to sign! Get your ‘Dancing’ shoes ready!
All the best,
I too would love to see you on either side of the DWTS platform! There have been a number of people on the show that had/have dance experience!
I enjoy your posts/blog & appreciate how truly personal & honest you are with us. I must say because of social media I have had Great opportunities to see you on stage at your Best/in your element which I most likely would have missed otherwise!
Now I Have to find that petition!! Hope to see you in Hartford !!