Vine/MarloMeekins Marlo Meekins is not afraid to gross you out.
Give Marlo Meekins six seconds and she'll make you laugh. Give her another and she'll do it again, for you, for your friends and for her nearly four hundred thousand followers on Vine, the Twitter-owned video-sharing app that emerged in January of this year. She'll seduce you with her long legs, cleavage and luscious red hair but then fall off her balcony, collapse into a pile of cardboard tubes, snarl, spew blood, brandish a knife and reveal child-molester facial hair.
All this for free. Unlike YouTube, which has made millionaires out of manipulative pet owners by monetizing views and showing ads before videos, Vine has yet to establish a system for its growing set of stars to profit off of their bursts of creativity. After all, viewers would never put up with thirty-second commercials before six-second videos. But Meekins, 32, a former animation professor who was named Caricaturist of the Year by the International Society of Caricature Artists in 2009, is determined to make it work.
So three months ago, she and her husband packed up their house in "the middle of fucking nowhere in Canada" and moved out to Los Angeles.More »