In the last few years, social media platforms, especially TikTok, have become a springboard for the rising names in the entertainment industry. Many dancers, singers, and actors found their way into Hollywood through the follower base they got on these platforms, and we took a look at seven of these names in the list below.
7. Loren Gray
Loren Gray’s path from TikTok to the music industry began in 2021 when she became an independent artist. She secured a record deal with Virgin Records, which helped her grow her music career, and received several award nominations. Her Hollywood break came with her voice role as Twitchy in the animated film ‘100% Wolf.’
6. Maddie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler, while not a TikTok native, has found success on the platform through her dance videos and skits. Known for her appearances in Sia’s music videos, Ziegler shifted her focus to acting a while ago. She landed a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ in 2021 and is set to appear in the new comedy film, ‘My Old A**.’
5. Cameron Dallas
Cameron Dallas, who initially gained attention on YouTube and Vine, has built a significant following of over 17.7 million on TikTok. The 29-year-old has appeared in several movies, including ‘The Outfitted,’ ‘Expelled,’ and ‘Neighbors 2,’ with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. In 2020, he was also part of the stage production of ‘Mean Girls.’ The Netflix series about his career, ‘Chasing Cameron,’ came out in 2016.
4. JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa, with her 36.8 million TikTok followers, has translated her online popularity into roles in movies. Her credits include ‘The Angry Birds 2,’ ‘Blurt,’ and the 2021 film ‘The J Team,’ which was released in September and tells the story of the young dancer’s journey after being excluded from her dance team.
3. Zach King
The fifth-most followed person on TikTok with 58.2 million followers began his career on YouTube and Vine. His content on TikTok helped him get into Hollywood and landed him roles in both big projects like ‘Zootopia’ and short films such as ‘Stranded On Treasure Island’ and ‘First To The Gate.’
2. Addison Rae
After getting over 83 million followers on social media, Addison Rae was cast by Mark Waters in the 2021 comedy ‘He’s All That,’ a reboot of the 1999 film ‘She’s All That.’ In the film, Rae plays an influencer who aims to transform a less popular boy into a prom king. Following its August 2021 release, the film was number one on Netflix in 78 countries.
1. Anania Williams
Known for his drag makeup tutorials and singing videos on TikTok, Anania Williams secured a background role in the 2021 film ‘Don’t Look Up.’ He appeared next to Timothée Chalamet in a scene, wearing his signature yellow beanie. Williams has since taken on roles in ‘Playland’ and ‘One Of The Boys.’