Mr. Petrou confirmed that Mr. Webber is not a member of Hype House and has never been affiliated with the group. He is however already represented by Diomi Cordero, a talent manager in Los Angeles who brought Mr. Webber to the NFT party and also represents Angus Cloud, an actor of “Euphoria”. Mr. Harris is the show’s co-producer.
Mr. Webber laughed at the attention. “I had no connection when I arrived here. I just started doing TikToks, ”he said.
With his drama school dreams shattered, he plans to continue growing his online footprint in the hopes that it will help him land roles. Casting agents regularly scan TikTok for new talent, and the app has already launched the acting careers of other creators, including Addison Easterling and Jack Martin. Mr. Webber already gained more than 115,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel last week. “Although I’ve never been on stage, I can have my own stage right here in this 95 square foot apartment,” he said. “I can only imagine how great the real scene will be.”
But turning away from Juilliard may not hold him back.
“The Juilliard School’s rejection of a social media star is a micro example of the macro cultural shifts we are seeing today,” said Brendan Gahan, partner and social director of Mekanism, a creative agency. “The reality is, Axel doesn’t need traditional credentials. In today’s media landscape, Axel already has the upper hand.
Mr Webber says he has his lease until October and won’t be leaving New York anytime soon. On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Webber signed a contract with The Society, a modeling agency. He’s now devoting his savings to upgrading his gear from the iPhone 7, which he’s currently filming content on, and hopes to collaborate with other creators in the future.
“I felt super lonely when I got to town,” he said. “Now I can walk down the street and sometimes people push me around and say, ‘Hey! You’re that TikTok guy ‘or’ You’re the guy with the tiny apartment! ‘ I feel like in a huge city with millions of people, I have friends.