‘I had the following, so I got the job’
Being active on social media is a key way to get ahead nowadays, with a strong following and ‘Influencer’ status opening a lot of doors and helping you get on the career ladder.
In a recent interview with Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, the actress revealed that having a strong following opens just as many doors when you’re at the top, with the 21-year-old actress crediting her social media status for getting her roles.
Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, has a huge following, boasting 5.4 million Instagram fans, 2 million Facebook followers and 1.3 million fans on Twitter – something she insists has helped her to beat out competitors.
‘I auditioned for a project and it was between me and another girl who is a far better actress than I am, far better, but I had the followers, so I got the job,’ she explained in an interview with Porter. ‘It’s not right, but it is part of the movie industry now.’
It is hard to know which of Sophie’s upcoming films she was referencing, with the 21-year-old starring in X-Men last year and currently juggling upcoming roles in Time Freak, Berlin, I Love You, and Huntsville.
‘I feel completely in control of my career now, which is nice,’ Sophie told Marie Claire UK in her cover interview this month. ‘When you’re 15, you’re just kind of like a pawn…but now I’m like, “You know, actually I don’t like this”’.