Is Ashley Dupree a “Web Star?”

Silicon Valley Insider points to an article in the NY Post (classy rag) that runs some of the numbers on Ashley “Spitzer’s Girl” Dupree.  Among other amounts of note, they believe she has already earned over $200,000 is music sales alone!

While this is certainly interesting, I thought this quote from SVI was worth a second look:

The downside: Her new business success will make her ineligible for further representation by her public defender. Also, the 22-year old will be besieged by reps, managers, advisors, acquaintances, and agents of all types, some of whom will no doubt persuade her that she can’t afford not to pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. In the moment, this will seem like pennies, but if her career trajectory follows that of other instant web stars, will soon leave her penniless again.”

Is Ashley a “web star?”  She certainly didn’t make a name for herself due to behavior on the web.  Sure, the web is the channel through which she is able to cash in on her current fame but the web had nothing to do with making her famous in the first place.

Of course, the fact that she had established a presence on the web prior to her, um, breakthrough, didn’t hurt.  That’s a good lesson for all of us.  You never know when you might be able to cash in on you online presence.  Be prepared. 



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