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Jodie-Amy Rivera
Background information
Born February 22, 1984 (1984-02-22) (age 26)[1]
Nationality American
Web alias(es) VenetianPrincess
Period active 2006–present
Host service(s) YouTube , director, singer, actress, model
Genre(s) Comedy, Parody, Musical
Influences Weird Al
Official site http://www.vprincess.com

VenetianPrincess, or the Female Weird Al Yankovic is a YouTube Internet personality who became known worldwide in 2006. She is of Swedish and Italian ancestry, and grew up in Brockton, MA. Her videos are usually parodies of songs and events in pop culture. She is the #1 most subscribed female on YouTube, globally. She has over 730,000 subscribers, and has had over 180 million video views.[2] She gained notoriety in 2006 after being featured on the front page of YouTube, and then in 2007 was one of the first people invited into YouTube's revenue sharing program.[3][4] In December 2008, Samsung announced that her music video for her original song "Somewhere Else" is the pre-installed video on all Samsung Behold cell phones.[5] PC World Magazine named her "7 Things Guys Don't Have To Do" music video one of the top 10 viral videos of 2008.[6]

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Background

She studied opera as a coloratura soprano at the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts. She has since performed in several professional U.S. stage productions, including the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera in which she played Christine Daaé.[7]

Her official biography lists her background in modeling, including her most recent title of Miss Massachusetts State Queen.

Videos

She became popular for her episodic series The Princess Chronicles (formerly known as "The Disclosed Series"). The series is known for its elaborate editing and visual effects.[8] Episodes 1 - 8 keep the title of "Disclosed," as those installments disclose the story of the princess's life in her Venetian palace. The Princess Chronicles begin at Episode 9 and start the story of her adventures around the world. Each episode introduces new magical and eccentric characters, all played by herself disguised in elaborate costumes.

She shoots her videos in her bedroom closet in front of a green screen with no help with filming or post-production. She uses Final Cut Pro to edit her videos, on a Mac Pro, using Chroma Key for her videos, to create different settings. She cites Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam as favorite directors.[9]

Her YouTube channel also consists of random comedic skits, original music videos, and a murder mystery series called Cirque de Mystère, which takes place in a traveling circus of the early 1940s.

On July 9, 2008, VenetianPrincess made a spoof of Miley Cyrus' 7 Things video. The original song was "7 Things"; her version covered the 7 things (and more) guys don't have to do, that females do. The video received 3 million views within its first month of being posted. It has since been favorited more than 150,000 times- making it one of the top favorited of all videos on YouTube.[10] It is one of the most discussed videos of all time with over 100,000 comments.[10] The video has received over 18.3 million views, and was one of the top 10 most viewed videos of 2008.

VenetianPrincess' "I Kissed A Girl" Elderly Remix Parody[11] has received over 22 million hits and was played on BBC radio on October 26, 2008.[12]

Other notable videos include her "Womanizer" parody, featuring other YouTube celebrities playing nerds such as nigahiga and Dave Days.[13] It has been viewed 26 million times. She has released an album 'Video Girl' containing numerous parodies, including the ones seen in her videos and new ones. Another notable video is a collaboration with makemebad35 on the video "Drunken Genie" (known as "My Pretty Genie on makemebad35's channel), in which she plays a genie trapped in a bottle.

Press

In 2007, she received media coverage for her videos, with appearances on Fox News, Boston, Fox News Milwaukee, and ABC News Boston. She was interviewed on Massachusetts radio station JAMN 94.5, and a two page article was also written about her in the Boston Herald on June 18, 2007. A segment about her videos was presented by Bill Weir on ABC's first episode of television series I-Caught, airing on August 7, 2007.[14]

In late September 2007, her popularity grew with her Brangelina Parody "Adopt Me Too" Music Video.[citation needed] As reported by CelebTV, "Adopt Me Too" has over a million views. The video was reviewed on AOL News.[15]

On February 10, 2008, an article about VenetianPrincess was featured in the Boston Globe.[16] On February 11, 2008, another large article was printed in the Brockton Enterprise.

In April 2008, VenetianPrincess' "Hillary, Be My Best Friend" parody video went viral with over 800,000 views in just over 2 days. The video received press coverage from CNN, FOX News, NBC News, The Washington Post, VH1.com, and Hotair.com.[17]

In July 2008, VenetianPrincess and MakeMeBad35's video collaboration of "Drunken Genie" (as titled on VenetianPrincess' channel) and "My Pretty Genie" (as titled on MakeMeBad35's channel) got an Epic Fail on Attack of the Show on G4. The hosts on the show have also chosen VenetianPrincess one of the top hottest women of the web for three consecutive weeks.[1]

In February 2009, VenetianPrincess made a video about Nadya Suleman titled "Octo-Mom Song." The video was mentioned in several national magazines and newspapers including the LA Times, USA Today, Radar Online, Trendhunter Magazine, Entrevue Magazine, And Don't Miss Magazine.[18] She has also made parodies about the Jonas Brothers.

On August 10, 2009 VenetianPrincess' Transformers 2 Parody was shown on MTV on the It's On with Alexa Chung Show. Alexa Chung commented "Megan Fox's acting was amazing in that video", referring to VP's portrayal of Megan Fox.

Acting career

As a child, Jodie appeared in the motion picture Hocus Pocus in 1993.[19] She has since appeared in two episodes of HBO's web show Elevator: Drunk Dial [20] and Telemarketer.[21] She has also produced videos for MTV, Universal Pictures, ABC, and other major brands.

In April 2009, in an interview for Net News Daily she revealed that she earns well over six-figures a year, from her YouTube videos alone.[22]

Trademark

Jodie's resemblance to Angelina Jolie is a recurring topic in her video comments.[15] Her Transformers 2 parody played on her resemblance to Megan Fox.

Awards/Rank Achievements

  • Samsung announced Jodie as the $10,000 winner of their National Talent Search "Juke Box Hero Contest". Her music video for her original song "Somewhere Else" is now the pre-installed video on all T-Mobile cell phones.[23]
  • In March 2008, G4TV named her one of the hottest women of the web on two separate television segments.[1]
  • PC World Magazine named her "7 Things Guys Don't Have To Do" music video one of the top 10 viral videos of 2008.[6]
  • In April 2009, she won the title of Miss YouTube.
  • In December 2009, YouTube named her "Outerspace" music video, one of the Most Memorable Videos of 2009. [24]

Publications

Jodie is written about in the recently nationwide published (8/10/09) book "YouTube and Video Marketing An Hour A Day" by Greg Jarboe.[25]

Discography

Albums

Information Tracks
  • Title: Video Girl
  • Released: July 1, 2009
  • Label: DFTBA Records
  1. 7 Things (Guys Don't Have To Do)
  2. I Kissed A Girl (Elderly Mix)
  3. Jonas Brothers Addict Anthem
  4. Womanizer
  5. A Miley Cyrus Christmas
  6. Let's Beat Miley
  7. Octo Mom Song
  8. Brangelina, Adopt Me Too
  9. Vegetarian Vampire
  10. Outer Space
Information Single
  • Title: Just A Zombie
  • Released: August 6, 2009
  • Title: You'll Look Like Poo
  • Released: October 5, 2009
  • Title: Speidi Free
  • Released: November 16, 2009
  1. Just A Zombie (Parody of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me")
  2. You'll Look Like Poo (Parody Of Miley Cyrus's When I Look At You)
  3. Speidi Free (Parody of Britney Spears's 3)

Music Videos/Parody Singles

  • Brangelina, Adopt Me Too (2007) 3:31
  • Hillary, Be My Best Friend (2008) 3:22
  • Bad Mom Song (2008) 1:43
  • I Got A Crush On...Giuliani (2008) 1:39
  • 7 Things Guys Don't Have To Do (2008) 2:39
  • I Kissed A Girl (Elderly Mix) (2008) 3:18
  • Tinseltown Nanny (2008) 2:50
  • Jonas Brothers Addict Anthem (2008) 2:12
  • Womanizer (2008) 2:47
  • Octo-Mom Song (2009) 1:30
  • Outer Space (2009) 4:38
  • Just a Zombie (2009) 1:55
  • You'll Look Like Poo (2009) 3:41
  • Britney Spears-3-Parody ("Speidi Free") (2009) 2:32
  • "The Snooki Song" (Parody of Tik Tok By Ke$ha) (2010) 1:27

List of Characters Played by Jodie

Celebrities

  • Britney Spears ("Bad Mom Song", "Womanizer Parody", "3 Parody - Speidi Free") -music videos
  • Miley Cyrus ("A Miley Cyrus Christmas","Miley Cyrus vs. Selena Gomez - Girls Duke it Out","Miley Cyrus- 7 things parody","You'll Look Like Poo") -music videos/sketch
  • Billy Ray Cyrus ("A Miley Cyrus Christmas") -music video
  • Selena Gomez ("Miley Cyrus vs. Selena Gomez - Girls Duke it Out") -sketch
  • The Jonas Brothers ("Jonas Brothers Interactive Compatibility Game") -interactive game/sketch
  • Lady Gaga ("Outer Space" - Poker Face Parody) -music video
  • Nadya Suleman ("Octo-Mom Song") -music video
  • Angelina Jolie ("Tube Raider - Lara Croft Saves YouTube") -sketch
  • Megan Fox ("Transformers 2 Parody - Revenge of The Twiticons") -sketch
  • Katy Perry ("I Kissed A Girl" Parody - Elderly Remix") -music video
  • Taylor Swift ("Just A Zombie - You Belong With Me Parody") -music video
  • Tom Cruise ("Tinseltown Nanny") -music video
  • Katie Holmes (Tinseltown Nanny") -music video
  • Suri Cruise ("Tinseltown Nanny") -music video
  • Lindsay Lohan ("Tinseltown Nanny") -music video
  • Michael Jackson ("Tinseltown Nanny") -music video
  • Dorothy ("Dorothy Goes To Hollywood East") -sketch
  • Billy Mays ("Susan Boyle, Billy Mays, and Me") -sketch
  • Susan Boyle ("Susan Boyle, Billy Mayes, and Me") -sketch
  • Adam Lambert ("Adam Lambert's New Confession") -sketch
  • Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi ("Tik Tok" parody) - music video

Random Characters

  • Genie ("Drunken Genie") -sketch
  • Ghosts ("Comment to Save Your Soul") -short film
  • Stewardess ("Fear of Flying") -sketch
  • Tobias Clefton [Cheesey Game Show Host] ("Jonas Brothers Interactive Compatibility Game") -interactive game/sketch
  • Dorky School Principal ("Adam Lambert's New Confession")
  • Supergirl ("Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex")[26]

Original Characters

  • Joan Shivers ("For The Miley Haters", "Princess Caught Going Wild", "Ysabellabrave & VenetianPrincess In Trouble" "YouTube Tonight-Juicy Dirt on YouTube Celebs") -sketch
  • Tinseltown Nanny (A.K.A. Nanny P) -music video

Original Series Characters

  • Catarina (Cirque de Mystère- Episodes 1 & 2)
  • The Ice Princess (Princess Chronicles- "Icy Obstacles")
  • Edmund, the ogre (Princess Chronicles (all episodes)
  • Elizabeth Ostrich (Princess Chronicles "The Dead Sea", "Quest For The Key")
  • Mystical Sea Urchin (Princess Chronicles "The Dead Sea")
  • The Oyster Empress (Princess Chronicles "The Oyster Empress")
  • Pirates (Princess Chronicles "Quest For The Key")
  • The Sky Boat Renter (Princess Chronicles "Quest For The Key")
  • The Sky Fisherman (Princess Chronicles "Quest For The Key")
  • Ethereal, The Sky Goddess (Princess Chronicles "Quest For The Key")
  • Claudius and Larithius, the Cherubs (Princess Chronicles "Quest For The Key")
  • Clovis (Princess Chronicles "Lunar Island")
  • Moonlings (Princess Chronicles "Lunar Island")
  • The Lunar Empress (Princess Chronicles "Lunar Island")
  • Lunar Lagoon Mermaids (Princess Chronicles "Lunar Island")
  • Water Lilies (Princess Chronicles "Lunar Island")

References

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  4. ^ "Youtube page". http://www.youtube.com/venetianprincess. 
  5. ^ "Samsung Behold Review". Samsung Behold Mobile Phone Review. December 16, 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Nh8B8SeCE. 
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  9. ^ "Reality Vlog #2". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrWMnl7LlMU. 
  10. ^ a b "7 Things Spoof by VenetianPrincess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC4qkb8Ppk. 
  11. ^ I Kissed A Girl (Parody) - Katy Perry - Elderly Remix. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IPDOB4yzzo. 
  12. ^ "Twitter". http://www.twitter.com/vprincess. 
  13. ^ "Womanizer Spoof by VP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoP3C76ioTU&feature=fvsr. 
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