Courtesy of everyoneisgay.com
Blogger Dannielle Owens-Reid is in touch with the biggest names in entertainment, whether it’s looking like Justin Bieber or running a blog for Lady Gaga.
Owens-Reid began the blog “Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber” as a joke, but the site’s popularity got her a job offer to manage Gaga’s tour blog.
“Someone who does social media at Virgin Mobile contacted two of my friends, and they both independently recommended me, so they looked me up and brought me in for an interview,” she said.
Owens-Reid says that her first site started as a joke and that its success was surprising to her.
“I think it’s funny, and it’s brought me a lot of success that I appreciate,” she said. “I’m 100 percent totally baffled that it’s still a big deal.”
Owens-Reid began posting videos of her comedy band, Vintage Gramma. The band posted a cover of a Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift mash-up online, and both popular artists tweeted about it.
“We got all these views after that, and this girl said I looked like Justin Bieber,” Owens-Reid said. Building on this comment, she started the Bieber blog.
Although she classifies herself as a Bieber fan, Owens-Reid says she doesn’t necessarily want to meet him in real life.
“I just don’t want him to hate me,” Owens-Reid said. “I don’t want to ruin the magic.”
After the success of the Bieber blog, an off-handed comment from her friend Kristin Russo sparked the idea to start an advice website.
“A couple people just asked me for advice because they knew who I was through the site,” she said. Russo saw the comments and mentioned wanting to respond, and Owens-Reid suggested that they start an advice website.
“Within an hour of talking to Kristin, the site was up,” Owens-Reid said. “I was just so excited about it.”
Addressing issues of sexuality, dating and how to handle difficult social situations, the goal of “Everyone is Gay” is to help people navigate their lives by offering suggestions and creating dialogue.
“We want to do more than just answer questions,” she said. “We want people to get involved, and we want people to feel comfortable.”
Owens-Reid said that although working on tour with Gaga is strenuous, the opportunity is great.
“She’s perfect. I love her,” she said. “We’re both working for the same thing. Lady Gaga is all about equality.”