You’ve probably heard of Instagram stars, YouTube stars, and Vine stars.
It also turns out there’s a small but growing number of people who are gaining fame on Snapchat, too.
We’ve compiled some of the best Snapchat accounts you should be following.
From hilarious personalities to talented artists, these 13 Snapchat users are all making a name for themselves on a relatively untapped platform.
Shaun McBride, a 27-year-old snowboard sales rep from Utah, is the first person to become a Snapchat viral star. Businesses like Taco Bell pay McBride up to $US30,000 for branded content in his style of intricate artwork made on Snapchat. Before McBride's six high school-aged sisters pressured him to get Snapchat, he didn't have much of a social media presence. Now, he's a Snapchat celebrity.
If you're going to follow the Snapchat account of one non-human, you might want to make it LACMA. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western US and contains artwork from all time periods. But LACMA really shines on Snapchat, where the museum uses its Snapchat Stories to take a picture of a famous work of art and add a hilarious caption, basically turning each classic piece of art into a meme.
Christine Mi's blend of quirky captioned photos of things she spots in real life as well as her amazingly intricate drawings make her a Snapchat star. Mi studies economics and doesn't have a background in art or art history. She says her intricate, incredible Snaps take between 20 and 40 minutes each to craft, depending on how complex each is. Oh, and she says she'll probably snap you back if you send her something, so you can interact with the artist herself.
You might recognise Jerome Jarre's name -- he made a name for himself on Vine in 2013, gaining 7 million followers before migrating over to Snapchat to test the waters there. With a million and a half Snapchat followers, it's no surprise that when Jarre showed up outside of Snapchat's offices in July 2014 and tweeted 'Hey Snapchat, I am outside your office. Let me in if you see this,' the hashtag #JeromeInsideSnapchat became the #1 trending topic in both the US and UK (not only did Snapchat let him inside, but Jarre, who is originally from France, got to take a Snap with Evan Spiegel).
Geeohsnap is the pseudonym of a Norwegian Snapchat artist whose work went viral in 2014. Geeohsnap's 'Random People Project' involved the artist snapping pictures of people he walked by on the street and giving them their own creative stories using Snapchat art. For instance, Geeohsnap will take a picture of an unsuspecting person and draw an elaborate environment around them -- a pirate ship or a soccer game, for example. Follow Geeohsnap for his or her insane attention to detail in their intricate Snaps.
The food delivery service has some funny Snaps, and their social media people are talented artists with the Snapchat colour palette. But the real reason you need to follow Grubhub on Snapchat is because they occasionally include discount codes in their Snapchat Stories -- as if you needed more incentive to order takeout tonight.
Casey Neistat first got his feet wet with producing viral content more than a decade ago. Neistat made a three-minute film called 'iPod's Dirty Secret,' which criticised the company's policies surrounding iPod battery replacements. After his film got national media coverage, Neistat was back in the news for co-creating a TV series called The Neistat Brothers, which HBO bought. He made even more of a name for himself on YouTube before moving over to Snapchat, where he's well-liked for his well-thought out stories, which involve him taking his followers on a journey through a day in his life.
Canadian Chris Carmichael was a serial entrepreneur, staring four companies before discovering the power of Snapchat as a social media platform. His best Snapchat friends are Jerome Jarre and Shaun McBride, and you can usually find them in each other's stories, doing goofy stunts or just narrating a day in their lives. Carmichael recently launched something called Crater, which is a crowdfunding platform specifically for Internet influencers like himself.
Brittany Furlan is most widely recognised for being Vine's most popular female star, but she's moved over to Snapchat, too, where she posts a ton of selfies and video-selfies, where he talks about whatever comes to mind. Furlan made a name for herself as a sassy, loudmouthed internet personality, and that shines through in her Snapchats. She's also landed a deal for a sketch comedy show being produced by Seth Green.
Dasha Battelle is a New York-based, self-proclaimed 'Snapchat Artist/Enthusiast' who makes each of her intricate, artistic Snaps by hand -- literally. Unlike a lot of Snapchat artists who use a stylus tool to fine-tune their art, Battelle says hers are done entirely wth a finger on the screen of her phone. She's putting her talents to good use as a product assistant at Mashable's visual storytelling team.
Cyrene Quiamco is a graphic designer for Verizon Wireless and a freelance graphic designer, both jobs that lend themselves well to her Snapchat artistry. Quiamco takes selfies and turns them into extraordinary works of art. She's also a big believer in the Snapchat community, and she started a website called The11thSecond.com to serve as a place to promote and showcase the work of different Snapchat users.
Evan Garber joined Snapchat from the engineering field, where he worked for several years after graduating from college. The 27 year old now makes a living from the sponsorships he gets on Snapchat, and is working with Shaun McBride on a scripted Snapchat series called Snapper Hero, which is sponsored by AT&T. Follow Garber for his hand-drawn art, some of which takes hours to put together.
Boston-based Mike Platco runs the gamut on Snapchat, where he does everything from making funny, intricate drawings to crafting posts for brands including Grubhub, Pretty Little Liars, and Marriott Hotels.
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