|Born||Amanda Emily Shepherd
February 22, 1984 
Massachusetts, United States
|Years active||1993; 2006–present|
|Known for||Comedy, Parody, Musical|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
Jodie-Amy Rivera (born February 22, 1984), also known as VenetianPrincess, is a YouTube Internet personality who became known worldwide in 2006. She was the longest standing #1 most subscribed female in the world from February 2009 to August 2012 when her channel became a corporate franchise. Rivera is of Swedish and Italian ancestry, and grew up in Brockton, MA. Her videos are usually parodies of songs and events in pop culture. Between both of her channels, she has over 1 million subscribers, and has had over 380 million video views. She gained renown 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. 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. PC World Magazine named her "7 Things Guys Don't Have To Do" music video one of the top 10 viral videos of 2008.
Her official biography lists her background in modeling, including her most recent title of Miss Massachusetts State Queen.
She became popular for her episodic series The Princess Chronicles (formerly known as "The Disclosed Series"). The series was known for its elaborate editing and visual effects. 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.
In the early days, she shot her videos in her living room in front of a green screen with no help with filming or post-production. She used 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.
Her YouTube channel now primarily consists of assorted comedic skits, original music video parodies.
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 160,000 times- making it one of the top favorited of all videos on YouTube. It is one of the most discussed videos of all time with over 120,000 comments. The video has received over 22 million views, and was one of the top 10 most viewed videos of 2008.
VenetianPrincess' "I Kissed A Girl" Elderly Remix Parody has received over 32 million hits (several million more views than the actual music video posted by Katy Perry's record label, Capitol Records) and was played on BBC radio on October 26, 2008.
Other notable videos include her "Womanizer" parody, featuring other YouTube celebrities playing nerds such as nigahiga, Dave Days and Tay Zonday. It has been viewed over 37 million times. Another one is the "Outer Space" parody of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" featuring Lady Gaga as an extraterrestrial, with over 47 million views. She also has created a parody of E.T. made famous by Katy Perry including quotes from actor Charlie Sheen. She has released an album Video Girl through DFTBA Records, which contained 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
On May 15, 2012, Rivera was featured on CBS' The Insider, which noted "her videos are akin to the world-renowned satirist" "Weird Al" Yankovic and "made her a self-made millionaire," and, as she described it, allowing her to own an historic Victorian house.
She appeared in Hocus Pocus, as Emily Binx, whom the witches killed. Most recently, she has appeared in two episodes of HBO's web show Elevator: Drunk Dial and Telemarketer. She has also produced videos for MTV, Universal Pictures, ABC, and other major brands. In December 2010, it was reported that she earns an estimated $1.5 million a year from her promotions, public appearances, and brand endorsements outside of YouTube.
- Samsung announced Rivera 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.
- In March 2008, G4TV named her one of the hottest women of the web on two separate television segments.
- PC World Magazine named her "7 Things Guys Don't Have To Do" music video one of the top 10 viral videos of 2008.
- 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.
- In December 2010, YouTube named her "Snooki Song" music video, one of the Most Memorable Videos of 2010.
Rivera is profiled in the nationwide published (8/10/09) book YouTube and Video Marketing An Hour A Day by Greg Jarboe.
Rivera is profiled in another recently nationally published book (11/10/10) Beyond Viral by Kevin H. Nalty.
VP was featured in a spread in one of Europe's largest circulated weekly magazines, Der Spiegel (2012). http://vprincess.squarespace.com/home/2011/11/29/vp-featured-in-major-magazine-article.html. Missing or empty
VP was featured in a spread in Spain's largest magazine, El País Magazine (12/11/09).
VP was also featured in a spread in India's top English-printed magazine, DNA Magazine (9/13/09).
VP has also been profiled in several celebrity magazines overseas including France's Premier Magazine and Israel's "Teen Magazine."
- 2009: Video Girl
- 2011: Video Girl - Rebooted
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 (Parody of 7 Things by Miley Cyrus) (2008) - 2:39
- I Kissed a Girl (Elderly Mix) (Parody of I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry) (2008) - 3:18
- Tinseltown Nanny (2008) - 2:50
- Jonas Brothers Addict Anthem (2008) - 2:12
- Womanizer (Geek Version) (Parody of Womanizer by Britney Spears) (2008) - 2:47
- Octo-Mom Song (Parody of Low by Flo Rida) (2009) - 1:30
- Outer Space (Parody of Poker Face by Lady Gaga) (2009) - 4:38
- Just a Zombie (Parody of You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift) (2009) - 1:55
- You'll Look Like Poo (Parody of When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus) (2009) - 3:41
- Speidi Free (Parody of 3 by Britney Spears) (2009) - 2:32
- The Snooki Song (Parody of Tik Tok by Ke$ha) (2010) - 1:27
- Accident Prone (Parody of Telephone by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé) (2010) - 2:09
- I'm a Gleek (Parody of Firework by Katy Perry) (2010) - 2:23
- Silent Night (Cover) (2010) - 2:10
- Crush On A Yeti (Parody of Hold It Against Me by Britney Spears) (2011) - 2:30
- Charlie Sheen (Quotes) (Parody of E.T. by Katy Perry) (2011) - 1:46
- The Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga cover) (2011) - 3:25
- I Gotta Go (Parody Of I Wanna Go By Britney Spears) (2011) - 1:56
- Reality Star Summer (original song) (2011) - 1:28
- It's Halloween (original song) (2011) - 1:39
- Someone Like You (Adele cover) (2011) - 4:40
- Kardashian Boycott (Parody of We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris) (2011) - 2:01
- Chocolate Is a Girl's Best Friend (original song) (2012) - 1:59
- The End Is Nigh (Parody of You and I by Lady Gaga) (2012) - 3:45
- Puppy Love (Parody of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction) (2012) - 1:42
- My Body (Parody of Your Body by Christina Aguilera) (2012) - 1:40
- "Boston Woman One Of YouTube's Most Popular". The Boston Channel.com. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- JR Raphael (December 16, 2008). "Top 10 Viral Comedy Videos of 2008". PC World Magazine. Cyrus Princess' is #8
- Wilcox, Emily (February 25, 2008). "YouTube queen to star in Plymouth Rock Studios TV series". Dailly News Tribune.
- "Press".[dead link]
- Sweeney, Emily. "Princess of YouTube" (scanned photos). pp. 1, 6. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
- "Press Articles & Video".
- "Venetian Princess".
- Wick, Krista, "JODIE RIVERA: A MODERN DAY 'WEIRD AL'?" (WebCite archive), The Insider online video and written text, May 15, 2012.
- "Yahoo News Article".[dead link]
- "Publications Listed on IMDB".[dead link]
- Official Website
- VenetianPrincess at the Internet Movie Database
- Steve Goldstein's Music Blog
- Contributing Artist: Tony Tuthill (A.K.A. Kinneas). Speidi Free. The End is Nigh
- Contributing Artist: Mikey Ace (Mikey Ace Studios)
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Ranked #1 Most Subscribed Female, 17th of all Channels as of 2010