Justine Ezarik in 2015
March 20, 1984
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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382 million views (main) 103 million views (vlogs) 58 million views (gaming)646 million views (combined main,gaming and vlogs) (September 2015)
Justine Ezarik (//; born March 20, 1984) is an American comedian, Internet celebrity, actress and occasional television host. She is best known as iJustine, a lifecaster who communicated directly with her millions of viewers on her Justin.tv channel, ijustine.tv. She acquired notability in roles variously described as a "lifecasting star", a "new media star", or one of the Web's most popular lifecasters.
Ezarik is known for her "300-page iPhone bill", which followed the first month of service after the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. The viral video earned her international attention. She ranked among the top 1000 Twitter users in the world with over 1.6 million followers. She has also starred on the YouTube show The Annoying Orange as Orange's love interest Passion Fruit. Her television acting credits include guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Ezarik was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the oldest daughter of Michelle, a physical education teacher, and Steve Ezarik, a coal miner of Slovakian descent. She has two younger sisters, Breanne and Jenna. At the time of her high school graduation from Bentworth High School, she resided in the Scenery Hill area in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Ezarik and her younger sister Breanne, who was three grades behind her, were honor students at Bentworth, where Justine was a member of the class of 2002. Breanne (Bentworth class of 2005) went on to be one of the school's best volleyball players, and class president. Justine's youngest sister, Jenna (Bentworth class of 2008) was an All-state volleyball player as well as an honor student. Upon graduation from high school, Justine earned the annual scholarship from the Washington Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
After graduating from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2004, Ezarik landed several jobs in graphic design and video editing before starting her own business. In December 2006, she was named one of five finalists in the "Yahoo! Talent Show", a Yahoo! sponsored competition for best online videos.
She played a photojournalist covering a bank robbery in downtown Pittsburgh on the television series The Kill Point from Spike TV, which starred John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, filmed in May 2007. In 2007, she was an occasional co-host and panel member on MacBreak and MacBreak Weekly with Leo Laporte.
Ezarik appeared live on the Internet through the use of a wireless webcam and microphone on her own iJustine lifecasting channel on Justin Kan's Justin.tv, where she began transmitting her life via the Internet on May 29, 2007. She was never paid for any of this volunteer work on Kan's channel as a beta-tester.
At first Ezarik was considering producing a video series for the technology audience because they had been the most captive audience for online video series. She stated that she did not intend to broadcast what she considers private moments, noting "That shouldn't be a problem. I am going to try as much as I can to do 24/7."
When the iPhone debuted in June 2007, Ezarik covered the device's debut at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota a suburb south of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She had been invited by Technology Evangelist to film her Internet TV show at the mall instead of covering its debut at the Shadyside Apple store as she had originally planned.
She covered the July 22, 2007, "The Kill Point" series premiere party live on her lifecast video stream. Ezarik was cited as among the website's most popular lifecasters in the October 2007 issues of both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
300-page iPhone bill
In August 2007, she created the "300-page iPhone bill" Video and uploaded it to the video sharing site YouTube, where the video quickly became an Internet meme. She also uploaded it to some other video sharing sites. Stories of unexpected billing issues began to circulate in blogs and the technical press after the Apple iPhone's heavily advertised and anticipated release, but this video clip brought the voluminous bills to the attention of the mass media. Ten days after its initial posting, the video had been viewed more than 2 million times on the Internet, and had received international news coverage. The video was later reported to have reached over 8 million total views as of December 2007. The video earned Ezarik a $5,000 payout from the video hosting service Revver.
Partly as a result of the attention this video got, she and the huge iPhone bill received a cameo in the music video for a song "FIRETRUCK", a YouTube video by Smosh about replacing a swear word with the word Firetruck.
Viral video career and Internet celebrity status
Ezarik was also featured in the August 28, 2007, weekly installment of Kevin Sites' People of the Web series on Yahoo! News along with Justin Kan, the creator of Justin.TV. Sites called her "the star of this network so far," and said "she has model good looks and easy cyber savvyness that attracts both technophiles and casual users alike." The final cut of the interview video included footage from the live web cast of the interview that showed Ezarik's webcam viewpoint. When Sites asked her to turn off her lifecasting equipment later in the interview, he noted that "at once the conversation seemed more relaxed and natural," and she discussed the difficulty of having people watching and publicly judging her all day.
In early September 2007, she was featured as the lead story on the Yahoo! homepage, which boosted her ratings up to as high as 4000 viewers at any given moment. As of late September 2007, she was living in Pittsburgh and held a position as spokesperson for Pittsburgh Councilman Bill Peduto. She also landed a job with Xtrain, which was a firm that specializes in new media expert training. Although her father remained supportive, her friends were beginning to tire of the intrusive nature of her activities by the end of 2007. In October 2007, she was described as one of the web's most popular lifecasters in Tribune Company affiliates such as the Chicago Tribune. That fall, she was a featured participant in the first annual BlogWorld & New Media Expo, which bills itself as the World's Largest Social Media Conference.
By April 2008, Ezarik had largely reduced her lifecasting productions to a less frequent basis. She had resumed pursuit of her web designer and video editor career and was living in Carnegie. Her new equipment by Nokia enabled her to lifecast and produce streaming video live without a computer connection. She continued to make weekly appearances on her own iJustine website at www.ijustine.tv. Still a Carnegie resident at the time, Ezarik planned to be vacationing in North Carolina when the iPhone 3G was released in July 2008 and hoped to find an AT&T wireless store to upgrade while on vacation. That June, Ezarik was named by Intel and its PR firm Ogilvy & Mather to a 10-member social media strategy advisory board. In late 2008, she relocated her base of operation from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California.
Ezarik posted a video about wanting to order a cheeseburger on YouTube. It got 600,000 views in its first week. Ezarik has come to view iJustine as a character. As a result, she does not curse or drink on any videos she releases. By January 2009 she reduced her lifecasting a few hours a week, and by April 2009 her lifecast channel fell silent. When Ezarik first moved to Los Angeles, she was managed by Richard Frias, who also manages YouTube celebrities HappySlip and KevJumba, but according to a post on Ezarik's alternate Twitter account, she was unmanaged and earned money by appearing at conferences and in online promotional spots. At the time, she believed that her fanbase was predominately between the ages of 11 and 18.
In October 2008, she became the host of an online, twice weekly music and lifestyle program produced by PluggedIn.com called The PluggedIn 5. In 2008 she made residence in Los Angeles. She has a series of advertisements by the name of "Lost in America" appearing on AT&T's website. The series of ads, which features Ezarik and Karen Nguyen who is a well-known blogger, has not been viewed as successful in the advertising industry. The series has Ezarik and Nguyen getting lost in various locales and solving their problems using AT&T equipment. After the first eleven episodes over the course of two weeks in November 2008, the series only registered a total of 31,000 views according to Tubemogul.
Ezarik was also hired to appear in three commercials for a national TV ad campaign for Mozy, an award-winning online backup and recovery system. She has also been hired by MTV and Dick Clark Productions to host online preshows for awards broadcasts. In April 2009, she had approximately 50,000 MySpace friends and the system limit of 5,000 Facebook friends. An April 2009, USA Today article credited her with 386,000 Twitter followers. By June 2009, she had 590,000 Twitter followers, 94,000 subscribers to the iJustine YouTube channel and 25,000 Facebook fans. The USA Today story goes on to describe how she has scaled down her lifecasting because of its deleterious impact on her life. Carl's Jr. has hired a team of YouTube stars, including Ezarik to produce made-for-web ads for their new Portobello Mushroom Six-Dollar Burger on the Carl's Jr. YouTube channel, each endorser's YouTube page, and other Google-related media outlets. Following the August 6, 2009, Twitter Denial-of-service attack, Ezarik was featured in The Wall Street Journal describing her coping mechanisms, such as repeatedly tapping the F5 function key (the refresh button), for Twitter outages. In December 2009, USA Today reported that Ezarik earns about $75,000 annually from YouTube, and claims she has nearly a million followers on Twitter and 300,000 YouTube subscribers. The same article estimated that she has been viewed on YouTube a total of 64 million times and that her spoof on The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" drew 4.8 million viewers. The article notes that Ezarik does her work with a $400 Canon Powershot digital camera and a $12 green rug from Ikea to create her green screen.
On March 1, 2010, the 2010 Streamy Awards nominations included Ezarik in the Best Vlogger category. Ezarik was listed as 97th in Maxim's "Hot 100" list for the year 2010. In 2010, General Electric hired her to create five videos as part of their Healthymagination campaign. The videos received over 2 million views. She also did work for Mattel and Intel. In April 2011, she was nominated for the Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host. The Webby Awards recognizes two classifications of winners each category – The Webby Award, chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and The People's Voice Award, voted on by the public. Ezarik won the People's Voice Award in this category.
On November 4, 2009, she appeared as AJ, a 16-year-old crime victim, in a Season 11 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Users". She was also shown as a contestant on the 7,000th episode of The Price Is Right the day after where she won prizes worth including a first-class trip to Acapulco, Mexico, an Apple Mac Pro computer, a Rolex watch, Viking cooking appliances, and a MIDI recording keyboard. According to her IMDb.com page, in 2009 she has earned web series guest appearance credits for The Station and Totally Sketch. She also has a credit for the November 3, 2010, season 6 episode of Criminal Minds titled "Middle Men". She has a recurring role as Orange's love interest, Passion Fruit, on the YouTube series The Annoying Orange. She appeared in the January 5, 2012, season 3 episode of The Vampire Diaries, titled "The New Deal". As of March 31, 2012, she began as host of the reality TV series Escape Routes. At the time, she had 1.4 million Twitter followers. Ezarik appeared in season 6 of The Guild. She has hosted E! News and NBC. She had a cameo appearance in the 2015 movie, The Wedding Ringer.
In May 2014, Simon & Schuster announced that its Atria Publishing Group division had partnered with United Talent Agency to publish books by a group of social media stars that included Ezarik. Her book – titled I, Justine (ISBN 1476791511)– was released on June 2, 2015. In July, it was listed among the best sellers in The New York Times Humor listing.
|2010||The House That Drips Blood on Alex||Melissa||Short film|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Stuart's wife Pam|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||A.J. Dunne||Episode: "Users"|
|2010||Level 26: Dark Prophecy||Kate Hale||Television short|
|Criminal Minds||Meredith Joy||Episode: "Middle Man"|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Reporter No. 3||Episode: "1.5947"|
|2011||E! News||Herself||Guest host; 2 episodes|
|2012||The Vampire Diaries||Bartender||Episode: "The New Deal"|
|Escape Routes||Herself||Co-host; 6 episodes|
|The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Passion Fruit||Main role; 56 episodes|
|The Annoying Orange||Passion Fruit/Mandy||Main cast; 16 episodes|
|2009||Totally Sketch||Herself||Episode: "Behind the Spoof"|
|The Station||Episode: "Zombies Take Over"|
|2010||The YouTube Assassin||Episode: "3"|
|2011||The Last Moments of a Relationship||Girlfriend||Episode: "Blessed Girlfriend"|
|2012||The Tommy Wi-Show||Herself||Episode: "Fight Night Champion"|
|Video Game High School||Bella||Episode: "Shot Heard Round the World"|
|The Guild||Sabina||Episodes: "Into the Breach", "Occupy HQ"|
|MyMusic||Hipster Idol||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|The Gauntlet||Herself||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Best Vlogger||Streamy Awards||Nominated
|2010||Choice Web Star||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated
|2011||Web Personality/Host||Webby Awards
(People's Voice Award)
|2013||Best First-Person Series||Streamy Awards||Nominated
|2014||Choice Web Star||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated
|2014||Choice Web Star: Gaming||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated
|2015||Best Lifestyle Series||Streamy Awards||Won
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