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Justine Ezarik

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Justine Ezarik , is an American viral video comedian, and Internet personality. She is best known as iJustine, a lifecaster who communicates directly with her thousands of viewers on her Justin.tv channel, ijustine.tv. She has made more than 400 videos, including videos on such subjects as Lost and parkour. Her videos have received more than 25 million views - with 16 million on YouTube alone. Her popularity is such that a video about her wanting to order a cheeseburger got 600,000 YouTube views in a week. She is sometimes described as a "lifecasting star," a "new media star," or one of the web's most popular lifecasters. In 2008, she relocated her base of operation from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California.

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 and celebrity. The bad publicity that AT&T earned as a result of her video featuring her reviewing this bill and similar stories coincided with the announcement that detailed billing would become optional for iPhone users. As of June 1, 2009, she had over a half a million Twitter followers, and almost 100,000 subscribers to the iJustine YouTube channel. By December 2009 these numbers had grown to about 1 million Twitter followers and 300,000 YouTube subscribers, and USA Today estimated that her videos have attracted a total of 64 million viewers. She has also guest-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 and The Bold & The Beautiful.

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 early career
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,
finishing second to Rex Hermogino, who won the $50,000 prize.
In April 2007, Ezarik made a one-day guest appearance on Justin.tv while Kan was conferencing with venture capitalists. During the appearance, she spent the day at Union Square and shopped at Apple and Old Navy. At the Apple store, she jested that she had to wear the life-casting apparel because she was visually impaired.


She played a photojournalist covering a bank robbery in downtown Pittsburgh on the television series The Kill Point from Spike TV filmed in May 2007. The show, which starred John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, was shot over the course of two weeks ending on May 25, 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.

Her reality-video blog was the first one launched on Justin.tv. Kan had been encouraged by fans and followers to allow someone else to make a guest appearance on his lifecasting channel. On May 31, 2007, she explained how her initial contact with Kan and his team led to her lifecasting channel to Asher Moses of The Sydney Morning Herald:

Justine, a 23-year-old freelance graphic and web designer from Pittsburgh, said the camera-equipped baseball cap - and the legions of fans watching online - would follow her almost everywhere, except on visits to the bathroom. "I'll basically have the camera on 24/7 but if there is something I can't do with it on, i'll just leave it at home or let someone borrow it," she told smh.com.au. Justine is certainly no stranger to web video, having posted a plethora of short clips on video sharing sites Revver and Jumpcut... Justine said she first met her male counterpart at the San Francisco Macworld conference in January, and in April wore his camera for a day as a favor. "We briefly talked about me having a camera then and pretty much started finalizing things in the past week or so. I had the equipment on Thursday, and we tested it out Sunday-Monday and went live this Thursday!"

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 has been cited as being among the website's most popular lifecasters in October 2007 issues of both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

 acting career
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 entitled "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 $37,905, including a first-class trip to Acapulco, Mexico, an Apple Inc. computer, a Rolex watch, Viking cooking appliances, a spa, and a midi recording keyboard. According to her IMDb.com page, she also has some 2009 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 entitled "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, entitled "The New Deal".

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