The social web. Where dreams really do come true.

This story starts with a song.  A sweet, funny song.  To understand this post, you should really hear it.  By the time it was over, I had a lump in my throat.  Here it is:

(If you cannot view this video, you can see it HERE.

My daughter Lauren is friends with Chelsea Gill, the young lady in this video who admits her fondness for writer/producer/actor Jason Segel, and she alerted me when the video started going viral.

But that was just the beginning.  It was a wild week for Ms. Gill:

Jan. 03: Chelsea posts her video (link) on YouTube and all her friends spread it through Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Jan. 04:  Chelsea is featured on Buzzfeed and various other websites and Jason Segel tweets in response to the video.

Jan. 05 10:30AM: Chelsea’s story appears on the front page of Huffington Post Entertainment and she is interviewed by news shows.

Jan 05 2:30PM: The songstress is featured on Entertainment Weekly online and Perez Hilton’s site.  The video tops 40,000 views.

Jan. 06: Video now has 80,000 views on YouTube.

Jan. 07: Less than a week after the video was posted, Jason Segel takes Chelsea and her twin sister to the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (Where he won the Commedia Extraordinaire Award).  The actor tweeted a backstage photo with his dates:

Chelsea Gill (who wrote the great song) and her twin sister and I at the Comedy awards. I’m not sure which is which

Here’s to Chelsea, social media, 200,000 views of her video, and the power to make dreams come true:

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  • So proud of my girl! I love in the song she says “have a drink with me before this year ends”. It took one week! Crazy!

  • There are 2 key ingredients here, 1. her social media power and the connections she has which are willing to help the video go viral, and also, 2. the awesomeness of Jason Segel.

  • This isn’t the only case of big name stars doing things for “regular joes” after a great social media push. Mila Kunis attended the Marine Corp Ball in Greenville, NC after a marine asked her to go via YouTube. With Justin Timberlake’s push, Mila accepted and from all accounts had a great evening.

    Its not even about the individuals social media power. Its about one person who does have a large social circle finding the information and sharing it. Viral isn’t based on who you know…its based on who finds it and if they think its worth sharing.

  • That’s a pretty wild ride! Amazing how fast things can happen with SM. And as Samantha pointed out, you have to give Jason Segel a lot of credit for giving the story a happy ending.

  • he seems like an authentically nice guy. I mean … Muppets, right?

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  • Spudoshea

    great to see social media helping out a young star in the making, great stuff 

  • Tara Geissinger

    The video was absolutely adorable, creative and heart warming. And Jason
    Segel rocks! 🙂 I’m not sure how long this ‘inviting celebs out on a
    date via YouTube’ craze will be able to continue (Justin, Mila, Jason,
    etc…) I mean, at some point some poor celeb is going to have to say
    “no” and then they’ll be skewered in the media for sure! I wonder if a triplet mom in her 30’s could get Ryan Reynolds’ attention? I’d better move quick! LOL 

  • How awesome that you have the personal connection through Lauren to a famous moment. My first thought was, “why didn’t I stick with guitar lessons so I could sing my dreams to YouTube and go viral!” Of course, the true point is, what am I dreaming that I’m not risking. Jason Segel was a “big” dream, but Chelsea’s advice was to follow dreams no matter how big or obscure they seem. Here’s to embracing risk. Even if she hadn’t landed a dream date, we still could have learned from this story and this singer.

  • Well said Mimi. A great lesson indeed!

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  • Arminda

    What’s NOT to love about this story? It’s got music, a pretty girl, a daring risk, lots of friends of friends of friends, a classy guy, and a big adventure! I’m sure the Muppets are involved here, too, somewhere.

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