The internet community is undeniably one of the most powerful communities out there. Uploading a simple post or video of yourself saying/doing something insane or inspirational can easily get caught in the whirlwind that is the social media and this can either make you or break you - it can even go so far as changing the course of your life forever (do you really think the internet famous Grumpy Cat or Justin Bieber, who started out on YouTube, can go back to their old lives with their old daily routines? No, I don't think so). It doesn't even matter if you did it unintentionally!
There are so many social networking sites out there but here's a fairly new one that's making a name for itself with all of the new trends and internet famous people that's quickly gaining quite a large following: Vine is a video sharing platform that allows only 6 seconds for each video, and for most people, this may not be enough to accomplish anything worthwhile; but this was all Shawn Mendes needed to jump start his career.
Armed with his acoustic guitar and that sweet, sweet voice (plus that oh so dreamy face), Shawn posted a vine of himself singing a cover of Justin Bieber's As Long As You Love Me which immediately garnered thousands of views in only a couple of days. He posted more vines and even uploaded some full covers on YouTube; and this led to him becoming a part of MAGCON, a tour where social networking celebrities, mostly from Vine and YouTube, can meet and greet their fans all over North America - this definitely doubled his already impressive following thanks to the internet.
It was around the end of this tour when various recording companies noticed this amazing young talent and by July 2014, he already released his first single: a catchy and pretty motivational track entitled "Life Of The Party" under Island Records, which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 24.
Fun Fact: He's the youngest artist to debut in the Top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the age of 15!
What started out as a simple hobby for this now 16 years old Canadian singer turned into the biggest turning point of his life. From those 6 second video clips, Shawn now has an EP which peaked at number 5 in the Billboard Charts. He also got to performed on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live (just to name a few)! Not only did he open for Austin Mahone's Live On Tour, he will also be headlining his own tour starting this November. (Check out the dates here!)
This just goes to show that sometimes, you really just have to forget all your inhibitions and take a chance at life no matter what your age is (especially with all these social networking sites available around you). Go upload a video, start a blog, post photos of your pets, share your talents to the world! It might just be that extra little push you need to get to where you want to go.