She Joined Periscope On A Whim. Four Days Later, Something Surreal Happened 0 Amanda Oleander is her name, and she is Periscope’s overnight sensation. Now, with over 500,000 followers and counting, the 25-year-old artist based in Los Angeles has accumulated a following which amounts to some of Periscope’s earliest A-list celebrity adopters like Tyra Banks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jimmy Fallon. Amanda credits her overnight success to being one of Periscope’s earliest users, having started live-streaming on the second day the app was released. In an interview with BuzzFeed, when asked how she first got into Periscope, Amanda said it was a friend who referred her to the app, and that she quickly fell in love with the idea of giving a ‘day-in-the-life’ type live-stream of her unique lifestyle as an artist. So where does Amanda live-stream from? Typically when she’s roaming Los Angeles, painting in the park, road-tripping, at traffic lights, and also from her apartment. One question Amanda is constantly asked is, “so how much do you make on Periscope?” and the answer to that is $0. Although brands and sponsors have reached out in an attempt to get Amanda to broadcast their products to her following, Amanda has respectfully declined their offers because focusing on her artwork and connecting with people is what it’s all about for her. What Amanda loves most about Periscope is how her followers have become loyal subscribers who not only interact with her, but with each other, making what she does real and community focused. Her belief that there are so many talented people in the world who only need a voice to keep going inspires her to share other Periscope channels with her followers as it encourages them to keep being artistic, doing what they love, and never giving up. Despite turning down the money that could have come with brand and sponsor requests (and likely a lot of it), Periscope has still affected Amanda’s life in many other positive ways. Her success has allowed her to book appointments with entertainment agencies, hire a friend to be her manager, and relocate her Grandma Bita to the West Coast to help out around the house. Best of all, it has given Amanda recognition among her fans in Hollywood. With all the filtering and editing of reality TV lifestyles and on other social platforms like Instagram, Amanda’s realness and refusal to broadcast anything that isn’t her is what keeps her appeal alive and attractive to so many people across the world. To quote from an in an interview with Cosmopolitan: I think in the society that we live in right now, you see so many people on reality TV, people always have to look good or always have to wear certain brands. I think people just find [me] refreshing,” she says. “I don’t try to be somebody that I’m not.” To critics who want to mark Amanda’s success on Periscope as “luck” or want credit her appearance to achieving such a large following, take a look at her daily vlog YouTube channel, Allibu, where she’s created similar content relating to art, travel, and entertainment in the past. Although similar, it’s clear that her YouTube content never attracted the massive audiences that her Periscope content does today. Amanda’s powerful message of never giving up or losing hope resonates here as well because sometimes striving to be heard or noticed among millions of people means adapting to different platforms where your talents will be more appreciated and your voice will be better heard.