Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – One local teenager already has an impressive resume and now she becomes the newest DJ for HOT 107.9, all prior to her graduation from high school.
She took the internet by storm, and now she’s taking over the airwaves. If you don't know Andrea Russett, Google her name and you'll sure find out.
To the world she's a social media sensation with 32 million people watching her on YouTube and 107 thousand followers on Twitter. Andrea says it all began by making a contest video to meet Justin Bieber.
“I didn’t win the contest, but my video got millions of views. So off that, people were saying you should keep making more videos. So, I stuck with it and now it’s blown up to be this big thing,” she said.
Andrea’s video was also featured in Justin Bieber’s movie, “Never Say Never,” and now she has 250 thousand subscribers to her YouTube channel. But that's not all—this 16-year-old sophomore at Bishop Dwenger High School is now a radio DJ for HOT 107.9FM in Fort Wayne. She says one of their DJ’s, Nugget, called her up one day and said his station had a surprise for her—a job.
“I was in shock! I was so excited! I didn’t even think they were being serious at first,” said Andrea. “It’s awesome! It’s my first job and I get to work at HOT 107.9.”
To the people who know her best, she's known as “daughter” and “sister.”
“I’m really excited for Andrea. I think it’s a great thing for her and it’s really kind of neat to see her shine with all this attention that she’s getting, and be able to show the talent that she has,” said her father, Mark.
“When she first started it was just kind of like our family’s joke,” said her sister, Anna, 20. “We’d see her making videos, or she’d set up a camera in kitchen and we wouldn’t know. Later it’d end up on YouTube and have like 10 thousand views.”
“My friends are really supportive and they always congratulate me,” said Andrea. “But there are some people who will make rude, negative comments, but I just ignore those and keep doing what I do.”
Although, the family says they have had those awkward moments.
“People at stores, when I go out places, will come up to me like, ‘are you Andrea Russett? Are you on YouTube?’” she said.
“I think to myself, ‘Wow.’ I don’t look at her like a celebrity. She’s just my daughter,” said her mother, Jacquie. “[I think] oh gosh, is the paparazzi going to pop out?”
Andrea also sells her own merchandise—t-shirts and wrist bands, promoting her most popular sayings and her non-for-profit, Dollars for Collars, a fundraiser for homeless animals at the Allen County ASPCA. Despite all that’s going on, Andrea remains humble.
“I don’t really think it has changed my life. I’m still just a teenager doing what any other teenager does,” Andrea said. “I just make videos and have a really awesome job.”
Andrea says she plans to go to college or an art institute after high school, and ultimately hopes to be a red carpet correspondent. But in the meantime, Andrea can be heard on her show, “Random Radio with Andrea Russett” every Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m. on HOT 107.9.
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