What would happen to you if you became famous overnight? That’s exactly the premise of Fake Famous, HBO Max’s new documentary about viral fame and how it changes people.
The documentary takes three subjects and inflates their follower counts through bots and fake accounts. It isn’t long before this instant fame — even if everyone knows it’s fake — starts to take its toll on these people. Wondering who’s in the cast of Fake Famous? Want to follow Dominque Druckman, Chris Bailey, and Wylie Heiner on Instagram? We have you covered.
Who’s In Fake Famous‘ Cast?
Before we get into the “who”, let’s get into the “what.” Fake Famous is an HBO Max documentary from first-time director and renowned journalist Nick Bilton. You likely know Bilton as a special correspondent for Vanity Fair or from one of his three books: I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, and American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road.
The premise of Bilton’s social experiment is simple. He and his team announced a casting call in Los Angeles. They then chose three subjects with relatively small social media followings and offered them a proposition: the team would purchase a large number of fake accounts and bots to interact with their social accounts as long as the documentary crew could film what happened next. The point of the documentary was to monitor how a rapid increase of viral fame changes people. And boy, did it change these three.
So who exactly did Bilton and his team recruit for this exploration? Fake Famous‘ subjects include Dominque Druckman, an aspiring actress; Chris Bailey, a fashion designer, and Wylie Heiner, a real estate agent.
What Is Dominique Druckman’s Instagram from Fake Famous?
It’s not surprise that out of all of Fake Famous’ subjects Druckman has been promoting the documentary the most. From the beginning she was the most onboard about buying bots and tricking brands. She’s still on Instagram under her name, Dominque Druckman.
Since the documentary she has expanded her brand to include modeling and social media influencing. As of writing this article, Druckman has an impressive 346,000 followers. She is signed with A3 Artists Agency and Revenant Entertainment Management Firm.
What Is Chris Bailey’s Instagram?
Bailey was always the oddest fit for this project. When he first agreed to Fake Famous he made a point that he wanted to use his art to be true to himself. That same desire is what led him to quit the project. Like Heiner, Bailey dropped out before the experiment finished. The best way to understand Bailey’s departure is in his own words: “When Dom came in, she’s like a piece of Play-Doh,” Bailey says in the documentary. “She’s soft and you guys can mold her… I came in, and I was like a sculpture of stone.”
Though he left the project, Bailey is still on Instagram under the handle @chrisvsmyself. At the time of publication he has 21,000 followers. But what’s far more impressive is what he’s accomplished outside of social media. Bailey is the founder of the 1-OFF RECYCLED GARMET PROJECT, which takes discarded clothes and transforms them into new and innovative designs. He’s also one of the artists part of Habitat Studios, an art collective.
What Is Wylie Heiner’s Instagram?
Heiner didn’t take to his newfound fame as easily as Druckman. Shortly after the experiment began, his friends noticed his sudden spike in followers. That caused Heiner to panic and set his Instagram to private. Two months later he left the experiment altogether.
Instead of working in real estate Heiner is now an executive assistant at LaPolt Law, a music law firm that specializes in intellectual property. He currently has over 26,000 followers on his Instagram @wylezzz. He is also the creator of the delightful bio “wylie like the coyote.” Like Druckman and Bailey, Heiner has been promoting Fake Famous on his account.
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