Chelsea Briggs is one of YouTube’s most recognizable faces. You probably know her as that cute, spunky entertainment host on every red carpet at every Young Hollywood event. But what you may not know is that Mz. Briggs is also a badass businesswoman, running the show on — and off — camera. Having capitalized on the rise of social media, she built one of YouTube’s most popular celebrity news brands from the ground up. And with nearly 300 million views, the sky is the limit. Though she’s too modest to say it, Chelsea Briggs IS HollywireTV — and a TOTAL Girl Boss.
Tell us what you do!
Sure thing! I’m an Entertainment Host/Writer + Executive Producer for HollywireTV – an online teen pop culture outlet. I host about 2-5 daily shows, and interview top musicians and actors in the industry. Every day is different — I’ll either be traveling to cover Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Music Festival, New York Fashion Week, etc., or I’ll be on the red carpet covering award shows and premieres here in Hollywood. On top of the creative stuff, I also manage the Hollywire team, book all the events we cover and interviews with talent, deal with PR and advertising for the brand, and generally make all the day-to-day business decisions that involve the company. Lots of hats are worn, but I genuinely LOVE my job!
Did you go to college? If so, where?
I did! I attended Central Michigan University, and studied Broadcasting & Cinematic Arts. Good times…
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
It’s funny — I was always a weird and creative kid. I knew early on that I wanted to do something in the entertainment industry. I had an unhealthy obsession with California and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (don’t judge!). What does that tell you? Not sure. But looking back, I feel like I was destined to be in this crazy industry.
How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!
Okie-dokie, here we go! In college, I landed my dream internship at MTV in New York City (FINALLY after applying three different times!). Soon after graduation, I worked freelance for MTV doing production for many of their awards shows, including the VMAs. My next plan of action was to find an internship at a smaller outlet where I could potentially see myself working my way up to doing on-air hosting – enter HollywireTV! I’ve been at Hollywire for about five years now, and have worked super hard to put together a cohesive team, build the brand from the ground up, and connect with an engaged audience on a genuine level. It’s been a long process, but it’s super exciting to finally see BIG results! My time at Hollywire has also opened the door for lots and lots of other on-air opportunities with big companies including: MTV, VH1, Dick Clark Productions, Clevver Media, and Ovation Media.
Any obstacles along the way?
TONS! Every day is an obstacle – I’m always learning! I think the biggest thing has been overcoming my fears and building up enough confidence to really go for it. It’s scary! I’m my worst critic, and can be super hard on myself. I also dealt with a lot of negative people telling me I wasn’t good enough. I grew a thick skin early on, and have since learned to “shake off” the insecure peeps.
Oprah is queen. She is a true boss woman who uses her very large platform to give back. Can’t forget about Ellen DeGeneres — the most genuine host whose interviewing style is perfection. Also, I’ve always been a big fan of Carson Daly and his hosting style– very cool, calm and collected!
What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are?
Hmmm, I would say my positive attitude, passion and motivation (put them into one because they go hand-in-hand), and finally, the ability to communicate on a genuine level. All very important!
Where would you like to be in five years?
Hosting my own pop culture/music-related show on TV for a larger outlet. I would love to host for MTV, VH1, or Fuse — one of the main music channels that is known for their quirky and creative spin on the wonderful world of entertainment! BRING IT ON WORLD – CAN’T WAIT!
Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.
One who slays with a genuine heart — “slay” meaning she works hard to accomplish her goals no matter what stands in her way. She is genuine, smart, confident, and loyal. People trust her. She is not afraid to delegate, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. She is one tough cookie!
Describe your style/fashion sense:
I like a little edge, but can also be girly when I wanna be. Crop tops and Converse rule my world. On weekends, you can find me in jeans and a comfy T-shirt. But I do enjoy floral prints and summer dresses. Combat boots. I’m a mess… I love clothes!
Fav clothing item/accessory right now?
I’m currently obsessed with floral kimonos. I wear them everyday. I own three, which I have on rotation. Extra points for kimonos with tassels.
What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?
Lately, I’m really obsessed with LA MER moisturizing facial cream. It’s amazing. Really makes your skin glow! Can be a bit expensive, but totes worth the investment. Also Chanel waterproof eyeliner is my jam.
Go-to nail color?
White and gold. But during the winter, I can’t get enough of OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark!
Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?
No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?
ICE CREAM! Pistachio flavor at Yogurtland is the death of me! OB-SESSED!
Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?
Forever obsessed with Ed Sheeran’s tunes. The 1975 and 5 Seconds of Summer are KILLING it right now. Andrew McMahon is always in my heart, and currently releasing new music. Sia, Taylor Swift, Troye Sivan, One Direction, New Politics. I love music. Ha!
What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?
Currently T. Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ makes me smile… and reminds me to always shake it off!
What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?
SO MANY! Bare with me here…
“Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”
“Never let success get to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.”
“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.”
“Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.”
Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?
A couple years ago, Damien Fahey (who used to host MTV’s TRL) told me to take an improv class, which would help me with my interviewing skills, and would also help with being quick on my feet. I’m a horrible actress so I was terrified, but I can’t even begin to explain how much it’s helped me be in the moment.
Advice to future Girl Bosses:
Work hard and fight for what you want, but NEVER burn bridges. There’s room at the top for everyone who is willing to work for it. Be confident, humble, and ever-evolving with your talent! Also, keep an open mind when it comes to learning any and all new things. The more you know, the more valuable you’ll be!
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