Comedian Franchesca Ramsey Speaks The Truth One Joke At A Time
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Franchesca Ramsey has become a household name for anyone who watches MTV's Decoded...and YouTube. The 32-year-old comedian's breakout claim to fame was her "Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls" video that went viral in 2012, as you may remember (and you really should).
Growing up, she attended performing arts schools and then went on to study acting at the University of Michigan. During that time, Ramsey switched her major to graphic design and dove deeper into the world wide web. Before she knew it, she was on her way to becoming one of the most popular vloggers. "I got into YouTube shortly after I graduated from college in 2006 because I couldn't find anything online to help me with my locs," Ramsey told us in an email. "While I started making hair videos, I still really wanted to be an actress and was struggling to find acting work in Miami, so YouTube was the perfect place for me to create stuff I thought was interesting/funny, and make friends."
In 2011, she won the YouTube NextUp contest. With the money that she earned, Ramsey invested decided to invest in better camera equipment and video strategies. Following the viral success of "Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls," Ramsey got herself an agent and more work flew her way. The rest as we know it is history, but we obviously wanted to know every single detail! Despite the fact that it's her job to make us laugh, Ramsey is 100% serious about working in the entertainment industry. (As a writer, actor, and vlogger she quite literally does it all!) Get to know more about how she found her way in the interview, below!