TikTok is smitten with Axel Webber, a struggling actor trying to make it in the big city.
Webber is a recent transplant to New York City. In 2021, he drove to the Big Apple from Georgia with no job or housing. After managing to live in his car for a while, then snag possibly the tiniest apartment in a city full of tiny apartments, Webber finally found success on social media.
Who is Axel Webber?
Webber is a 22-year-old actor with 2.4 million TikTok followers and 119,000 YouTube subscribers. In 2021, he moved to New York City from Georgia. At first, he lived out of a 2000 Volvo in a Walmart parking lot in New Jersey.
Webber went viral on TikTok when he gave a tour of his 100-square-foot apartment with no stove and a communal bathroom for which he pays $1,200 a month. TikTok seemed to be endeared by Webber’s scrappiness and gratitude for the little things.
For example, last Christmas, Webber expected to be eating boxed mac and cheese. But his brother and a friend sent him a feast over Uber Eats that left him beaming.
Even Charlie Puth has Webber’s back
With so many people rooting for Webber, it’s unsurprising that when he didn’t get into Juilliard, his dream school, people were supportive. Juilliard is one of the most competitive performing arts colleges in the country.
On Jan. 10, Webber announced that he did not get into Juilliard’s acting program. He appeared to beat himself up for not doing a proper English accent in his audition.
“We gave it our best shot,” he said, tearing up. “Which is the only thing we can do. Now we’re going to have to find a different way to be an actor.”
Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth gave Webber a pep talk by sharing his own struggles as an artist.
“Not only did I not get into Juilliard but I didn’t get into five of these prestigious schools that I wanted to get into that I thought could better my career,” Puth said.
The artist talked about how rejection is a part of being an artist and can be the fuel to the fire that makes his art better.
“While I do think school is great and I did end up going to Berkeley, a prestigious conservatory for the arts is not going to be the thing that defines your career as an actor,” he added.
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