Busy Philipps is mostly known for Freaks and Geeks, Cougar Town, Dawson’s Creek and for being Michelle Williams’ regular awards show date, but none of those things pays all of her bills and she says she currently makes most of her money from throwing up “#ad” next to an Instagram picture of her with some product (like soup). Like many famous and famous-esque types, Busy collects checks for pushing products on Instagram. When some of her 540,000 Instagram followers spit at her for “selling out“, she said in an IG Story video that her acting jobs didn’t bring in the money last year, but being a product pusher on Instagram did.
Busy did say that you probably won’t see her pushing waist trainers and caca tea (yes, I’m looking at you, Demi Lovato), and she won’t ever sloppily copy and paste words from an intern, because she’s ~*picky*~ and actually cares about the products she sells to her followers. via UsWeekly
“I’m not above it, guys. I just only choose things that I genuinely like and, like, would want to partner with, like, for instance, my Michaels partnership, which, you know, is my favorite thing of all time. And I’m doing one next week, I think, that feels like me.
But, like, yeah, I mean, unless it was like, a billion dollars, I probably wouldn’t do something random and weird that people would be like, ‘Lame,’ ‘Busy Philipps sells out. But, you know, I gotta be honest with you, I didn’t make a ton of money as an actor last year. I made more of my money doing that kind of stuff, like the partnerships with brands. Gotta make a living!”
She also said that TV shows are basically just products that networks create to sell ad space on, and what she’s doing on Instagram is not much different.
On a recent podcast episode, Bella Thorne basically said the same words that Busy said. Bella bought her house with cash she made from social media and it’s how she pays her bills.
Some actors pimp out products in Japan (see: George Clooney), some pimp themselves out in the Middle East (see: Lindsay Lohan, ALLEGEDLY) and others pimp out soup and craft supplies on Instagram (see: Busy Philipps). We all gotta eat, so I can’t hate. And if companies ever want to pay me thousands to whore out some #sponsored shit to my millions (like, 20) of highly sought-after followers (my cousins and bots from Russia), they know where to find me.
Pic: Campbell’s Soup/Getty