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  • - I accidentally became a meme, and this is that story.

  • My name is Brittany Broski,

  • but most people know me as kombucha girl.

  • This all started in August of 2019.

  • I was 22 years old, I was living in Dallas, Texas.

  • I worked at a bank in trust and investment services.

  • Life was very normal for me.

  • I had no idea what was coming. (dramatic whooshing)

  • I downloaded TikTok as a joke, (laughs)

  • because I kept seeing ads for it on Snapchat.

  • And I was like, "What is this?"

  • People in furry suits and all this,

  • cosplay was kind of the main thing on the app.

  • And then just by accident, I started uploading

  • 'cause I ended up having a lot of fun on the app.

  • I didn't even know what kombucha was

  • and I just kind of wanted to try it.

  • And I was at the grocery store one time

  • and I walked by the aisle and I was like, "Why not?"

  • And so I bought it.

  • I just kind of got home, put all my groceries away,

  • set up my camera and just

  • filmed me trying it. (can cracks)

  • No.

  • Well. (chuckles)

  • And the reaction is genuine.

  • I mean, it's kind of nasty,

  • but the flavor I got was like a soda,

  • so it was kind of sugary.

  • And it didn't do well on TikTok.

  • It was downloaded and uploaded to Gay Twitter

  • and they took that and captioned it (chuckles)

  • "When I ate (beeps) for the first time."

  • And other ones, like "When I tasted (beeps)

  • "for the first time" and all these nasty,

  • like I work at a bank!

  • And I DM the guy who first uploaded the video

  • and I was like, "Hey, this is me,"

  • in hopes that he would take it down.

  • 'Cause I was like, "I don't want to get fired."

  • But he was like, "Oh, this is you?"

  • and tagged me under it, and I was like, "Oh shit!" (laughs)

  • So then I started getting an influx of followers.

  • I had a private account with maybe like 400 followers.

  • It was me and my friends. (energetic classical music)

  • In a day, I got like 12,000 requests.

  • And I was like, "Well man, I guess it's time to go public."

  • So I made my account public.

  • I gained 96,000 Twitter followers in one day.

  • Like it is insane how fast it spread.

  • The meme, actually, not the video,

  • but the two reaction pictures.

  • There's no language affiliated with it,

  • so that's how it went so viral,

  • is it doesn't take an English speaker

  • to think faces are funny.

  • I started seeing my face on Hong Kong protest posters,

  • climate change posters in New Zealand.

  • Like it was global, insane!

  • You know, then it's like,

  • "Well, how do I tell my boss what's going on?"

  • When you're 50, 60, having to explain the idea of a meme,

  • as Gen Z to a boomer, it's like I would rather die.

  • So I had to explain to her, this wasn't me.

  • Like I didn't caption it,

  • "When I ate (beeps) for the first time."

  • It's someone that's taken my video

  • and captioned it with a funny caption.

  • So whatever you see, it's out of my control.

  • So there was a fateful day, early September

  • where I was pulled into my boss's office.

  • And she was basically like,

  • "You need to choose if you want to be a meme

  • "or if you want to be a corporate professional."

  • "Girl, I have rent to pay,

  • "obviously I want to be a professional.

  • "Like what do you want me to do,

  • "go work at Outback Steakhouse?"

  • So I was like, "No please, like it's just a hobby."

  • And she was like, "Okay."

  • But then sure enough, I mean, a week later,

  • she brought me in, slid a piece of paper

  • across the table and was like,

  • "Yeah, I think we're gonna let you go."

  • (dramatic music)

  • I was mortified.

  • I was so embarrassed to tell my dad of like,

  • I got fired from a bank job?

  • That's so embarrassing, for what?

  • 'Cause I'm posting videos

  • of me doing (blows raspberry) online?

  • I graduated college, I graduated in three years.

  • I was magna cum laude.

  • I'm a licensed insurance agent, I worked at a bank.

  • I had every intention of being a functioning member

  • of society. (laughs)

  • I understand, and I don't hold it against them at all.

  • Having a young, 20 something year old,

  • fresh college grad dickin' around online,

  • saying, "I'm a banker!"

  • All it takes is one Google search.

  • So I made sure when I had that call with my parents

  • that I, you know, like there is a backup plan.

  • It's not just me sitting on my (beeps) unemployed.

  • I had a team behind me at that point.

  • And you know, a week later I was flown out to LA.

  • I was meeting with the platform headquarters.

  • I started working with Comedy Central,

  • MTV, all these major brands and networks.

  • I was a presenter at the Streamys,

  • I was in a Super Bowl commercial.

  • I was nominated for a Shorty Award, TikToker of the Year.

  • I literally can't even keep up.

  • And that's not even the brands that I've worked with.

  • It's just a dream.

  • You know, it wasn't just "Hey, can you recreate the meme?"

  • I was pumping out other content.

  • I was doing accents, impressions,

  • skits, what I've always done.

  • And now that all the eyes were on me,

  • I was like, "If there was ever a time

  • "to create content, it's now."

  • Caleb!

  • Caleb, Mom says get out of the tub.

  • Quit trying to drown yourself, dinner's ready.

  • Literally, we're almost coming up on to the day.

  • It's August something right now and I just hit 5.1 million.

  • Being a meme, it's very dehumanizing.

  • People forget you're a real person.

  • Like if someone would tag me in something

  • and I'd respond, they'd be like, "Oh my God."

  • (laughs) It's like yeah, I'm real!

  • I had some old Tinder matches text me again.

  • And I was like, "Really, no, no, absolutely not."

  • (laughs) Block.

  • I have every intention of, you know,

  • stand up, SNL audition, all that.

  • My number one is voice acting.

  • I wanna be in a Pixar film so bad.

  • I wanna voice act for a Disney film.

  • It's like, I'm a multifaceted person.

  • I have so much more to offer

  • than just "Well," you know what I mean?

  • But it was such a learning experience

  • and it's gotten me where I am,

  • and I'm very grateful to be where I am.

  • So hey, Disney, Pixar.

  • Hey, Blue Sky Studios, how y'all doin'? (laughs)

  • Call me!

  • (laughs) (bright music)

- I accidentally became a meme, and this is that story.

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