She has 10,367,424 Twitter followers.
34,973,035 Facebook followers.
What is she doing right?
She was polite, articulate, professional, and she made her mother -who was in the audience, wearing a suit as conservative as GaGa's boots were stacked - proud.
I like Lady GaGa's music; I like seeing her on tv and on videos. Heck, I even enjoy parodies of her videos.
<- I'm loving this one because I support Alzheimer's research. I only wish they got a dollar for every hit.
She is a Performance Artist following in the footsteps of the Greats.
Most Powerful Celebrity?
How did she get there at the ripe old age of 25?
From all the interviews I've watched so far, Lady GaGa is surprisingly
She never fails to acknowledge and thank her fans, aka her Little Monsters. They dress in original costumes to honor her, they line up everywhere to catch a glimpse of her. On Twitter her tagline is MotherMonster. She tells 'em to go download her new album, and ...
there they go. They purchase, download, and sing her music to the tune of... oh, I don't know what #1 is around the world, but I do know it's ALOT!
One young man who showed off his Algebra notebook covered with doodles of Lady GaGa -esque costumes pinpointed her appeal: her music, her clothes, and her message all work together.
She is her own Brand: lipstick, headphones, and her own record label.
And guess what her Platform is?
Those Little Monsters of hers, all grateful to her for an outlet for their expression. She validates them, and makes it cool to be freaks, to not fit in.
I loved Cher. When I was growing up in the 70's, she was the epitome of glamour. She had a deep voice, exotic beauty, and was impossibly thin. And she rocked those Bob Mackie outfits! Still does. But Cher herself has said that she never fit in.
Then came Sir Elton. Disco boots and stars on his eyes and sparkly stuff everywhere.
Try to pigeonhole him- I dare ya!
It was all impossible to reach for a high school girl with crooked teeth and bad hair. My dreams shrunk to the size of being accepted by classmates and getting a date for Spring Dance.
And even then I had to wear a recycled bridesmaid's dress if I wanted to go. Ugh.
Lady GaGa -- surprise!-- is down to earth. Very Much Herself.
She probably could have - would have - rocked the crooked teeth if she wanted to.
Just like another music icon, but on the other end of the exhibitionist spectrum...
And yes, this is also a shameless plug for my #samplesaturdaysunday Bright Lights writing prompt!
And she shows her Little Monsters what can happen when we don't let Big Dreams shrink to the size of the world of the moment. That cool is defined by being You.
It's heady stuff for a high school teenager. Heck, it's heady stuff for this mom of teenagers.
But the genius of it all is her Connectedness to her Little Monsters. As a writer who plans to publish online, either independently or via an epublisher, this is a vital lesson for me to learn. So I'm taking notes.
So what do you do to connect to your fans? Tweet? Facebook? LinkedIn? Follow me @PamelaVMason, and check out my Twitter for Beginners post if you want.
How can you keep your dreams, or your fans'/readers'/kids' dreams, from shrinking?