Axel Webber: From Rejected Actor to Newly Signed Model?

Famous TikToker Axel Webber has been on quite the journey over the past year. Webber is well-known on TikTok for his comedic videos about his impoverished lifestyle. He lives in a small apartment in Manhattan and has become relatively famous because of it. His videos involve him documenting what he does in his day-to-day life. 

As a result of his growing fame on TikTok, he was invited to talk on the Kelly Clarkson Show where he stated that he pays $1,200 monthly for his small apartment. His dream was to get into Juilliard, and he expressed that acting is his passion. “I can be anywhere and I can be anything,” he said, and explained how he came from his job in Michigan to his new life in New York. 

He later made a video documenting his audition to get into Juilliard and expressed his feelings of nervousness and feelings of doubts about the audition. His comments were filled with fans consoling him with kind words and encouragement. His next video involved him talking about his rejection. Again, his comments were filled with sympathy and enraged fans claiming he deserves a spot in the school. A few days later he made a video sharing his news about a new modeling contract that was offered to him by The Society. 

As a result of his growing fame, Webber gained suspicion for his online persona on TikTok. Many have started to question if he was lying about being impoverished and have even started to suspect him of being an industry plant. Industry plants are people who gain fame easily due to their secret help of professionals and coordinated effort in the professional industry. The 22-year-old had no acting experience prior to the audition and seems to have come from a well-off middle-class family. He’s received some scrutiny due to the fact that he pays $1,200 for a 95 square foot apartment while others pay the same amount for more standard-size apartments.  

Despite all the criticism, scrutiny, and the theory of him being an industry plant, he continues to make videos and share his life while gaining more popularity and being offered many great opportunities. “I had zero connections when I got here. I just started making TikTok’s” said Webber.