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Bermudian in US to star in Facebook Watch series

Atlanta-based influencer house Collab Crib, with Bermudian musician Kaelyn Kastle, centre, wearing pink (Photograph supplied)

A Bermudian musician and social media influencer living in Atlanta has a starring role in a new web series.

Kaelyn Kastle, 24, and her all-Black entertainment group have been put in the spotlight for a seven-episode documentary series called Collab Crib, named after their organisation.

Ms Kastle said: "I’ve seen the first episode already and I think it was very well done.

“I’m excited to see where the rest of the show goes – there’s a lot of things going on in the show that we didn’t individually know, so it’s almost like I’m experiencing the show just like everyone else is.”

The series, which premiered on Monday, follows the group member’s lives and relationships with each other as coworkers and friends.

It also features several interviews and competitions involving the group.

Kastle said that Collab Crib and two other entertainment groups, known as influencer houses, were invited by Facebook to be featured in several reality web series on Facebook Watch.

She said that the platform was experimenting with a new entertainment format.

Ms Kastle added that she and the group went through six weeks of filming – an experience that Ms Kastle said was an “adjustment” for the collective, despite its social media experience.

She explained: “We’re used to being on camera, but, as a creator, you decide when you want be on camera and the moment you put your own camera down your day ends.

“When it came to doing a show, even when our cameras and our phones went down, we were still being filmed so the dynamic was definitely different.”

Ms Kastle added: “It was an adjustment for a lot of us – especially me because I’m not really big on being on camera – but it was a blessing.”

“Our journey in the series is a little bit more different than the other influencer houses, so when it came down to filming our story it was a little bit more extensive and a little bit more heartfelt.

“We’ve experienced a lot together in a short period of time and we’re really trailblazers in the industry at this point, for it was important for our show to come across a little differently.”

Collab Crib is the first series on Facebook Watch to feature social media influencers.

Ms Kastle said that the response to the show had been “super positive” and that many of the group’s followers were excited at the prospect of the series.

She added: “Many Bermudians are excited that I got to do something like this, because many of my friends didn’t know what I was doing.

“I think they’re just excited to see more of my journey while I’m on the show.”

Ms Kastle was earlier featured in The New York Times Presents documentary Who Gets to be An Influencer? where she discussed on the problems of being a Black content creator in America.

Collab Crib will air every Monday on Facebook Watch and on IGTV on Instagram.

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Published August 20, 2021 at 11:36 am (Updated August 20, 2021 at 11:59 am)

Bermudian in US to star in Facebook Watch series

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