Samantha Bush created the @BravoHistorian Instagram account on a whim, just looking for a way to share her opinion on all of the ridiculous reality TV shows on the Bravo Network.
Bush thought it was a fun creative outlet, but little she knew she was going to attract hundreds of thousands of followers and develop a career! – become a social media influencer.
You hear about people who are becoming more and more influencers these days, and while many are trying, few are qualified.
But it helps if you can find a niche topic to post memes on, just like Bush did.
We talked to the 29-year-old Detroit woman about her Instagram account, about her experiences of publishing her life on a public platform and of course who her favorite “Real Housewife” is.
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Ask: First of all, what made you choose to start @BravoHistorian?
Answer: I reopened my account in 2018 just thinking I needed an electrical outlet. … I have to express my opinion. And I didn’t do it with the intention of getting a following or anything. I was literally like screaming into space.
Q: Did you have a goal in mind when you opened your account? Or did you ever imagine getting so many followers?
Bush: No, and I still don’t think about it. I always forget my reach when I post things. I think oh 50,000 people looked at my Instagram story. It is really a strange thought. It’s overwhelming at times.
Q: What was the best part about opening your Instagram account?
Bush: So many things. I was working in a dental office and wasn’t really fulfilled or happy. And because I didn’t go to college, I just didn’t know what to do. I have so many interests, but I was like, ‘Where is this really going to take me? What can you do with it? ‘
The best that has come out for me is that I do what I love every day and now I get paid to write about ‘housewives’. I can talk to them, I have to do Watch What Happens Live and I literally screamed my eyes out. This account changed my life. I lived in a really crappy apartment until recently. I just feel so good.
Q: Are there moments that are overwhelming? Like the pressure to always post or have an opinion on the ‘Bravo world’ news?
Bush: I guess there is. I only post what I think I want to see. Some days I don’t want to post, and there are days when I go for two days without posting. But of course I’ll be on an Instagram story or something. I think they’re a lot more personal. But sometimes it can be really overwhelming. When the Jen Shah stuff came out, I remembered thinking, ‘What is it? Are the cameras running? And is she being arrested? For example what is going on? ‘ It was stressful, but it’s so much fun.
Q: Have you ever had a really weird or weird fan encounter, like people who slipped into DMs or something?
Bush: Nothing like that, bad. It’s good. Really 99% of the time people are really funny or say they are really nice to me. And I think because I’m not an influencer in the sense of like, I post all the time about my life – I think that opens the door to a lot of hate. So I applaud influencers who do that. I think it’s the hardest thing in the world.
Q: This is a broader question, but what I find interesting about this year’s Met Gala is that there were influencers at the event as well. What are your thoughts on that? Do you see this happening more often as influencers get better known?
Bush: I’m going to go really deep for a second There’s a part of me who thinks it’s bloody stupid that you’re a TikToker at this event, but I think there’s a bit of misogyny internalized in all of us because social media is such a female heavy industry. and it is these women who make so much money working. Addison Rae is almost a Kardashian level of fame. It’s like, ‘Why don’t we take these people seriously?’ But then again it’s like, ‘Why? am Am i taking you seriously They literally do TikTok dances for a living. ‘ I feel so contradicting myself.
Q: Where do you see this account in the future? I know you are now writing full-time for The Dipp entertainment site and hosting a podcast. What would the dream be?
Bush: Oh my god, a lot (laughs). People ask me this a lot and I never have an answer, and I really should. I really enjoy writing, so I’d love to be doing not just bravo, but pop culture in general. I think that would be really cool. For example, I tweeted about the Kardashians and then Cosmo said, ‘Are you going to write something about Kim for us?’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that.’ So maybe more of what I’m doing now. Is that lame?
GMG: Of course not!
Bush: I do not know. I feel kind of lame with this answer. I just like to write. I definitely love doing interviews with people, which I wouldn’t have thought.
Q: Do you ever feel like you can’t say what you really think of someone on a Bravo show because you have to interview them one day?
Bush: I was really careful never to befriend them. There are a few Bravo Stars out there who want to be friends with social media accounts, (but) it will change the narrative or make you a “pro” for them. I am careful not to do that. I don’t wanna be your friend I respect you, I like you on the show. It’s good.
Q: If someone is following you and loves your account, what other Instagram accounts should they be following?
Bush: There are so many. There are so many comedians out there that they are not like me. I’m not a comedian, but I just think they’re funny. Benito Skinner is really, really funny. Heather McMahan is really funny.
Q: I have to ask, of course, but do you have a favorite “real housewife”? Or even in the top three?
Bush: That’s the only answer I’ve ever prepared (laughs). Dorinda Medley, I would die for you. I like Karen Huger very much. I live and breathe for Karen and of course Nene Leakes. These are my perfect three.
Q: Okay, last thing: what do you love about living in Detroit?
Bush: Oh my god, I love so many things about life in Detroit. I love that it is very unique. You can go to New York and you can go to Chicago and it’s a very similar energy. Detroit is like a smaller big city, if that makes sense. It feels very intimate. I don’t know how to describe it. I love the small neighborhoods. I think it’s great that the West Village exists. I like that there is Midtown, New Center, and downtown itself. The food is so good. I love it all
This interview has been edited and shortened for the sake of clarity.