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Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars

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    Digital
    Top 35
    Jessica Chou
    Felicia Day
    Founder, Geek & Sundry

    The actress-turned-web guru, 33, created the business model for most online shows when she launched The Guild with one-time partners Microsoft and Xbox. This year, the former Southern belle (she’s from Huntsville, Ala.) and University of Texas, Austin grad launched Geek & Sundry, a YouTube channel for which she develops, stars and produces original scripted and unscripted efforts.

    BIG BREAK: Uploading my first video — The Guild, season one, episode one. That’s when my career started. I’m very lucky that the first thing I ever shot was something that I was passionate about.

    BEST ADVICE: My acting teacher Alice Klein told me, “The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.” [Day moved to L.A. after college to pursue an acting career and even landed a small arc on The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.]

    BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT:  Launching Geek & Sundry and creating a start-up company from nothing. We started with no staff and now have dozens of people.

    CAN’T-MISS TV: Game of Thrones and the BBC’s Sherlock.

    ONLINE OBSESSION: YouTube. I read comments on our videos even though I shouldn’t.

    LUNCH SPOT: Hugo’s. It’s not too Hollywood-y and makes me feel self-righteously healthy.

    WHEN I’M NOT WORKING I’M: Playing video games. I can deduct [the costs] because it’s work!

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