The social engagement-rich ginger hatches a (doomed) housing strategy. Max Ritter/Creative Commons photos.
MTN. TOWN, USA — An internet-famous ski bum ran into trouble Friday when her bid to pay rent in likes and shares was utterly rejected by a potential landlord.
Unemployed skier and Instagram engagement expert Elizabeth Curt, 22, hit the housing wall after pitching a landlord on the merits and value of social media presence.
Finding herself in-between seasonal work freelance writing, bartending and raft guiding, the millennial powderhound attempted to leverage her impressive online following to offset her financial deficits.
"I'm totally broke, but I've got likes for days!" the entrepreneurial ginger told TGR. "Likes and shares are basically like money, only they can't buy you anything, except for happiness that's quickly replaced by a dark, empty void where joy should be."
She can just sleep in the back of her jalopy and post about that shit all summer instead.
Curt attempted to pitch her unimpressed mountain town landlord, Walter Peabody, on the "promotional value" she could add to his residential real estate holdings through a host of new-age social media strategies including–but not limited to–Instagramming videos of herself cooking in her kitchen, Instagramming videos of herself drinking on her patio and Instagramming videos of herself playing with her trusty cattle dog in her living room.
Apparently that business proposal was not engaging: Peabody told TGR he has absolutely no intention of letting Curt stay in one of his properties pro bono, saying he'd "rather take advantage of naive J-1s than assume the risk of housing a social media influencer."
"She won't be influencing my bank account very much," Peabody told TGR. "She can just sleep in the back of her jalopy and post about that shit all summer instead."
As for Curt, she seems optimistic despite of her newly minted homeless status.
"Sure, sleeping in my '95 Outback for a summer might suck," Curt told TGR. "But, like, #vanlife is huge on Instagram right now, so this could be a blessing in disguise. Sure, I won't have a bed to sleep in, but this could totally gain me a ton of followers this summer."
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