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Woodbury man's 'Celebstir' gives exposure, connects fans with celebs

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Want to chat with a celebrity from MTV, Bravo or the Food Network?

"Celebstir" has got you covered.

How about showcasing your acting, singing or passion for sports online for recruiters and agents to see?

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Woodbury resident Aaron Carter decided to launch the website Celebstir.com to give everyone who has some sort of talent the chance to shine.

He also said he thought it would be a "neat idea for all the fans to chat with celebrities."

The website is a collaboration between Carter and a few other partners who have been working on it since last year and launched it this month.

The first celebrity chat was Friday with MTV's Teen Mom Farrah Abraham.

"We talked for probably a good six weeks, finally she said 'I'll do it,'" Carter said.

Before the website launched, it was harder to get celebrities to agree to the live chat with fans. But now that it's live, he's got more people lined up.

"It was very difficult at first because we had to start before we were even online," Carter said. "It was months upon months upon months."

But now there is an NFL player, a Bravo celebrity and a Food Network chef who will likely make appearances on the site. He can't mention who they are just yet, but he's excited to have them on board.

"It's been a gradual process, but we're moving up," he said.

The way it works is that members sign on and chat live with the celebrities. Three to five people will be picked randomly to do the exclusive one-on-one video chat while others watch.

So far Celebstir has about 200 members, including a number of aspiring actors, singers, models and photographers.

The idea is to have a well-rounded site where various talented people can showcase their skills while connecting with celebrities, Carter said.

"I see so many sites that just focus on music," he said, adding, "(Celebstir) allows people who are looking for more exposure to be able to do it within our site."

Members can upload audition tapes, headshots or their own songs.

And the more each profile gets clicks and likes, the more they end up on the homepage.

There are also five hidden recruiters/agents who scout profiles and look for talent on a regular basis.

"They have access," Carter said. "If they see somebody they like, you can be discovered that way."

Celebstir is hoping to grow and expand, but Carter's ultimate goal is to see someone who started out on the site become a celebrity featured on television or in magazines.

"I like watching people who are good at what they do," he said. "I've met so many people who are really good at what they do and nobody knows who they are.

"I'd like to see people actually gain success from our site."

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota. Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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