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7 TikTok Stars Who Took Their Viral Talents To Mainstream Success

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Who says making TikToks is a waste of time? As these stars prove, you can go on to achieve greater things with the help of social media.

Ano naman mararating mo sa kaka-Tiktok mo? This is a question-slash-insult that some of us may have heard or even thrown at us by people who think they know better. In the digital age that we live in, social media has become an important outlet for many young people, whether it be sharing art on Instagram, posting dance covers on TikTok, and everything in between. But admittedly, there are still people who see social media as a waste of time and serve only as a distraction to achieving a stable life and career. But contrary to popular belief, there is a lot of good that can come out of it, just ask these TikTok stars who have expanded their reach from online to the mainstream.

Just like you, these creators were once regular people scrolling through TikTok and posting every know and then. But their respective talents dazzled through on the app, helping them build a following. And in turn, they took their success on the video sharing platform and made the triumphant leap to the mainstream stage. So, the next time some tells you that TikTok is just a waste of time, remember these bright stars who proved the haters wrong.

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Nana Silayro built a strong following on TikTok (3.4 million to be exact), thanks to her comedic skills mixed with content about confidence and self-love. Truly relatable in her videos, all while sharing messages of being true to who you are, she’s not afraid to be goofy and be herself. It’s no wonder then that she was casted in the WeTV original series, Pasabuy, which starred Heaven Peralejo and Gino Roque, and was directed by Xian Lim. In the show, she played Madam Minchin and she was not only a natural, but most importantly, a refreshing sight onscreen. The talent is real and we have a feeling we’re going to see her in more projects soon.


For long-time fans of Rain Matienzo, you may know her as a UAAP court side reporter. But for many, they first got to now Rain when she went viral on TikTok in 2020 thanks to her hilarious skits of a female conyo student. But her talents wouldn’t just be limited to TikTok as she also made a successful jump into TV thanks to her hosting gigs. And to top it all off, Rain is one of the newest artists signed under GMA. She is set to star in her very first TV show Artikulo 247 along with Rhian Ramos. We love a multi-talented star.


Joyang Glorioso, or more popularly known as Joyang TV on social media, got her first shot of success when videos of her dancing in her kitchen with a deadpan expression went viral on TikTok. Netizens then pointed out the bananas hanging on the kitchen ceiling and she soon made a name for herself as the Banana Queen. With over 2.3 million followers on TikTok, she truly is a queen. But her queendom wouldn’t just be on TikTok as she successfully made the leap into acting on TV. In November 2021, she appeared in an episode of Wish Ko Lang alongside Rabiya Mateo and has since appeared in more episodes. In 2022, Joyang is set to appear in GMA’s upcoming drama series Lolong, which stars Ruru Madrid.


TikTok has proven to be a great avenue for young and up-and-coming artists to share their music to the world. After all, you never know who’s watching, err, listening, right? Just take a look at the career of Angela Ken. She initially gained a following on TikTok thanks to her music. On November 2020, she posted a demo of her track, Ako Naman Muna, which caught the attention of Jonathan Manalo, ABS-CBN Music’s Creative Director. Afterwards, Angela became a signed artist under Star Magic, had one of the biggest OPM hits of 2021, and is a member of Squad Plus. To top it all off, she is set to make her acting debut in the musical series, Lyric & Beat, where she co-stars alongside Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin, AC Bonifacio, and Darren Espanto.  


It’s safe to say that Esnyr Ranollo was one of the breakout stars of 2021. In case you lived under a rock, he went viral on TikTok thanks to his uber popular skits about school life that gave many people the shot of nostalgia they needed. His videos spread like wildfire not just on TikTok, but even on Twitter and Facebook, which helped land Esnyr TV interviews. But his breakthrough year wasn’t done as he made his big screen debut when he was casted in DonBelle’s first movie, the commercial smash that was Love Is Color Blind. Currently, Esnyr is signed under Rise Artists Studios, the talent management arm of ABS-CBN Films. LICB for sure won’t be the last time we’ll see Esnyr Ranollo on our screens.


Sassa Gurl, is a true internet icon. With the signature rose-tinted cheeks, Sassa has scored viral video after viral video thanks to her come-as-you-are content. Sassa Gurl’s skits on daily Filipino life are not only hilarious and relatable, but eye-opening as well. With boundless talent and charisma like that, there was certainly more to Sassa Gurl than just the confines of TikTok. Recently, the rising social media star made history by becoming the official 2022 calendar girl of White Castle Light Whisky, making it another win for LGBTQIA+ representation. Sassa, also known as everyone’s favorite Mima, is also set to appear in a slew of projects this year so keep an eye out for that.


In early 2020, Bella Poarch was just a regular Filipina girl living in Hawaii. But that all changed when her TikTok videos started raking millions of likes and views. She soon quickly became the most followed Filipino on TikTok, a distinction she still holds today. But Bella was looking to achieve bigger things for herself, and with the moves she’s done and has yet to make, she’s well on her way to unparalleled success. Among the many things, Bella started her well-received music career, attended and even walked for some of the most prestigious fashion shows in the world, appeared in a slew of commercials, and fronted the covers of international magazines. With Bella set to release new music soon, there’s only good things coming for this Forbes 30 Under 30 star.  

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