Cat-fish [kat-fish] noun - a person who pretends to be someone they’re not, using social media to create a false identity, particularly to pursue deceitful online romances
In a world where everyone is constantly connected digitally, social media has made communicating easier but this digital world might also complicate relationships. According to MTV “Millenials” 18-24 years old, 1 in 4 has online dated, 1 in 2 has “a friend” who does it and, in the past three years, traffic to top 10 online dating sites has tripled. Now hear from the star and host of MTV’s hit series Catfish: The TV Show, Nev Schulman, about his experiences and perspectives on this evolving medium.
Following the success of Rogue Pictures and Relativity Media’s critically acclaimed 2010 documentary-thriller Catfish, MTV’s new hit series Catfish: The TV Show tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world. The series follows host, Nev Schulman, whose own online love drama was the subject of the Catfish film, as he takes viewers on a deeply personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters.
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. The film was produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Andrew Jarecki and was executive produced by Brett Ratner.
Most recently Nev released his first book In Real Life: Love, Lies, & Identity in the Digital Age. The book explores the pressing issue of connectivity versus genuine connection, while providing his advice for cultivating successful relationships online.
Schulman is a New York City photographer and filmmaker. His photography has appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, The New York Times, Lucky, New York Magazine, The New York Sun and Dance Magazine.
"Everything went wonderfully with Nev on Monday! We had a packed house for him, which was wonderful. He was very enlightening and he took pictures with everyone who stayed for the entire Q&A. The logistics of everything went really smoothly! Thanks again for all of your hard work on this project. I really appreciate all that you did and continue to do with us. "- Ohio State University
"Everything was great with Nev! He was one of the best speakers I have worked with. His speech was relevant, educational, appropriate, and really appreciated by students and staff. And he was so great to work with from beginning to end the entire day. Students absolutely loved having Nev here! We heard so much great feedback. His talk was really inspiring and our audience found him very relatable. Thank you so much for your help on this! Please let me know if you need anything else from Rollins. "- Rollins College
"The event was FANTASTIC! We got tremendous feedback from the principal, teachers and kids. Everyone loved it and of course, loved having Nev there. Nev was a pleasure to work with and did a wonderful job incorporating STOP.THINK. CONNECT. into some talking points and chatting with the kids. I know hearing it from him really resonated with them. "- National Cyber Security Alliance
"You cannot go wrong with choosing Nev Schulman to speak at your university, college, institution, or corporation. Nev has an enthusiastic and energetic personality that makes him so easy to get along with. When we told him that hundreds of students were in line outside the Smith Student Center Ballroom he decided to walk out there and make an announcement to pump up the crowd before he went up on stage. His presentation was both inspiring and interactive leaving each student of the 900 in attendance to take something away."- Slippery Rock University
"He was fantastic! We sold out the auditorium, which seats almost 1000. He was extremely friendly, gracious, and easy-going to work with, which was refreshing. Thanks again for all of your help; everyone seemed to really enjoy what he had to say, and he generated quite the buzz around campus."- Northeastern University
"Nev was fantastic to work with. He was super, and the students absolutely loved him. We hit capacity and ended up having to turn away small crowd of students. Overall, it was a great success. "- The University of Texas at Austin
"Everything went very well on our end with Nev – I hope that he enjoyed the experience! There was a great turnout and Nev was very kind to go out of his way to engage with all of the attendees who hoped for a photo and a signed book. He was a pleasure to have on campus and definitely communicated some important messages for today’s college student. Thank you again for all of your help in bringing this to fruition."- Washington State University