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Coast teen becomes Instagram sensation

old Todd Crothers has gained more than 1,000,000 followers on his Instagram account. (Image Source: WLOX News) old Todd Crothers has gained more than 1,000,000 followers on his Instagram account. (Image Source: WLOX News)
He now gets paid to post, something his mom never saw coming. (Image Source: WLOX News He now gets paid to post, something his mom never saw coming. (Image Source: WLOX News
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

In less than a year, 15-year-old Todd Crothers has gained more than 1 million followers on Instagram.

"I love dancing myself, so I always looked for like dance accounts and I could never find them. So I was like, 'Hmm, I'm going to come up with a dance account myself,'" said Todd Crothers.

The Instagram account 'DanceZ' features videos of people showcasing their dance skills, or the latest dance craze.

"I have like an eye for videos that's going to go viral before they go viral. So, a lot of videos that go viral go viral from my account," said Crothers.

So why does a page that shows off dance videos have so many followers?

"Especially for dancers and artists, it's big because you never know like what label or famous person can see it. One day Chris Brown shouted me out and I grew like 40k in a day," said Crothers.

Crothers says the teams of famous artists like Usher and Chris Brown have contacted him to get the dancers from his page in their music videos. 

"It's a new world, like technology's a new world, and to be one of the front-runners in this new thing of social media, I feel like it will be a bigger opportunity as social media continues to grow," said Crothers.

Less than a year in, and Crothers has turned the Instagram page into a business. He now gets paid to post, something his mom never saw coming.

"He's starting his own account for college. I can only imagine that I don't have to worry about basically paying for his schooling because he's using his money to start his own account for college," said Tiffany Stockdale.

Another big thing is keeping his page protected. Crothers says he does worry about hackers, but he has several safe guards in place to help keep that from happening.

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