Marina Shifrin, the woman who quit her job via interpretive dance in an epic YouTube video over the weekend, is the Internet's newest viral darling. Her video has racked up more than 4.5 million views in two days.
Shifrin, 25, produced news videos for Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese animator, but grew increasingly frustrated with her ever-changing schedule, "weird" hours, and her boss' business philosophy.
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"I spent hours in the office perfecting my headlines, my voice overs, my stories. But as the workload increased, I found I could no longer keep up," she wrote on her blog.
"I tried. I came in earlier, I stayed later, I worked on weekends. Scared I wasn't pulling my weight, I went to my boss and told him how I felt. 'Make deadlines, not art,' was his response."
So she decided to go out with a bang, film her resignation, and post it online for all to see.
"For almost two years I've sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job, and my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets," she explains in the video's subtitles. "So I figured I'd make ONE video of my own."
Shifrin, who graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism before moving to work in Taiwan, went into the office early and set up cameras. She then performed what she calls an "interpretive dance" set to the Kanye West song "Gone."
"I believe it's more important to focus on the quality of the content," the video subtitles read. "When you learn to improve this, the views will come."
Shifrin says she now plans to return to the U.S. and do what she's always wanted to do: be a writer.
"I've figured it out. For the past six years I've been a writer trapped in journalist's body," she wrote on her blog.
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