You may find it hard to believe it’s an internet sensation, but this time last year Sarah Cooper had a difficult 43-year-old stand with a handful of followers, happy to be booked at a pizzeria … and almost ready to wave the white flag.
“Have you ever given up on the idea that you can break through?” Jim Axelrod asked.
“Somehow I was,” she said.
Then the president threw his career lifeline (involuntarily, of course):
Suddenly, Cooper synchronizing Donald Trump’s lips — taking everything but his words — was the hottest thing.
“What my videos did was take it all away and say, ‘Listen to what he’s saying. Listen to what it represents no saying, “because really, he’s not saying anything,” Cooper said.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Maryland, Cooper has always had a mistake in entertainment. But at the age of twenty, she chose security over her dream – to work for Yahoo and Google – and make a comedy from the sidelines.
Yet technology gave her exactly what she needed: material.
“I noticed during meetings, there was a lot of imitation,” she said. “You saw someone get up and walk around the room, so maybe at the next meeting, you would get up and walk around the room. “
“Someone who pushes his hand on the desk looks at everyone and says, ‘Will it scale?’ Axelrod suggested.
– Correct! she laughed. “It’s very dramatic, but yes.”
So, watching President Trump at a new conference last April …
“So if we assume we hit the body with a huge – whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light – and I think you said it wasn’t tested, but you’re going to test it. And then I said if I assumed you brought the light inside the body that you can do either through the skin or in some other way and I think you said you would try that too. Sounds interesting … “
Cooper said, “When it was just like, ‘You said we didn’t check this?’ We’ll try it, won’t we? “I saw the other person in the room go, What? What you mean?“
She knew she had found exactly what she needed and who.
Axelrod asked, “Is there a connection between these technical brothers you see omitting the right phrase and President Trump?”
“Oh, God, yes. We see the suit, we see the seal, and we see people nod that we think, “Oh, it must make sense. He must to make sense, because why would all these people listen and laugh, clap and agree with him? “
She made her video “How to Medical” in two hours, working as much as possible, shooting with her smartphone. After 20 years of trying, Sarah Cooper succeeded overnight. “And the next morning there were about a million views or something,” she said.
The next thing she knew, Jerry Seinfeld retouched her; Cher called her worthy of an Oscar; and Kamala Harris wanted to talk to her.
But as long as Mr. Trump leaves office, don’t think for a second that Sarah Cooper is the least conflicted. Axelrod asked, “Does he want to see him behave around just because he’s good for business?”
“No, no,” she replied. “I think I found a way to fix it, which was different and interesting. But I think we’re done. We won’t see any more. And I feel like I have to use it as fuel, but I also have to get away with it somehow.” Like, I don’t want to be known as the “Sync Girl.”
As good as the old-school presidential imitators wereand , Sarah Cooper is the next generation.
“You’re not a rich little one. You’re not Von Meader …” Axelrod said.
“Who are these people?” she asked.
“You make me feel 1000 years old!”
Cooper laughed, “I’m sorry!”
Because she is already opening the next stage of her career. she admits to some anxiety: “What if it was, do you understand what I mean? What if it was my 15 minutes? Like, what if I could never do something so amazing again?”
But a recent Netflix special program, featuring guests like Helen Mirren and a series in development with CBS, means Cooper is in a very different place this January than last.
Axelrod asked, “If we’re sitting on this bench in five years, what do you feel we’re going to talk about?”
“I’d like to do the next Seinfeld,” she said, “I’d like to do the next Office. I’d like to do a show that’s really in my voice.”
Her voice … no his. Axelrod asked, “Do you feel the need to take off your mask? ‘Who am I?’
“I definitely wanted to,” Cooper said. “I’d like to get to a point where I really really feel like myself.”
For more information:
A story produced by Gabriel Sokol. Editor: Lauren Barnello.