With a knack for awkward conversations, Santa Rosa Beach resident Tommy Wooldridge has found an outlet to share his hilarious, but endearing attempts at landing a date — the Internet.
Wooldridge's love for filmmaking began in middle school when he would make prank and stunt videos for fun. Last year, the Nashville Film Institute graduate, entered a Blink-182 video contest. Submissions were to promote the band's 2012 European Tour.
In his video submission, Wooldridge used the pop-punk band's lyrics to pick up girls around the NFI campus. While he didn't get any dates, he did win the contest. His video not only went viral on YouTube, but earned him lifetime tickets to future Blink-182 shows.
"They're my favorite band, so I was really pumped about that," he said.
After the hype, Wooldridge decided to try the concept out again. Only this time he used Taylor Swift poetry. With yet another successful short, he got the attention of Vevo, a music video website. Now, what was once a contest submission has become a regular online show called "Lyric Lines," which appears online every Thursday.
In each episode, Wooldridge is seen approaching unsuspecting girls, while a friend films in the distance. In his quiet voice, Wooldridge will almost whispers lyrics from musicians such as Ne-Yo, Usher and Justin Bieber. Most girls just laugh and politely decline his advances. It is then when Wooldridge reveals his guise and offers release forms.
"Most of the time, they're really nice about it," the 23-year-old said. "But while filming just the other day, when I told a girl I was kidding and she got mad and said 'That's messed up.' So then, I get even more scared to talk to girls."
Wooldridge claims he hasn't had a girlfriend since fifth grade and has only been on one date, which was last year.
"It was really awkward and I haven't seen her since," he said with a shy laugh.
While he hasn't had much luck in getting dates on the show, he has gained an audience of fans who send him encouragement and the occasional marriage proposal.
"It would be awesome if I could find a girlfriend through the show," he said. "That could be the finale."
"Lyric Lines" has already been green-lighted for a second season and recently received a sponsorship from Coke. This summer, Wooldridge is hoping to take his show to the Destin and
"I have been looking around to see where I can pick up some girls," he said of venturing home. "No matter what, I think I'll always feel awkward around girls."
THE PICKUP ARTIST
Here's some of the lyrics Wooldridge has used to (unsuccessfully) pick up girls:
From Taylor Swift's "Mine"
Tommy: "Do you remember we sitting there by the water, you put your arm around me for the first time?"
Girl: (laughs) "No, oh my God."
Tommy: "Me either."
From Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend":
Tommy: "If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go. I could take you places you ain't never been before."
Girl: "Are you a Justin Bieber fan?"
From Usher's "U Got it Bad"
Tommy: "Everything that used to matter, don't matter no more. My money, my cars. You can have it all back. Flowers cards and candy. I'm fortunate to have you girl and I want you to know I really adore you."
Girl: "That's really sweet. I'm married."
From Bruno Mars' "Marry You"
Tommy: "Um, I know this little chapel on the boulevard, we can go. No one will know."
Girl: "No, I don't think so."