It may surprise comedy fans that Jim Carrey has a Web3 persona. Under the alias String Bean, Jim Carrey has joined the world of NFTs. This anonymity allowed his foray into Web3 from being discovered by the tabloids. You could say that since he released NFTs under his name, Jim Carrey has found his NFT.
Sometimes for an established artist in one specific field, going into an emerging market can raise questions that distract from the work itself. NFTs offer creative possibilities that creatives and actors can intermingle to great success.
The NFT and Comedy
What made this an exciting pursuit for Jim Carrey? Perhaps it is because creating an NFT makes you both an artist and director.
The ability to take both design, voice, and digital renditions may be the allure that NFTs have for creatives. Actors with characters swirling through their minds can put them into the form on the blockchain.
This is precisely what Jim did. Called Germinations, the NFT collection is made up of 5 characters, which represent five different aspects of Jim Carrey’s career.
The Alias String Bean
Back in April, Jim Carrey posted that he would be launching NFTs. Then he went quiet, but he released them under an alias. One could argue that he wanted recognition based on merit rather than riding on his name, or it could have been a publicity sleuth stunt gone wrong.
Perhaps only die-hard fans who were also into NFT would notice the link from his site to the Twitter posts.
A short while later, String Bean posted about an upcoming launch, which followed. Jim Carrey only started releasing NFTs under his name in August 2022.
Germinations by String Bean/Jim Carrey
In hindsight, when you know that Jim Carrey is String Bean and listen to the NFTs, you might be able to make the connection if you are a fan/sleuth.
Each NFT is a 30-second to a 1-minute episode in which he voices the character of the NFT. The ability to contain a moving image and play audio makes an NFT almost like a mini-movie. That might have been the opportunity Jim Carrey saw when he saw the rise of NFTs.
The NFTs originated in mini films of the man himself. He took videos of himself in character and painted stills of the pictures to get to the five characters in Germinations.
Big Head Club, who provided the animation, worked with the paintings and the audio that Carrey/String Bean provided.
As NFTs continue to rise and fall in popularity in the markets, artists continue to see their potential for digital creativity and personal expression. Just because the market is volatile doesn’t mean the method doesn’t work. For highly creative individuals like Jim Carrey, using Web3, the NFT is a mini movie in which he is the artist, director, actor, and producer.