Creator of hit MTV series “Catfish” on campus Wednesday

Alysha Garrett-Byrd

Check it out MTV fans: Nev Schulman from the hit series “Catfish: The TV Show” will be on campus Wednesday evening. For those unfamiliar with the show, or the term “catfish” here’s a quick summary.

A “catfish” is a person who pretends to be something they are not by creating a false identity on social media in order to pursue deceitful online romances. Audiences first met Schulman in 2010, when his journey to find his online love was documented by his brother I in the film “Catfish.”

Schulman set off hoping to find the woman he had fallen in love with, but soon realized that things were not as they seemed to be. After discovering that he had been “catfished” and the person behind the computer screen was completely different from what he had been led to believe, he decided to help others in the same situations.

From his personal experience, “Catfish: The TV Show” was created. The show, which has just been renewed for a third season, follows Schulman and his friend Max as they travel across the country helping those who might be victims of these fake online profiles.

The show deals with a variety of issues, including depression and mental illness. Often times, the “catfish” is a person who has low self-esteem and don’t think anyone would accept them for who they truly are so they feel they had no choice, but to come up with a persona.

Lana Gallardo, a deaf studies major and a fan of the show, will attend the lecture tomorrow and hopes to learn something new.

“When you watch the show, you think ‘how could these people fall for these fake profiles?’ because it seems obvious to the viewer that something is off, but it must seem real to the person falling for it,” Gallardo. “I’d like to know if Nev has tips for avoiding a catfish online.”

During the lecture, which will be held at the Northridge Center today at 5 p.m., Schulman will talk about his personal experiences, online relationships in general, self-identity, self-esteem, sexuality as well as social media literacy.