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Life as a YouTube star isn't as glamorous as one might think

By Shawn Knight
Feb 3, 2014
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  1. The idea of sitting at home and earning a respectable paycheck by making YouTube videos may sound like the dream job for many but truth be told, it's not all that glamorous. In fact, it's becoming less and less sustainable...

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  2. Work at home for $100,000 a year making videos about video games and make up or drive to an office everyday for half that? I wouldn't complain if I were her.
  3. insect

    insect TS Booster Posts: 202   +50

    I watch Day[9] for SC2. He estimates 12-hours/day, not including when he casts tournaments which can be 16-hours/day for 3 days straight. No thanks.
  4. I'd still do it. Long hours or not, It's from the comfort of home. Plus, they wouldn't do it if they didn't enjoy it.
  5. Don't forget bogus copyright claims. Recently, many "Let's Players" have been hit with many copyright claims not brought about by the copyright owners but by Youtube's built-in content identifier. For example, this means some LPers that played Nintendo games have had their videos flagged as copyright infringement and their cut of the revenue decimated just because Youtube's content identifier recognized it as being related to Nintendo.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 714   +217

    "Having to wake up each morning and try to think of what can keep you relevant for another year is very stressful, she notes."

    So its just like being a manager, politician or any other kind of entertainer.
  7. They are forgetting that the competition in youtube is high, same as in other businesses, you have to spend hours to make a living. this ain't free money.
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  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,153   +241

    Please lets complain about how hard it is earning yourself a 6 figure wage doing something you enjoy working at home... ye because its really hard earning a 6 figure wage at home with tons of 6 figure jobs on the market..

    Why complain about earning 6 figures working from home playing games for a living its like a bill gates saying his life is hard earning billions a year whilst doing what ever he wants....
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  9. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Enthusiast Posts: 343   +20

    Seriously trying to downplay making $100k-$130k by doing youtube videos? It's basically become a Job/Career but at the comfort of your own home, your own hours, no boss, no dealing with customers, no dealing with other employees, no dealing with work politics, no commute, and the list goes on. Someone tell me right now to make that unusually high income doing that, sign me up!
  10. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Member Posts: 37   +6

    I can't even find these people any more...
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,977   +1,486

    <sarcasm><speculation>
    What is stressful is that their neighbors earn 200,000 a year, making their life seem insignificant. I guess the thought of living in a lower income area, never crossed their mind.
    </speculation></sarcasm>
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    This true you can make 6 figures on you tube. First you have to be popular. I had over 27 million views for 158 videos. I still have stuff on there under my business name. But still yes you can make money. It's a lot of work to put up videos and such not easy. Once you do get the rewards.

    I thought about going into this again like I had started in 2010. Good that girl is having her life turned into you tube and her HDTV.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,531   +301

    Maybe it is still a pretty good life, just 'less glamorous than we might think'. :cool:
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Booster Posts: 577   +98

    It's still every geeks' dream to be like PewDiePie. Cha-ching $$$
  15. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 847   +218

    Being a Youtube star is equivalent to winning a free small fry on McDonalds monopoly.
  16. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Enthusiast Posts: 343   +20

    Except you make $100-$130k a year. Something Electrical Engineers make at a company.
  17. Codehackerzane

    Codehackerzane TS Rookie

    Im just going to say it like it is. It used to be making videos on youtube back when it first came out and few years after, was about sharing your life, your interest and hobbies. Example sued to be making an AMV was about the fandom, just like with making video game music remixes. But now people want to be "camera/video online wh%^&*" More about the money and the views then it is about the people. Most people sayign it because its true either are to stupid or don't care enough one way or another, because its free and mostly cheap entertainment. Example do you really think people should get paid by ads, views for doing what 20,000 other plus people can do. Look at me I can play cod or pokemon, yeah so can you and everyone else. Theres a million other videos just like it. Like I think to myself, so its ok to make money off playing video games, yet say few years or so ago, you couldn't even post a video of gaming without getting it flag, or something. This isn't my opinion these are facts! If it didnt happen to you or someone you know, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Thats like saying all because you never see a a tree fall in the forest, that it never happens or only happens once awhile. It actually happens all the time somewhere. In reality in my opinion I never thought people should be allowed to make money off the stuff that should be for fandom. No offense but giving out tips to play video games, why bother when you can google it and find it. If you into watching people play video games cool. But do I think they should get ad revenue for doing it. No, no I don't. No for the record I'm not jelous. Most of the time people make money off someone elses hard work. ok if you make a video of something thats well thought out, time was taken to make it, not something a million other people are already doing, but hey people get amd when people like me say this. Why because it takes more effort to make your own stuff, but hey on the internet, its like this why make your own thingwhen you can just do what the other people do.Originality is rare in todays world. Look on tv, how many shows are same thing, ghost shows, shows about pawn shops. Internet no different, with the rare exception of internet memes. That aside mostly just people doing the same thing anyone else can do. Look at me I can record myself playing vide ganes ain't I call. >.> Sound almost like those people that say I go to hot topic and pay full priace at the mall for my stuff look how cool I am. >.> For the record I like hot topic, but what I say is still true. People on youtube sicken me. Youtube sadly isnt the only site thatdoes those, photo sites, are all like that. I rather use these sites to watch videos. I dont think most of them deserve money in making 1000+ random videos of them doing stuff anyone else can do. Hey if you think I'm wrong in what Im saying or how Im saying it, you might be right half right, but it doesn't change the facts that they are true, only say what most people think. That people abuse the whole reason for making videos, which it and should be like art to be creative. Like deviant art. I like that site, but I find what people want for there stuff in prices is a joke itself. A real artist wouldn't just use a website, and charge crazy prices for stuff that most people wouldn't get/charge a dollar for. But hey that part my opinion. Truth be told. Its better to just be a fan. If you ask me, there are to many people into doing this stuff, which means odds are unless you got something better than the other 20,000+ people doing it, it can be hit or miss. But maybe people will wise up in a few years and youtube will limit who can use ads, etc to get for there videos. Most of the time lot of the videos suck, and its stuff almost anyone with simple computer skills, editing, and someone with the right equipment can do. Not rocket science. But hey I seen enough videos, even made videos, the difference is I make/made stuff for fun and fandom, not for money, example AMVs should be for fandom not to make money. If people were creative, they be thinking of doing something thats unique and different. But most people on youtube to lazy to do that, but hey whatever. I think the whoel thing is stupid, not for a lack of understanding of being jelous. I just feel somethings like example home videos or gaming should be for fandom. Hey your in a band wanting to make yourself known yea thats ideal for makine ad stuff on. But I feel like Im ranting, so ill just leave it as that, if you dont understand where im coming from, dont worry about it, dont sit back and be like your stupid or this is stupid. Its not, I feel certain things and people should get money, otherwise its like saying if I make a doodle of something random I should get money for it, just because lot of people see it. Sorry but I think thats stupid.
  18. Codehackerzane

    Codehackerzane TS Rookie

    I tell her cry me a river, rolls eyes. >.>
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,977   +1,486

    4 1 paragraph tldr!
  20. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 847   +218

    Very, very, very few people make money off Youtube. I'd say about .09%, and that's pushing it. Most people that do make cash off YouTube don't make jack crap.
    South Park poked fun at YouTube's internet cash and hits as well, its another overblown internet story people like you think actually happens WAY more then it actually does.
    Don't quit your day job.
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,531   +301

    That was a lot of text and was pretty difficult to read because it was one huge paragraph... Anyway, what I got out of all of that is that anyone can do it. Yep, lots of people post crap, but they aren't making much if any money about it. This chick is making a lot of money because she is going above and beyond what most people are doing, and it is a full time job for her. For that she is making much more money than any normal person doing youtube stuff.
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  22. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Enthusiast Posts: 343   +20

    Well that's fine, that's why I have a day job. But I'm referring specifically to this person who is one of those .09% of people who is making that kind of money. There's not too much to complain about, and making it equivalent to winning small fries at McDonald's actually isn't even the same analogy.
  23. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Enthusiast Posts: 343   +20

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