Anonymous asked: Do you do youtube full time? If yes what did you do before youtube? If no what do you do besides youtube?
Yes, I am one of the few that are lucky enough to do Youtube full time. It’s probably one of the most asked questions I get, aside from people wondering how they can do Youtube full time. It’s definitely not for everyone, and if you’re out of a job and trying to find one, don’t look at it as easy/quick money, because it’s far from it. It took me a little over 2 years before I started making any real money, and before that, I was never doing it for the money anyway; I just enjoyed creating videos and having them be shown to thousands of people for critique. I’d be lying though if I never thought it would turn into a career, I just didn’t know how or when it would happen. Before Youtube I just worked crappy retail jobs for a few weeks before quitting because I felt the life being sucked out of me. That only motivated me more to continue pursuing Youtube full time.
Another question I get asked is “When did you know you could do Youtube and stand out?” and that was when I saw Rurikar’s videos “Jimmy the World of Warcraft story” and “Pepitoz” and saw that they had millions of views with nothing else out there really like them. I knew my comedy style was extremely similar to his, and because of that, I felt I’d be successful with it since so many people seemed to love that sarcastic, witty, deadpan style.
Overall, it’s quite difficult to make a full time living off Youtube, especially as more and more people learn about it and try to do it. I’m sure it was easy to get into TV when it started, since so many people doubted it and considered it risky (STICK TO RADIO!). You become an entertainer that will be judged on every piece of work you do, which may not be for the faint of heart. As much as people want Youtube to be about your video quality/content, that’s only part of it. Marketing is a huge aspect of why some people are successful and others are not, and luckily, learning more and more about marketing is a hobby for me. A lot of people will question the longevity of this career, but you could question the longevity of any career. The successful people grow, adapt, and prosper, and that’s what I plan to do. The risk and journey you take is part of the fun that keeps you fresh and alive, rather than slowly dying at your 9-5 lifeless routine.