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From the Email Bag – How to Make Money on YouTube
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Oct. 18, 2012
Dear Rat Race Rebellion:
My son thinks he’s a comedian. He wants me to pay for him to go
to Los Angeles and do standup comedy and get ‘discovered.’
I’ve seen his act, and it’s actually not bad. But
it’s not good enough for me to take out a second mortgage. So I
told him to put some videos on YouTube. He can make money and get
discovered there, if he’s as good as he thinks he is, right?
– Diane in Springfield, Mo.
Dear Diane: If he’s as good as he thinks he is, and he thinks he’s very, very good, then maybe.
By now, many have heard the story of Justin Bieber’s YouTube rise
to fame. Justin’s mother, Patricia Mallette, posted videos of her
son’s early performances to YouTube so that distant relatives
could follow his progress. Talent manager Scooter Braun clicked on one
of the videos by accident, loved what he saw, and “the rest is
Talent managers still look for future stars on YouTube, but now it also
makes stars itself. Some earn six figures and more from ads, corporate
sponsorships, and other sources. Their clips trigger millions of views,
and stars segue into film and other media. Many of the viewers are
tweens and teens, who share YouTube links the way older generations
shared newspaper clippings, multiplied by endless clicks, texts and
Many YouTube stars do comedy, so you may want to see how they compare
to your son’s act. (Be warned, however, that content can be a bit
edgy.) They also promote themselves very actively inside and outside
YouTube – an important point to tell your son. A sample includes:
-- Ray William Johnson, at www.youtube.com/user/raywilliamjohnson
-- Shane Dawson, at www.youtube.com/user/ShaneDawsonTV
-- The Key of Awesome, at www.youtube.com/channel/SWzEb34z_jyv0
Dear Rat Race Rebellion:
My 13-year-old daughter wants me to get WiFi at home. It’s kind
of expensive. We have an Internet cable connection, but it just goes to
my desktop computer. I let her use that to do homework and such, but
she wants to use her laptop in her bedroom with WiFi. Do you think WiFi
is worth it? – Marla in Austin, Tex.
Dear Marla: Unless
it costs an arm and a leg, yes. Having a WiFi connection will let your
daughter communicate with her friends online in private (a mixed
blessing from the parent’s viewpoint, of course). But even more
importantly, teens and tweens, too, gather online now in the evening,
and often collaborate on their homework or class projects and share
For example, columnist Mike Haaren’s 12-year-old daughter meets
with friends using the free video-chat service ooVoo (www.oovoo.com).
OoVoo permits up to 12 friends to video-chat simultaneously, with
instant messaging as well.
Your WiFi arrangement would also open the possibility of virtual
volunteering, virtual internships, and other online activities that may
interest your daughter now or later. Finally, if she has a Facebook
page and is like many other teens, she would probably prefer to access
that in private, too, rather than at the communal desktop.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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