#1. Corey Vidal – YouTube Sensation
- Corey shot a Star Wars/Matrix inspired video around the halls of E.L. Crossley Secondary School while attending as a high school student in 2004.
- Started making YouTube videos in 2006. For 2 years, he did not make any money. YouTube was not offering advertisements at that time.
- His first video was uploaded to YouTube because he wanted to share a video with a friend. It got 500 views overnight and he was amazed.
- YouTube started monetizing the site. Made $4 his first month. Finally got a check for $100 after several months.
- One video went viral and he made $50,000.
- YouTube splits the revenues from ads with video creators.
- You have to make sure there is no copyright infringements. You have to create everything in the video yourself. If there is a song you didn’t create- even one second – YouTube will not allow you to have ads.
- Last year (2014), Corey realized a lifetime dream by partnering with Lucas Films and filmed a trailer “Clash At The Cantina” at Lucas Studios in L.A to promote the upcoming Star Wars film.
#2 YouTube’s highest paid star unboxes Disney toys
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- YouTube allows content creators to monetize their videos through their “YouTube Partner Program”
- This means ads will play before or during a video.
- Some of the top earners include Taylor Swift, EMI Music, and the WWE.
- However, the person that makes the most money is a woman who makes videos of herself unboxing Disney toys. ($4.9 million in 2014)
Example – Play Doh Sparkle Princess Video