Want be an online celebrity? Here’s how
What’s so inspiring about watching your favorite YouTube channels is that deep down, you know that you can do it, too. But remember, there are no shortcuts: that ordinary girl with the cool eyeliner tutorial probably took a year of constant vlogging to grow her YouTube subscribers from a paltry 1,000 to an impressive 100,000. So if you ever thought about making your own channel and landing a spot among YouTube's most famous, you’ll have to put in the hard work. Here are some YouTubers that drive that point home:
Boogie2988 is one of the oldest YouTube channels still active today. The lovable and very honest Boogie mostly makes commentaries on current events, video games, YouTube, as well as the usual fare of comedy sketches, parodies and rage videos. He shares that the most important thing about becoming a successful YouTuber is to create quality content. Simply put: You need to create content that people want to watch. To do that, you need to know what you're good at and what you're passionate about. You need to create an emotional connection with people and have them interact with you. The most crucial is that that you keep practicing and keep getting better.
Wil Dasovich is a Filipino-American vlogger who’s been documenting his move to the Philippines for the last two years. His almost-daily vlogs feature people he meets, places he goes to and most adorably, the Filipino language he's trying to learn. He says he was able to achieve success on YouTube by focusing all of his attention on one passion, which he decided would be his vlogs. Find your passion and when you decide that's something you really believe in, go "all in."
Mikey Bustos is one of the most popular Filipino YouTubers, who rose to internet-breaking fame in the last 5 years. You've probably seen his viral hit "Filipino Accent Tutorial"—but what you probably haven't seen is his channel on ants. Yes, ants…and AntsCanada happens to have MORE SUBSCRIBERS than his regular vlogging channel.
His dream was always to become a singer and he did what he had to do to get there. After reaching eighth place on the first season of Canadian Idol, he achieved moderate success, but couldn't sustain his career in the Philippines. Leaving his management, he didn't give up and instead tried his luck on YouTube. How to get hundreds of thousands of subscribers? Do it like Mikey: upload a video a day until one of them goes viral and make history.
If you aren't subscribed to Casey Neistat, do yourself a favor and subscribe RIGHT NOW. The only thing bad about his channel is knowing that one day his vlogs are going to end. This guy uploads top-quality vlogs that are practically short films, what with the amount of thought and polish he puts into them. He was already a well-established filmmaker before becoming a YouTube hit, with a very decent 500,000 subscriber base after 5 years. After starting his daily vlogs, he gained another 500,000 in 5 months. After one year: 2.5 million. Five months later, it has ballooned to 5.6 million subscribers! This college drop-out's not-so-secret to success in a nutshell: Put in the work.