Is Youtubing a career?Watch
but unless you are booming & generating income through various platforms it puts you in a precarious position. If you generate the views it’s doable for a small minority of people but you have to be realistic and realize their is also a high degree of risk. YouTube can change the algorithm or adsense rules and you just have to accept it, you can get wiped out fairly quickly.
It's not a stable career but it's a career nonetheless. You have to be very popular to make that much money.
an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress."
According to the career of meaning on Google, yes. But then surely this definition would include many things which, by common sense, would not be a career socially or financially.. so I suppose it's personal preference
Looking at other Youtubers, unless you have a particular skill or resource, like restoring stuff or a hydraulic press, a lot of it is presentation and trying to stay relevant. How long do you think How Ridiculous can keep dropping stuff off a tower? There's bills to be paid, and those videos cost money to make. How long can pranksters keep faking pranks?
Ultimately, Youtube is just another branch of showbiz, only with a much shorter attention span, bigger rewards and bigger risks.
Imagine if tomorrow, YT just decided to demonitise all "reaction" videos. There are thousands of people scraping a living on this kind of video, that would instantly have to find something new to do.
Same with anything to do with copyright strikes- for the tiniest thing, which you may not even be aware of, you can get in trouble. Very few people can afford to take a hit, and those earning the big bucks - have so much more to lose.
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