YouTube has been around for over ten years; before it was a format to publish cat videos, but now it is producing stars with millions of fans and followers.
In the past years, YouTube has been the breakthrough from the Internet into the world of celebrities. Many having endorsers and clothes lines, like beauty guru Bethany Mota. Some even have makeup and beauty lines like Zoella, an English beauty guru. Others are endorsed by different companies that offer free and discounted items for the subscribers.
YouTube has become so much more than making videos and placing them on the Internet: now, there is an annual convention called Vidcon. Vidcon was first held in 2011 and has grown into one of the biggest media events held in the country. People from all over the world travel to California to attend the event and meet many different internet famous celebrities. This year’s Vidcon is being held in Anaheim, California on June 23-25.
Vidcon holds many different panels with different Youtubers who have become popular, where they answer questions asked by fans in the crowd and give speeches about various topics. There are also panels in which they perform skits and play games or challenges alongside other Youtubers.
Youtubers have not only caught attention on social media but have made their way into the publishing industry and even onto the big screen. Recently the Youtubers with millions of subscribers have begun to publish autobiographies, novels and activity books based on their lives and rise to fame. Popular Youtubers including Shane Dawson, Joey Graceffa and Tyler Oakley have published autobiographies about their struggles in life and how they got to where they are today. Many of the books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for multiple weeks.
Others have chosen to write other forms of literature. English Youtuber Joe Sugg published the graphic novel, titled “User Name: Evie,” along with gamer PewDIePie who published “this book loves you,” which is a book filled with inspirational quotes. There are many different books written by dozens of Youtubers. These books are available in stores everywhere.
Tyler Oakley has also broken a boundary from computer screen to big screen with his very first full length documentary “Snervous.” According to Snervous.com the film follows Tyler on his sold out international tour. “Snervous” gives deeper insight to his world of friends, family and inspiring others to be themselves through his documentary. “Snervous” is available now on iTunes, Vudu, Google play and Vimeo.
“Team Internet” is breaking its boundaries of a computer screen and spreading into the big world of entertainment. They are spreading into Tv, like the Fine brothers and Grace Helbig, film and even into print. One day there will not be internet celebrities and film/tv stars: there will be one form of fame that spreads through all forms of industry. As long as people are in the public view, there will always be unlikely stars.
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