September 21, 2011

Generation Youtube—Can You Create a Career And Make Money?

Everyone from stay-at-home moms to entrepreneurs, musicians and comedians are creating a new or second career and earning income by posting videos on YouTube. No longer do you need an agent or manager to launch a singing career or to publish a book. No longer do you need a company behind you to sell your ideas, products or how-to knowledge. Six years ago launched on the web and revolutionized video sharing. What began as a simple idea -- allowing anyone to upload and view videos, for free -- quickly transformed into a platform that connected the world. Now YouTube encompasses everything from how-to videos to entertainment, self expression, business and citizen journalism. “20/20” reports on the phenomenon and talks to many whose lives have been changed personally and financially by their YouTube success, including singer Greyson Chance, two of YouTube’s biggest stars – Mystery Guitar Man and beauty guru Michelle Phan – and the comedic brains behind “Key of Awesome,” one of the largest spoof channels on YouTube.

“Generation YouTube” airs on “20/20” FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Deborah Roberts, Juju Chang, John Berman and Ashleigh Banfield report.
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