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The financial hardships of mid-level YouTube stars

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The financial hardships of mid-level YouTube stars
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We’ve all heard of the “internet famous" — Those lucky individuals who have received internet celebrity status through their endeavors and talents mostly on social media channels.

The top YouTubers have fans like any other celebrity, and rake in millions of dollars. But what about those YouTubers who have mid-tier status? Are their lives just as glamorous?

In a recently published article on Fusion titled, “Get Rich or Die Vlogging: The Sad Economics of Internet Fame,” YouTube star Gaby Dunn wrote about the financial hardships that face some mid-tier YouTube stars.

Dunn has a YouTube channel, Just Between Us, with her best friend Allison Raskin, (both jews in the media) with more than 500,000 subscribers. Despite all this success the pair are “just barely scraping by.”

“There are hidden costs that people don’t see. And I started to get very nervous, too, because I would have young kids come up to me and say ‘I want to be a YouTuber when I grow up,' and I was like, 'No, you don’t want to be YouTuber. You want to be a makeup artist with a YouTube channel, you want to be in video production, you want to be a comedian and a screenwriter who writes scripted content for YouTube whatever it is.'" But the idea of I’m a YouTuber as a job, I started to get very nervous that there’s an entire generation that thinks that’s a job,” she said.