Never has becoming famous in the mediums of film, writing, photography, been both so easy and so hard than in the last decade or so. When the Internet, and later websites like YouTube, became mainstream, an alternate path to creative fame emerged from the traditional “go to college, get a film/English/art/etc degree, try to make a living creating things”. Now, talented and hardworking creators can, with a bit of luck and strategic self-promotion, grow to be as famous or perhaps even more than their traditional counterparts. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, the first hundred, thousand, and even million subscribers coming only after many many hours of work.
Over the past year, I’ve featured 365 great videos and 52 amazing creators. Each one of them have managed to make it big on YouTube, and that’s no small task. In the video above, Jack Harries of JacksGap performs an original spoken word poem about YouTube, the struggle of being successful on the platform, and what he attributes a large part of his success to: his viewers. Not only is it a great spoken word poem, but Jack talks very accurately about the ups and downs of YouTube, expressing what I’m sure every YouTuber has felt at some point or another. All in all, it’s a great video, and one that I think’s fitting for a whole year of the best videos and channels on YouTube.