They say that there is no free lunch in the world, but this does not mean that there aren’t jobs out there which could prove to be “easier” to do than others, and yet is capable of pulling in the dough. A certain Joseph Garrett figured out that he would make a living by recording himself playing Minecraft in his bedroom, where he obviously still lives with his parents. At 23 years of age, Garrett has already garnered millions of young fans who send in their messages on a daily basis, and right now, the videos that he has uploaded to his YouTube channel reportedly receives more hits compared to the likes of One Direction and Justin Bieber. While he might be a huge “star” online, he remains anonymous in public.
I suppose that Minecraft (which would be made into a movie eventually) has seen a fair number of young people indulging in it, where devoted gamers who want to improve themselves actually watch videos of other people playing. This is not new – we have seen Doom, Quake and Starcraft videos in the past, but back then there was no YouTube to film one performing a rocket jump in Quake. Garrett makes his money by earning a small slice in the advertising revenue, although it remains to be seen just how much longer this cash cow of his will last.
I suppose Garrett could find his soulmate in this Korean lady who films herself eating, where she too, earns enough from advertising revenue on YouTube to literally live to eat!