UPDATED June 1st, 2018
Being a YouTube star used to be considered just a path to mainstream celebrity. After a decade, millennials pay more attention to the biggest YouTube stars than Hollywood celebs. There are a few notable crossovers but many online phenoms are achieving the acclaim, fans, influence and major paychecks doing what they do best online.
According to a recent Defy Media survey, “For the millennial set, YouTubers ARE the modern day role models. Among the younger 13-17 segment, 32 percent responded they are more likely to look up to a YouTube personality over traditional celebrities….” We’re paying tribute to 10 of our favorite YouTube royals who made it big on the small screen.