Getty ImagesHollywood's going to have to make room for a whole new crop of celebrities: the YouTubers. An elite few have made a name for themselves on the internet and have moved beyond making videos in their bedrooms. For instance, did you know that Fault in Our Stars author John Green's large fan following started with the viewers of his extremely popular YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers? Or that another YouTuber, Grace Helbig, will be starring in her own hybrid comedy/talk show on E! network? And don't even get us started on Bethany Mota, who will be on Dancing with The Stars next season and has her own clothing and home decor lines.
YouTube has brought many other stars to life, and these online celebs are racking up millions of subscribers and viewers for their videos. Bethany Mota's "room tour" video has over 8 million views and she shares a new video almost weekly with her 7 million subscribers. That's about 8 million more views than the video of your cat will get. And it's not your cat's fault – he's very cute — it's just that becoming a YouTube star actually isn't all that easy. But there are some lessons to be learned from those YouTube pioneers that will probably increase your chances of fame and fortune. Check it out:
1. Be a natural makeup artist and/or hairstylist.
Seems like you can learn almost anything on YouTube nowadays, and makeup application is no exception. The "beauty gurus" of the internet, like Promise Phan, have proven that if you have the ability to transform yourself into someone completely different and have access to an entire makeup counter, you're basically set. Bonus points if you can make impossible hairstyles appear achievable.
2. Be adorably British
There's a whole group of twenty-something Brits who have taken the internet by storm. YouTubers like Alfie Deyes, Zoe Suggs, Jack and Finn Harries, and Marcus Butler gained popularity by just talking about anything they want — and let's be honest, their accents are easy on the ears as well. So if you're American, tough luck, you're going to have to try a bit harder (but not that hard, see #6).
3. Be sassy and unique, but also non-offensive and relatable.
In order to be a YouTuber you essentially have to balance the impossible. You have to have a personality unique enough to draw attention but also be normal enough where people feel like you could be their friend. You need to be sassy and a little edgy, without actually offending anyone (beware of the internet trolls). Tyler Oakley, Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart (her book is on the New York Times Bestseller list) have found that happy medium in their quirky videos and have gone on to star in their own films, host talk shows, and write best-selling books.
4. Be an underrated musician.
There are probably millions of videos of people singing on YouTube, but if you sort through all the unfortunate off-key Taylor Swift covers, you'll find a few gems. These musicians have the talents of Christina Aguilera or Usher, and you can watch them on their rise to fame. So if you have the voice of an angel but aren't located in LA, YouTube is your chance. Artists like 5 Seconds of Summer, The Janoskians (aka Ariana Grande's ex-beau's band), Christina Grimmie (recognize her from the last season of The Voice?), and Kina Grannis have all found musical success outside of the internet thanks to their YouTube beginnings.
5. Capture something extremely cute or embarrassing.
This one may just be pure luck, but it will pay off in the end. If you can immortalize your babies dancing in sync or your best friend faceplanting off their skateboard, then you too can know internet fame. You just have to have your camera in the right place at the right time. That's what smart phones are for, right?
6. Let people enjoy watching the mundane activities of your everyday life for their pleasure.
In case you're not able to achieve any of the above, never fear, that's why there's vlogging. Vlogging (or video blogging) is essentially just walking around with a camera, doing exactly what you would do normally, hoping that people would find it interesting. Believe it or not, thousands of people do. And don't worry if you don't know how to vlog, there are YouTube videos for that too. Proof that you can actually be internet famous by doing anything at all. Seriously, anything.
If you can accomplish one or more of these suggestions, then you're well on your way to internet celebrity. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the "YouTube Celebrity" generation.