Google first launched its video sharing platform – YouTube – in 2005. Since then, the social media platform has gone from strength to strength and is now used by celebrities the world over as a first point of contact for movies and music projects. Of course, not all the most popular YouTubers are famous celebrities in more common entertainment streams. Some of them you may never have heard of before now.
Video Game Star – KSI
Olajide “KSI” Olatunji has been a fan of EA Sports’ FIFA video games for a very long time and started posting video’s of himself playing games with his own commentary in 2009. He garnered 7000 subscribers in his first year of posting and now has over 1.9 billion views and 10.5 million subscribers.
Brazilian Comedy Group – Porta dos Fundos
Porta dos Fundos is a famous Brazilian comedy group which started their career on YouTube. Their YouTube popularity has directly led to a TV series and movie deal for the five person band.
Beauty Expert and Online Marketer Wendy Huang (Wengie)
Wendy Huang, a.k.a Wengie, is a famous YouTuber with a focus on beauty for the Asian lady. Wengie noticed a gap in the market for beauty and makeup tips for Asian ladies in a space that focussed on the caucasian population for the most part. She now has a large following on her YouTube channel, one of the most subscribed beauty channels on YouTube, which she started to support her blog.
Wengie is a great advocate of starting your day out right with a pot of ginseng tea or soy coffee and skin loving foods such as kale, tomatoes and salmon. She also loves to use circle lenses to make her eyes appear larger and more vibrant even when she is tired or does not want to wear makeup.
Comedian – RayWilliamJohnson
Best known for “Equals Three” Ray william Johnson got his comedy career started on YouTube providing commentary on viral videos. His show has featured some famous names like Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman.
It is thanks to his YouTube success that he has expanded his range of comedy to TV shows and has bequeathed his “Equals Three” show to a new host so that he can focus on his television career.
Comedian – JennaMarbles (a.k.a JennaMarblesBlog)
In a profession which seems to be dominated by men, a female comedian who has developed her own brand of successful comedy is a rare sight. With 1.8 billion views and 15.5 million subscribers, JennaMarbles has filled that niche most admirably. Her blast into YouTube stardom came thanks to a video titled “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking”.