Lately I've been spending a lot of time talking to and studying people who have become "internet famous". It's become a goal of mine to become one of those people myself.
They are some of the happiest individuals you will ever meet because they've found a way to make a living doing what they love. Drawing web-comics, making Youtube videos, writing blogs. These things, if done correctly, can provide an income that rivals a full-time job. It's astounding to me.
Penny Arcade is the most successful web-comic to date. What started off as two guys who decided to stay home to play video games and make comics instead of going to college, has grown into a huge success of a company. Owning a charity that raises more than a million dollars a year to provide video games to hospitalized children. And a yearly expo that is overshadowing E3 in popularity. These guys are my model of success, and I can only dream to reach the same level of success as these guys have.
Tasselfoot is an individual who has made a living off internet flash games. He does random jobs for flash game producers and makes video walk-throughs for the games themselves. Between the money he makes from doing the jobs, and the ad revenue from his Youtube account, he apparently doesn't need a real job.
Allie Brosh is another individual who has made herself happy and successful through the power of the internet. In July of 2009, she started a blog in the hopes that it would make her famous enough to not have to get an actual job, as she'd much rather sit around on the couch all day in her underpants. By now, she makes enough money off her blog, her merchandise, and a part-time internet writing job, to financially support herself. Goes to show that anything is possible when you're an intelligent and attractive woman. Makes me feel like I'm at a disadvantage, being not an attractive woman.
These people have drawn a blueprint for me. Showing me that dreams can become a reality. And if all you want to do is write, talk into a camera, or draw silly pictures, you can make a living off it if you know how and have a lot of patience.