HIGHLIGHTS: "What was so wonderful about YouTube 5 or 6 years ago was that there were no gatekeepers to ‘bless’ the talent. These content creators trusted their gut, found their voices and simply went out (or stayed in) and DID it! They did it because they wanted to make videos, and with this newfound platform, realized that they could do just that… unimpeded.
Where were all the agents and studio folks then? I know where they were-they were ignoring it, or even worse, mocking the early adopters who were predicting this rising current. Probably because they didn’t understand it and as a result were feeling threatened. I witnessed it myself in a meeting when a TV exec sarcastically referred to my friend as ‘the king of the internet’ when my buddy pointed out that one video on YouTube, shot for about eighty bucks, garnered more viewers than a slickly produced, late night talk show. The exec dismissed it, and soon after that meeting he himself was dismissed because the network’s ratings were…well, you know."