Thursday, January 13, 2011

How do I make YouTube Partner? & My YouTube Story

This was the question I was asking myself months ago when I thought I was qualified for partner but wasn't! I recently made YouTube Partner and it was NOT an east feat! I had been babying my YouTube account "PacificPastime" for one year before I was qualified for partner.

Before I became partner I would go on google and try to search for more answers about being a YouTube Partner and I could never find much reliable info out there. I don't think there is a specific number of subscribers one needs to make YouTube partner. What I DO think is important, is a channels consistency with uploading videos. I know they look for someone who is uploading on a regular basis. Also, I have heard that you need a video with tons of views. Not sure if this is correct. I have one video with over 100k views so it could be true.

Do youtube partners make money? Yes, they have the option of making money off of advertisements on their channel.

How much do YouTube Partners make? Unfortunately, YouTube partners aren't allowed to disclose information about how much they get paid.

I feel like YouTube should come up with a new name for their Partner Program because it really sounds more prestigious than it is! lol! I think a year is a very common length of time for YouTube users to become partner. If you ever plan on making YouTube partner make sure you don't have ANY copyright issues.

The first few weeks/months of my channel, I was thinking I was going nowhere! But the more you upload, and the more you see other videos similar to yours, you learn new things and come up with new ideas and your videos will get better and better. I look back at the first videos I made (which, at the time, I thought were BADASS) and cringe lol. Not only have I gotten better at making videos but I have become a better drawer! And youtube has led me to other things. I started an Etsy account and some of the people who have bought portraits from me said they found me from my YouTube channel! I remember watching the news about a year ago and they were talking about all these YouTube beauty guru's and how they make lots of money and get sent products for review and they news anchor said "if you know how to do something interesting, make a tutorial video on how to do it and you could make money" and right then I was like hmmm....what do I know how to do? At first I was thinking of doing makeup videos. But I thought, I don't want to put my face out there, I'll use my friends face and I will do the makeup! So after a few weeks a told my friend that we could make money eventually and asked her to let me do her makeup on camera and she agreed. So we did the first video and it was good, and I edited it REALLY nice, or so I thought. And I showed my family and everybody thought it was so cool! But that didn't last because she wasn't as into it as I was & I felt like I was begging so I decided to try something more on my own. And I came across some drawing videos, and I knew I wasn't nearly as good as some of them but I thought I'd do it anyways. So I did it and people liked them, and I thought it was fun and the rest is history. Haha, I sound like I've hit the jackpot or something. No no no. I've just gotten to the point where lots of people are subscribed to me and look forward to my videos and tell me my videos made them try drawing and they weren't as bad as they thought which is AWESOME! I love all the sweet comments I get from kids and teenagers. They make my day. So if any of my subscribers are reading this Thank YOU! I love yall!!!!!!



  1. I've been watching your vids for awhile now and you've inspired me to make my own and no, I'm not a teenager I'm actually older than you haha. I just LOVE art including drawing :) I am just starting to draw so I don't feel comfortable making videos yet, but when I do, I will have you to thank as well as a few other artists out there who I'm subscribed to. I think this is a good way to kee me drawing as well, because I tend to get lazy lol. Anyway, thanks and keep on drawing.

  2. Thank you so much! I agree, I am lazy too and if I wasn't making these drawing videos I probably wouldn't be as good of a drawer as I am now! You should start a blog! I would love to see your vids & someday see your drawings too! Keep me updated! :-)

  3. I thought about starting a blog, but I wouldn't know what to talk about and I'm not sure if people would like it :/ So, I will probably just stick with youtube. By the way, what is your major in school?

  4. Well right now I'm kind of undecided, but I'm leaning towards illustration. What is your YouTube username?

  5. Oh cool! I thought about doing illustration too. I'm just taking basic classes though cause I can't afford school anymore. My youtube name is smyli12. I don't plan on putting videos up for awhile though, so don't expect any anytime soon. Maybe when this semester is over I will so sometime this summer or fall.

  6. Yea school is ridiculously expensive... and it's kind of scary choosing a major having to do with art because well.. I just feel like it's not the most stable career...and money could be either really bad or really good. So it's kind of a risk. I've thought about changing my major to nursing or something along those lines just because I know California is a MAJOR need of nurses so I'm basically guaranteed a job and the pay is good. But I dunno. I don't want to be miserable for the rest of my life lol.

  7. You know what? I say stick with what you love to do. If I could go back and do things over again, I would've gone to school for art. I would've had a degree by now and I would be learning to do other things instead of just the basics of drawing. Just think, in a few years, if you dfon't stop, you will be reeeally good by the time you are my age (26). You never know where your talent will take you and youtube gives people great exposure, so you're on your way girl! I work as a receptionist right now, because it pays the bills and then I wanna sell my drawings and paintings and whatever the heck else I come up with when I am ready. I may not be able to do it full-time for a while, but then again who knows? You gotta at least try, because then you will look back at your life and wonder what would have happened if you didn't give up. Trust me, I know how you feel. I went to school for everything else but art, because I was also worried about money and that people wouldn't take me seriously etc and look where that got me. Back to where I always wanted to be anyway!! So I wasted a lot of time. Take a look at this post. Scroll down to the one that says 'Do what you love'. I think it will make you feel better and encourage you like it did for me :)

  8. Thanks for that! & I read her post ...I feel a little bit more confident now
    :-D It's always nice when you feel reassured about a decision your unsure of. You sound like you are on the right track... I can't wait to see some of your art! :)