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People all over the world have used YouTube to follow their passions, connect with others and develop economic opportunities for themselves and their communities. Explore the stories behind just a few of YouTube's creative entrepreneurs here.

Our impact

Brandon Reed

'From dreamer to animator'

Brandon turned a love of drawing into a full-time job by learning how to animate using YouTube tutorials. His animated series on YouTube has since gained such a large audience that it allows him to support his family.

Chasity Sereal

'A new pattern for success'

Chasity always wanted to be a designer but couldn't afford design school. On YouTube she was able to access a fashion design education that has helped her build a successful fashion business.

Easton LaChappelle

'Making hope accessible to millions'

Easton came to YouTube to teach himself the basics of robotics – now he's developing advanced prosthetic limbs, which he plans to make accessible to and affordable for people all over the world.

Eddie Adams

'Finding meaning through music'

Eddie turned to YouTube to learn how to play the cello, a passion that took him from feeling isolated to feeling part of a community – and on to pursue a music degree at George Mason University.

Cheong Choon Ng

'An elastic band phenomenon'

Cheong found a way to connect with his daughters over elastic band bracelets, turning his Rainbow Loom ® invention into an international phenomenon, thanks to the power of YouTube tutorials.

Vicky Bennison

'The story of Pasta Grannies'

Five years ago, Vicky started her YouTube channel to catalogue and preserve the traditional handmade pasta skills of Italy's grandmothers. Today, the Pasta Grannies are inspiring the next generation of home cooks.

Macinley Butson

'Inventing armour to battle radiation'

Australian student Macinley was just 16 when she decided to work to protect women from excess radiation received during breast cancer treatment. From leveraging YouTube videos to supplement science journals, she found the information that she needed to develop a potentially life-saving invention.

Krystn Keller

'Healing through how-tos'

Searching for a way to clear her son's eczema, Krystn delved into the world of natural soap making on YouTube. Through trial and error, she developed a successful recipe – and now runs her own thriving business.

Chef May

'Rediscovering the taste of home'

May used YouTube to learn how to cook using flavours from her Thai childhood and became a celebrated chef in Manchester, England.

Nate Boyer

'From Green Beret to starting line-up'

While on deployment in Iraq, Nate chased his dream of playing professional American football by honing his skills with the help of YouTube tutorials – eventually becoming the oldest rookie in NFL history.

Charles Lomu

'Barbering for change'

Charles learned barbering skills through YouTube and is now making a difference one fresh cut at a time by blending youth work and barbering to provide a sense of belonging for children struggling with school.

Meredith Bell

'From city girl to farmer'

Meredith left the corporate world behind to follow her dream of becoming a farmer in Kern County, CA. She turned to YouTube to learn how to farm, and transformed her dream of becoming a farmer into a reality.

Joshua Carroll

'Reaching for the stars'

Meet Joshua – a veteran who realised his dream of becoming a physicist by teaching himself advanced mathematics on YouTube.

Eddie Woo

'Sharing the wonder of mathematics'

Eddie Woo, a teacher in Sydney, shares his passion for maths with his community, country and the world by uploading his classes to YouTube. Now students and teachers tune in to learn the Eddie Woo way.