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he is in like the top 10-20 of youtube vlogger income bracket i believe. if you got a gimmick or creative, its so easy to get on that train.
You gotta be Asian or white though.
Meet 'The Best Technology Reviewer On The Planet,' Who Is Only 20 Years Old
Marques Brownlee is just 20 years old, but there’s arguably no one
better on the internet when it comes to explaining new technologies to
the average consumer. Even former Google VP Vic Gundotra called him "the
best technology reviewer on the planet right now."
YouTubers have taken notice of the young man: Brownlee's YouTube channel
"MKBHD" has more than 1.5 million subscribers and nearly 130 million
total views on his 640-plus videos.
Still, he’s no overnight success: Brownlee has been working tirelessly
for more than five years, honing his craft by constantly producing and
self-critiquing his videos to make the next ones easier to both make and
But despite all of the work involved, “MKBHD” is, was, and will always be a solo effort.
“When I first started making the videos, I didn’t tell anyone about it,”
he said in an interview with Business Insider. “Not [my family], not
anyone. But after a while it was something that was pretty obvious,
since I was making a whole bunch of videos … I just didn’t necessarily
feel like telling people about what I was researching.”
Brownlee, a senior at Stevens College in Hoboken, New Jersey, said he
always had a love for technology. His dad works in technology —
information systems and programming, specifically — but Brownlee’s
interests were more centered on consumer electronics, starting with
computers and some of the old camcorders his parents had around. He said
his first computer was a Dell desktop with a “big old 15-inch CRT
“It was kind of a background hobby; I didn’t have a reason to tell anyone when I first started making the videos,” he said.
When he entered high school, Brownlee said, he wanted to buy a laptop
for school, so he researched various computers and watched tutorials on
“how to do cool tricks and customizations.” And simply by watching
others' tutorials, Brownlee felt encouraged to make some tutorials of
his own with some simple screencasting software.
Still, it would take a while to build an audience.
“It was super slow. The first few videos, there were no comments and no
views,” he told BI. “But eventually, once someone would comment on the
video, they asked about other things I could share.”
Brownlee started to gain a small following by answering users’ questions
with his own handmade videos. By the time he reached his 100th video,
he had only 78 subscribers. But Brownlee’s operation was not what it is
today, and it still very much a work in progress.
“Back then, it was all one take,” he said. “So when I’d make a video,
I’d open the software, press record, talk two or three minutes to
explain whatever I needed to explain, and I’d just stop and upload it to
YouTube. That was it.
“I could make multiple videos in a day, but now, the videos are much more elaborate.”
Brownlee currently produces several different types of videos. He’s got
his reviews, explainers, and impressions, but he’ll also throw in some
special features and “advanced projects.” But with every video, a great
deal of research is involved before Brownlee ever starts filming.
As with most consumers, he’ll unbox the product and start forming
impressions on it. Over the course of a week or so, he’ll jot down
various talking points to include in his video. But from the moment he
turns on the camera and hits record, “it’s probably less than 48 hours
before that video is online.”
These days, Brownlee uses a Sennheiser microphone and a Canon lens, and
he edits using the Adobe suite, but he says the list of equipment he
uses changes every few months.
“I’m just picky about certain things in the videos, so I’m always
switching out things that look or sound better,” he said. “These are
things behind the scenes that people may never notice, but it makes the
According to Google Trends, Brownlee's videos only recently started
gaining traction among the internet faithful — around the time of
Gundotra's G+ post, actually. But when asked about his personal favorite
MKBHD video, he said a couple of “milestone” videos stood out,
including a video he made for a contest hosted by Wrapsol, in which he
won the $1,000 first prize, and his LG G Flex scratch test video,
“because it was something I thought of that literally no one else would
do. If you got that phone for 30 days to review, you’d never take a
knife to it and see if it heals itself. But when I bought the phone I
decided immediately I’m going to take a knife to it,” he said with a
Brownlee's successful video business keeps growing — he said the money
he makes from his YouTube channel, which is powered by Google Adsense,
more than makes up for his production costs. But he said “it’s
definitely hard” to balance his various works, with school and his
videos and everything in between. This balance was tougher to achieve in
high school, which took up most of his time “in terms of pure hours in
While it's never been easy for Brownlee to find time to make his videos,
at least in college, Brownlee has a bit more flexibility in his
schedule compared with high school — even as he majors in business and
technology with concentrations in marketing and information systems.
When asked about his plans after college, Brownlee said he would
“definitely keep making videos as long as they’re fun to make.”
“But having a degree,” he said, “I went so far with school, so I might
as well just finish. Getting my degree is something I’ll be really happy
about. I’ll wing it from there.”
I've actually watched a couple of his vids. I didn't even note the number of subscribers he had. Go 'head.