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Video: YouTube Stardom



Yoon Chang-hyun is doing what he loves. At the age of thirty-two (32), he gave up his office job to set up a YouTube channel all about chasing your dream career.

Now three years later, this is one of his most popular videos, with almost a hundred-and-forty thousand (140,000) views.

It’s called Why did I Quit Samsung Electronics?

It’s a good question: Samsung is consistently voted the most desirable place to work for South Korean graduates, with its generous salaries and many perks.

But Yoon says the unsocialable hours and narrow promotional opportunities meant it wasn’t enough to keep him from what he wanted to do.

Yoon Chang-hyun, YouTuber: “My mom’s friends mostly asked if I had gone crazy. They had a hard time understanding why I would quit such a stable job that most others are dying to get.”

Yoon’s story is becoming a familiar one. Despite youth unemployment being at a near record high, young South Koreans are increasingly leaving their white-collar jobs to seek fame on the internet.

And YouTube training schools like this one are helping them do just that. It aims to teach students how to rack up the views, and make the most money they can.

Oh Mi-mi, YouTube Training School Student: “I’m not greedy for money; I just need a livable salary.

The point is I just want to do what I want to do.”

But for the lucky tiny minority, the rewards for the gamble can be much greater.

Dae Doseo-gwan quit his job at a South Korean conglomerate to turn YouTuber. He now has nineteen million subscribers, and makes over fifteen-million dollars ($15 million) a year.

Dae Do-Seogwan, YouTube Celebrity: “It’s quite attractive, as the job allows you to earn money and feel a sense of achievement by doing what you like.

There’s also very little risk involved if you fail.”

So it’s like stories like Dae Do-Seogwan to look to, it’s not surprising that more and more South Koreans are taking the plunge.


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1. Yoon Chang-hyun started making and uploading video on YouTube as a teenager. True or false? Is he very successful now?

2. His mother’s friends were shocked by what he did. Is this right or wrong? Why were they very surprised?

3. Why did Yoon leave his corporate job? Is he a rare exception, or is this becoming a trend (more popular)?

4. Is becoming very successful on YouTube very easy, or does it require a lot of technical skill, artistry and creativity?

5. Most YouTubers become rich, successful and prosperous. Is this correct or incorrect?

6. Are YouTubers motivated only by making money?

7. If someone makes a poor-quality video, YouTube will be angry, and that will be the end of their YouTube career. Yes or no?


A. My friends and I make and upload videos on YouTube. Yes or no?

B. What are your favorite YouTube subjects or topics?

C. Would you and your friends like to be professional, full-time (or part-time) YouTubers?

D. What sort of videos would you like to make?

E. What will happen in the future?

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