by Jessica Klein
There are ways for serious video creators to approach YouTube other than as a full-time job. Though Josh Sundquist has a robust channel on the platform that features vlogs, raps, and collaborations with other YouTubers like Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and TomSka, he considers video-making more of a “a really intense hobby,” which he explained to Rhett & Link on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”
So what is Sundquist’s “primary” job Most of his income comes from motivational speaking. To give some background, Sundquist was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare kind of bone cancer, at age nine, which led to him getting his leg amputated. Several years later, he began race skiing, and in 2006 he joined the US Paralympic Ski Team (he was also named to the US Amputee Soccer Team). He published his bestselling book, “Just Don’t Fall,” in 2010.
Where does YouTube fit into that equation Sundquist describes it as part of the triad of his career. Though on its own he doesn’t really see it as a job, if someone where to ask him what he did for a living, Sundquist would answer, “I give motivational speeches, I write books, and I make YouTube videos.”
There’s a certain “symbiosis,” as Sundquist put it, to those elements. He’s often hired to speak somewhere because people discovered him on YouTube. On the flip-side, people will read his book or hear him speak before learning he makes videos for YouTube, where they’ll wind up as his subscribers.
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