Be­hind the head­lines: could your kids make mil­lions? Meet the young su­per­stars rak­ing it in

Meet the young su­per­stars rak­ing it in on­line

Woman's Own - - Woman’s Own Welcome -

The lat­est young global stars have mil­lions of fans but chances are you have never heard of them.

They are not singers or ac­tors – but kids tak­ing the world by storm by up­load­ing videos of them­selves to the in­ter­net.

Youtu­bers and so­cial-me­dia sen­sa­tions on in­sta­gram and Face­book are the new show­biz roy­alty for the younger gen­er­a­tion. And their earn­ing po­ten­tial is huge.

Take 13-year-old twins Max and Har­vey, who have 2.2 mil­lion fol­low­ers on the lip-synch­ing app Mu­si­cal.ly.

The boys from Berk­shire are mak­ing mil­lions by mouthing along to fa­mous hits, and were over­whelmed by girl fans when they ap­peared at the Teen Awards in los Angeles this sum­mer.

And while dad Paul won’t say how much they have earned, ex­perts es­ti­mate web celebs such as the twins and beauty vlog­ger Zoella can make up to £50,000 a month.

Paul, 44, said, ‘Ev­ery­one says they’re very charis­matic and charm­ing, so i guess that’s their ap­peal. They also work hard. They like the at­ten­tion but it hasn’t gone to their heads.’

celebrity agent Barry Tomes, who has rep­re­sented the likes of The satur­days, said they could earn mil­lions, but warned teen girls could get bored with them.

‘As Max and Har­vey go from cute kids to men, they’ll have to change their style,’ says Barry. ‘That risks los­ing fans. With prod­ucts and po­ten­tial us ex­po­sure, they could earn £10m a year. The next two years are cru­cial.’

Here, Barry looks at other young so­cial-me­dia stars coin­ing it in and gives his ver­dict on their po­ten­tial...

2.2 mil­lion fol­low­ers

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