I learned of Transformers Kiss Players a couple of weeks ago (thanks to a Tweet by Chris / Comic Tropes) and yet I am still having a hard time believing it's real...
Transformers is a fun franchise. But it's also been around long enough to have some low points. This week, we take a look at the misguided idea to add kissing to the mythology. In 2006, there were 3 comics made in Japan to promote a small toy release by Takara Tomy, the creators of Transformers. It added the concept that Transformers could get powered up by getting a kiss from pretty girls. And then they jammed the story in between the animated movie and season 3 of the cartoon. It's a delightfully weird comic so let's have some fun.
To be fair, that's just from ad revenue, though. Think what you could get were you to push a subscription on YouTube with extra content, a Patreon/Buy Me a Coffee (or one of the other creator portals that are springing up these days), get on Twitch for three streams a week (getting to affiliate to take advantage of the subscription service of Twitch), and advertise all that on Twitter using the relevant hashtags. Even if you knock Twitch on the head and use the YouTube streaming service, it's still possible to increase the earnings you make.
But, as you say, those that say they want to be a content creator (or YouTuber...) possibly don't realise that it's a lot of work to get yourself noticed and make it big to start raking in the cash that'll get them a career from it. Either they will learn once they start and decide whether it is for them, or give up after a few months because they wanted that instant success and it hasn't come - especially if they think they can just jump into the gaming scene and see thousands flock to them.
I can't speak for other kids obviously, but my nephew has a youtube channel (overseen by his dad obviously) and he mainly uses it as a creative outlet. He does book, game and film reviews, lego builds and some minecraft stuff (mostly building giant pokemon). His dad does the editing and uploading. He just seems happy to be on youtube and I think being in front of the camera has helped helped his confidence, especially over this last year.
I've got just shy of 4k subs and get between 70 and 100 or so each month off ad revenue. However, I have been earning a genuine wage for the past few months off the back of my channel because I use it to funnel people through to my business where I supply digital goods.
The only people living off ad revenue alone will be the ones with stupid amounts of views and, even then, the amount that they earn will fluctuate month to month due to a bunch of factors completely outside of their control. I imagine it'll be great for them while it's lasting but it can disappear pretty much as quickly as it came so using the other avenues to support it is the only way to make a lasting "career" from it. You just can't guarantee how long the YouTube platform will remain popular so you have to put in a lot of work to cultivate an actual audience that might follow you once YouTube stops being as profitable for you.