Stars in cyberspace
Special Report: Stars in cyberspace
From lip-synching, to dancing, to acting goofy, no matter what you're looking for, chances are you'll log on and find it on YouTube.
'"The entire business model of the Internet is making everyone believe they are a filmmaker now," Emerson College Professor Eric Gordon said. "Everybody's a reporter. Everybody's a commentator."
But what does it take to make your own YouTube-worthy video? Experts say not much, just a camera, an Internet connection and a little technical know-how.
"It is easier and easier to combine functions of recording and publishing," Gordon said.
"I know that people like my videos, and they are funny, but I never would have imagined that I would have gotten a cult following," Internet star Brooke Brodack said.
Brooke Brodack, known as "Brookers," is from Holden. She is one of a handful of Internet video bloggers who have gained global recognition, complete with her own fan club. Her wacky clips even caught the attention of Carson Daly, who signed her to a production deal.
"It's really weird," Brodack said. "It feels like it's backwards. It feels like I should be watching them, and the fact that he found me; itís so weird."
Brooke isnít the only local making it big on the 'Net. These two Emerson College students made a mock movie trailer, which has now been seen by millions
"We never imagined it reaching the scale that it's reached at all," Patrick, an Emerson College student, said.
And then there's "Dancing Matt" -- a Connecticut native, who quit his day job to travel the world and well, dance.
"In the last week, I've probably had a couple hundred thousand people come to my site," Dancing Matt said.
Of course, not everyone will make it big on the Web, but sites like YouTube are giving thousands the opportunity to show off their own, special talents
"More than giving a lot of people the actual experience of being a celeb. it gives people the hope of being a celebrity," Gordon said.
For Brooke, there was no hope of being famous. It just sort of happened. With more than a million views on many of her videos, she says this is just the beginning.
"Thereís more to come," Brodack said. "Lots more."
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