Stuart Edge started out as a port-a-potty cleaner with only 9 subscribers on his budding YouTube channel. Then he posted the video of a Mistletoe Kissing Prank he pulled on BYU campus.
Literally overnight, his channel was exploding with views and subscribers. In its first week, the video had 10 million views, and within a few weeks his channel had 100,000 subscribers. He was being contacted by news stations wanting to air his video and interview him.
Now he's moved on from construction to become a full-time video editor, specializing in magic tricks and pranks that more often than not involve getting girls to kiss him and/or go out with him.
When Lindsey Stirling was on America's Got Talent in 2010, she made it to the quarter-finals but was ultimately eliminated because the judges thought she wouldn't be able to "fill a theater in Vegas" on her own.
This echoed what Stirling had been told for years--that her style and music was "unmarketable." But since her time on America's Got Talent, Stirling has found her niche via YouTube.
Now it seems that everyone knows about the hip-hop violinist. Her beautiful violin arrangements combined with self-taught dance moves are catching international attention. Along with original techno-violin songs, she does covers of popular songsand video game theme music. She's also well-known for her amazing costumes and brilliant music videos.
Her most popular video, "Crystallize," was YouTube's 8th most-watched video of 2012. It currently has over 101 million views.
Her YouTube channel, Lindsey Stirling, currently has over 5 million subscribers, and her videos have garnered over 716 million views! That number will no doubt continue to grow now that she's signed on with Disney-owned Maker Studios, who will now manage her YouTube channels and, as Stirling put it, get her "one step closer to becoming a Disney princess!"
Be sure to check out her Facebook page to see what she's gonna do next.
"Trick-Shot" Titus Ashby
Titus Ashby was only two years old when his dad, Joseph Ashby, posted a home video compilation of his amazing trick shots. That video alone has over 14 million views. Now he's well-known as a basketball prodigy. The media clamors for him, and he's been the star of several half-time shows.
He may be small now, but this kid's got great things in store!
Devin Graham studied film and advertising at BYU, and boy has it paid off! Now better known as Devin SuperTramp, his high-quality filmmaking has put him on top, to the point that brands now pay him to use their gear and wear their products in his videos.
His videos feature everything from dogs in slow motion to salt boarding to the Festival of Colors. He even does Lindsey Stirling's music videos. His channel's most popular video is of him in Assassins Creed attire doing parkour moves around downtown Salt Lake City. It has over 37 million views.
Graham spends hours getting unique shots and firsthand footage to show his viewers what living life to the fullest is all about. But it's not all fun and games. See this video for a behind-the-scenes look at what he does.
The Roberts Family: Kid Snippets
These hilarious shorts have the internet rolling on the floor laughing! Created by brothers Brett, David, John, and Randy Roberts and their friend Richard Sharrah, Kid Snippets stars the voices of members of the Roberts extended family. The adults record kids telling a story or acting out a scenario, then the adults act out the story using the voices of the children.
It all started with their very first Kid History video entered into the Lingos Film Festival--an LDS film festival in New York. The film won by a landslide and was quickly posted on YouTube, where growing popularity led the amily to create many more Kid History and Kid Snippets videos.
Their channel, Bored Shorts TV, now has over 318,000 subscribers and 79 million total views. The family has been approached by several TV networks, but so far they do all their own media production in their own studio and post their videos on YouTube.
They've become so well-known that they've had Josh Groban guest star in one of their videos. It was so successful that they made a sequel. They also got to film on the original Star Wars set. LucasFilm provided the set and costumes for a hilarious "remake" of the famous cantina scene.
Follow their Facebook page for a weekly dose of family-fun humor!
Mindy McKnight: Cute Girls Hairstyles
Mindy McKnight has literally made YouTube her business. Her styling tips and tutorials on her YouTube channel have caught national attention. She was recently featured on Katie Couric and has been on TV on many other occasions.
Her videos involve the whole family, especially her six children, who are often the ones getting their hair done in her videos. Her husband actually quit his job to help her with her venture, and business is booming!
When McKnight posted a tutorial for the Katniss braid (before "The Hunger Games" had even premiered), she caught the attention of the movie's hair stylist. Said hair stylist later asked McKnight to create a new braid to be used in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." McKnight accepted the challenge, and her braid can now be seen on Prim, Katniss's little sister.
The Piano Guys
These musicians were popular with the LDS crowd for a while, but it wasn't until they started using YouTube that they gained widespread popularity with LDS and non-LDS fans alike.
Consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek, these guys specialize in renditions of popular songs and classical music, and their videos are beautiful cinematic masterpieces in their own right (see "Story of My Life" below).
All of their videos have over 750,000 views, and several of them have over 20 million views. Their most popular video is a cover of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," with over 34 million views!
Check out their Facebook page for more.