YouTube sensation (star?) Jenna Mourey, aka Jenna Marbles got a profile in the New York Times this weekend. The 26-year-old Rochester native has been uploading funny videos of herself since 2010 and has since joined an elite rank of YouTube users with over a billion clicks.
She now rents a $1.1 million house in Santa Monica and has a personal assistant and a business manager. Mourey continues to film all the videos herself, mostly at home. “I’m not completely sold that you ever have to transition to mainstream media, you know?” she said. “What I get to do is have fun in my house, by myself, and put it on the Internet.”
Some people love her videos—like "What Girls Do in the Car" and "How to Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking"—while others find her annoying. Still, "she has more Facebook fans than Jennifer Lawrence, more Twitter followers than Fox News and more Instagram friends than Oprah," the Times notes. Industry experts estimate she makes six figures from YouTube ad revenue.
Cheers to you, Jenna, living the dream—making money from stupid YouTube videos. That episode of South Park was wrong! You can get rich off clicks.