Before I sat down to interview Jamie O’Brien, I shared my fascination around what Jamie O’Brien has built with a few close friends. They weren’t feeling it.
“Lemme know when you get someone else good on,” and the like.
Once I explained that Jamie has pioneered a completely new career path in the surf world—one that appears to be the only way forward for non-competitors—they started to get it.
So I’ll give you the same argument I gave them. Here’s why Jamie is impressive:
Jamie was a real pro to deal with. He set the time for the interview, showed up in a brand new GMC Sierra 10 minutes early, and was ready to share his insight.
One thing I wasn’t able to ascertain in this interview was how this whole get-rich-from-Youtube works. For example, I checked Stab’s YouTube revenue before the interview. We netted the princely sum of $1888 for 1.5m views for the previous 30 days. I still can’t work out how these guys can fund this thing is they’re picking up $1.26 per 1000 views.
Perhaps there’s a tier system, where videos over a certain number of views make more money per view than our sub-million releases. Or perhaps Youtube is used as a loss leader to bring in sponsors or sell your own merch.
Whatever Jamie’s doing, it’s working. He’s a lot more than surfing’s Jackass.
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