For Slade (also known as Kustoo on social media) and other people who make a living from YouTube, the relentlessness and uncertainty of being an internet creator can cause great pressure. The life of a YouTuber, as exciting as it may seem from afar, requires just as much commitment, if not more, than any ordinary job. When someone like Slade doesn’t post a video for a day or two, it could affect his placement in YouTube rankings and, therefore, how much money he makes. If you have an hourly or salaried job, you know exactly what you’re getting every time a paycheck comes in; the same goes for freelancers who know exactly how much they’re charging for work. But for YouTube creators, it just isn’t that simple. Their earnings mostly depend on how many ads are in their videos, how long each one is and how many people are actually watching them.

Jacques Slade

YouTubers also have to worry about Google’s ever-changing advertising guidelines and algorithms, which have caused inoffensive videos to be demonetized or taken down for no good reason. There’s a fear among creators that their videos could lose the ability to make them money at any given moment, even if they aren’t controversial and don’t violate YouTube’s ad rules. These concerns are well-documented by now. Some of the biggest YouTubers, such as Philip DeFranco, have posted videos about how stressful it can be for random, inoffensive videos to be considered not suitable for advertisers.

But the pressure YouTubers have to deal with goes beyond money. As a YouTube creator, you’re…

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