- Three years ago, Brandon Hardesty, then 19, was a grocery clerk and college student living in his parents’ Baltimore home. He logged on to YouTube regularly to upload videos of himself reenacting movie scenes and making goofy faces.
- Those disarming antics snowballed into a somewhat lucrative career, as chronicled in a May 2009 Magazine article by April Witt. YouTube invited him to place ads on his videos and share the revenue (one month, he made about $1,500); he also landed supporting roles in films, including an “American Pie” sequel and an upcoming Adam Sandler flick scheduled to hit theaters Labor Day.
- Now, “Brandon Hardesty is learning that YouTube success is not an easy ticket to television or movie stardom.”
- Seems his YouTube revenue is just about enough to pay his share of his rent… “Though his lifestyle can be slow, Brandon has few qualms with it. “Hollywood is pretty much as people told me,” he says. “Be patient, you’re not going to get a job right away, and audition as much as you can.”
Stay tuned next year to read Washington Post’s 9th page sidebar about how Hardesty is living in his van, making crazy sounds and faces to the company of a crack whore, and surviving on expired cat food.