You make money from that?!? A gamer earns real cash sharing his virtual reality

SAINT LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - When your kids tell you they want to be a YouTuber, you may want to listen.

Stephen Works monetized his enjoyment of The Sims video games by sharing his game play with an online community. "My parents are like all parents, 'How are you going to make money?!?'"

Works tells the "What the Media?!!?" podcast, he had to sell his parents on his vision of being a future influencer, "back when I was a freshman in high school, me and my parents were at Applebee's, I did a whole power point presentation."

Part of his five-year plan included his earnings projections. Now 26, Works says he pulls in thousands of dollars a month from corporate sponsors on his Twitch and YouTube channels.

What started as a video game, turned into a community, as The SIMS fans connected online. Works took this alternate reality and shared it, creating content. His YouTube Channel has more than 35,000 subscribers. On Twitch he has more than 32k followers. "I talk to my community about what they want to see and how they play their game."

For other people hoping to be an online influencer, Works advice is, "if you don't see it, create it." His other advice is to know your platforms, your audience, and your worth.

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