Super Eyepatch Wolf knows it. He has a video essay channel that focuses on anime and was able to quit his job due to it. He makes videos like: 25:49 Why You Should Watch: Cowboy Bebop 13:48 What Makes a Villain Feel Real? Then there's people who work with real movies. Like the youtube channel "Lessons from the Screenplay" 11:00 The Dark Knight — Creating the Ultimate Antagonist And on and on. The fantastic thing about these channels is that on many of the videos, depending on how long the clips of the content they use are, they don't get picked up automatically for copyright. I'll repeat that. You can dance around automatic copyright detection, and monetize these videos. In the case of The Dark Knight (which DID get caught by copyright) you have: 1. A built in audience 2. EXTREMELY high retention - people love to watch these video essays and if you start one you're not likely to put it down 3. Viral-ready content (people love sharing them too) 4. High subscriber jumps with each video. 5. LONGER VIDEOS - 10-50 minutes! That's a LOT of money made per video. It's not hard to see how these video essays can be extremely lucrative. I made a thread about making $100-200 a day on YouTube and people were asking me how I did it. I wasn't exactly doing these, but now I'm about to jump off and start a video essay channel. You guys should too. If you're able to make an argument, which is all these really are, you can do this.