I quit my car wash job, now I’m one of the highest paid streamers in the world – but that’s not for everyone
Once Upon a time, Rachel Hofstetter worked in a car wash.
Now, under the Valkyrae name, she is one of the highest paid players in the world.
The gamer girl has 3.84 million subscribers on YouTube and 3.7 million followers on Instagram.
Hoftstetter is the most watched streamer on YouTube since 2020.
But like many internet personalities, she had humble beginnings.
Before leaving her job to pursue streaming full-time, Hofstetter worked as a waitress, in an arcade, at a car wash, at a GameStop location, and as a bank teller.
Hoftstetter now has an estimated net worth of more than $450,000 (£364,000) and is expected to make $200,000 (£162,000) a month from YouTube and brand deals.
The streamer started on Twitch in 2015 but eventually switched to the platform in favor of YouTube in 2020.
As one of the most watched personalities in streaming, she has inked a deal with YouTube Gaming to stay on the platform until at least 2024.
But she has warned her fans not to look at the streaming industry with rose-tinted glasses.
Last year, Valkyrae revealed in a YouTube short that getting into the industry is harder than most people think.
“I’m telling you right now, don’t quit your job/job. Get a real job first, okay,” she said.
“If your intention is to stream because you want it to be your job and you want to make money from it… Sorry, you can’t go into it with that expectation.”
Valkyrae warned that anyone who thinks streaming is a get-rich-quick ticket is hugely mistaken.
“That’s not going to work and you have to do that for years and years,” she said.
Instead, she encouraged fans to treat streaming as a hobby at first.
“You also need to create interesting content that you’re probably passionate about. Work with people. Experiment with different types of content,” Hofstetter continues.
“If something isn’t working or is getting more views than other things, then maybe that’s something to capitalize on.”
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