One of the most exciting recent developments in entertainment has been the rise of the YouTube Star – emerging artists who are creating their own content,
determining how and when it is distributed to their audience, and being compensated for their work.
That makes YouTube stars great messengers to encourage youth to use their creative talents, get them thinking about the relationship between creative
ownership and their own careers, and communicate that a career in the creative industries is a viable option.
Recently, CreativeFuture launched the
Contribute to Creativity
VidCon Video Contest.
Working with Maker Studios, they are giving aspiring artists the opportunity to submit short videos to win a trip to VidCon. Top YouTube stars the Fung Bros, Michael Gallagher, Steve-O & Sam Macaroni, and Taryn Southern have
partnered with them calling for entries in their own unique voices and videos.
CreativeFuture’s basic tenet is that creativity has value and that the next generation of artists should have the chance to showcase their talent and be
compensated for their work.
The judges panel is formed by creative industry veterans and rising stars, including Ruth Vitale (CreativeFuture’s CEO), Tobin Armbrust (“Begin Again,” “Rush,” “The Way Back”); Alec Berg (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiam,” “Silicon Valley”);Marty Bowen (“Twilight” Saga, “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Maze Runner”); Arturo Castro (“Broad City”); Wyck Godfrey (“Twilight” Saga, “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Maze Runner”);Kasi Lemmons (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Candyman,” “Eve’s Bayou”); Franklin Leonard (“The Black List”);Rena Ronson (United Talent Agency); Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bastard Executioner”); and Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions).