One of the gifts of 2018 has been the success of live streaming websites. As hundreds and thousands of people have taken to such platforms and are have made a career out of it. Popular social media sites like Twitch, Patreon, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and all other such famous platforms have the live streaming facility and many people earn money from them.
25-year-old Jovan M. Hill who earns money by live streaming his everyday activities and he doesn’t shy away from asking people to donate him.
Jovan grew up in Missouri City, Texas, and moved to New York City four years ago. He live-streams his day on a number of social media platforms including Patreon, YouTube and Periscope. When he asks for money his social media followers donate as much as $4,000 a month through donations or subscription.
Hill takes to a number of platforms – including YouTube, Periscope, Instagram and Twitter – to sustain his lifestyle and encourage his followers to give him money. He has a combined following of more than 200,000 followers on several platforms.
Hill’s style isn’t very subtle but quite effective surely like in one seven-minute video he talks about how he wants to move to Los Angeles and says: ‘I’m very poor today. So if you want any tax write-offs, please donate to the Jovan charity.’ His live-streams are between 10 and 30 minutes long, occurring about three times a day.
The videos are filmed with an iPhone and Hill will go on a stream of consciousness, whether it’s talking about the news, telling stories about his childhood, smoking weed or eating food. At least once during the course of the video, he’ll ask for money. That’s his style. And his followers usually don’t disappoint him.
Missourian Hill grew up with his 11 siblings and was raised by a single mother. He attended Texas State University but ended up dropping out a few months before graduating and moved to New York City for a fresh start. He retreated to online message boards and interactive role-playing games like MapleStory, where he would troll other players.
But as he got older, he shed his online anonymity and joined the more popular site Tumblr, where he documented his life as a gay high schooler raised in a religious household.
But it wasn’t until 2016 that the generosity of his followers first came to light. The time when his grandmother’s power was turned off because of unpaid bills. Jovan said:
“I was panicking because my grandma is my life,” then he asked his followers for help, thinking he might raise a few hundred dollars at best. They sent him the full $3,000. He was pleasantly surprised. According to him:
“That was the first time I realized my followers care about my well-being.”
Hill first worked at a movie theater in Chelsea as a concession worker but he said that he made less there than he did live-streaming so he quit that job and stuck to doing live-streams from his apartment.
Hill may be earning decent money by asking people for help on live streaming sites but he receives his fair share of hate from people on his profiles. As hate is easy to give and sell. According to him :
“I’ve been getting hate comments all up and down. I had to turn off comments on my Instagram from the people that don’t follow me. I’ve been getting LinkedIn, Facebook, random emails. I don’t understand why they’re so upset. I had no idea what I was doing was unique or interesting. But people are very upset, and my followers think that’s funny. For me though it’s been more stressful than I thought.”
Responding to haters a couple of days ago Jovan tweeted this:
“idk why people think i just asked for money one day and it magically worked like i didnt make my personal life and humor into entertainment in 280 characters or less my followers aren’t that dumb they’re just aware its a service and exchange nobodies forcing anyone to pay.”
Jovan is part of a growing group of live-stream influencers who showcase them going about their day for hours or playing online games or every sort of random stuff, although many don’t have a huge following.