Among individuals making a name for themselves on YouTube is a diverse group of people from Utah — or Utubers, as they call themselves.
Utah is the No. 3 location in the world for YouTube celebrities, just behind Hollywood and London, according to Ricky Ray Butler, the creator of the Utah-based advertising company Plaid Social Labs.
The following is a list of Utubers who have acquired faithful followers and millions of video views.
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Lindsey Stirling was a BYU student who wanted to be on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." She was a classic violinist who also loved to dance.
Stirling participated in "America's Got Talent" and was a quarterfinalist. But things didn't fall into place until she teamed up with Devin Graham and turned to YouTube. Stirling now has 1,832,461 subscribers and 260,216,875 video views.
Shay Butler says on his YouTube channel, “If life’s worth living, then it’s worth recording!” And that is exactly what he has done.
The Butler family posts everything from playing with the dog, to jumping off the table and attacking their dad.
Their family home videos are no longer just for their own enjoyment. The Shaytard channel has 1,130,079 subscribers and 567,234,476 video views.
Blendtec was one of the first companies to turn to YouTube to advertise their product. With a goal of answering the question "Will it blend?," the number of videos this company could produce are endless. Their channel has 552,514 subscribers and 218,769,158 video views.
Pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson teamed up with videographers Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart along with music producer Al van der Beek to create the group now known as The Piano Guys.
After having success online, The Piano Guys created an album and went on tour. They will visit Salt Lake City on May 11. Their channel has 1,468,348 subscribers and 203,521,517 video views.
Devin Graham was a student at BYU studying film. His dream was to work in Hollywood on feature films until he and roommate Jeff Harmon began to look at YouTube. Graham’s YouTube channel has 1,025,938 subscribers and 182,826,118 video views.
Mindy McKnight didn't study film or advertising, but with five daughters, she has lots of hair to do. Many people commented on the stylish looks her girls sported each day, so in 2008, McKnight created a blog and eventually a video blog in order to share the hairstyles with family and friends. McKnight’s channel has 855,528 subscribers and 156,865,243 video views.
Andrew Hale has drawn attention on YouTube for filming social experiments such as echoing people, trying to hold strangers' hands and much more. Hale usually films on college campuses such as Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. Hale’s channel has 465,516 subscribers and 62,677,828 video views.
Jeff Harmon didn't look into YouTube until Orabrush inventor Robert Wagstaff turned to some marketing students at BYU as a last resort. Harmon produced the first YouTube video for the company and it went viral. Orabrush has 189,620 subscribers and 40,948,189 video views.
Scott Winn was a BYU film student with Devin Graham, but unlike Graham, it took him a while to believe that YouTube was the way to go. Five months ago when Winn produced the first video for his channel, "Cute Kittens Fly in Slow Motion to Hip Hop," he recognized the opportunity available on YouTube. Winn’s channel has 82,114 subscribers and 26,536,134 video views.
The Roberts brothers grew up making home videos, but it wasn't until they decided to enter a competition that they began creating Kid History. Their channel has 87,495 subscribers and 18,588,608 video views.
Jason Bagely attended Brigham Young University. Although he doesn't manage his own channel, Bagely was one of the masterminds behind Old Spice's YouTube success. Shortly after the first Old Spice commercial, “The man your man could smell like,” hit YouTube and national TV, the idea exploded. But Bagely said it was when they began to interact with users on YouTube by creating video responses to viewer comments that they realized the real success they could have with this social media site. Their channel has 323,941 subscribers.