Is vlogging, or video-blogging, the new way to start a career in media? This week two prominent vloggers on the web are poised for bigger and better careers on both traditional and web-based platforms. One of my favorite sites, Rocketboom, has announced that their resident host/reporter, Amanda Congdon, is leaving, while another well known vlogger, Brooke “Brookers” Brodack of YouTube fame, may be making the jump to television or at the very least a more professional webcast.
Congdon’s departure, as reported by Valleywag, was caused by her wanting to move to California and Rocketboom not having the resources to move its operation there, too. As sad as I am at the possible loss of Rocketboom, it seems to be the right move for her. She received two pretty big offers shortly after leaving: from PodTech and Jason Calacanis. Calacanis offered her a news show on his site Netscape. These are both pretty big and would be a lot of exposure for her.
A younger and perhaps less widely known vlogger, Brodack, whose video diary is very popular on YouTube, has been approached by Carson Daly Productions. The story in Podcasting News discusses how Daly believes Brodack has a unique talent. “She’s got a fresh point of view, considerable directing skills and a great sense of music and how to use it.” Daly wants to help her develop something for television, webcast, a mobile series or some combination of the three. Brodack’s videos mainly focus on music and entertainment stories and her random thoughts.
The advice I’d give to all the future reporters, directors or actors out there is to buy a camera and start a video-blog because that seems to be the new way of getting yourself noticed.