You Can Get A Degree In Becoming a Media Celeb!

Imagine a life where you wake up take a picture of yourself with a bottle of SugarBearHair Vitamins, share the photo with their millions of Instagram followers and make millions of dollars!

Well what if I said you could earn a degree in just that!  


 A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame.

Top-earning internet celebrities, known as Wang Hong in China, can earn up to $46 million a year. It's no wonder everyone's jostling to become the Next Big Thing.

From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows what you need to become a social media celeb.

In a country with over 700 million phone users, it can be tough standing out.

At the YWICC, students are practicing in dance studios and being taught how to dress fashionably.

Turning your popularity into actual moolah in China is a little different from how Western influencers do it.

The majority of China's online celebrities host live-streaming events, where they film everything from their latest shopping haul to just a regular Q&A session.

Their fans who tune in to watch can buy them virtual gifts that can be redeemed for cash. For example, a virtual car bought by a fan could be cashed in for $20 — with a share of the profits going to the live-streaming platform.

Influencers can also monetise their video channels the conventional way — through advertising.

A series of icons at the bottom right of the screen show the different virtual gifts you can purchase

 For Mengna Jiang, 30 minutes spent live-streaming to her online audience recently earned her $12 in gifts.

According to Analysys International, an internet consultancy firm, China's Wang Hong industry was worth $10 billion in 2016, and could double by 2018.

Where do I sign up?


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