As children, we had very little understanding of how this world really worked. We all assumed that when we grew up we could do whatever we pleased. Whether that be becoming a vet (something we quickly reconsidered when it transpired that it required seven years of dedicated training) or a princess – a much more achievable job title if recent events are anything to go by.
But for most children, the ultimate dream was to become a tester of toys. After all, as a child, your main skills lie in building Lego towers and constructing intricate Scalextric racing tracks.
However, as we grow up this idea is crushed by our parent’s desire to have us attend college and our teacher’s desire to inflict their own misery upon us. Thus, we slowly begin to consider careers which require us to commit to an office desk.
Some of us still harbor some hope of pursuing a job in the toy industry, having been inspired by the 1988 classic, Big, in which Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) lands the job of a toy tester and designer in New York City. But, ultimately, we resigned to the fact that fiddling with children’s toys wouldn’t pay our bills – and may even result in some rather awkward questions from the police.
However, for one six-year-old, the dream is firmly alive. Ryan, from the YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, earns a staggering $14.6 million a year by simply reviewing toys.
The tiny tot, who has 10 million subscribers, ranked eighth in Forbes‘ list of the 10 highest earning YouTubers of the year, despite having only started his channel two years ago.
Before having his own channel, Ryan would watch endless toy reviews, with a particular preference for those that involved Thomas the Tank Engine, according to his mother.
“One day, he asked me, ‘How come I’m not on YouTube when all the other kids are?’ So we just decided—yeah, we can do that,” his mother, who wishes to stay anonymous, told TubeFilter. “‘Then, we took him to the store to get his very first toy—I think it was a Lego train set—and it all started from there.”
The channel is also a way for Ryan to connect with his extended family living outside of the US. Through his YouTube channel, they can watch him grow and get to know him despite being thousands of miles away.
Ryan often appears in videos alongside his parents, who help him demonstrate games which require more than one player. They also help bring some structure to the account, by filming vlogs and challenge videos.
In total, Ryan’s videos have stacked up 16,949,766,200 views, with the most popular one have exceeded one billion views alone. According to his father, most of Ryan’s viewers are children too, aged between three and seven, and mostly located in the US.
The success of the YouTube channel forced Ryan’s mother to quit her job as a high school chemistry teacher in order to devote more time to making videos.
They plan to keep filming the videos until Ryan gets bored with it and are careful to ensure that his online fame doesn’t interfere with his school work.
“Right now, he loves making videos,” his mom said last year. “Every time I tell him we’re going to film, he gets so excited. As long as he’s loving it and it doesn’t disrupt his daily routine, we plan on continuing. But the moment he’s not having fun anymore, that’s when it will be time to stop.”
If he ever has had enough and wants to quit, then I would be more than happy to take over!