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Social media star Saffron Barker, 19, insists making YouTube videos is ‘absolutely a real job’ after raking in £800,000

SOCIAL media star Saffron Barker today insisted that making YouTube videos is “absolutely” her real job, and defended her career as being “definitely sustainable”. 

The YouTuber, 19, from Brighton, opened up about her online content creation job on This Morning.

Saffron, who has raked in £800,000 thanks to her videos on topics from food to make-up, said her job has “opened so many doors”, including her starring on Strictly Come Dancing. 

The online star says she works “all day every day” and “never knew” the hobby she loved could become a lucrative full-time job when she began four years ago.  

When asked by host Ruth Langsford if content creation was a “job”, Saffron said: “Oh absolutely.

“I work all day, everyday. Whether it be creating content or doing other things as well. I think the great thing with social media is it can lead to so many other opportunities, like Strictly. 

“It's cool because I'm doing YouTube, but I'm also doing mainstream media, so it's great. 

“A lot of people ask, ‘is it sustainable?’ And I think definitely, because it opens so many doors.”

Saffron revealed she had no idea how her influence would take off when she started vlogging in high school. 

She added: “I started this four years ago, when I started I was actually in high school and when I started I never knew it could be a real job. 

“It was a hobby, I loved doing it, I loved creating content creating videos and I've always wanted to entertain other people in some way. 

“I have a passion for YouTube so kept on doing it and I'm still there now.”

Saffron was joined on the famous sofa by fellow social media stars Jack Maynard, 25, and Laura Edwards.

Jack was asked if making spoof videos with brother and pop star Conor Maynard makes “a lot of money.”

He said: “It gets me by, it's my full time job.”

Saffron was asked how she constantly thinks up new ideas for videos, and said: “There are certain things that trend, but a lot of the content I create are things I do in day to day life. 

“It might be something really random, but it's so random you click on it and want to watch it.”

Meanwhile, TikTok star Laura, who makes funny videos on the sharing platform under the name “Laura Bubble”, explained how she got into online creation. 

She said: “It started off as an app called musically, for lip syncing, but I do comedy sketches on there. 

“Sort of by accident really, I put all my old YouTube videos on to Tik Tok and over the last three years it's kind of taken off.”

Hosts Ruth and Eamonn Holmes, 60, had to ask what a TikTok video was, with Saffron explaining about them being short 15-30 clips shared online.

Ruth said: “Well, we have 30 seconds left so can we do one of these TikToks?”

Her dreams came true, with Jack filming the group dancing to the song “I Saw The Sign” from the movie Pitch Perfect.

Saffron joined Strictly 2019, following in the footsteps of fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg, who reached the final in 2018 with his now-girlfriend Dianne Buswell.

She was partnered with professional dancer AJ Pritchard, and they were the ninth couple to be voted out.

Aside from racking up over 2.28million followers on YouTube, Saffron also has her own clothing line at Primark.

We shared how Saffron went make-up free as she soaked up the sun in Barbados.

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