In 2018, you don’t have to live in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago to become famous.
On platforms like YouTube and Instagram, users can launch themselves into stardom without the help of agents, managers, talent scouts or auditions. With a phone or a webcam, digital content creators are establishing cult-like followings by the millions, offering audiences anything from original comedy sketches to makeup tutorials.
In Maryland, some have begun turning their social media presence into lucrative careers.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, reaches more 18-to-35-year-old viewers on mobile devices alone than...