Aussie surfer who went viral with a fake shark photo reveals that he earns $ 7,000 a month from YouTube videos after becoming famous on Instagram
- Alex Hayes, 21, says he earns $ 7,000 a month with his & # 39; thrillskeeing & # 39; videos & # 39; s
- The social media influencer from the north of Sydney also earns branding deals
- He immediately became a hit among social media users with his fake shark photos
- Hayes was in school when he placed the fake shark selfies four years ago
An Australian surfer who went viral four years ago with a fake shark photo has revealed that he now earns more than $ 7,000 a month on YouTube.
Alex Hayes, from the northern beaches of Sydney, made headlines four years ago after posting a photo showing a huge shark in the water next to him.
& # 39; THIS HAS HAPPENED! Surfed a shark today, he was a rippa … This is real, & he wrote, claiming the & # 39; to have seen bad boy & # 39; while paddling in Clontarf.
The 21-year-old later admitted that the image was fake, but his brush of fame was enough to trigger a huge following on social media.
Hayes said he was now earning a living by documenting his & # 39; thrill seeker & # 39; adventures on YouTube and through brand and advertising deals.
Alex Hayes, now 21, made the headlines after placing a fake photo of a shark in the water
The 21-year-old later admitted that the image was fake, but his brush of fame was enough to start a huge following on social media (stock)
The 21-year-old has revealed that he now earns more than $ 7,000 a month on YouTube videos
Hayes, who has a million followers on social media and has traveled the world, said his success had surprised many people who thought he was an average guy.
His journey to success was also not easy.
The adrenaline junkie was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD at year 9 and was brutally bullied at school.
He said he loved social media because it just came up and launched his first public Facebook picture page to build his followers.
He was still in school and was laughed at by other students.
& # 39; There were Facebook pages & # 39; s that Alex Hayes should kill himself & # 39 ;, he said The Daily Telegraph.
& # 39; It was a very difficult time, but it made me who I am today.
The social media influencer of the northern beaches of Sydney says he also earns from branding
Hayes, who has a million followers on social media and has traveled the world, said his success had surprised many people who thought he was an average guy
Hayes said that after finishing school, he traveled to Los Angeles to become an influence on social media.
& # 39; It's the center of social media, it's where people go to follow their dreams. & # 39;
The young person said it was much harder to become a social media influencer because the market is saturated.
He said that he focused on his DJs and started singing lessons.
Hayes said he continues to make video & # 39; s and plans to launch a new clothing brand, The Daily Living, to promote positivity.
The adrenaline junkie was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD at year 9 and was bullied relentlessly at school
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