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Meet April’s On The Rise nominees

By Sarah Bardeen

Music Community Manager

Every month, we identify four channels that are experiencing big gains in subscribers but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 mark. Then we ask you to vote for your favorite. We’ll reward the winner with exposure on the YouTube homepage and the videos channel as well as posts on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all about giving a kick start to the next generation of Partners who will go on to do big things on YouTube. Past winners like emilynoel83, justjesse197 and joshsundquist have seen their subscriber numbers jump, thanks to your support.

This month, our nominees are all artists of one kind or another. They may express it in pen and paper, slow motion film or beehives -- but each, in his or her own way has something unique to say. Check them out, and then cast your vote in the upper right-hand corner of this blog by April 20; we’ll announce the winner on April 28.


If you’re looking for portraiture, look no farther. The 22-year-old California-based artist known as PacificPastime can conjure up just about any celebrity with just a few colored pencils and a piece of paper. Her sped-up videos make it look a bit like magic.


The man behind outofabluesky, McCartney Taylor, has a thing for meteorites and engineering. But when it comes to bees, he’s really in his element -- offering short videos on everything you need to know about a hobby that’s become wildly popular in recent years. Bring on the honey!


Hollywood Bubble Inc. is a Hollywood-based production company led by Ruben Garay and Jimmy Sereno. The guys produce a short film each week as well as tutorials on how to replicate big-budget action scenes yourself -- on no budget at all. They invite the community to post their efforts as video responses and reward them with feature spots.


They claim they’re lazy, but The Slow Mo Guys seem to be anything but. They gather equipment and set up situations to film, then slow that film down to show you how the intricacies of how matter actually behaves: tiny revelations in slow motion.

If you’re inspired by what you see here, check out other up-and-coming Partners by visiting our On the Rise channel, which features nominees, trending partners and winners. Look for more featured rising partners on the Browse page.