At 26, Lindsey Stirling is already a seasoned YouTube veteran -- a Los Angeles-based artist who has blazed a career path through the platform, garnering more than 3 million subscribers whose views generate enough steady advertising revenue to pay her bills.

Stirling's story has been told numerous times -- landed a spot on "America's Got Talent" in 2010, made it to the quarterfinals only to be drummed off because judges felt she lacked star quality, picked herself back up and turned to YouTube, where fans ultimately judged her differently.

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