Making videos basically the most interesting thing because it's the best way to share knowledge. You can get money from it but that's not the point, the point is simply sharing. That's why, it's refreshing and fun to do.
People should realize that YouTube is not the only place we can make money. At the beginning, YouTube is a place we can share our valuable videos (don't matter how you define "valuable"). It's the spirit of SHARING at first when we come to YouTube.
Rent out your house for filming. Only if you have no difficulty in renting your house, it can be a quick money, but this is not everybody can do.
How did people recognized you as a "someone"? Yes, you introduce yourself to the society. Even you can get a company specialized in Personal Branding, Corporate Branding, Product Branding. The point is, make contact with everyone out there, out of your comfort zone.
Blogs, YouTube videos, Websites, Works, at this moments ... who cares, just hearing these beats, I'm feeling great. Hard situations will be there for a while and in the end all of that will pass too, no matter where I would be at later, what business and position is gonna be there for me.