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From YouTube to the big time? Maybe

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Brandon Hardesty of Parkville, Md. got noticed by a talent agent after his Hollywood film reenactments and other clips became popular on YouTube (Courtesy: Sam Holden Photography)

Cory with Sparta

Cory Williams of Thousand Oaks, Calif. poses with his cat Sparta in one of several popular YouTube videos that have helped him transition into traditional media. (Courtesy of SMP Films)

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Before the Internet, aspiring actors, comedians and television personalities followed traditional routes in their quest for success. But, with the rise of Web sites like YouTube, amateurs now have a chance to show off their talents to the world, and some people in show business are taking notice. Whether or not YouTube will become the great career launching pad remains to be seen.