Every person faces challenges in life. Some of the challenges that we face can leave us wondering if it is really worth it to keep pressing on, and oftentimes we may find ourselves wanting to give up. Life may sometimes knock us down, but we have to make the conscious choice to get back up and try again, or as someone has wisely stated, “When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave everyone wondering how you did it.” That is the type of can-do attitude that the music artists known as “Working with Lemons” has adopted as their motto as they have worked through challenges of their own to become a YouTube success story.
The description on their official YouTube channel reads:
We are a family and few friends making music videos! Not only music videos. We do a lot of Disney Covers, but we are planning on spreading out our field of work. The Company name came in 2008 in our junior year of High School while trying to create top of the line music videos with a $150 camera and a Mac which had garage band and iMovie on it. As the title says we were working with lemons. I think we will always be Working with Lemons.
Their official website gives a little more insight about what is involved in making their videos which to date have 609,185 subscribers on YouTube, and over 500 million views. Robbie Bagley writes, “Well when we make movies or videos we take whatever “lemons” are available and roll with it whether it’s making a pop filter out of a hanger and some nylon tights or sliding a rug back with a camera on it to get a dolly shot we wanted. And it works! Most of the time.”
Robbie Bagley, 22, and his family earn between $7,000 and $10,000 per month from their Disney-themed videos. The family business and content of their video content is managed by Marker Studios’ James Koo. They have been able to realize this success after their version of Frozen’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” garnered over 86 million views on YouTube. Since then, the video has been seen by 196,706,647 viewers. The video was directed and edited by Robbie Bagley, and the role of Anna was played by real life sisters, Mia, 8, and Ariana Bagley, 14.
In a November 2014 interview with KSL news station in Utah, Bagley commented, “We weren’t even sure if we were going to get paid, because there are a lot of difficulties that come with copyrights.” He ended up negotiating with the most famous entertainment company in the world for the rights. YouTube videos generally earn an income of $1 for every 1,000 hits, and after Disney takes their cut from the videos that Bagley produces, the family is still able to turn a decent profit. Bagley also has free access to YouTube’s new state-of-the-art production studio in Los Angeles.
Bagley’s youngest sister, Mia, received two offers to star on Broadway in the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” playing the role of Cindy Lou Who, but opted not to accept the offers as she prefers to work with her family making their videos. She is also pursuing film roles in Los Angeles.