From snaps to riches: professional snapchat artist earns up to $60K for mini masterpieces that vanish after 10 seconds

A professional SNAPCHAT artist earns up to $60,000 (£38.5K) for miniature masterpieces that vanish after 10 seconds.

Michael Platco, 26, spends five hours-a-day drawing pictures on the social media app that often feature him as a fictional characters.


With more than 100,000 of his own followers he works full-time to promote companies through their accounts on the hugely popular medium.

He has travelled across the U.S. promoting big names such as 20th Century Fox, The Voice, Major League Soccer and Marriot Hotels.


However, the former teacher, who once took three hours to complete a Snapchat, claims his job leads to constant hand cramp.

Mike, from Boston in Massachusetts, USA, said: “I’ve been working with brands since March 2014 – it was crazy how quickly it snowballed in just a matter of months.

“Sometimes I go to events, other times I use my own account to promote them or I work from the brand’s Snapchat account.


“The ultimate goal is grow their accounts and get them more followers.

“It can be a long day. I usually grab a coffee and plough through because snapchat doesn’t lend itself to breaks – my hand cramps up all the time.

“The longest it took me was Harry Potter which was three hours. Sometimes I spend an hour on one post, but a lot will take just 20 minutes.


“I’ve been paid up to $60,000 for a Snapchat campaign – so I’ve paid off my student loans.”

Mike downloaded the app two years ago and used his creativity to design elaborate pictures which he start posting to a Tumblr account.

When his blog went viral Walt Disney World recruited Mike to take over their Snapchat account.

He added: “I took some time off work to go to Disney and run their snapchat account and then brands starting offering me lots of deal so I decided to take it full-time.


“I’m basically an eight-year-old in the body of a 26-year-old.

“One of my favourite personal projects is my ongoing ‘Lego Jurassic World’ series which started out being a bit outside of my normal content but has been a blast to produce.”

Mike is currently working with ABC on their hit U.S. show ‘Pretty Little Liars’.