The Calgary Journal
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Created in 2005, YouTube has become the way to share videos around the world, and some Alberta creators have been cashing in on its success

Ten years ago, the landscape of the Internet was a vastly different place. File sharing sites like Napster and Kazaa were on their way out, and something new was on its way in. On Feb., 14 2005, three former employees of PayPal changed the Internet forever. Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim created a new way to share videos, YouTube.

This social media breakthrough started with a video of Karim at the zoo, looking at elephants. This simple video paved the way for the six billion videos viewed monthly on the site, according to YouTube.com

In a competitive industry, the Calgary Journal explores the careers of three different individuals pursuing their dream

Professional athletes dedicate their lives in an effort to make it to the big leagues. The perseverance, sacrifice and passion put forward by these athletes goes a long way in getting to the top of their craft.

The same can be said for sports broadcasters.

Documentary talks to Graham Sherman, of Tool Shed Brewing Company, and home brewers about what's behind the evolution of the 'craft' in Alberta

We all have dreams that we hope come true one day.

For Graham Sherman, his dream was blocked by regulations that were in place by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). But last Dec., the AGLC decided to help Sherman – and other small brewers – out, by clearing a path for him to take his passion for brewing beer to a whole new level.

"When I saw that they (the AGLC) had abolished the minimums, I called Jeff, we got in our car and drove up to St. Albert, Alta. to meet the AGLC, to hug them," Sherman said, reflecting on the moment when he realized brewing his beer in Alberta was close to a reality.

Produced by Casey Magnus and Zarif Alibhai

Nine months ago, in March 2014, Devin Reti lost his mother Donna in a fight with cancer. Now, Devin is fighting back the only way he knows how - by boxing.

"She really, really realized I had the talent," says Devin. "She believed in me more than anybody . . . In her last moments, she said, 'Devin, you can go to school any time. You can work any time, but pursue your dream so you have no regrets'".

He says he knows his mother is watching over him and that he gets his strength in the ring from her. Fighting is his way of winning the battle she couldn't and honoring her last wishes to fight for his dream.

"The way I feel closest to my mom is when I fight," says Devin. "Before I fight I'm always thinking of her and before I enter that ring, ever since she got diagnosed and she told me to go for it, I've been thinking of her and she gives me that extra push, to push in that last round."