Really, AdSense is the way to go if you want to make money on YouTube. All of these companies that promise sponsorships and a bunch of other crap are all fake, and if they aren't, they are only handed to their largest customers. They aren't anyone's "friend", and that might be hard for novice people to understand because these Machinima agents probably try to appeal to these smalltime YouTubers on a personal level, in hopes of securing a contract.
I encourage everyone here to watch the entire video, because it really does explain a lot. I really recommend that nobody partner with Machinima either, because they are nothing like they used to be. I doubt they'll be paying me to change my opinion though, lol.