The Enthusiasm Project

The Enthusiasm Project

My name is Tom and this is The Enthusiasm Project! Join me each week for deep dives exploring the world of what it means to be an independent creator on YouTube, starting your own business, and keeping a positive, enthusiastic mindset along the way.

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October 17, 2021 59 min

When should you call it quits on a creative endeavor? Sometimes it’s important to push yourself to accomplish great things, while other times it makes more sense to turn off the lights and  wrap things up. I guess you’ve got to “know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em.”

•This week's mic: Earthworks Icon Pro:
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• Thank you to Kevin Ramirez for my new podcast artwork! Kevin is...

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This week’s episode starts out with a video message from Guil Dormeus (an absolutely awesome creator) which ties into the crazy stories and connections that can form with people all over the world once you take the leap to start putting yourself out there.

•Send a voice, text, or video message to be included in a future episode!
 tom@enthusiasmproject.com

•Check out Guil Dormeus’ episode of The Hive Podcast:
 https://www.hivepodca...

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October 3, 2021 54 min

This week's show is a less structured exploration of thoughts and issues, a lot of which center around what seems to be an emerging trend of Creator Ennui, which is very interesting to me as someone who recently broke through a few months of being in a creative funk.

That paragraph sounds very fancy, I wrote it real good.

Thank you to Steve & Tommy from Smarthome Riggs for sending over this custom PodMic pop filter! I love ...

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September 19, 2021 59 min

Over the past two months I've accumulated a number of interesting (and functioning!) "retro" camcorders, including the world's first camcorder with an interchangeable lens!

This week I want to take you on a journey through time to uncover some of the awesome stories that these cameras have to tell. This is a VERY visual episode, so if you want to see everything, you can join me over on Patreon for the video version.

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September 19, 2021 62 min

Last week we dove into the world of retro cameras, so this week let's talk about the new stuff! I have a lot of thoughts about where Canon and Sony are headed, and now that I've used both for a while I have some genuine issues/concerns with Canon's approach.

The show also starts with a quick mic comparison! I'm using a "mystery mic" today, but I'm curious to see how you think it sounds and how it compare...

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September 12, 2021 58 min

Last week I stumbled across a Reddit post that shed some light on a side of YouTube & content creation that's less than wholesome" people being paid to leverage their influence without disclosing the fact that they're being paid.

It was a long post, so I want to break it down and dive in to see what this means for creators and viewers alike.

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September 5, 2021 57 min

YouTube Ethics made a big splash this week with some of the largest Tech creators on the platform working together to explain some of the ways that companies manipulate the media. 

•Here’s the full video with MrWhosTheBoss & Marques Brownlee:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V0lXIK9DZQ

🎙Ready to start your own podcast? Check out The Podcaster Playbook, a step-by-step DIY course to help you launch your show:
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August 29, 2021 56 min

In 4 years of "doing YouTube" my thoughts on marketing have changed quite a bit. Is it something that's inherently bad, or can it be a tool for good? Heather joins the podcast this week to talk about some recent "revelations" I've had about the confusing world of marketing.

•Check out Heather’s YouTube channel:
  http://youtube.com/heatherjustcreate

•Send a voice, text, or video message to be included in a fut...

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This week I’m so excited to have Luis Vega a.k.a. MrCameraJunkie as my guest! We dive into Luis’ story and cover everything from his history with photo and video and first becoming a “Camera Junkie” all the way to the doors that have opened since starting his YouTube journey and what it takes to go after your goals while also being a full time single parent. 

Luis is genuinely one of my favorite people and it’s been such a joy to se...

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It's time for a Q&A episode! Thank you to everyone who sent in questions via Instagram & Twitter (and in some cases, for sending questions on both 😁 )

•Check out our new community for enthusiastic YouTube Creators:
https://justcreatemore.com

🎙Ready to start your own podcast? Check out The Podcaster Playbook, a step-by-step DIY course to help you launch your show:
  https://podcasterplaybook.com

•Send a voice,...

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Heather makes her Season 5 debut to talk all about the Passion Economy business model and how its approach can help you to earn a living doing what you love without needing astronomically high numbers of subscribers and viewers.

I also explain a bit about how this has helped to shift my perspective towards monetizing my own channel/projects without compromising on the things that are important to me.

•Be sure to check out Heather...

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It’s been a strange week. After one of our friends passed away unexpectedly, Heather and I have been talking about what it means to build genuine relationships with people online and the impact that can have. I wanted to share a bit about our friend Jake and also dive in to what I learned from him about the power of putting yourself out there creatively and the impact that you can have, regardless of what any numbers of analytics m...

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If you’re a YouTube Creator, keeping your channel safe should be a top priority. Not only do you need to guard yourself from hackers and other evil doers, but in recent months the YouTube platform itself has become more aggressive about suspending and deleting channels, which in some cases are not violating any terms of service. 

This week’s episode includes some practical tips for keeping your channel safe. It’s not an exhaustive o...

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Have you ever been told to "stay in your lane"? Usually it doesn't feel too great to hear that, but let's kick off Season 5 by diving into what it means to stay in your lane creatively and how it can help you ride out the emotional highs and lows that come with being creative, paying too much attention to analytics, and playing the comparison game. 

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We’ll call this an honorary epilogue to “The Secret Series”! Heather is back to wrap up Season 4 by taking a look at what things are like 3 months into self employment and how I’ve been approaching things (which in some cases is very different to her approach).

Hopefully this will be some helpful insight for anyone who might be working to make their side thing a full time thing.

•Check out Heather’s YouTube channel:
  http://youtube...

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May 30, 2021 69 min

In terms of analytics, this has been the worst month in recent memory for my YouTube channel. So this week let's talk about when you should use your analytics to make decisions about changing your content vs when to ignore it and stay the course. 

Truthfully, this ended up being a really helpful "therapy session" for me and I hope that you can glena some useful concepts from it too!

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May 23, 2021 83 min

This week's podcast is a Q&A episode! Thank you to everyone who submitted questions via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and voice! This was a really fun episode to record and I tried to up the production value on the video side of things. 

🎙Ready to start your own podcast? Check out The Podcaster Playbook, a step-by-step DIY course to help you launch your show: https://podcasterplaybook.com

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Just when you thought it was safe…the Cameranundrum continues! This week I dive in to some less than great, but still not too terrible developments with my new Sony a7SIII, explain why I currently have two of them, and also give an exhilarating backstory to explain the intense anxiety I feel around large purchases and the outlandish sentimental value I attach to these objects What a ride!

Thank you to Aris for sending in this week’s...

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After months and months, I’ve finally decided on a new camera. The goal is to incorporate something that will add new functionality to my workflow while also playing nice with everything that’s already in place. I wanted to take some time (and it ended up being a LOT of time) to run through my decision not only to offer hopefully helpful insight, but to also shine a light on what goes into a major purchase like this. 

It’s very easy...

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May 2, 2021 60 min

Heather has spend the past week creating a video that now qualifies as a feature-length documentary and has reignited her passion for YouTube while also reframing how she approaches her channel and creative process.

Meanwhile, my analytics have taken a nose-dive since I left my job and that panic has cast a shadow over what I'm working on. We decided this would be a good time to sit down and dissect where we're at with our ...

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