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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December 6, 2021 86 min

It's the Season 5 Finale! I hate goodbyes, so instead let's have some fun with my old ENG camera, bizarre stories from my time as a TV news intern, and of course, the fact that I sold my Canon EOS R for a Sony FX3 😬

🎙This week’s mic:
Earthworks Icon Pro
https://bhpho.to/3vkZEYZ (B&H)

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 tom@enthusiasmproject.com

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It's time for some gear talk! From anamorphic and portrait primes to old school broadcast cameras and microphones, there's been A LOT of fun stuff happen in my gear universe– not the least of which being the realization that I've made the switch to Sony from Canon without even realizing it. 

🎙This week’s mic:
•Electrovoice RE20 Black
https://geni.us/re20black (Amazon)

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November 22, 2021 63 min

This week I dive in to the how's, why's, and huh's of media kits. I've been publishing a monthly media kit for the past two years, and while it's not the most important resource you can have it's definitely useful and a great way to track your progress over time.

This episode breaks down the parts of my media kit and also covers how I produce the PDF with Photoshop & Pages and then upload to to me websit...

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November 15, 2021 73 min

Everything is amazing now: cameras, phones, sandwiches– it's all incredible. Unfortunately, that can also cause us to feel jaded about tools that used to help kindle our enthusiasm. It can get especially tricky for creators who find themselves receiving "free" gear from companies and feeling overwhelmed or burned out rather than excited.

🎙This week’s mic:

Lewitt LCT 240 Pro
https://geni.us/4fww (Amazon)

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Remember when “Hustle Culture” became a big thing a few years ago? While it’s great to see that people have realized you need more than a few hours of sleep each night and not every hobby needs to be monetized, sometimes I wonder if we’ve gone too far in the other direction?

 Maybe there are times when it is important to push yourself a bit further. But how can you "hustle" while also making sure that you don’t go full on “r...
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It’s time to celebrate episode 100 with a Q&A! Thank you to everyone on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and good ‘ol email for sending in Q’s to be A’d.

And another huge thank you to everyone for listening and supporting these past 100 episodes and nearly 3 years, it’s absolutely mind blowing!

I created a special promo code to get 16% off either or both of my podcasting courses. Check out himynameistom.com/courses before November 8t...
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It's been a big week for camera news, so let's talk about the DJI Ronin 4D and the Sony a7IV! And let's also take a look at what missing in some of the marketing/promotion of one of these cameras...

•This week's mic: Earthworks Icon Pro:
https://bhpho.to/3vkZEYZ (B&H Affiliate Link)

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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:
https://bhpho.to/3vkZEYZ (B&H Affiliate Link)

• Thank you to Kevin Ramirez for my new podcast artwork! Kevin is...

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October 10, 2021 51 min

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

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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

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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

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  https://podcasterplaybook.com

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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.

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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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