Hello! Welcome to the Synthesizer Skool. The goal of this skool is to help Educational Content Creators and Consultants reach Financial Freedom by mastering the META for the Great Online Game - Synthesizing. Start by checking out these links - Classroom - Roadmap - Mission - Resources - Impact, Income, Fun - University - Work with Andrew To kick things off, please comment below introducing yourself. Let us know: 1. Your name 2. What project you're currently focused on See you in the comments!
A few months ago something clicked in my head, and I understood the severity of the 'disjointed knowledge problem'. I recall painful years of grind and struggle, trying to avoid the shitty life I was on the trajectory towards. Yet no matter how hard I tried, I made no progress. It felt like something was stopping me. I now see that the thing stopping me wasn't external. It was internal. I didn't have the knowledge needed to understand which causes would lead to the effect I so desired. That caused me to waste a lot of time making no progress. And I can see clear pivot points in my life after consuming certain pieces of content. There's an obvious before/after, once someone had imparted their knowledge onto me. So why is there not a better, more efficient way to provide life-changing knowledge to the right people at the right time!? The internet has provided us the technology needed for this to happen. If someone knows the solution to a problem that I have, and the internet has provided the tech needed for that solution to be shared, WHY do I not know about it? Why are there billions of people suffering from problems that have simple solutions? I tried playing my part to solve this by creating my own YouTube channel. If it took me 10 months to learn a lesson, and I could share that with people in 10 minutes, what more value can I bring to this earth? But I soon realised that I was not enough. I don't know everything. In fact, I possess an infinitesimally small amount of the world's knowledge. That's why I created Synthesizer Skool. And I'm incredibly excited to announce we've just hit 1,000 members. Together, we have an absurd amount of power. And if we leverage that power in the right directions, I really believe we can make some magic. This might sound too hypey, but The Synthesizer Revolution is here! EDIT: We've now hit 2,000 members! Read my post about it here: https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/impact-income-fun
Lately, I've been interacting with @Daniel Reynolds & @Siebren de Vos on Twitter. It's been so much fun, but sometimes they don't show up in my feed. So, I created a Synthesizer Twitter List to see their Tweets. (and yours) Add your Handel to this post, and I'll add you to the Synthesizer Twitter List. Cheers
That's what I felt like doing a year ago, last March. I started my channel January 3, 2021 (STEP 1) and posted several videos. I was excited and put a ton of effort into it. But then I hit the "Dip". People weren't watching and I got out of bed with a "vulnerability hangover" every day. As my feet hit the ground next to my bed I thought, "I will just stop and delete it all of it. Who do I think I am?" 🤢 Then in April, a video that I had previously posted, somehow latched into ranking in search and started to pick up steady views. I'd like to say that I was strong enough to keep going by myself, but this little push was desperately needed. Mother Algorithm threw me a bone. She's not all bad. 🦴 After that, I took months to put out a few different videos, but not because I was procrastinating anymore, but because I was learning what I needed to learn to put out videos that more matched the vision I had for them. I still wasn't completely happy, but I was getting better on all fronts of the Youtube creation cycle. By September I was cranking out fresh videos consistently along with breaking up older longer videos and releasing them as more digestible clips. (STEP 2) A few of these then even got picked up by Browse and Search as well. Plus, I felt like my content was getting better. My first video was no cuts with a title card and a sprinkle of music. Now my edit timelines look like a murder scene. 🔪 I even started to make money on Anchor by releasing my videos as podcast episodes (STEP 3). By the end of December and into January I had spikes on multiple videos. But then it fell back down. Was I a failure?! No, the numbers just fell back to about November's average, but I had already adapted. The reality is that I had a spike, and I'm still picking up subs. But it won't be exponential every day. And part of me wants to blame the recommendation system, but I know it's actually on me. I need to make a better product, especially in the thumbnail and title department! Quantity plus quality WILL get seen. I've already seen it happen. Just do it again. And again. And better. And then again.
Thanks for sharing your story Corey. It's great to know that we have a community here where we can see that the struggles are shared and universal. They're not isolated or personal. They're just trials to be overcome. And it seems like you are doing that well. More power to you!
I know a lot of good information to tell, but struggle with how to tell it. One of Andrews super powers is attracting a audience with his captivating storytelling abilities. I know it takes a lot of time and practice to achieve mastery but is there a solid framework to start from? I know there are prob countless articles or even youtube videos on how to do so, but Im curious to hear this groups thoughts. Any advice?
@Travis Moore Story telling is something I really wanted to improve myself and so I joined a Toastmasters club in my area. I heard a really inspiring story told well and I studied it and borrowed the structure of it. The result was I was soon regarded as a good story teller. It wouldn’t be efficient to share that structure on this post but the point I want to make is to review a storyteller/story you like and break down what it is you like about it. Study it and incorporate what you learn into your style. Another thing that helped me along the way was enrolling on a creative writing course. Apologies, I don’t remembered the name of the course but there are many good ones online. I think all of the recommendations from Corey and Bobby will no doubt have many gems that you can learn from
so I finally posted my first video, already learned some stuff like the fact that pics and video from my cell phone do not look good quality and that you cant even see the thumbnail pic well. I'm feeling abit shaky and as a perfectionist I really had to be like "screw this, just post it" https://youtu.be/3IfvW0CPUB0
Wow this video is so good, it’s like a reference book I have to keep coming back to. You’re literally living your quotes by publishing this video, so inspiring. Well done for showing up. Let’s go 🚀 #Start, then learn. Don't learn, then start.
I just became a "video creator" i guess. i've made 2 videos and honestly, I feel like I'm learning a lot about myself in this process. I don't know tho. Am I really a "creator"? Maybe the algorithm is the creator, and I'm the pawn. I don't know. Here is a video by struthless that talks about the flywheel problem for creators https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieq6V3o4rqM&list=LL&index=2
#1.2. How To Create Your First Piece Of Content After seeing @Liam Kircher take action after I challenged him to create content, I've decided to challenge every single person in this community who hasn't created their first piece of content yet. Make your way to the "How To Create Your First Piece Of Content" lesson in the classroom. You have until Sunday at 11:59 pm. Comment on this post for your public declaration. We have lots of people in the community that have been creating content for years now, and if that's you then congrats. You can sit this one out.
➡️ I start projects, fly high, but then crash them... because I feel like I don't deserve success. I want to change that. 🛫 Ironically, I self-sabotaged throughout editing this and embarrassingly took a month to finish. But I didn't crash. This time I chipped away (even with 5 minute work sessions) until it was done. And landed the plane safely. 🛬 How do you eat a whole whale? One bite at a time... 🐳 That's enough metaphors. You're not alone in struggling sometimes with creating stuff. Just get the whale on the plane and eat. Wait...what? Keep going, friends. 🙃 https://youtu.be/Vz-rEpOmsqI
To all the self improvement philosophers out there ;) I've been thinking about this for a few months: What's more important, a clear view of reality or your own wellbeing? Example: My friend used an NLP technique to get over his girlfriend who cheated on him. He Imagined her cheating, but added clowns music and gave her a clown nose. So this changes the emotion he had connected to the image. I think we should do everything as much as reasonable and there is no definite answer to whether this is good or bad. If you have a headache and you can handle it, you don't take an aspirin. But if you have heavy migraine and it has a significant impact om your wellbeing, you take medication. Sometimes it's okay to filter out parts of reality. I think there is just this belief that the truth and reality are the ultimate thing to strive for, but sometimes we just have to trick ourselves to make life a bit easier (blue pill) Now my next thought is, until what point is it reasonable to trick yourself into disillusion in order to reach success? So now it's not about tricking yourself to go from miserable to normal, but to go from normal to highly successful. Or maybe there is no ultimate reality or truth and it's totally up to me how I paint the picture of my life. So it all depend on how willing I am to change myself and my paradigm.
@Siebren de Vos I think absolute truth is unknowable because to know it, one would need to be absolute (i.e. eternal, infinite, omnipotent, and unchanging). Therefore what’s available to us is relative truth. What was “true” in the 5th Century, for example, is not true today. The world is not flat, the Earth revolves around the sun; not the other way round, and people are able to run a mile in under 4 minutes without dropping dead. Who knows what new truths we’ll learn in the next 100 years? I say don't limit yourself to what is and create what you dare to envision.
#Set sacred hours Are you a wolf, lion, bear, or dolphin? A while ago I started looking into chronotypes, as a night owl, I wanted to understand how I could use that characteristic to my advantage in a world which seems to be set up for the 'morning lark'. (At the time I was working in an 9-5 office job.) The Power of When by Michael Breus gives each of the four chronotypes (wolf, lion, bear, and dolphin) an hour-by-hour plan which will (based on his research) help you get the most out of your day. Another book on the topic is When by Daniel H Pink who argues there are three main chronotypes (lark, owl, and third birds) and again gives you an ideal daily schedule for each type.
My friend is reading When; I’d be intrigued to read it, though I have such a huge reading list. Perhaps a synthesiser could spare me the effort 😉 Anyway I’m curious to know how you used your ‘night owl’ designation to your advantage, if you’d be willing to share…
#Synthesizing Intro I love content that is useful and/or analytical. My path of least resistance, unfortunately, have steered me too heavily towards digestible content, and that bothers me because I'd like to be the one creating my own interpretations. I've put below some of the videos and channels I love. I'm currently trying to figure out the optimal way of handling multiple tasks, how that relates to stress in the brain. Richard Haier's Efficiency Hypothesis, that measures of brain efficiency explain intelligence, is also on my radar, and my intuition tells me this might tie up with a lot of other things in the future. Honestly, this is me procrastinating on learning to program. P.S.: fun fact, my profile picture is a painting of Emilio Villari, an itaian physicist, that I got as the highest confidence lookalike in this Google Arts & Culture's selfie feature. I hate having an old picture of me, an I hate updating it xD
Hello again! I'm Miling. I am scared of the idea of working for a job or career that has very less significance in the lives of daily going people. After living through a period of self-learning and reflection I was motivated to make YouTube videos, but I've realized that I'm more comfortable in writing out my thoughts and ideas; therefore I've now decided to start and write blogs. Thank you Andrew for this platform and your support. I also thank all the members of the community for their active participations that is truly inspiring us all. Let's do this!
@Miling Longphoi Ah I’m really glad to hear that. It sounds like you’re on an interesting journey. And I bet there are people who will relate to wanting to be creative and live a more fulfilling life. You could blog and share your journey as you learn. Just an idea 🙏
#How To Create Your First Piece Of Content I will create a twitter thread about by far my favorite book, Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. The observations I have made and the amazing take aways from the book .
I believe this community is a super powerful resource. But there are stretches of time where I don’t log on or interact with the rest of you folks. So I came up with a weekly plan to help stay engaged in the group. It’s quite simple (and _sort of_ similar to the 6 week challenge). Each week, all I have to do is create one original post and comment on 5 other posts/comments. Having this goal helps me stay on top of reading through the feed, leaving meaningful feedback on other’s posts, and contributing new useful content to share. In the near future, I might want to add reaching out to one new person, or scheduling another call/chat with someone I’ve met before. Some people are already good at responding/posting content here, but for those like me, this could be an interesting thing to try! –––––––––––––––––– EDIT BELOW –––––––––––––––––– Sometimes it is hard to come out with an original piece of content to post here each week. Would hate to burden anyone with something of little value and make the feed noisy. So I've come up with a solution. If I can't come up with an original post worth sharing, I will just double up my comment contributions from 5 to 10.
So I made a YouTube video and a TikTok video about the same thing. The YouTube video got 1,000 views, the tiktok got 42,000 views The TikTok got me 120 followers within like 2 days, from one 30 second clip that I put together in less than an hour. The YouTube video has gained me 10-20 subscribers. On paper, the tiktok did a lot better, and I should be focusing on that, but I really don't want to. Even though I got 42,000 views, nothing has changed, other than I can get a little bit more clout from saying it. If I got 42,000 views on a YouTube video, I'd likely be monetized, possibly in talks for a small brand deal, and have an audience that follows me. That's not the case with tiktok. In fact it's not even close. I know people who have thousands of "followers" on TikTok, have some videos with millions of views, and yet they can't make ANY money from it. Like they technically have a following, but they just lack the "influence". It's easy to get distracted by the low hanging fruit that is TikTok views, but in reality they seem to mean very little. In general, the shorter your content is, the easier it is to get views, but also the less a view is worth. From a feature movie, to a youtube video, to a tiktok.
If you didn't know already, there is currently a 90 free trial for final cut pro. It's a perfect time to try it out if you haven't already. I felt overwhelmed while going through the learning process, but ultimately I am glad I tried it. Here is the final result. https://youtu.be/_PX-gb8p9rk
I've essentially only made "talking head" videos. They are easy to film and conceptualize. But it was hard to get my personality to fully break through on camera. I had some friends say that I come across as too serious in my videos (I'm quite a jokester in real life). So I tried a completely new format– a mini sketch! It's pretty embarrassing– my acting is not so good, but it was a BLAST to make. Plus, it helps me introduce more play into the video. I've seen folks like Captain Sinbad mess around with different comedy sketches, and it's a fun way to spice up the channel and attract new audiences. We'll see how well it performs. But more importantly, I broke past some fears of mine, and really tried to find more of my voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXSUNZ7qtdo
I was setting up to film. Lights. Camera. Aaah sh**...my camera....I accidentally knocked it over and it smashed on the floor. In the midst of the sadness and grief I was experiencing, I remembered a quote (which I'll paraphrase): "How you do anything is how you do everything." I realised that how I react to this event - which is out of my control and very unsettling - is how I'll likely react to other situations that trigger the same emotions. Why is this relevant to you releasing content? Well, there are many factors that are out of your control when you release content which can be unsettling: - You may get zero views and no engagement. - Nobody may like it. - You may receive criticism and ridicule But what's important is how you choose to respond to these uncertainties that will make (or break) all the difference to everything in your life. Be open, life is more enjoyable that way. https://youtu.be/ssoT3q_cw9w
In yesterday's meetup, we discussed quantity vs quality and the pros and cons of both. At this point, I would like to experiment with putting my weight behind some bigger ideas with youtube moving forward. 🏋️♀️ Do you think any of these ideas are good enough to be possible banger vids? Thank you for your thoughts! 🙌
I was torn between the trauma and the vulnerability one, but settled on the latter because your vulnerability is what I think makes your videos very special. I would love to hear your personal perspectives on “sharing secrets” online.
(4/6 of our accountability calls) Three weeks ago some members of the community started a weekly Zoom call to connect with each other, hold each other accountable, and solve each other's problems. The main goal is to create one piece of content per week, for 6 weeks. To build the habit of creating, and grow your audience. You can see a recording of the first call here. And a recording of the third call here. This weeks call will follow a mastermind format inspired by Think and Grow Rich. Here's how the call will work: A member of the call will be randomly chosen by @Wiktor Romanowicz. The chosen member will describe: 1. Their current situation around synthesizing 2. Their desired situation around synthesizing 3. Any problems that are holding them back from reaching their desired situation. This should take less than 3 minutes, so if you tend to ramble, it could be a good idea to come to the call prepared with a rough idea of what you're going to say. Then the rest of the members of the call will try their best to help the chosen member solve their problem! People can unmute themselves, offer advice, recall times they were in similar situations and what they did, provide content recommendations etc. Ideally responses are short and concise, mindful of everyone's time. Then after roughly 10 minutes, another hotseat member is randomly chosen. I've personally paid a looooooot of money to attend similar mastermind calls, and have received a tonne of value from it (what's more valuable than a group of intelligent people all working on solving your most pressing problems?). The call will go on for around 60 minutes. And even if you're not chosen, chances are people are going through similar problems to you, so it'll still be valuable. Plus teaching is the best way to learn.
We spent 1000s of hours building a library for makers and creators. You can dive deep into cool topics around making products (startups) and content (creators) by finding curated, tried and tested resources. It'd mean the world if you'd take out 5 minutes to support our launch. https://www.producthunt.com/posts/nawvel Much love ❤️
On average, the pace of YouTube seems to be a video a week. It can be an exhausting process– the second you finally post your video, it's time to start prepping the next one. I found the momentum extremely important to stay consistent, but I had a vacation coming up, and I didn't want to miss a week. It's a classic problem many folks run into. So my options were skip a week, or plan ahead. Fortunately, I had the time to make two videos the week before my trip, and schedule the second one to publish while I was on my break. But sometimes life happens, and I won't be able to prep the week before. So I came up with a new system. Caveat: You really need to be posting at least a video a week to pull this off. Every other week, I'll film TWO videos, but only post ONE. Overtime, I'll accumulate some videos to post, and use it the same way I use "sick days" or "vacation days" at my job. Jobs account for other stuff happening in our lives, why shouldn't I do the same for YouTube? It's not the most original idea in the world, but I think doing extra work when I can, will help me out on weeks when I can't do the expected level of work. Has anyone tried something similar or have other ways they're able to take breaks from YouTube?
I agree it can be an exhausting maintain a consistent schedule along with everything else going on in life so I’m all up for ideas that can help. I’d be interested to know how you get on with your proposed approach and if you find it sustainable
I noticed that about 95% of the people in the Synthesizer Skool Community hadn’t yet completed the two offered free courses. So, I spent my entire Saturday completely finishing Andrew Kirby’s Synthesizer Course and Financial Freedom Course and condensed all the best information I’ve gleaned from it for you. Enjoy! https://whackamia.substack.com/p/synthesizing-synthesizer-skool?utm_source=%2Fprofile%2F13220398-mia-cardenas&utm_medium=reader2&s=w
Hey everyone, I've had my foot on the gas since I last checked in. Vertical learning curve! What's happening with you all? I'd love to hear about your *most recent action taken* and the *next one in the pipeline*. Over here, after swallowing whole 'The Millionaire Fastlane' and '$100m Dollar Offers' I created a quick landing page for a new project that follows the principles from those books (and a bunch of Russell Brunson's ideas, too). It's at https://nomorenagging.net. Next is to get it in front of people and get 1 paid signup (about to add a calendly link for people to book a discovery call—I want to go full 'one-to-many' with this, but figure if I'm going to do any one-to-one at all then a call up-front to build rapport is probably the one). 💪