Episode 130

Published on:

15th May 2020

YouTube For the Documentary Filmmaker with David Hoffman

It's hard to refute the power and potential of the second biggest search engine in the world, YouTube. Especially for the independent doc filmmaker.

Here at TDL we have long talked about the importance of you, the doc filmmaker, in fully embracing and becoming your best entrepreneurial self. The importance of building your own brand. Raising your own funding. Building audiences for all of your work. Selling yourself and your work. YouTube is a great platform for you to be doing this.

In our first segment, Chris G. Parkhurst, gives us 5 Tips For Becoming a Documentary Filmmaking Entrepreneur.

This segment is followed by a discussion with one of the champions of YouTube for the doc filmmaker, David Hoffman, a doc filmmaking veteran of the industry for over 50+ years, who is now making his living via YT!

Topics Discussed

  • how 50+ year doc filmmaking veteran, David Hoffman, came to embrace YouTube
  • how much Hoffman makes per day with YouTube
  • how YouTube is changing the landscape of documentary filmmaking
  • why doc filmmakers need to also embrace the power of the platform
  • best practices for your YouTube channel


Additional Resources

From David Hoffman to Each of My Subscribers



What Happens When You Lose Everything, David Hoffman on TEDTalks

Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.



Why You Should Support David Hoffman



Check out David's PATREON PAGE to help support him!


Sponsors & Thank Yous

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About the Podcast

The Documentary Life
Documentary filmmaker & host, Chris G. Parkhurst, inspires & informs you on how to best live and lead your own doc life.
Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

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