The Colin and Samir Podcast

The Colin and Samir Podcast

By Colin and Samir
Colin and Samir are YouTubers and entrepreneurs based in Downtown Los Angeles. They found success on YouTube with their first project “The Lacrosse Network”, a popular media destination for the sport of lacrosse. After the network sold in 2014 to New York-based Whistle Sports, they worked with brands like Nike, Under Armour, Marriott, Gatorade and New Balance developing branded content campaigns for YouTube. They host a weekly show on their channel which can be found at YouTube.com/ColinandSamir
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Instagram is Removing Likes.
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we talk about our thoughts on Instagram removing likes from the platform. We also catch you guys up on our latest YouTube videos. Samir is off to India this week, so if there are any creators out there who want to connect / collaborate or any recommendations for restaurants or coffee shops - send them over to colinandsamir@gmail.com or tweet them @colinandsamir  
29:40
December 2, 2019
If you could do anything for 30 days
Colin and I are back with another episode reflecting on our year, giving you an update on what we’ve been up to and talk about what we’d prescribe to the world for 30 days.
40:02
October 28, 2019
Why we took a break
Hey, we're back! On this episode we talk about where we've been and why we took a break. We also talk about hitting one of our big goals on YouTube, 100,000 subscribers. Follow us on twitter, instagram and subscriber to us on youtube - we are Colin and Samir across all platforms. 
35:33
October 7, 2019
We made another movie ft Yes Theory's Ammar Kandil
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we talk about our latest movie, The Lost Pyramid, with Ammar Kandil of Yes Theory. If you haven’t heard about it yet, we spent the last month working on a movie with our friends at Yes Theory, it was one of our toughest projects to date, but we’re really excited about the story that we got to tell.  On this episode we talk to Ammar about the process of making the film, and bring you guys behind the scenes of what our last few weeks have been like working on this movie. We also talk about how we released the film,  which was a total experiment for us -  We released the movie using a “pay what’s fair” model - meaning that the audience gets to decide how much they want to contribute to watch the movie.  So this is now our 3rd documentary this year and our second documentary with Yes Theory, and also our second podcast with Ammar, if you haven’t heard the first one definitely go back and check that out, there are some awesome stories in there.  If you haven’t seen the doc yet, head to yestheory.com/documentary to check it out and you can contribute what you want to watch the film. Alright we hope you enjoy this episode of the Colin and Samir podcast featuring Ammar Kandil. 
1:02:59
August 19, 2019
Candid Thoughts on Turning 30
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast, Colin is back on the show and we’re just about a week away from releasing our latest movie with our friends at Yes Theory. Make sure to head to yestheory.com/documentary to get early access to the film - it comes out on August 11th and we’d love for all of you to check it out Another thing that is happening this week is that i’m turning 30. Colin and I love to talk about big milestones and i think that’s probably because we’ve gone through some pretty pivotal moments together over that past 7 years. Turning 30 feels like one of those big moments. On this episode we talk about my expectations and feelings going into the next decade of life and the concept of balancing time while trying to achieve creative and financial goals. 
40:43
August 5, 2019
Ask Samir Anything.
On this weeks episode, Colin is out of town and Samir takes questions from twitter and instagram. You can ask more questions by tweeting at us @colinandsamir Make sure to check out our new documentary, coming out on August 11th. Find out more at Yestheory.com/documentary 
37:29
July 29, 2019
Behind the Scenes of Yes Theory ft Thomas Dajer
 This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we’re joined by Yes Theory’s head editor, Thomas Dajer. We talk about the ups and downs of what it’s like to be a full time editor, and TD has been editing full time for 4 years now. In those 4 years, Yes Theory has built an audience of over 4 million subscribers and TD has edited videos that have gotten over 416M views on YouTube Alone, including a number of videos that have over 10M views.  Editing is one of the most important crafts in filmmaking, especially on youtube - it’s where the story comes together, and it’s what separates the good channels from the great ones. Some creators take on the edits themselves and some bring on others to help tell their stories - the bottom line is, without editing, films don’t get made. Editing is also where a lot of creators tend to burn out - long hours, not much sleep, creative roadblocks, software problems, the list goes on. Earlier this year we worked with TD on a documentary for Yes Theory’s channel called “Frozen Alive” and during that time we connected on our love hate relationship with the craft of editing and that’s a big part of what we explore on the show today.  We also cover ton of other topics such as personal fulfillment, time and relationship management as a creator and how it feels to be the guy behind the guys. 
1:04:20
July 22, 2019
F*ck it, Let's just get jobs.
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we bring you behind the scenes on a conversation we’ve had for the past 3 years. When we left our stable jobs and starting chasing the dream of becoming filmmakers, we didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest, we never expected it to be as hard as it has proven to be. It’s not easy when you decide you want your own creativity becomes your source of income, and that’s what we explore today on the show.  We'd love to hear from you! Make sure to tweet at us and leave us a voice message on anchor, we'll include it in our next episode. 
50:12
July 15, 2019
Who do you want to be? A conversation about Masculinity and Identity in Media
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we talk about how media, and specifically social media, plays into defining the identities we all connect with and aspire to be like. We talk about masculinity - which is an interesting topic, because most of our lives and careers have been connected to sports - and sports play a big role in defining masculinity. This has to be one of the most interesting conversations that Coin and I have had to date and i’m curious to hear your opinion once you get to the end of the episode. Our podcast is very conversational and we want to include you in the conversation - so drop us a voice message on anchor or a tweet on twitter at any point in this episode if you have an opinion or thought on the topic we are discussing. 
48:30
July 8, 2019
Making a TV Show: What we Learned
On this weeks episode we talk about a big first for us, We made a documentary for Television - a 22 minute special for NBC sports. We talk about how we got the project and the lessons we’ve learned from what turned out to be, the toughest creative project of our lives.
46:16
July 1, 2019
A quick update, See you in June!
A quick update about The Colin and Samir Podcast. 
01:33
May 13, 2019
Dealing with Self Doubt
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast we take a question from anchor that inspired the topic for the episode, self doubt.  Self doubt is something that we all deal with in some capacity but it is especially relevant for creators and artists. We deal with self doubt on a regular basis and we share some stories from our personal experience with the emotion.  We also give advice on how to deal with self doubt and give an update on our skydiving experience from last week.  Thanks to everyone who has reviewed the podcast and everyone who has left us a voice message on anchor, we seriously appreciate all the support. Enjoy the episode and tweet at us @colinandsamir
43:03
May 6, 2019
Saying Yes to Yes Theory
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast, we talk about a call we got from Yes Theory, we explore the concept of saying yes, which we did and talk through our fears about skydiving for a second time…which should pretty much explain what the call was about.  We also continue our conversation on instagram and debate some recent news about the platform. Lastly we take a really interesting question from a listener and give our opinion on the matter.  Make sure to review the pod on iTunes and leave us a voice message on Anchor, we love to hear from you! 
37:12
April 29, 2019
The importance of having a North Star - and we answer your questions
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we’re talking about a big moment that we experienced earlier this week. We got invited to an event from a brand we’ve always wanted to work with - and on this episode we reflect on the experience as well as talk about the importance of having a defined North Star when you are creating content or really just trying to bring any idea to life.  We also answer your questions from the anchor app - we integrate those question throughout the episode - thanks to everyone who submitted questions for this week, we’re going to try and integrate more questions in our episodes. 
50:58
April 22, 2019
Lessons from Game of Thrones - the value of consistency
Today on the show we are talking about  the value of sticking to a schedule when it comes to creating content. Appointment viewing is nothing new in entertainment - live sports and shows like Game of Thrones have found tons of success by committing to a release schedule. On this episode we get into our desire to find a consistent release schedule on YouTube, the value of doing so, and the struggles we’ve had every time that we’ve tried. Also, we are taking your voice messages, download the Anchor app and send us a message, we'll incorporate your question or topic into our next episode. 
36:46
April 15, 2019
How to Delete Instagram and take a break from Social Media
Today on the Colin and Samir podcast we're talking about social media use...specifically Instagram and the effect it's had on our lives as creators.  Social media addiction is a phrase you're probably hearing a lot right now and we're seeing many of our friends deleting these apps off of their phones and taking breaks from them, something we've done ourselves recently.  We've actually been taking a break from content creation in general and as you probably know this is our first episode back in almost a month.  In this episode Colin and I dive into our own social media use, what we like, don't like, and how we keep our time on social media apps like Instagram in check.  Towards the end of the episode we talk about some of Instagram's newest product features that get us excited to create with it moving forward. 
46:31
April 8, 2019
How to be more than an athlete with Paul Rabil
Check out Paul's podcast: Suiting Up with Paul Rabil Today on the Colin and samir podcast we’re incredibly excited to bring you a conversation with our great friend. Paul Rabil. Paul is a professional athlete, an entrepreneur a creator, a podcaster and the most driven individual we’ve ever met. He’s a professional lacrosse player and on the field is often times referred to as the Lebron James of lacrosse, and to tack onto that off the field he’s referred to as lacrosse’s first million dollar man. Paul has invested in and started multiple successful businesses both in and out of the sports landscape and most recently has launched his biggest venture ever - The Premiere Lacrosse League. With this new venture he’s not only looking to change professional lacrosse but he’s creating something that will undoubtedly change the way we view professional sports moving forward.  We first met Paul back in 2014 when we created a partnership with him to start a YouTube channel. Over the course of the past 5 years, we’ve created hundreds of videos together, amassed a subscriber base of over 160,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and created an award winning docu-series - most importantly we’ve developed a strong friendship.  Paul has been a great mentor to us throughout our Journey, he continues to inspire us with his creativity and ambition and we just couldn’t be more excited to bring you this conversation with our friend Paul Rabil.  The Wait but Why article Paul talks about on the episode: The Tail End
1:26:18
March 11, 2019
How to Change the World with Ammar Kandil of Yes Theory
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we’re joined by one of the founders and creators of Yes Theory - Ammar Kandil. Ammar and Yes Theory have built a global movement through their youtube videos about seeking discomfort, if you don’t know yes theory they believe that the best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone and the best experiences in life can often times be achieved just by saying one simple yes. Today Yes Theory has over 3 Million subscribers on YouTube and a rapidly growing fanbase across all platforms.  On this episode we talk to Ammar about creating global movements, he has this incredible ability to not only capture the attention of a large audience but also inspire them to take action. Ammar was originally born in Egypt and traveled all over the world before landing in venice beach with the guys from yes theory to start building their vision.  We talk about growing up in Egypt, living through the Egyptian revolution, creating digital and physical movements, starting Yes Theory and even more topics than I can list considering this was officially our longest podcast ever. Get comfortable, this is one of our best episode to date.  Because this is an episode about global community - we’d love to hear from you and where you are listening from, post a screenshot IG stories and on twitter, tell us where in the world you are listening from and tag @colinandsamir and @ammar to let us know where you are listening from. 
2:23:16
March 4, 2019
We did it, We made a movie.
 This week on The Colin and Samir Podcast we talk about realizing our dream of making a movie. We’ve had this dream for a while and we’ve talked about it quite a bit, we’ve always wanted to make a documentary, screen it in front of people and then have millions of people watch it….and all of that happened, within a week.  Here's the link to the film:  https://youtu.be/8cvhwquPqJ0 On this episode we talk about how it happened, how we felt during the process and how it feels now to reflect back on realizing a dream of ours. Alright so this episodes opens up in Colins apartment as we reflect on making our first movie.  We're incredibly grateful to the boys from Yes Theory, everyone who came to the premiere and to everyone who has watched the film so far - we are so excited about the response and can’t wait to make our next film.  Some big takeaways from this experience - be present in the moment, a lot of times if you put your mind to It, your dreams will come true - but not exactly how you thought they would, or when you thought they would - they might look completely different from how you imagined them, but it’s important to try and recognize when they actually might be happening.  Make sure to review the pod, like I mentioned, we are now on Anchor which means you can send us a voice message, we’d love to try that feature out and see what kind of voice messages we get from you guys. 
47:25
February 25, 2019
The art of love, kindness and empathy with Houston Kraft
Check out Houston here: https://www.houstonkraft.com/ This week on the Colin and Samir podcast we’re joined by a very unique guest. His name is Houston Kraft and he’s a storyteller and kindness advocate.   Houston uses his storytelling abilities to spread stories about empathy kindness and love all with the goal of giving people the tools to practice more of those emotions in their day to day lives   We wanted to bring you this conversation during the week of Valentine's day, a week where we hear a lot of about love of a specific kind - but there are actually many different varieties of love and empathy   I believe that empathy is one of the most important emotions to exercise if you are trying to connect with others, whether that’s through business, through content, or just through communication. Houston tells us his story and we talk about the concept of love and kindness. He’s a great storyteller and he ends this podcast on one of the more powerful stories I’ve heard from him. We also have some surprise guests pop in while we are recording, so stay tuned for that.
1:25:59
February 11, 2019
We never thought this day would come
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast we talk about a day that we never expected would come. We recorded this episode on Colin’s 30th birthday. Colin and I met when we were 22 and have been working together ever since. Our twenties were filled with experimentation, successes, failures and a lot of adventures along the way. On this episode, we reflect on the past 10 years, the work we’ve done together and the decisions that defined the decade for Colin.  There were a few unexpected moments in the episode - we had a brief weather interruption and a phone call from Colin's mom that we recorded, and decided to include an abridged version towards the end of the episode.  Enjoy our conversation and sign up for our newsletter at Colinandsamir.com 
38:05
February 4, 2019
Creating a career doing what you love with Matt D'avella
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we’re joined by our good friend Matt D’avella. We first met Matt about a year ago when we were on his podcast - The Ground Up Show. Over the past year Matt has grown a serious audience on YouTube, he’s about to cross 1 million subscribers, and some of his videos have hit the 7 million view mark. The interesting thing about Matt is that he’s made YouTube a career for himself without any advertising or sponsorships. He’s paved his own way to make filmmaking a career. On this episode we talk to Matt about why he doesn't do advertising and how he supports his filmmaking career. 
56:44
January 30, 2019
Finding your niche audience - LIVE Episode
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we took a trip to UCLA. If you don’t know what UCLA is, it’s a college here in Los Angeles and one of our subscribers who reached out to us is not only a student at UCLA but is also one of the leaders of a club called Creative labs. His name is Rohan Kumar and he asked us to come speak at creative labs. Creative Labs is an organization that aims to bring students together on collaborative projects, workshops and industry-orientated speakers at the intersection of technology and creativity. This is our first live podcast episode - tweet at us and let us know what you think about the format @colinansamir
52:51
January 21, 2019
Our first big Hollywood meeting
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we are bringing you an unreleased conversation about our first big Hollywood meeting. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that one of our big dreams is to make a documentary, and this conversation you’re about to hear was recorded right after we pitched the idea for our documentary to a producer named JD Roth. Our guest this week is Tom Boyd, you can check him out on instagram @boydercam 
48:38
January 14, 2019
New Year, New Beginnings
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we bring in this new year by talking about new beginnings and more specifically, we’re actually talking about the end of a very important chapter in the Colin and Samir Story. On this episode we look back and reflect on some stories from our first company and tell you why the chapter is actually closing on the day this podcast comes out.
49:32
January 7, 2019
We want your feedback
as the year comes to a close, we want your feedback on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we'd love to hear from you what you loved about teh show and you think we could do better.  We put together a feedback survey at ColinandSamir.com/Podcast it's a short survey that will help us improve the show in 2019  thanks so much for a great year - we appreciate all of your feedback and support!  - Colin and Samir
01:19
December 26, 2018
Dealing with Uncertainty and looking back on 2018
On this episode of The Colin and Samir Podcast, we take a look back at the past year of our lives…and this has been a year of a lot of ups and downs. Colin and I both wrote down some amazing moments from the year prior to the podcast and I think we both expected this episode to be filled with a lot of fun stories about those memories, and we absolutely touch of a lot of those, but we also dive into the uncertainty we felt during the year. The conversation takes some twists and turns that we didn’t know it was going to take, but I guess that’s fitting because it is similar to the way our year went...filled with unexpected twists and turns.  So if you’ve been following us all year or if you’re just starting to tune in, I think you’ll really enjoy this reflection into the past year of our lives and our careers.   
59:48
December 17, 2018
We've got a lot to learn
This week we’re talking about our experience at Buzzfeed. As a quick refresher, we pitched our show, The Breakdown, to a program called Vertical U that’s run by Instagram and Buzzfeed. Out of over 300 creators, 15 were selected to spend the week at Buzzfeed developing their shows. After the last day of the program, we decided to pick up the mics and recorded our thoughts on the week.  On this episode we take you through our experience at Vertical U, we talk about what we learned from the program and what we learned about ourselves from the experience.
57:36
December 10, 2018
Finding the the artist within yourself: ft. Sahil Chaudry
This week we're joined by Samir's brother, Sahil. Sahil can be considered a somewhat third member of our team - obviously, he’s been a big part of my life but also he’s played a huge role in supporting Colin and I as we’ve navigated the world of being professional creatives. He graduated from UCLA law school and ended up becoming a lawyer at a very prestigious firm, but once he got there, he started questioning if it was really how he wanted to spend his time - which led him to find very powerful creativity inside of himself.   Check out Sahils book at www.sahilchaudry.com Check out Ragaman: https://www.theragaman.com/ Check out Raga: https://shopraga.com/
1:23:23
December 3, 2018
The value of feedback
On this weeks episode of The Colin and Samir Podcast, we talk about how feedback plays into everything Colin and I do - from launching brands to creating videos, feedback is an essential step in the creative process.  We also give an update on a project we talked about in last weeks episode and end the episode with some Q & A from instagram.  This is episode 30 of our show and we couldn't be more excited with where the show is headed. If you have feedback for us please rate and review the podcast or tweet at us @colinandsamir    
54:48
November 26, 2018
Lessons from a Failed Pitch: dealing with nerves, comparison and imposter syndrome
This week Colin and I talk about a recent experience that turned out to be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences we’ve had in a while. It all revolves around a pitch for our show The Breakdown - and we’ll get into more specifics about the opportunity and the experience in the episode itself. This podcast recording was actually the first time Colin and I talked about the experience and it led to a lot of interesting topics in our conversation. We talk about how each of us felt before, during and after the pitch experience, we talk about the concept of comparison and imposter syndrome and we even talk about morning routines and how we each try and set ourselves us for success in the mornings. This is probably one of our most revealing podcasts - I think even we were surprised about where the conversation went.
44:56
November 19, 2018
How to remain authentically You: The return of Jack Coyne
Donate to wildfire relief: https://www.gofundme.com/cause/californiafires This week we are joined by Jack Coyne, who was actually the first person on the show. We dive into topics that affect us as online creators. The topics include the importance of writing, picking the right projects, advertising and the pressures that come with having an audience.  We love having Jack on the show and are excited that he is our first returning guest. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording. 
45:52
November 12, 2018
17 Year Old Entrepreneur and YouTuber, Jade Darmawangsa on being different and finding success online
Today on the Colin and Samir Podcast we’re joined by 17-year-old entrepreneur Jade Darmawangsa. Jade is a Digital marketer who has built a very impressive brand across all social platforms. Jade has a YouTube channel with 130,000 subscribers where she focuses on giving knowledge and tips on how to grow your business online. Jade’s been on YouTube for almost 10 years, so she brings a really interesting perspective on utilizing YouTube to grow an audience and a company. We cover a bunch of topics on this episode, we talk about business, family and dealing with being different. Jade is an entrepreneur, YouTuber, marketer, brand builder and all in all just an absolute hustler. I think you’ll really enjoy our conversation with Jade Darmawangsa
1:04:48
November 5, 2018
Questions to ask yourself: Are you living the life you want to live?
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast, we take a look at ourselves and more specifically, we take a look at our lifestyle and how the work we’re doing everyday is leading us towards a life we want to live. As we started thinking about this topic I wrote down a bunch of questions to ask myself and eventually turned it into a worksheet that I printed out for both Colin and I to fill out and answer on our own. After we answered them, we got together and reviewed our answers and In this podcast, we go over our answers and talk about what we learned by doing this exercise. We’ve actually turned the worksheet into a PDF that you all can download, just go to Colinandsamir.com or check out our twitter @colinandsamir and we’ll have a link to download the worksheet if you are interested in doing it after you listen to the episode.
53:53
October 29, 2018
Designing the life you want to live with Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street
Today on the Colin and Samir podcast, we are joined by our good friends, Rachel, and Daniel of Mango Street. Rachel and Daniel have created a very successful brand on YouTube through photography tutorials, films and a unique take on vlogs. They describe their channel with one simple line: “Photography Tutorials that Don’t waste Your time”  Since they started the channel in January 2017 they’ve gained over 750,000 subscribers and a rapidly growing towards the 1 million subscriber mark.  On this podcast, we talk to them about their creative partnership and what it’s like to balance their marriage with their business. We also talk about Monetization and how they think about diversifying their revenue as online creators. We get into a lot of interesting topics about the concept of creation, the difference between passion projects and creative projects and we talk about our mutual love of the greatest television show of all time, The Office. Tweet at them @mangostreetlab 
1:15:15
October 22, 2018
Why are we doing this? Answering the toughest question we've asked ourselves.
This week on the Colin and Samir podcast we ask ourselves one question - Why? Why do we do what we do every day? This conversation was inspired by a Ted Talk from Simon Sinek called Start with Why. We have been doing a lot of thinking around our purpose as creatives and trying to better understand our own personal reasons why we want to make videos for a living. In this episode, we record an open and honest conversation about our choice to work together and take on a challenging and time-intensive career path. I’m sure some of you have listened to Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk, but if you haven’t, definitely look it up on youtube - just type in Start with Why and it will come it - watch the 18 minute video, Colin and I liked it so much that we both ended up buying his book, Start with Why.    Let us know what you think about the episode and about Simon Sinek's talk, tweet at us @colinandsamir 
35:40
October 15, 2018
Yes Theory's Thomas Brag and Matt Dajer on working through uncertainty, dealing with lows and Saying Yes.
Today on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we’re joined by Thomas Brag and Matt Dajer from Yes Theory. This is an episode we’ve been wanting to record since we met the guys back in February. Yes Theory is not only a YouTube channel with millions of subscribers, but a movement and a way of life. They believe that the best things in life come from putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and challenging yourself to say yes to more things in life. They spread that message across the world through the content the content they create and we can tell you first hand that they authentically live the message in everything they do. If you haven’t checked out Yes Theory, we highly recommend you check them out on Youtube and see what they are all about, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be hooked. When we first watched Yes Theory videos, we were instantly hooked and decided to challenge ourselves to meet them in 24 hours, which worked and we’ve been friends since. On this episode we cover the early days of Yes Theory, the choices they made and the challenges they faced trying to get their idea off the ground. We were incredibly inspired while recording this episode and we think you will feel the same way after listening. Check out Yes Theory: www.youtube.com/yestheory
1:43:47
October 8, 2018
Candid thoughts on fame and early stage success on YouTube.
In this weeks episode, we are driving to the Grand Canyon to help out with The Jump. In case you missed it - Last week, Will Smith bungee jumped out of a helicopter because of our friends at Yes Theory.  While we were driving from Pheonix to Flagstaff Arizona, we turned on our mics and recorded one of our most vulnerable conversations to date. We talked about fame and what it means in the modern world. We also talked about some early stage success we've had with our new show, The Breakdown, and how that has affected us.  We hope you enjoy the conversation and please let us know if you have feedback for the show by tweeting at us @colinandsamir.     
34:26
October 1, 2018
18 Year Old Filmmaker Braxton Haugen on YouTube vs Film and Working with Colin and Samir
On this episode of The Colin and Samir Podcast, we’re joined by the youngest guest we’ve had on the show, Braxton Haugen. Braxton is a filmmaker and YouTuber based in Oregon, he has a long history of working in entertainment, more specifically in television. He’s 18 years old but as you’ll hear on this podcast, he’s wise beyond his years. We met Braxton because he wrote an article about us, and it was so well written that we schedule a Skype call to learn more about him. On that call Braxton told us that if we ever needed help with anything, he’d fly out to LA and work with us…so a few weeks later Braxton landed in Los Angeles to help us with our new show, The Breakdown. Over the past two weeks, we’ve put out 2 episode of the show and learned a lot about the production process. But the most important part of the experience was getting to know Braxton and learning how to collaborate, which turned out to be a seamless process. He’s extremely talented, he's well spoken and we’re excited to introduce all of you to Braxton Haugen. Braxton's YouTube channel: YouTube.com/BraxtonHaugen Braxton's Twitter: https://twitter.com/BraxtonHaugen
48:13
September 17, 2018
Brand building and struggling to stay consistent on YouTube
This week we talk about our new show, The Breakdown. We dive into how we are approaching our brand on YouTube and some of the struggles we've had in the past 2 years of staying consistent on the platform. Check out the first episode of The Breakdown on YouTube.com/ColinandSamir
52:29
September 10, 2018
Living in a Van and building Community on YouTube: Minimal Millennials
This week we are joined by Christian and Aubry from the YouTube channel Minimal Millennials. 2 years ago, Christian and Aubry bought a sprinter van and converted it into their home. They've traveled across North America and Central America and have plans to take the van international in the near future.  They are not the only ones who choose to live this lifestyle. If you search Van Life on YouTube or Instagram, you'll find a whole world of content that you can explore.  On this podcast, we talk to Christian and Aubry about the logistics of living in a van, how they support themselves financially and why they decided to put their lives on YouTube.  Follow Christian and Aubry Here YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2oD1D9H Instagram: https://bit.ly/2NdSOkn  
1:10:10
September 3, 2018
Creating Authentic Content on YouTube as a Company: Caleb and Niles from Moment Lenses
On Today's episode of The Colin and Samir Podcast we talk to Caleb and Niles from Moment lenses about how they built a successful YouTube channel for the Moment Brand. Moment is a company that creates lenses and accessories for mobile photography and filmmaking - their goal is to encourage and empower the creative in everyone.  When you watch Caleb and Niles on the Moment YouTube channel, you would assume that they are the founders of the company - and that’s because of their authentic excitement for the product and their true connection to their community. The moment YouTube Channel is an amazing example of how a company can successfully use youtube to develop a connection and communicate directly with their audience. If you are interested in utilizing youtube to market a product or company, this podcast is for you. Moment Youtube Channel Check out Caleb and Niles on Instagram Caleb Babcock: www.instagram.com/cameracaleb Niles Grey: www.instagram.com/nilesgrey  
1:11:45
August 27, 2018
Working with Jake Paul and the importance of Diversity in Entertainment with content producer, Mai Linh Nguyen
On this weeks episode we interview Mai Linh Nguyen. Man Linh is a producer for Jake Paul’s Team 10, she’s a content creator and an advocate for Asian Americans in entertainment. We talk to her about working with Jake Paul, hear some amazing stories about the Team 10 house, and then dive into culture and the importance of diversity in entertainment.   Check out Mai Linh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mailinh/
1:20:15
August 20, 2018
Building a long lasting brand with Professional Lacrosse Player Kyle Harrison
This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast, we are really excited to have our good friend Kyle Harrison joining us. Kyle is a professional lacrosse player that Colin and I both looked up to when we were young lacrosse players. As most of you probably know, Colin and I both grew up playing lacrosse - and as we grew our first company, The Lacrosse Network, we actually got to make videos with Kyle and through that process, we became close friends. Something really interesting about our relationship is that Kyle was the catalyst to get us into vlogging. We cover a bunch of topics on this episode including how to manage your content as a professional athlete, How to build trust with someone you want to film (like we did with Kyle), balancing family life and brand building, Lebron vs MJ and Race issues in the sport of lacrosse. Now in this episode we definitely dive into some topics that are specific to lacrosse, but even if you’re not familiar with the sport I still think this conversation is valuable to anyone who is interested in content creation and brand building - Athletes have always fascinated us with their ability to build long-lasting brands and Kyle is someone who has been building his brand since before the age of social media.
1:02:34
August 13, 2018
Facing your fears, Conquering Imperfection and Daily Vlogging with Cody Wanner
Today on the podcast we are joined by YouTube Creator: Cody Wanner Cody is a daily vlogger who’s goal is to encourage the Doers, he is also responsible for the no small creator movement - a movement that suggests that there is no such thing as a small creator, whether you are creating for an audience of 1 or 1 million, the concept of creation is so large that the term small creator sounds ridiculous Cody’s content has picked up a lot of traction recently after his collaboration with Peter McKinnon. Cody talks about why he started daily vlogging, how to balance his family life with daily content creation for YouTube and gives us a ton of great stories from his adventures.   Check out the video we made with Cody when he stopped by our Downtown LA studio: https://youtu.be/vSfIMsnINsg
51:41
August 6, 2018
Legally Blind Filmmaker James Rath on Accessibility, Self-Acceptance and Overcoming Adversity
On this episode of the Colin and Samir Podcast we interview legally blind filmmaker James Rath. James is an incredibly inspiring creator - he makes awesome content for his YouTube Channel, he directs commercials for big brands and he consults on accessibility features for tech and gaming companies.  We first met James through a cold email he sent us, we ended up getting coffee and making a video together. Here is that video: https://youtu.be/71Dl3eKi78E Check out James' Channel: https://www.youtube.com/jamesrath On this podcast, we cover accessibility, self-acceptance and mental health. If you are struggling with mental health, we have provided links to resources below:  NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. NAMI INFORMATION HELPLINE 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264) The Information HelpLine is an information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST. or by emailing info@nami.org.
1:03:06
July 30, 2018
How to send cold emails and bring your ideas to life: Madison Dye, Aerospace Engineer
On this weeks episode we sit down with Aerospace engineer, Madison Dye....Madison is also the editor / producer of our podcast. We met Madison the way we meet a lot of people - through a cold email. Maddy sent us an email a few months back and suggested we start a podcast and 6 months later, here we are recording our 13th episode of the Colin and Samir Podcast. For those of you who don't know, Colin and I actually met through a cold email - I saw some videos he was making and sent him an email. Cold email is often times how ideas get turned into action.  So why did we respond to Maddy's email? What caught our attention? And how can you be more successful in your cold outreach? We cover all of this and more on this episode of The Colin and Samir Podcast.       
49:30
July 23, 2018
Instagram Robots and The Future of Storytelling with Filmmaker Kerry Furrh
This week on the podcast Kerry Furrh joins us to talk about Instagram robots and the future of storytelling. Kerry is an extremely talented writer, director, filmmaker who we collaborate with on a regular basis. Most recently we made a video about Lil Miquela - a computer-generated Instagram influencer with other 1.2 million followers. On this episode, we talk to Kerry about her career as a filmmaker as well as the future of storytelling. You can check out our YouTube video on this topic on YouTube.com/ColinandSamir  Make sure to subscribe to the podcast and give us any feedback you have in the reviews! 
50:13
July 16, 2018
Conquering your Fears, Jumping out of Planes and Self Storytelling: Skydiving with Josh Rottman
On this episode we do something a bit different, we are bringing you a long with us as we conquer one of our biggest fears: Skydiving. Colin is afraid of heights and Samir is a very anxious flyer - so we figured we should combine the two and jump out of a plane. We started recording before we jumped and picked back up after the jump and by the end we are joined by our friend Josh Rottman. Josh is the one who actually took us skydiving, he's an incredibly talented cinematographer and is now filming while he jumps out of planes. You can check out his work on his instagram - @Emptyduckdigital This was a really fun episode for us to record, we hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends. If you have feedback for us, please rate and review our podcast wherever you are listening! 
51:22
July 9, 2018
Lessons from traveling around the world in a car: Alex Portera of The Nowhere Men
On this episode, we talk to Alex Portera of The Nowhere Men. The Nowhere Men is a traveling group of filmmakers who have a really simple philosophy - they believe that everyone has a story to tell. They’ve traveled across 35 different countries over the past 4 years - mostly by car and they filmed all of it. They learned a lot about themselves and about travel and film the most importantly they learned about the kindness of strangers. Alex tells us some amazing stories in this episode, we talk to him about learning how to film and edit and about what you learn from traveling the world in a car.  Enjoy our conversation with Alex and check out The Nowhere Men  Follow Alex and The Nowheremen here: https://www.facebook.com/nowheremenadventures  
59:27
June 25, 2018
Bringing an idea to life and dropping the term "YouTuber" : Your Questions Answered
This week we decided to experiment with the format of this podcast. We decided to wear wireless lav mics and walk around Venice beach answering the questions that you put in the reviews of our show. The idea came from a conversation we had about "Daily Vlogging" in podcast form and what that would be like, we thought it would be interesting to hear what it sounded like to go through daily life with a mic on.  Let us know what you think about this episode and of this format, you can tweet at us @colinandsamir and you can also rate & review our podcast. Feel free to leave a question in our reviews and we will answer it on a future episode.  We reference a YouTube video in this episode about a book that became the number 1 best seller on Amazon - here's the link to that video: https://youtu.be/_DRsu5Cv3O0 - Colin and Samir
30:19
June 18, 2018
Ask us Questions: Show Update #1
Hey Everyone - just a quick update from us: On next week's episode we are doing a Q & A, so we're asking our audience to rate & review our podcast and leave a question in your review. Whichever platform you listen on, you can review the podcast there and leave a question in your review. We'll pick out our favorite ones and answer them on next weeks episode. 
01:45
June 12, 2018
Dealing with Creative Block and Burn Out
We have been feeling "Burnt Out" from the pressures we place on ourselves to achieve a certain amount of success through our content. This week on the Colin and Samir Podcast we are opening up about mental health as a creator and an avid social media user. Nobody can stay in perfect mental health 100% of the time, but just like we train our bodies at the gym and with personal trainers we can train our mind to by happier and health with certain tools and trained Mental Health Professionals.
39:29
June 11, 2018
The Future of Live Entertainment: HQ Trivia, Twitch and Logan Paul vs KSI
Since its inception live entertainment has been dominated by sporting events and major networks, but with the advent of live video game streaming, YouTuber boxing, and HQ trivia we think the future of live entertainment will belong to the online creators. .
47:57
June 4, 2018
How to Sell Your Movie to Netflix with Filmmaker Matt D'avella
Matt D'avella is an award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for his movie Minimalism. Matt has done something that Colin and I have always wanted to do, make a movie and sell it to Netflix. Matt asked us to be on his podcast and after we were done recording the episode we kept the mics on and asked him some questions. Make sure to check out Matt on YouTube where he releases The Ground Up Show (his podcast) in full along with insightful tips for aspiring creatives.
21:59
May 22, 2018
Jake & Josh: building a World Record Trick Shot Channel on YouTube, Sending Cold Emails, and Making the content you want to make.
Jake & Josh are creators who've grown to over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube in just under 9 months. They perform trick shots and break World Records every Wednesday. Josh Horton is one of the best jugglers in the world and performs regularly on primetime tv shows as well as in person during the halftime shows of major sporting events. He also has a background in social media which we get into in detail on the podcast.
59:55
May 16, 2018
Jack Coyne on working with Casey Neistat, Beme News and Finding your own voice as a YouTuber
Jack Coyne is a filmmaker and YouTuber based out of New York City that got his start working for Casey Neistat. After a complete overhaul of the company by CNN, Beme was restructured and Jack was let go. Within days of the news Jack released a video on his personal YouTube channel that garnered over 1.2 million views and launched his career as a YouTuber. Enjoy our conversation with Jack about working with Casey, his time at Beme, and finding your voice as a YouTuber.
1:13:05
May 14, 2018
Why Every YouTuber Has a Podcast
You Might notice that YouTubers are starting podcasts. But why would video creators be interested in audio? We break down our reasons for why it makes sense that YouTubers are starting podcasts in 2018. This is also the topic of our most recent YouTube video, check it out at YouTube.com/ColinandSamir
26:34
May 8, 2018
Creative Partnerships
One of the most commonly asked questions is how did we meet and how does our partnership work? We’ve found it’s fairly unique to have a creative partnership like we have. So we decided to dedicate our first episode to breaking down our creative partnership and give you tips on how to successfully collaborate with others.
1:02:58
May 8, 2018
Podcast Trailer
Hi we’re Colin and Samir, creative entrepreneurs that love talking about online video and entertainment. We’ll break down the latest trends and bring on friends to talk about their experiences as online video creators. Subscribe for a new podcast every Monday.
02:27
May 7, 2018