I tell stories with a lens and a microphone. I work primarily in the non-profit sector, and I'm so thankful for the opportunities I've had to meet amazing people.
I'm currently working off a maxed out 2012 cheese grater:
2x 6-core 2.4 Xeon
GTX1080 only because the internal power supply couldn't handle the Ti
SSD OS Drive
10G server connection with 600/600mbps
USB 3.0 PCIe card for peripherals
While it is still a very powerful machine it chokes on VR and h265 workflows. It doesn't handle complex AE projects well (talking dozens of comps and lots of alpha), and 4K pushes it pretty hard. I have a sneaking suspicion that the power supply is reaching the end of it's life based on the types of load crashes I'm experiencing.
I've already invested in high quality monitors and I have to work on the road occasionally which involves hefting this monster and it's peripherals-big plus to the mini for size even with an eGPU which easily fit in a pelican!
While I would very much prefer upgrading to a truly modular 2019 Mac Pro, I'm just out of options at this point. Considering a decently spec'd iMac Pro cost $7500+ the Mini seems to be a good option for the next 3-5 years. Hopefully Apple won't forget about the pros for another 6 years. I think a 2018 mini will be a noticeable step up for about $4500 (including the egpu) with a Vega 64. The h265 point is actually fairly significant in my developing workflow.
My proposed specs at that pricepoint (which is slightly discounted from apple's consumer prices through business accounts):
2018 mac mini
1TB SSD (2TB seems excessive even if it wasn't so obscenely expensive. It'll hold my OS, apps and a 200GB ludicrously fast media cache just fine at 1TB).
Sonnet FX 650 eGPU
8GB AMD Vega 64 (+$300 for the 16GB Radeon vii when it is released next month *fingers crossed)
If the performance holds up to what I'm seeing in reviews and benchmarks it should be a massive improvement compared to my current workflow.