Before I get into what I did this week for the podcast I have a question. Does anyone else question their mental health whenever they are extremely happy? Earlier this week I was making a lot of great progress on the podcast, getting positive feedback on my work, and spending a lot of time out of my comfort zone with positive results, and all of this made me so so happy. But at some point it started to feel strange, especially after being too excited to sleep two nights in a row. I started looking up the symptoms of bipolar disorder because I was sure it wasn’t normal to be this happy. But I’ve felt more normal the last couple of days. Still happy, but like, normal happy if that makes sense. I’m on the waitlist to see a therapist so I wrote that question down to ask them when I get to see them. I’m curious to hear their thoughts!
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Back to the podcast update!
What happened this week
As I said, this week I made some serious progress on this project, and the nerves I was feeling last week are quickly being overtaken by excitement.
On Tuesday I had my first go at recording in the sound boot at the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab. It took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to get all the equipment working together and then I spent about an hour and a half talking through a practice episode. But when I got home and tried to review my audio files, I learned that they were too quiet. After looking online at the equipment diagrams I realized that there was a volume knob for input that I didn’t adjust, and I think if I turn that up next time it should be good.
Throughout the week I started reaching out to people for interviews. I have had a list since last year of names of people who I think embody the type of creative living I want to shine a light on. I was just casually reaching out at this point, to let them know what I’m working on and would they be interested in taking part in it. A couple people were a little apprehensive right away. Common questions included “what are you going to ask me?” and “what is your show about?” I quickly realized that I needed a document that I could send people that could summarize all of this information.
So I wrote it! I wrote the first draft of a podcast interview invitation document that would serve, well, someone like me! I am the type of person who needs to know everything before I dive in to something, because when I’m missing information I get anxious. It starts with the show tile, show synopsis, and the goals and mission of the show. It then has all the details you need to know about where it’s recorded. How to get there, where in the building it is, what to bring, what to wear (because it gets really warm in the booth). I include a summary of the conversation points I want to hit, but not exact questions. I don’t want their answers to sound rehearsed. I then include some questions for them to answer for me that will help me record an introduction to them and the work that they do. Then I talk about how I will schedule the meeting. And this is all before they’ve even said yes to my invitation! I want them to be as at ease as possible, so instead of calling it an interview, I call it a conversation. I do need to edit the thing though because it’s a little long.
On Saturday I found a song by an artist who makes a lot of his music available royalty-free for people to use in YouTube videos, and I sent him an email to see if he’d extend the same rights to a podcast and proposed how I thought I could make sure he was given due credit, and asked for his suggestions as well.
And finally, I booked my first conversation! Pop the confetti!
Oh, and can I get a drumroll please? I picked a name! And I think I really like it. Please tell me what you think by leaving a comment. I asked a couple of people and they seemed to think it was alright but I would love some more feedback. I’m still working on the tagline, too, so any suggestions to make that better are appreciated.
Coffee Break Creative: Conversations about creative side projects
The plan for next week
I’m spending the beginning of the week preparing for my first interview. My first guest is a writer, so I want to make sure I’m up-to-date on her work. I also need to follow up with her to make sure she emails me her answers to the pre-interview questions.
Having had one interview, now would be a good time to revisit the interview proposal document and add/remove information as needed and try to edit it down to the final version so I can start sending it out and booking more interviews. I also need to figure out how I can use Calendly to allow people to book right away based on when I’m available and the studio is available, and this will hopefully reduce the amount of back-and-forth emails when trying to book.
I’m sorry but I didn’t record any voice memos this week. Totally forgot. No other excuse. Sorry if you were looking forward to it!
See you next week!