My podcast debut. Kinda.
An idea for a podcast has been percolating. So, when I heard about a contest called Casting Call, a search for the next great podcast, hosted by Squarespace and Gimlet Media I thought, okay, I’m not ready for this and I have no plan for it, but why not give it a go?
All you had to do was submit a bit about yourself and a 3-minute audio clip of your pitch. A panel of podcast experts were going to sift through the entries and select three finalists to go to Brooklyn and record a pilot episode. They would air all three pilots on their Casting Call podcast in September and ask the public to vote for their favorite, next great podcaster.
Here’s what I submitted:
The idea was to have voice coaches work with regular people like me, who can’t sing, and show them how, with a few tricks, they really could sing, or at least improve enough to never be embarrassed singing Happy Birthday again.
The underlying message was, when we put fear and tension aside and put energy and breath behind our voice, we can sing, which sounds spiritual, but could be useful. I wasn’t promising rock-stardom, just a boost in confidence in what we have to say and how we choose to express it.
Instead of a call from Casting Call inviting me to Brooklyn, I glanced at my phone this week and noticed new episodes had been uploaded to their podcast. Ah. It’s September. Oh well. My big break was given to others.
When I listened to the series, (six episodes you can binge through in a few car rides) I got it. These ideas and people are incredible, unique in their own way.
It’s a fun podcast to listen to even if you have no desire to start a podcast. It’s a peek inside the creative process and all the self-doubt that comes with putting yourself out there. If you do have a podcast percolating within you, I’d add this to my list of due diligence before beginning. Along with How to be Heard, a book the ladies from the #amwriting podcast highly recommend for anyone pondering the podcast world.
Magic works in mysterious ways.
While I wasn’t picked for my own podcast, I was on someone else’s! I asked a question during the live broadcast of the This is Fifty podcast that was recorded at their event in the redwoods a few weeks ago.
Click the “Crazy Fun Q&A EP 55. My question is at 29:10 but I hope you listen to the whole thing. It’s funny and real and might spark some magic of your own.