Starting a creative podcast has been on my list of things to try since about 2013 when I started listening to podcasts and discovered people like Pat Flynn and his tutorials on podcasting – I even created a page for it in 2014 that said “Podcast Coming Soon….”
Soon became 2016. Two years later.
You wanna know what finally made it happen? Someone sent me the secret sauce: A challenge, clear steps to do it and accountability.
Like producing anything creative, often there’s a launch point, an idea, a suggestion from someone, a course you take, a coach or mentor you sign up with and the only way that it (whatever IT is for you) becomes a reality, is by being challenged, learning and understanding the steps to make happen and by being held accountable.
For this podcast, I needed a reason (a challenge) to push it up on the priority list and I got one in an email from Paul Jarvis and his Sunday Dispatch announcing his podcast challenge and politely inviting me to check out his Podcast Like a Boss masterclass. I said yes to the challenge and jumped on getting the tools that I had had on my list for years – a microphone and pop filter – opened up Garage Band and went for it. His challenge included specific steps to take, a deadline to complete them and a promise of a follow-up email to check on the progress (that secret sauce). So grassroots creative podcast, here we go!
Two years of a coming soon page and I either had to trash the idea or go do it – now or never.
So now, we’re less than a week into making history on the new show, Behind The Canvas. Funny thing is, now that I’ve let it loose, ideas I had toyed with long ago, are begging to be released – Hmmm… Why not a network? And this one I love: How to convince my husband [aka awesome voice, a natural storyteller and so easy to listen to] agree to host it! For now, I’m excited to have a new way to help and share what I’ve learned.
The mission for the show is to create a portable way for artists to hear from other artists and industry professionals and learn with a mentor in DIY style – the best of both.
To learn DIY style without a mentor, you could pour over books, take a workshop or two, join a group or association. But here’s the thing, most successful artists have a mentor or two. You need someone, even if it’s just a voice on your mp3 player.
The weekly podcast may be just the push you need to get disciplined with your art, submit a proposal for an exhibit, open your own gallery or relaunch after being in a career or home with kids for a few years. If you need more, you can always reach out, email me or schedule a hello call, where you can ask specific questions you need help with. For more mentoring, accountability or coursework to get your dreams done, check out the Work With Me page and choose the best fit.
Maybe you’re thinking of creating your own podcast?!
If you are, I’ve created an infographic to show you my podcast workflow and how I went from choosing an audience to publishing to iTunes. Get it and share it:
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