Addicted to Podcasting

Hi everyone my name is DJ and I am addicted to podcasting. Whew, that felt good to say it out loud. As a videographer, it has been my passion to tell stories using video. There is something about the documentary style editing that has always appealed to me. It always made me feel like a sculptor chipping away at the unnecessary pieces in order to have the final finished masterpiece. Somewhere between color grading and sound editing I realize the amount of time I have spent creating my work of art. Many clients don't realize how much craft and time goes into each and every video, going in many cases frame by frame adding keyframes in order to cover some imperfection or effect throughout the length of a clip. It is time consuming and can be tedious and I love it.

Recently though I began a podcast called Business Stories. (check it out if you haven't already) My first episode I sat alone in my living room, don't worry I wasn't Ron Burgundying it, I did indeed have pants on, but I set up my gear pressed record and just talked, I introduced myself and shared stories about why I was and somehow always knew I was destined to be a business owner. The truth is, it was such a freeing activity, I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I finalized and posted it. I was hooked. I set up our next episode immediately with my friend Bandaly a.k.a. DJ Truth, and whenever we get together it is a fun time, but this was special, I was able to learn details about him that I did not know. It dawned on me that I really enjoyed doing this. The original plan was to release 1 new episode a week, but the truth is that was never going to be enough to satisfy me. You see I have always been a reserved shy introvert who was not very good at small talk, or sparking a conversation to a stranger from nothing. Where would I go with the conversation if they mentioned something I was interested in or know anything about? What do I do if I get stuck. I am not a good dancer, I wasn't bad back in the late 80's and early 90's, I had the running man, and the roger rabbit down, I could do the vanilla Ice dances from his videos, mixed in with some Kid and Play, and every now and again a worm or two. But I was never good at ballroom dancing, or anything where others would depend on me to lead. The same is true for me in conversations, if it is not a topic I am overtly confident about, I would never be able to lead the conversation with a stranger. I liked to control the conversation but was not good at it, I still don't think I am. However having guests on MY podcast was different, I would navigate and guide the conversations like a sea captain (shout out to my dad) because it was on my terms. I was learning, learning about my guests, and about myself, I am learning how to adjust to conversations how to interview others, and I would say that this is an essential skill for everyone. I absolutely love it, because I get the same feeling I would spending a ton of my time chiseling away at a video, yet this only takes a fraction of that time. I am able to put out content at an incredible pace doing them, and I am now looking to do multiple episodes a day, maybe I will strategically release them, however knowing myself I will be like a kid on Christmas morning, unable to wait to open gifts. As soon as I am done recording, I am anxious to export that file, do some audio editing and then get it ready to be live. I love everything that comes with it. It challenges me to be creative on Instagram and Facebook, pushes me to learn photoshop a bit more so that I can ensure the photos fit the exact size the podcast episode recommends, It challenges me to be the me I want to be. I am not ashamed to be an introvert, I am ashamed that I used that as an excuse and a wall to hide behind and not let others see what I can become. My favorite quote/ poem of all time is this “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -- Marianne Williamson

This Podcast has awaken something in me that has truly given life to a passion I didn't even know I yeah I think I may be addicted, and it may become a problem, but for now I am going to go 100 MPH ahead through anything.

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