I am super excited about the Crazy Creative Podcast. I feel that if I do this well, it can potentially lead to other things. I enjoy many podcasts and radio shows. But, I’m a designer, not a broadcaster. I’m good at creating visually appealing things. But, the audio-visual world is a whole new ballgame and it requires a completely different set of skills.
10 Things I’ve While Starting A Podcast:
- Charge your batteries – During my second interview with IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle, my camera died seven minutes into shooting. I was totally embarrassed and I didn’t have a spare. It was a total Busch league move. I could have continued with just the audio, but I felt that giving up on my audio/video format on just the second episode would be a bad move. I now always keep a fully charged spare.
- Know your equipment – During my first interview with Tim Wengertsman, I was so nervous that I forgot to keep track of time. My DSLR camera can only shoot twenty-minute clips. My guest and I talked for over 45 minutes before realizing the camera had cut out. This made for less a desirable video in the end. Now that I am aware of my twenty-minute time limit, I divide interviews into chunks. This helps keep my guest and me fresh. Editing is much more efficient, too.
- Two cameras look better than one, but one is easier to manage – I want a super snazzy show that pans back and forth between my guest and me as we talk. But, I found this extremely time-consuming in the back-end. My first interview was almost two hours long, and editing took almost ten-days. I’ll pick up a second camera when this show takes off and I can hire a crew.
- Record indoors – I decided to record my second interview, with IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle, outside because it was a beautiful day. Unfortunately, the wind picked several times during recording and totally jacked up the audio. I would avoid this in the future, unless I knew there would absolutely be no wind.
- Know your guest – This might be the most important part. I suggest that you research your guest thoroughly; know what they do and their major accomplishments. Knowing a lot about my guest allows me to contribute to the conversation. I practice my interviews by myself for day days before recording. I feel that this mental preparation allows me to respond quicker during the interview, and it also helps me keep the conversation on track.
- Prep your guests – Just like I need to prepare for the interview, I like to help my help guest prepare, too. I send a document filled with basic questions to all of my guests so they can mentally prepare for the interview. Since I can only shoot in twenty-minute segments, I prep my guest for each segment. I’ll describe what topics I think we should cover before recording. Then, I just hit record and let the conversation flow.
- Control your um’s and ah’s – This part is hard, and I’m still working on it. Real-life conversations sound so much different from professional interviews. I think this just need more preparation.
- Listen, but don’t be silent – I try not to let my guests ramble on and on and risk boring your audience to death. At the same time, I don’t want to talk all over my guest. An interview is a fine balance between my guest’s story, and pops of color from my comments and questions. You’ve got to keep it interesting.
- It’s just a conversation – Treat it that way. I remind my guests that we’re just talking – keep it loose and light. I find that the best parts of an interview are when the guest and I get into a topic that’s totally unrelated and unplanned. The little organic moments are gold.
- Have fun! – Wait, this is the most important part! Lighten up. If I’m not having fun, the podcast could be boring. I like to joke around and have fun. I try to laugh with my guests. Chances are, if we’re both laughing at some point in the conversation, the audience is too.
Right now I’m having fun with the podcast. I’m a social person and I love meeting and talking to new people. I also think I’m good at teaching myself new skills quickly, and applying them effectively. But, I know that I still have a lot to learn.
I’m excited to see where this thing goes!
What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below.