Freelancing is all about your niche. You have to make the decision to find a path. If you scatter yourself to write about every little thing you will not grow. Being a jack of all trades doesn’t really serve you. That doesn’t mean you can’t writer/produce anything, but a specific place is a great way to start getting noticed. My advice has always been to find what you love. Nothing else is going to work the same way.
Of course, It’d help if I did that now wouldn’t it?
My Big Dreams
I’ve been a big fan of Larry King for a long, long time in terms of how he did interviews. Other people I’ve admired are Joe Rogan, Tom Snyder and Jian Giammeshi (before the scandals). I like intimate conversations with people because to be honest, that’s the best stuff. Sure we’re selling stuff when we’re talking on the air, but really it’s the conversations we remember that get sense of who the person is. Sales ultimately is about relationships. We support who we know, or endorse who we know.
That’s my philosophy when I interview people. When Morgan Shamy and I do a psychological session about how her discipline made her the ass kicking author she is today, or if I am talking about how K. Lynn Smith is going to take my lunch money, you get a real sense of the person I’m talking to. I’m great at that.
I want to turn the podcast into a talk show. Everything I’ve done this year has been to set this up.
Then last week it hit me. Why wasn’t I just doing this all along? To be honest, I don’t have a good answer to this.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Sometimes we just miss the obvious. I’ve been so set in doing it the way I’ve been doing it for so long, it never occurred to me to make the next leap myself, until I realized this IS my niche. Without being too hyperbolic, I do interviews better than just about anybody. I’ve talked to literally all walks of life about anything and everything. So why not turn it into a show.
So why not do it myself now? It’s not like I don’t know people that won’t do this?
The biggest mistake we make is that sometimes we seek approval before we take the leap of faith. We never should wait for what we know will work in our hearts. I felt like I created a breakthrough barely trying.
Because I have always done this. And that’s the key. This will be seemless.
Test, Test, Test
This is just a test for the future. I want to thank Annas for being awesome. We had that great intimate discussion about who she is, and you know what? She’s amazing. Single mom, comic writer, juggling a career to boot. She is the definition of amazing and I was thrilled to have her.
When I get going I’m buying this. Honest, her comic is amazing and I think you should definitely take a look at supporting it here.
This is a glimpse of the future. And I need to address the present.
What Happens Next
I interview people every day. I air episodes on Twitch at a somewhat regular basis, and do highlights on Youtube. Everyday I will have a guest as great as Annas (I admit that is a tall task. Annas is incredible.) and have conversations like these. I’m building an amazing line up to start and we’ll see where it goes.
The podcast will still have an audio component to it. Audio episodes of the show will air nightly. It’s going to expand and I’m going all in. This is what I’m supposed to do. So I’m doing it. And I think it’s going to succeed.
For those wondering, the audio show will continue as well, but be much more regular. There will be a reading only podcast on weekends. The rest of the week will be interviews, and great ones.
What if it fails? I’ll go back to school and take broadcasting. It’s what I’m supposed to do and I will continue to do it. It doesn’t matter if it works out completely different than I envision.
But a better what if to ask is this…what if I succeed? Here’s why I feel this is going to work in case you are wondering. No butterflies. I feel like this is going to work, it can work, and will work.
Stay tuned. Announcements are forthcoming.
How you can help me.
I have a patreon page. Click and support is the easiest way. Subscribing to my stuff like my Youtube Channel would be a big help too. Spread the word. Don’t worry; more books are coming too. But anything you do you here, would be appreciated. I promise you a great show and great people worth believing in. You will hear their story.