Podcast PreSeason 006: Audio Editing, Self-Compassion & Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a Hot Day

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In this episode, I talk about:

Podcast Tech & Recording Process


Captain’s Log: Episode 001 of the PreSeason Podcast

Yes, The Creative Impostor Podcast PRE-season launches NOW!
What the heck is a podcast pre-season?

Well, I am in the process of editing the 8 interviews I have already recorded for The Creative Impostor podcast, and learning how to set up my RSS feed in Libsyn (where the audio files will be stored) and then properly tag it to submit to iTunes and then wait for approval to be “official.”

I am finding this to take much longer than I originally anticipated. And I am finding myself getting stuck in perfectionist tendencies, lack of accountability and distraction (there’s always one more load of laundry, a sink full of dishes, a kitty to snuggle with, a dinner to prepare, a festival to attend…)

So as I was doing some walking meditation this week, I came up with the idea of a PreSeason Podcast, hosted on SoundCloud (which I already know how to use and do not need to wait for approval or deal with RSS feeds…), which consists of a DAILY audio blog with me… unscripted, unedited, totally authentic!

I spent my 4th of July holiday recording my first episode (the easy part) on an outdoor patio while cat-sitting and then uploading, linking, writing descriptions, embedding, re-learning how to use Instagram and Tumblr, creating an opt-in on this site for you to subscribe and writing this blog post (the part that took many hours.)

My outdoor recording studio and co-host Gracie for episode 001 CI PreSeason Podcast: www.thecreativeimpostor.com/podcast

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It’s a behind-the-scenes view into what it takes to launch a podcast. So many people have told me recently they want to launch their own podcast, or are curious about how to start. There’s plenty of resources, trainings, tutorials, etc out their on the web (my faves include Pat Flynn’s, John Lee Dumas’s, and the She Podcasts community with Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman.) What I want to offer is a real-life account of the days leading up to launch, no matter how messy that may get, so that you can learn right along side me and maybe even get inspired to take the mic yourself!

I listened to a great interview by Nathan Chan with one of my favorite people, Seth Godin, in which he said two things that really stuck with me:

1) The people who aren’t grabbing the microphone are hiding.

He summed up beautifully the way I feel that is part of the whole purpose behind The Creative Impostor, which is that EVERYONE has something inside you — a talent, a skill, an idea, an insight, a generosity — that would make the world better if you shared it.  NOW, more than ever, is the time where it’s possible to have a voice and a platform, and the time when it is needed, more than ever, to cut through all the static of useless noise that’s out there.

2) Blog every day.

Even if no one reads it or you publish under a pen name, write something every day. Get in the habit. Train your brain. Polish your skills. Seth says…

“The act of writing something down that you believe in, that you have thought about, and knowing that you have to do it again tomorrow will make you better at everything you do.”

And he DOES have a daily blog which I READ nearly every day. It keeps me motivated and inspired to do my best work no matter what.

So I’m launching this pre-season for YOU to inspire you to share your gift with generosity in full confidence that it’s possible to be heard and make a difference. And I’m launching this pre-season for ME so that I can “ship”, as Seth says, work every day even though it isn’t perfect.

I, for one, am NOT hiding.

Listen to the first episode here! And then subscribe at the bottom of this page for exclusive access to the rest of the daily PreSeason podcast.

(Oh, and that’s Gracie, my co-host for episode 001! You can see more of my outdoor recording studio and Gracie on Instagram.)

I’m launching a podcast! Impostor Syndrome strikes again…

“I’m launching a podcast.”

I’ve been saying it for months… researching technology and strategy; watching online trainings; devouring other podcasts to study what works, what doesn’t, what formats I prefer… (*for a cheat sheet of MY favorite podcasts, scroll down to the bottom of this post!)

Podcast Kitchen Edit SmallI have all the equipment and software. There really isn’t much you need, but a quality microphone is key!

I’ve defined my avatar (thank you John Lee Dumas for this tip), a person I’ve created who is my ideal listener, someone for whom I custom design everything about the podcast, and make all my decisions to delight.

I’ve made lists of topic ideas and potential interview guests.

Now all I need is an editorial calendar, an RSS feed, cover art, theme music, a few episodes in the can… and I’m ready to roll!

So what’s the hesitation?

The advice I’ve heard from other podcasters and friends is:

If you want to be, do.

Don’t worry about all the details, just record the podcast and publish.

If we could just find a way to monetize all that knowledge that’s in your head, we’d be great!

But this week my Inner Critic made a big time appearance as well:

Who’s going to listen to your podcast?

But you’ve tried so many other business models and projects and failed… do you want me to list them?

You need money now. Podcasting’s not the answer. Just go get a real job. I bet you’ll find something on Craigslist.

And to make matters worse, it’s totally gray and rainy out today! That just makes me want to curl up on the futon with a cup of steamy black tea, my purring kitty and an inspiring personal development book that will tell me how amazing and smart and powerful I am.

Well… okay.

On one podcast of which I’ve been devouring old episodes, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, talks about her inner critic, which she calls her Censor and whom she has named Nigel. It is hilarious and insightful — just listen to it!

But I do feel that people who set out to be creative tend to have wells of doubt… I would say, “You’re going to feel the fear, and you’re going to need to go forward anyway.”

…You start to write, and your Censor says, “Oh, you’re so petty!” You say to your Censor, “Thank you for sharing,” and you keep right on writing. You [are], in effect, training your Censor to stand to one side while you create.

I think it’s a good idea to name your Censor, because it begins to make your Censor into a cartoon character, somebody that you can grapple with, instead of the voice of doom from on high that’s condemning you. Your Censor becomes somewhat humorous. Nigel—I don’t remember how I got the name, Nigel. I think it just sort of came to me. I think of him as a gay, British designer, a very, very haughty queen who has his esthetics, and mine will never measure up.

I think when people come to study with me, very often they are perfectionists who are unable to let themselves move forward. They have what they think of as high standards, and they are going to hang on to them or be damned. But by the time they get to week eight out of twelve, they have been dismantling their perfectionist with Morning Pages, because there’s no wrong way to do Morning Pages… There begins to be a degree of self-acceptance, and when there’s enough self-acceptance, there begins to be permission to do something, even if it’s flawed.

…Name your Censor. Cartoon your Censor! Give your Censor a run for his money by saying simply, ‘Thank you for sharing.’

AND as Marie Forleo says in her recent video blog

Change the station on KRAP Radio! That mean voice in your head is not you and not true!

Andrea Podcast EditSo that’s it. Fiona can push $9/hour part-time jobs and previous failures in my face all day long. I’m going to meditate. I’m going to do my Morning Pages (if you want to know how to do either of those thinks, consider my Meditation for Creatives course or just ask!)

I’m launching a podcast. Hold me accountable.

AND I want to hear from YOU! Tell me your stories of your Inner Critic or Censor and how you’re learning to work with, through, around…