May I be honest with you for a moment? Well, not just honest but a bit vulnerable? I believe I can open up with you...I mean since you have stuck with me this far, right?
Okay. Well, I was an early adopter of digital media, particularly podcasting. After producing independent audio projects for myself, clients and my 9-5 job, I launched my own podcast series. It lasted about 9 episodes. The content was rich and my guests were superb...
But it didn’t last. There are a plethora of reasons, but the one I hated to admit the most was that I was afraid. I was afraid of being rejected...it's one of my biggest fears, actually. (no worries my therapist and I are working on this) lol.
See, I had taken the low number of downloads to be a reflection of my podcasts’ value. I thought nobody was listening or wanted to hear what I had to say. So I quit. I gave up on myself. Quite frankly I gave up on my audience and guests whose episodes never aired.
In the interim, life has kept going. I’ve since wrote a book (BTW, do you have your copy)?
And the response has been overwhelming. So much so that it is in its 3rd print. *insert soul clap*
I know people value the message. I know people have been inspired.
Which is why I finally did it! I decided to put myself back out there. The best part about it is since my dinosaur days, there are way more tools to make production and promotion much more easier ...and exciting.
So guess what? You are the first to give it your ears. I want you to check it out and let me know what you think. The title is Move Beyond the Block (just like the book).
You can listen on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher for now. It will also launch on Google Podcasts and Pandora in the upcoming week or so.
Not only that, but my best friend Tracy Taylor is the first guest. Tracy was also featured in my book. If you aren’t familiar with her, she is an NAACP Image Award nominated filmmaker and writer for the hit drama series, The Good Doctor. We talked about how she was able to navigate the blocks of Chicago to reach some of her wildest dreams. She also talks about some disappointments she's faced along the way, and lessons she learns from her 7 year old daughter.
The premise is for each guest to share obstacles they have faced, and how they were able to move beyond those blocks in their lives. Ultimately, the aim is to inspire listeners like you to do the same.
Now remember I shared how vulnerable all this is for me. It really reassures us creatives when we get feedback; listeners download our episodes, leave comments, share across social networks. All of that lets us know we aren’t a tree falling in a forest. It’s like "yay, someone is actually listening to me!"
So you ready? Head on over to Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher to listen.
I can’t wait to hear what you think!
P.S. feel free to recommend guests or topics.