Something Big

Most of my time has been preoccupied with the podcast I’ve been coordinating - it very much is like a full time job, and seriously wonder how many people do this thing solely as a side hustle. I have been going at it alone for a while, although the idea started out with a few other hands. When I realized I was the only one working on it anyways, I was like ‘f*ck it, let’s do this thing my way and not worry about asking for permission’ - which has been a huge problem for me in the past.

I’m so excited about this version of my creation. It’s exactly everything I want in a podcast, and exactly everything me. Just random. Silly, and random, and insightful, and honest (sometimes TOO honest), and well designed. I have so many good feelings about it, and so far all my guests a have had such a blast hopping into bed with me and chatting with the therapist.

Ekta, one of the life coaches in the early episodes, has be so great at helping me bring the science and expertise into focus. I feel like my ability to make people feel comfortable and honest with themselves and others, balanced by the technical knowhow and objectivity of the therapists featured on the show are making some great discussions so far.

Of course, like anything new, I’m learning all the things I need to work on a bit better. For one - I’m not used to speaking or being on camera, so I’m learning how to face the camera and not hide myself. Also, a big step will be making my language more assertive while sharing my opinions and insights. HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON SAY ’LIKE’?! Unbelievable, but we all do it, so I’m not beating myself up about it, especially since we’re only in the first couple episodes and I am super conscious of it now.

I’ve managed to book so many amazing comedians (and a wealth of other dedicated volunteers) in a short period of time with much enthusiasm, and it tells me this project is going to be something big.

I have about a month until I head out on a remote freelance trip / we launch (JANUARY 2019, BABY!) so, I have so much to do, on top of the freelance gigs that are making funding this whole thing possible.

  • Approve creative, fill social media page

  • Write supporting blog materials for social feed including profiles amongst other related content

  • Write Press Release

  • Figure out Libsyn for posting these babies to iTunes & wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Edit & Approve 14 Episodes for bi-weekly release

  • Create the maintenance schedule for when I’m OOO & continue to book more awesome comedians.

  • Grind for sponsorship $ because this enterprise is being held together on good faith, favours, and fabulous people who all believe in ending the stigma of mental health (and having a fun time doing it!)

Want to help, but don’t have the time? You can be one of our first sponsors, so I can pay the designers, brand managers, production assistants & guests what they truly deserve for bringing this project to life.

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