►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is AJ Orsini and I have spent the last 8 years in the professional wrestling business. I have held multiple jobs which include but are not limited to Play by Play Commentator, Ring Announcer, Interviewer, Pro Wrestler and much more. I have worked with some of the best talent in the world and I've channeled all of that experience into my current project.
Now I'm the Host of my very own podcast, Orsini's Uncensored Mind, which drops an episode every Wednesday at 9pm! While I do talk pro wrestling, I've made a habit of trying to hit on different topics as well. This project is basically an outlet for myself and I like to have fun discussing whatever is on my mind or on the mind of my audience. We do interviews, talk sports, tv, movies, comics, music and of course whatever is going on in the world of Pro Wrestling. WWE, Impact, NJPW, ROH and all of thee above. The content is intended for adults so Parental Advisory Explicit Content.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I first got the idea from another Pro Wrestling podcast I had heard and thought with my experience I could add a unique opinion to certain topics. I dabble in listening to other products when I have the time, it usually ends up being on long road trips. I had almost no goals when I started this thing. The plan was to use this as an outlet and whoever listened, listened. I stated in my first episode I'm making this for me and whoever ends up being a fan, I welcome you.
The motivation started after people started downloading episodes and getting behind the show. That's when I started getting that feeling that I wanted to push this as far as I could. Over 1,000 downloads and 9 countries later, I'm pretty motivated to make sure my show gets better and better. I started my podcast on October 11, 2017 and as of this writing I'm 36 episodes in. I also have special round table episodes, extra content on youtube, and commercials for promotional purposes. It took forever to get started but I've never missed a week since it did.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
Since I chose Wednesday for the release of my episode I like to wait until at least Tuesday night to beginning recording. That way I'm up to date on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live which airs Tuesday night. My show sticks to 60 to 70 mins so it doesn't normally take long to record it. I do one long take, I re-record what I don't like, and go from there. When I do interviews I go over my normal format but never over 2 hours. I don't like podcasts that just drone on forever, I get to the point. I hit multiple topics inside of the 60 min format and I release episodes week to week.
I needed to invest in myself, I used my own money to buy my equipment and I have upgraded from time to time since the start of the show. I believe in what I'm doing so I invest whatever I can for whatever I need. This isn't my main source of income so it helps but I'm still hoping one day it will be. My day job is an 8-3 job so I have whatever time my wife and son can lend me to do it. It gets hard, but I make it work. I have my own equipment, I do my own editing and I have not paid for any paid promotion or ads on social media. I have achieved my (so far) small success through word of mouth, my fan base from my traveling wrestling career and through social media presence. I wanted to see how far I could get organically and so far it's still growing.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
I began my show with 2 sponsors and even did reads for them on my show. It was nice of my friends to try to help out so I ran ads for them for the first month. Since then I have not run anymore ads because, to be honest, I wanted to get new sponsors and none have been interested as of yet. I could fluff it and do more of my buddies but if I can't be real to my audience then what's the point. I'm always open to do business with the right people but for now it's just me.
When I first started my podcast downloads were hard to come by, it's always a hard start, but now 7 months in I'm doing anywhere from 300 to 400 a month and it's on the rise. The sponsorships didn't help much but the interviews did. They exposed me to audiences that wouldn't normally listen to me and then they stuck around and dug the show. I've blossomed almost over night and I couldn't be happier with the progress so far but I'm always looking to do better.
Podcasting has given me more than just an outlet as previously stated, it has given me an amazing creative outlet as well. Trying to come up with different material and ways to be interesting on a weekly basis has been a ton of fun for me. This whole process has been amazing.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
Well the first piece of equipment I got was a Christmas gift and it was a Behringer Bundle. It sat in my closet for 18 months. I wasn't sure about a lot of things so the motivation was low. Once I started doing the show I used this until I wanted to have on guests, which you can't do with just one mic. So I invested in a Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer.
More mics, more people so I've been having fun thus far with this. I have a lot of connections in my field so my guests have been getting booked via a FB message. Sounds simplistic but it's worked for me. I only do face to face interviews. It's better for the chemistry of the show and more fun. I hate doing it over technology, so much can go wrong and you're not there to fix it. Most of my interviews feel like a conversation and that's by design. I want my audience to learn about the person I'm interviewing not so much the character they place on TV or in the ring. It gets real on my show and I get them to reveal their true selves.
►How do you market your show?
My episodes a currently available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play Music, Tune In Radio & Castbox.FM. All can be found by searching Orsini's Uncensored Mind. Podbean has a great breakdown on who downloads what and where and thus far my downloads have ranged.
Over 90% of my downloads are taking place in the United States but I'm proud to say over the course of the last 2 months the show has branched out to other countries. Citizens of Brazil, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Syria Arab Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevins, Ghana & France have all downloaded the show. I've stayed very organic using social media as a major tool. I don't mind branching out to other options if the opportunity is right for me and the show but I'm trying to see how far I can go organically.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
The best advice I can give is: it's not just great equipment, it's having a great knowledge of your equipment. In the early stages I had so many technical difficulties it was ridiculous. It caused bad audio, late release dates, etc. - it was a mess. So learn your craft as best you can and present the best product you can. It helps a lot with your presentation and developing a consistent fan base.
There are a lot of podcasts out there on every topic imaginable so if you're going to do one, be you. There isn't anyone like you out there, so pick a topic you know very well and be real with your audience. I didn't use any 3rd party sources for my material so I wouldn't know what to recommend but I would stay up on equipment and see what's out there.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
Updated: a year ago