►Tell us about you and your podcast
Tim Star & Gabriel Musheyev. I'm from Chicago, Gabi grew up in the Soviet Union.
The Universe Between Your Ears is candid, unscripted conversations that strive to bring ideas of value to the audience. We start with the premise that our lives are as fabulous or as miserable as we think they are, so let’s work on how we view things. We have conversations, not interviews. No set show length. We dig deep if something interesting/important is brought up, and hope that the audience would ask the same things, rather than go thru a set checklist of questions that will be asked on every other show.
Our listeners are people looking for new perspectives on life.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
Podcasting is a way to spread ideas without spending a fortune. We spent about a month recording interviews. Launched Jan 15/2018, with 3 episodes. One per week since.
My co-host and I belong to a Law of Attraction meetup, and we both found that many of the conversations there left us wanting to go deeper. I asked him one day if he wanted to do a podcast, and we were totally in sync on the purpose and format from the beginning.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
We schedule recordings on 2 days of the week, and I edit where and when I can squeeze it in – mostly from a chair in my living room. Funding is really a non-issue. You DON’T need expensive equipment to sound decent, and if your guests are using crappy equipment, you’re never going to sound like you’re in a studio, anyway.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
We talk to fascinating people with often unique perspectives on life. I learn from the original conversation, but the lessons are reinforced when editing. In addition, I’m learning to be a better listener and questioner.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
Guests schedule online via Acuity. I do minimal research, because we want to have natural conversations, and not a list of questions to ask. We are using Zoom to record, because we do video as well as audio. Editing is minimal. We upload videos to YouTube and audios to Libsyn. There is a unique web page for each episode.
►How do you market your show?
We create a monthly promo graphic listing the upcoming guests with episode-specific graphic for each. We then share those to Facebook in multiple groups. Guests get a copy of the episode-specific graphic as well as a short promo video that they can also share.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Spend what you can afford to spend to get started, if that’s an issue. Upgrade later. Focus on content. If you do interviews, TALK to your guests, don’t read questions at them. Have fun. Choose a topic you love. Have fun. Pay NO attention to stats. Don’t be afraid to ask authority figures for input or appearances. Production will eat your time, if you are a perfectionist. Even simple editing is time-consuming. I spend 3x the length of the recording to complete everything.
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