Podcasting As A Creative Outlet For A Goal-Oriented Creator

Josh Tracey
March 11, 2018 - "The podcasting subreddit has been massively helpful to me and I don't know what I would've done without them..."
Since 2017

►Tell us about you and your podcast

My name is Joshua Tracey, I live in a small town in the New Jersey suburbs.  I work in data analytics as well as teaching martial arts classes on the side, with whatever leftover time I have devoted to podcasting.  My podcast is half sports, half movies and tv, with a little bit on music thrown in on occasion.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

I mainly started this podcast as a kind of creative outlet.  I absolutely love talking about the things I'm passionate about and thought the podcast was a great platform for doing so.  I also listen to over a dozen different podcasts in my own time.

My initial goal was just to see if I could do it and find a small amount of success doing it.  Nothing crazy, but enough to know that there are people who are interested in what's being presented each episode.

I started in December of 2017. I believe it took me about 2 or 3 weeks to release my first episode, though I can't be sure.


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

I tend to release at least 2 episodes per week; occasionally 3 if I have the time.  Each episode takes about 3 hours of recording/editing, excluding the initial work that goes into each episode (watching games/movies, listening to albums).  

I spend about $20/month in podcasting services and somewhere around $150-$200 in gear. I find the time to do it just through shear power of will and drive to meet my goals!


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

I gain nothing financially from podcasting.  While it would be nice to be at a point where that is realistic, my real benefit is having the creative outlet and a strong listener base.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

I typically start off with an idea or movie, then see if there is anyone who is willing to join in on a discussion about whatever that topic is. Recently, I've been trying to find guests to talk about whatever segment of the content-creating world they are a part of.  

I've been using Reddit to find my guests and have used Skype mostly to actually conduct the interviews. I use either a dynamic or condenser mic, a mixer, and a free audio editing service. 


►How do you market your show?

My show is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Soundcloud, and all of the places that those services send out to.  For marketing, I only have a Twitter page and just made an Instagram.  Although I'm currently in the process of trying to make a website, but the additional costs may be prohibitive.


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

Be patient, ask for help, and be part of the community!  The podcasting subreddit has been massively helpful to me and I don't know what I would've done without them in both providing answers for questions and being willing to be on my show or have me on theirs.  


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