Tackling The Taboo Topic Of Family Estrangement Through Podcast

Alexis Arralynn
Oct. 7, 2019 - "Do it because it's a passion."
Since 2019
Health & Fitness

►Tell us about you and your podcast

My name is Alexis Arralynn. My podcast entitled, "When the Bough Breaks" focuses on the still very taboo topic of family estrangement. Guests call into the show and talk about their experiences being estranged from one or more family members. My listeners could be anyone with an interest on family estrangement as well as sub-topics like various forms of abuse, divorce, trauma and mental health issues. 


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

As an estranged adult child, I lacked the resources and support I craved. And so, I thought about starting a podcast, did a bit of research and just did it. I wanted to give others the opportunity to talk about their experiences as well as the opportunity for me to meet new people with whom I had something very personal and painful in common. I began working on the project in December 2018 and we launched March 30th which is Mother's Day in the UK which is a very difficult holiday for estranged folks to get through. I wanted to create a resource for others. I guess you could say I spent 4 months working on it from the ground up mostly solo. I released a cluster of episodes to start and I am in the process of editing at leased as many as 10 more episodes in the bank so things are moving forward nicely I think.


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

I didn't;t find the time. I MADE the time. I obsessed about it. Whenever I feel passionate about something, I give it my full, undivided attention. I obsess until it's finished. That's just how I work. I don't really have regularly scheduled episodes. A lot depends on my guests who pursue the show themselves. So I push out episodes as they come. In the future I plan to release regularly. I spent minimal money on the project. I work full time during the day so technically, this would be considered as a "side gig" but to me it's much more. I spend maybe around $20 monthly and around $100 annually for hosting. I spend time daily working on marketing myself but I'm not a professional in that field. I did however, hire a multimedia consultant in the beginning who helped me connect with some of my first guests but I'm no longer in need of the services which is a good thing.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

I gain nothing financially so far. That is not my motive. I would like the podcast to be self sustaining one day though. I am interested in sponsorship, however I don't feel super confident in taking that step at this time. But it is definitely on my to-do list of things I'd like to pursue in the future. My downloads for some reason were not being recorded until July so there's no real way of knowing exactly how many downloads I've had total, but I get about several hundred downloads a month currently. Podcasting has benefited me in many ways. I've made practical connections as well as deep and meaningful relationships with others surrounding my topic. This project has changed my life.I'd love to do this as a full time career.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

I use Skype with Ecamm for my phone interviews and recordings. I use Garage Band for editing my episodes. My gear consists of a Blue Yeti USB microphone and my laptop and a pair of headphones. That's it. I find guests for my show through various social media avenues as well as through word of mouth. I prepare my episodes by listening to the recordings and making editing notes first. I also collect quotes from my guests I use for my instagram account. I fine edit, mix, add music tracks (made by me personally) and add voiceovers.


►How do you market your show?

I have my website, facebook, instagram, twitter and I'm also on several podcasting platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Googleplay. I have an email address for the show as well as a community facebook group to communicate with my facebook followers/listeners.


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

Do it because it's a passion. Not because you think you should or because of money. Work hard. Run with it. I focus more on completing my work rather than obsessing about every detail. My goal is to get everything up and running. I can fine-tune things later. The Buzzsprout podcast was very helpful when I began my podcasting journey.


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?


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