►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Chris, the creator and host of Brothaspeak Podcast. On this podcast we interview the innovative, the daring, and the bold while providing informative topics for the black lgbt. Most of the listeners are black lgbt listeners from ages 35 to 55.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I wanted to provide a podcast educating the average listeners, but also inspiring listeners with other members of the same community making change. I love being educated and gaining new bits of knowledge and the lgbt community are highly intelligent & smart people. My goal is to be the black lgbt version of CNN. It toke me 2 months to start my first podcast episode cause I just wanted it to be perfect. Looking back I laugh now after receiving pressure just to get started, but in May 2016 was the first official podcast launched and I haven't looked back ever since.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
I do a podcast once a week and its usually takes me a few hours when it comes to editing, artwork, audio issues, etc. Usually I find the time to do my podcast after work or on the weekends. Everything is funded by me and I really don't disclose financial numbers, but I will say I spend alot less than what people believe minus my initial start-up cost.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
I haven't started to receive funds quite yet, but one thing is for sure its coming. I recently made a decision to work with other companies to help small guys like me monetize off my entire catalog. This will be great. Sponsorship is nice, but their are other ways of making money for your podcast. Remember, carve your niche sharply cause his will set your trail for as long as you keep it going. Depending on the structure of your podcast, Brothaspeak Podcast is an interview based format, you can make alot of connections that could really work out for you later in the journey. Currently, between my organic and non-organic methods I currently receive between 4000-5000 downloads per month.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I use audacity for my edits and audio retouches, and canva for my visuals. I found my guest by staying on social media, reading different publications, coming up with a topics I believe my audience would appreciate and I find the experts on that topic. Alot of my questions are at the moment and sometimes they are pre-planned so I always pre-warn my guest prior before I call them on the phone to start the show.
►How do you market your show?
I love my host Libsyn. This company provides me the numbers I need to know where my traffic is coming from, but it also keeps track on some social media followers as well like twitter, youtube, and facebook. Hope they bring in Instagram someday, but they do have all the audio and video platforms it seems so choose your podcast host wisely cause it will make a difference.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
One thing I remember when I started this journey is that doing a podcast is just like starting a business (cause it is a business). This is a marathon, not a sprint. Understand this will take alot of time, experimenting, recreating, rebranding in some cases, etc. You will not be a hit over night, but if you can carve your niche sharply and never let up then you will see the payoffs.I never knew the production side of this and I had to learn alot of new things, ways of editing, creating visuals with your own branding in mind, etc. You must also remember to enjoy it as well cause many of use don't stay. So this is about persistence also. Resources are many, but remember there are new things being discovered all the time in this line of business so stay abreast of it all.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
Facebook: Brothaspeakpod, Twitter: @brothaspeakpod, Instagram: brothaspeakpod, and website: www.Brothaspeakpod.net
Updated: a year ago