►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Torry and I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. I am a twenty-something year old who works at a university and lives for reality tv and anything celebrity. I host the podcast, Ready to Be Petty. Generally, it just me talking about current celebrity gossip, pop culture stories, and funny things that have happened in my life recently. I usually detail a story of something that is going on in my life that could be seen as... well, petty! Some episodes feature guests and we have a dialogue about anything from the Bachelor to Twilight to Mary-Kate and Ashley movies.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I started listening to podcasts in 2013, starting with Rob Has a Podcast, where he dissects Survivor. I expanded to many his affiliated channels (like Reality TV Rhap Ups) and other podcasts about television and celebrity culture like Here to Make Friends, In the Limelight, Bachelor Party, Off the Vine, and Overly Animated). I found they made my commute so much more enjoyable. I started listening to podcasts when I cooked, cleaned, exercised, used public transit, drove etc. And to be honest, when I moved to a new city away from my partner, they helped me fall asleep and keep me company! I wanted to contribute to a community that I loved and engage in dialogues with other people. My goal is make the podcast like you're just talking with another friend and maybe it will brighten someone's day or keep someone company like podcasts do for me!
I started my podcast in October 2018 and try to publish new episodes weekly. I bought a microphone one day and within a week, I had a logo and had published my first episode. Over the last few months, I've been trying to grow a following, create good content, and hone my editing skills.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
I generally release one episode a week and took a break during the Christmas holiday. It takes me between 4-8 hours from start to finish, because I do everything myself (recording, editing, social media, publishing etc.). I pay for everything myself because right now I am just starting out. I see this as a hobby and something that I am really passionate about, so I don't mind putting time, effort, and money into the podcast. So far I've spent about ~$350 including purchasing a microphone, getting headshots, promotional items, promoted social media posts, and paying a host (Podbean).
Since I am passionate about podcasting, I try to find the time during evenings and weekends because I work a 9-5. Sometimes it can be really easy to get everything done and sometimes it is really hard!
►What do you gain from podcasting?
I am open to sponsorship, but do not currently have any and I make no revenue. But I have learned new skills (technical, social media), blossomed new friendships (guests and listeners), and have a lot of fun recording and putting myself out there.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I use Audacity to record and edit. I use a Blue Yeti microphone. My guests have been friends or friends of friends, but I am in a lot of Facebook groups with other podcasters so that may change. So far, my guests have all been in person.
I usually try to write out 3 broad topics that I will talk about for ~10 minutes each. If something funny has happened and I am recounting a story, I may jot down a few notes. Sometimes a rant forms in my head while I am in the car or showering etc. and I jot down notes as quick as I can. I try to pick one topic about tv, one about celebrities, and one from my own life.
►How do you market your show?
I generally use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and then many host sites (Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc.). I also post my email. I try to do Instagram stories, audiograms, share stories, and like posts. My breakdown is about 40% Apple Podcasts and then iTunes, Spotify, and Lavf.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Just start! Sometimes starting is the hardest part. Your first episode will probably suck, but they will get better! I've Googled about every question in the book, and use Facebook Podcast Support Groups for other advice.
You can learn more about me and my podcast here: readytobepetty.podbean.com
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
Apple Podcasts: itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ready-to-be-petty/id1440850797
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/user-533522666 (Only first five episodes)
Google Play Music: play.google.com/music/m/I2kvw47dwkklvbd7luun6tvhetq?t=Ready_to_Be_Petty
Email: [email protected]
Updated: 10 days ago