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Jul 07 2018
Radio Doula

Radio Doula

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

My mentor, Andrew Ramsammy told me that the best way to integrate one’s old life with one’s new life is to “make it part of the story”.

For a long time I was compartmentalizing my life as a (former) nurse and a radio producer/host/insert any other job. I was doing both concurrently, but never should they meet. Most people didn’t even know I had a “day job”. Eventually, burning the candle at both ends wore me out and I knew I wasn’t helping people in a way that really moved my spirit.

Fast Forward thru MANYYYYYY life changes and getting to 2018.

I’m now in audio/radio/podcasting semi- full time and I have found one of my most absolute JOYs in helping people make radio/podcasts/ audio. At first, and sometime still- I didn’t want to talk about my old life as a nurse. I still associate it with times that were painful for me, but it comes up over and over again. It comes up in my teaching style,  the jobs I take on, sometimes the way I dress, and ultimately the fact that I want people’s podcasts to LIVE and I want to HELP them start off on the right foot.

I wanted to share a few of the different workshops I’ve done so far in 2018 that have energized me as much as I hope the participants were:

1.  Girls for Gender Equity:  I lead a media training and podcast workshop with the Young Women Advisory Board of GGE because they  wanted to make sure they were able to represent themselves well in front of and behind the mic. Getting your message across well is one of the top concerns for young activists today.

 

2. SUNY Downstate School of Public Health: What former nurse doesn’t jump at the chance to talk to doctors? I got to flex some of my past life expertise and current life expertise and show the Public Health doctors how they could integrate their work and distribute their findings to the public via podcasting.

 

3. Allied Media Conference, The Art of Interviewing: My partner, Conscious and I take a holistic approach to interviewing. We like to say “the interview happens BEFORE you press record.” We talked to a standing/sitting anywhere you can fit into- room only, about all the things that lead up to a good interview and once you have that, executing the interview itself.

4. Spotify Sound Up Bootcamp: No doubt this one blew up all your social media feeds. 18,000 Women of Color podcasters applied, 10 were accepted and came to New York City for an intensive 5 day podcasting program and a chance to win a production budget for their podcast from Spotify. I was able to meet with, talk to and go through the ins and outs of podcast/radio technology from mics, to mixers, to editing with 10 wonderful women that are poised to change the podcast game with their ideas.

So here I am, making it part of my story. Caring for people through audio. Caring for listeners through teaching thoughtful audio making. I’ll never stop being a nurse at heart, just a different kind…

….and the Radio Doula was born. Thank you Sofia Quintero.

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Crushing the First Quarter…

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

I know what you’re thinking…

Why even post a blog if it’s gonna take this long between them?

In my defense, I was totally out in the world making the magic that makes writing a blog in 2018 worth it. lol.

Things that happened:
1. Got a Brooklyn Arts Council grant for my next audio drama!

2. Wrapped up working with my amazing students at BRIC on their podcasts.

3. Followed up on some opportunities that didn’t pan out. But, it’s OK- what is not meant for me, is not for me. (At least it’s what I tell myself)

4. Held my own as a guest on Friends Like Us podcast as a guest with some heavy hitters, Dulce Sloan of “The Daily Show” and Mike Britt of “Luke Cage”. Hosted by comedienne, Marina Franklin. Listen HERE.

5. Was interviewed about podcasting and radio and being a free thinker on the New York Said podcast by Amon Focus. That dude has a cleeeeeannnn show. I love it. Listen HERE.

6. Locked in some workshops teaching podcasting to Public Health docs at SUNY Downstate. This should be a great challenge. We can def use more healthcare pods in relatable language for the community.

7. Locked in another opp that is tentative but a very big deal for Summer. (Stay Tuned)

8. Currently teaching podcasting at a shelter for about 6 weeks through the Brooklyn Public Library.

9. And my favorite thing that happened was that after so many years as a self made radio/podcast person dedicated to showing and proving who I am and what I am capable of….I have been added to the infamous Pod Squad roster over at Buzzfeed!

Meet all the producers behind your fave Buzzfeed pods!

I’m producing Thirst Aid Kit, a show about desire by hosts Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi. It’s hilarious, fun, smart and i’m excited to be part of the team.
Season 2 starts Thirst-day, March 29th! Subscribe to get it directly to your feed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, I’m excited and clearly I have given up writing in paragraphs.

Best to find updates about me in real-time is instagram or twitter, @tastykeish. Just incase it’s another 3 months before I give you a reason to visit again. <3

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2016 Newhouse Audio & Radio Summit

Categories: Blog, Media, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

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When you’re passionate about how you want to live your life, you go out and learn as much as you can and I have been on a professional development kick all of 2016. I love talking with, listening to, and being around the people of my industry. It builds confidence and relationships and shows you where the deficits lie. And if you have a chance to speak up, you do that.

I went to the Syracuse University Newhouse 2016 Radio & Audio Summit last week where the heads of terrestrial, satellite, streaming, podcasting, and online radio were panelists. Jarl Mohn, CEO of National Public Radio was the keynote speaker as well.

The theme was creativity, but topics from advertising, social media, “diversity”, consumer habits, talent, and more were covered.

Check out my live tweets and follow #NHSummit on twitter for more great pieces of advice and audience tweets.

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Changing your life takes life changing actions…

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

I didn’t mean to sound so crunchy with the headline, but  you’re here now and I got a story to tell… ::cues Notorious B.I.G::

I’m always in motion. Day job, podcast, workshops, fundraising, hustling to make a dollar- rinse and repeat. Day in and day out. I was tricking myself that I was doing enough. That there was nothing more I could possibly do without falling over and dying of exhaustion. And yet, I was still in a rut.

My depression was creeping in and my anxiety was a beast of burden. My joy was gone, I felt like I needed to do something drastic to remind me who I am at my core.

So I took a class.

Womp. I know, school is so not sexy.

Let’s call it “professional development” instead. That sounds sexy like a my High School Spanish teacher Ms. Maldonado. ::TMI::

Anyway, I took a chance and applied to Air’s Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. They only selected 14 mid-level audio production professionals to learn from each other and industry professionals about podcasting, interviewing, storytelling, sound design and more.

The application slid in my inbox two days before it was due, but something in me told me “just do it” and see what happens.

I did it. I got in. Oh shit. It costs $850. Do I just take 5 days off from work and lose all that pay? What was I thinking? 

The Universe was like: “You wanted drastic… I’ll give you $850 worth of drastic.”

Then I was like: “Universe, I’m in- and i’m gonna learn the shit outta this class.”

And, learn the shit out of it I did…. after being so isolated by my unrelated day job, I was suddenly surrounded by industry peers and professionals having substantive and challenging discussions.

I gave myself the week off and committed only to this class. After classes, I did a lot of reflecting about my place as a Black Woman in broadcast/podcast media. I thought about resources, accessibility, invisibility, whether I am subject to producing programs that speak to the Person of Color’s experience, all these things continue to swim through my head over and over. Being in a room where I was getting my intellectual fill was wonderful, yet I felt guilty that access is a problem. Most of my POC friends jobs won’t pay for them to come do this, and dipping into that savings isn’t always an option.

I still had to deal with the after effects when I got back. A snowball of bills that got shuffled around and doubling my workload in the subsequent weeks, which put me in a funk.

I know what you’re thinking…. Was is worth it?

YES. 

I learned new techniques and workflow. I got validation that I was already on the right path. It increased my confidence about speaking up and out. I started working with one classmate on a news segment. I got some awesome podcast suggestions. I applied to a some producer jobs (still looking!). Finally, I also started teaching my own class for beginner podcasters!

All this to say… Shake shit up sometime.

Below is my IG diary during the 5 day intensive:

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The Podcasters Retreat

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

I am very excited to announce that after teaching children and fielding questions from peers, that I will be teaching a class about podcasting!

 The Podcasters Retreat is a small conversational style one day intensive that takes you through basic broadcasting and sound techniques for the 21st century. Topics that are tailored to the group as well as organizing the flow of your show will be discussed over a catered lunch.

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By the end of the day you will have a better understanding of where to start with your podcast and the action steps to realize your goals. 

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Summer session is on June 26th.

For more information contact me directly HERE

Happy Podcasting!

 

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Oct 08 2015
TK For Hire

TK For Hire

Categories: Blog, Radio Life | Posted by: TastyKeish

You read that correctly.

TK for hire.

Yessir, your favorite side hustler is leveling up in the game and officially open for business (I was never closed, but you know…). This Summer I started producing content and audio with an amazing private client: The Arielle Loren Show, a daily podcast about the journeys of creative entrepreneurs.

I applied for the position because it spoke directly to me, the host, the content, the job description was affirming in every way. And, when I find myself editing audio at odd hours of the night and day I get to listen to people that sound like me confirm ever thought I’ve ever had about living on one’s own terms.

When you do anything, you should ask yourself: Screen Shot 2012-08-12 at 12.42.25 AM

  • Does this lift me up?
  • Is the direction in my life confirmed by its content or am I bored?
  • How long can I do this with joy?

Being able to answer these questions led me to want to help others in this age of podcasting. So many people have questions and as a 10 year professional in radio and current online radio station owner and Program Director- I have answers, opinions, & feedback.

There are too many people podcasting and creating media for the sake of trend. Do you have an audience or are you yelling into the void? Is your idea organized and well thought out? Will you be consistent or produce content haphazardly?  Do you have the right tools and team? Is your interviewing technique up to par?

If you’re serious about using a tool like podcasting to enhance your business, think about some of these questions. If you need help, I’m here for you. I love what I do to the point I recently found myself in the studio with a new broadcaster for 12 hours without eating. #thatsLove

Email me for more information about making “pick your brain” appointments, inquiries about producing content for your business/brand/organization, and feedback sessions on how to make your podcast better.

Until then friends, have a listen to the first 12 inspirational episodes of The Arielle Loren Show!

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