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Q & A with Colton from Desert Tiger Entertainment
When did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting in October of 2017
Why did you start podcasting?
I shattered my wrist in a bike accident and couldn’t work or play music anymore, but I still wanted to support music, and other entertainers, more than just going to shows.
As someone who has toured and played music live I have had quite a few interviews in which I felt the true key points of what was said ended up being edited out; how can anyone perform an interview that reflects them well in a short period of time if only 20% of what is said is used.
As an avid listener of podcasts, I realized that it was a viable platform that I could use to help musicians, athletes, comedians, and other entertainers not only reach more of their potential audience but actually get a good, unedited interview in which the guest can truly be themselves and talk about their craft and passions.
What’s your show about?
The Desert Tiger Podcast is focused on entertaining interviews with people who perform in various mediums, whether they be musicians, comedians, athletes, authors and various other interesting people.
I sit down with them to discuss what drives them and how they got into their craft. We talk about passions, travel stories, and the work that goes into creating something.
We also talk about their interests outside of music, balancing life and chasing your dreams, and so much more.
I try to give the audience something they can connect to as well as something that can inspire them to possible chase their own dreams.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
My set up is super simple, one day I would like to upgrade it but as of now, it works fine.
For recording interviews, I have an old MacBook and a Blue Snowball iCE USB microphone.
I record all my audio on Audacity as it is very simple to use and the price of free is really hard to beat.
There are other audio programs that are far superior but it works great for starting out and is easy to learn.
I then transfer the recording to my desktop computer, and once again use my Snowball iCE microphone and Audacity to record my pre-roll, mid-roll, and end-roll. Then I try to cut background noise and do all my other editing.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I tend not to pay for advertisements on social media though as I find they don’t really do much. It can get you lots of likes but the actual amount of listens it generates always tends to be lower.
Learning how to interact with people in these mediums is a much better idea than just throwing money at it and hoping for results.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
Tons! I was so busy trying to get the show off the ground while preparing for a move that I didn’t put as much time into my rolls, even having a sheet with bullet points to keep you on track and to help you remember key points.
Writing basic scripts that I can alter to my liking as I am skimming it has really stepped up my presentation.
Practice episodes that you never end up releasing don’t help you nearly as much as just jumping in, a lot of people worry about the iTunes new and noteworthy when in reality it’s not as important as it is hyped up to be.
You can meet every criterion they are looking for but their algorithms are made to continually boost the shows already at the top.
The new and noteworthy has shows listed that started in 2015, that alone should tell you how unimportant it is.
If you aren’t feeling the moment don’t force it, taking a break, eat something, get some fresh air and come back to it.
Sometimes that can make the difference between an okay roll and a great roll.
Practice your speaking and warm up, whether it’s just something to pump yourself up or tongue twisters to make sure your enunciation is on point.
Working on your speaking can increase your confidence and make you sound so much more professional, which comes through in your podcast and makes you more listenable.
If you aren’t speaking clearly and with meaning then it can really turn people off of your podcast.
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