The first writer joins the podcast and I get to talk Seahawks shop
This guest was of particular interest to me because I've been working on this blog for a few months now. If you haven't already, check out Cigar Thoughts, Jacson Bevens' section from the Field Gulls website. Jacson has been writing for Field Gulls since the Pete Carroll era began in 2010. His penmanship made it's first marks long before, however, via blogs, short stories and other material. I felt like this would be another guest that was of particular value to not only the podcast's audience but to myself. Additionally, this was the first guest recommended to me by my sister and she was able to make the introduction. Yet again I met someone on the podcast that I had never spoken to before recording.
We did the interview over the phone while Jacson was working. You can hear him making multiple stops and multi-tasking like an octopus. I liked the idea of this because the podcast is focused on entrepreneurs as well as creatives, and to have an entrepreneur doing entrepreneurial things during the interview really reinforces the lifestyle. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, prepare to operate in a similar fashion to the way Jacson did. I felt the dynamic was smooth and definitely not as distracting as one would think. We even took a short break so Jacson could meet with a client. Leaving this part in the episode was a fun decision to make.
Meeting someone over the phone and then publishing the conversation was not an attractive concept, at first. I am beginning to run out of the original list of folks I thought of for interviews. To combat this inevitability, my sister and I have a list of potential guests that she started back when the podcast was first launching. This is an example of what I'm trying to do to keep myself motivated to produce new episodes. I can't be in control of everything all the time. I have to be able to give up something once in a while or else the possibility of burning out becomes greater. To collaborate on this list we simply shared a note from the native Notes app on iOS.
Anyways, Jacson was one of the first people my sister thought of so she made the introduction after we decided on who to ask for the ninth episode. It was interesting to ask Jacson to record an episode via text message. Props to him for being so cavalier (ayyy) and accepting the invitation. I really enjoyed letting someone else suggest the guest and I hope that as the show grows, more people will provide guest ideas. Obviously my sister sent out a text beforehand to gauge his interest but beyond that, we essentially spoke for the first time about 5 minutes before the episode begins. There are quite a few things I've felt more confident doing since I started the podcast. Meeting new people is definitely one of them.
There are quite a few things I wish I would have asked Jacson before we ended the episode. We were on a time limit though and Jacson was beyond helpful to donate the time he did. The nice thing about having your own podcast is I can decide to have the same guest on as often as I want and Jacson offered to come back once some existing projects have finished. This gives me an opportunity to dive deeper into the conversation with the guest. I am really hoping that more guests are on board with this idea. The nice part about successful creatives and entrepreneurs is they are always up to something.