In two weeks, SkinOwl will be launching it’s first ever podcast, aptly named ‘Off The Record.’ Over the last five years, I’ve poured my heart into creating a skincare range that rescued my skin from cystic acne, while caring deeply for helping other people with their skin issues. But over the last year, it dawned on me that alongside acne, there is usually another symptom; call it shame, frustration, confusion, or self-deprecation. Knowing this, it has always been JUST as important to help heal this part of people, or at least try…
SO…a podcast (with zero experience) seemed like the most logical place to start. Now, let’s be clear. Since I was a child, I wanted to be a talk show host. I majored in film in college and since as far back as I can remember, I have wanted to talk to people about everything under the sun. And so it goes. A friend knew a friend who ran a recording studio, who was open to working with amateurs and I jumped at the chance. Since January, I’ve recorded 15 podcasts, 10 of which will see the light of day. It took five crappy podcast recordings to realize how much WORK goes into them. It quickly became a second job. Something I needed to practice as much as possible. I found out quickly that just because you’re a good conversationalist doesn’t mean you know how to interview people. And that the sound of a “lull” when being recorded sounds nothing like a lull #IRL. It is deafening and awkward.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t just show up and talk for an hour. You’ve gotta flow. You’ve gotta keep people’s interest. You’ve got to then edit them, and add intros and outros. Maybe you need a theme song. Then, you’ve got to load them onto ITunes, add show notes, create a logo and of course, create imagery for your podcast. AND THEN, if you’re lucky, you’ve got something worth putting out into the world. So then you need to spread the word. It’s an ‘up at dawn, pride swallowing siege’ as Jerry Macguire once said. And humbling. So very humbling.
So here we are, two weeks before the podcast launches and I can honestly say, I’m proud. I’m proud of the messaging, the guests (who showed UP in all the ways), and my ability to rise to this occasion. At age 37, it’s rare you get to learn something new. This has felt like a new career and has brought such joy to my life. Wherever the podcast goes, I am so grateful for what this experience has taught me. I am counting down the days and I cannot wait to share TEN episodes with you. We’re talkin’ selfcare, skincare, being a kid, how to start a business….we’re even talking to my PARENTS. AND the best part…I can finally say I’m a talk show host. :)
See you in the studio, beauty birds! Launch details coming VERY soon.