“I was missing “creative time” in my life—I’ve been busy with my business—and so when we started the podcast, it was with the idea of creating “Art”isodes. Choosing many artistic women who lead in our field.”
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Q & A with Kim from Voice Lessons
When did you start podcasting?
We kicked off the New Year in 2020 with the launch of “Voice Lessons,” but I’d been scrawling the name in the margins of notebooks along with podcast episode ideas for at least three years before that.
What made you think about starting a podcast?
I have a background in radio and radio drama. One of my favorites was a production of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” long before that book became a Netflix series.
The way you tell stories using only sound has always fascinated me because when I write, I’m heavily focused on rhythm.
I also missed “artist time” in my life. I’ve been busy with my business and so when we started the podcast, it was with the idea of creating “Art”isodes.
We experimented with a bunch of formats and let the stories dictate the episode flow.
What’s the name of your show and what is it about?
“Voice Lessons” is a podcast about creativity, visibility and how artistic women who lead, take care of their businesses.
Our guests tend to be creatives who have found themselves unexpectedly starting businesses, or whose art has inspired or supported a movement.
We also often critique the culture or a broken system like in “A Lesson on Equity. Period,” where we spoke with Laura Strausfeld about the fight to eliminate the tampon tax. Parts for private jets aren’t taxed, but tampons are, seriously?
Or, how in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, twenty-two-year old Kennedy Mitchum, who was tired of people using the dictionary definition of racism to defend it. So she contacted the editors at Merriam Webster to get them to change it.
We deal with this in an episode titled “A Lesson on Racism.”
One of my favorites this season is “A Lesson on Doing the Right Thing” with a female construction carpenter named Natasha Fritz.
Her story went viral when she called out the hosts of the Toronto-based construction industry podcast, The Construction Life, online. She cited remarks about cat-calling and trying to grab women.
What’s your podcast set up?
We’ve used Libsyn since the start and their support has been super responsive.
We’ve used a bunch of apps to record, but right now we’re in Zencastr to record.
In post production, we use Frame.io to share edits between the team.
My “studio” is my closet and I had a Blue Snowball mic which I loved, but I dropped it. I’ve been dating new mics based on online recommendations. I haven’t found “the one.”
How have you promoted your podcast?
Being downloaded in 24 countries makes me happy.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I trusted my gut more with respect to pace when we started.
We took the advice that you have to do X number of episodes and it has to be weekly—blah, blah—to get traction, but looking back, we simply churned out episodes to meet the deadline that first year. We were not necessarily mindful of making a curated collection. We’re doing that now.
Voice Lessons Podcast is not about singing. It is about using your voice to teach life lessons. Kim interviews creatives who are using their voices and art to inspire art, business and social change. Stories are important in the process of social evolution to listen to this dynamic podcast tune into Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
As a creative person you don’t often feel like you are business minded. In this podcast we learn that is not always the case and sometimes you have to become business minded. Voice Lessons started because Kim wanted to create a community of great stories that came from artistic women who lead in business or had to jump into creating businesses and became voices for change.
Sometimes you have to raise voices in order to make change, a podcast can do that. Do you have something to say?