The Bright Sessions Keynote, Community Updates and Final Thoughts on Burnout
Greetings PM Family,
April 1 is around the corner, but this newsletter is no April Fools! We are March-ing forward with our second keynote speaker announcement for PM19, sharing some community and industry updates, then will close with final thoughts on burnout.
It’s time to get bright! Let’s get started!
Lauren Shippen from The Bright Sessions: PM19 Keynote Speaker
Podcast Movement is honored to announce Lauren Shippen as one of our keynote speakers this year! Lauren is best known for creating, writing and directing the award winning The Bright Sessions podcast.
The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
On top of her writing work, Lauren has acted in numerous podcasts – including her own – as well as short films and web series. She has a degree in music from The College of William & Mary and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media for 2018. Lauren also recently announced her first novel called The Infinite Noise, which will come out in September, and will be the first part of a trilogy.
We can’t wait for Lauren to take the stage this summer at PM19!
Fool’s Gold or Nah? Community & Industry Updates
- Podcasters Meet Broadcasters Track presented by Jacob’s Media: PM19 Press Release – Jacobs Media and Podcast Movement have expanded our relationship with the third year of Jacobs Media’s “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters.” Jacobs Media will be developing 2½ days of sessions designed to bring broadcasters and podcasters together. This has been such an exciting partnership for us, and we cannot wait to see it grow in 2019!
- PM is excited to welcome Kristy Scott to Lead Sales – Podcast Movement has hired Kristy Scott to lead our sales efforts heading into the 2019 conference. Scott is a veteran of several radio industry trade publications, including Radio & Records where she spent 17 years. Scott most recently headed sales for RTK Media, which had published Tom Taylor Now. She’s also worked at Broadcast Dialogue and In3Media. If you’re interested in partnering with Podcast Movement, we’d love to introduce you to Kristy!
- World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) – World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) occurred on March 21. We are proud to shine the spotlight on The Project Sebastian Podcast which features episodes with special needs families as well as employers, friends, and siblings. Please consider checking out the show and possibly sharing it with members of your network who may benefit or be able to contribute.
- Attn: Wrestling Podcasters – Podcast Movement is teaming up with Starrcast again to host two live podcast stages at the Tuscany in Las Vegas from May 24 – 26. We are looking for pro wrestling shows that have what it takes to perform their podcast in front of an audience on stage. If this interests you, please fill out the following submission form. Note: This is not the right opportunity if you are unable to be entertaining in front of a live audience.
- How Google Is Getting More Women and People Of Color Into Podcasting – An article by PM Community Member Sonia Thompson – The Google Podcasts creator program is accepting applications through April 14 for the second cohort of the accelerator.
- NYC Podcast Movement Meetup and Viva Las Vegas! – The PM Community will come together at Amity Hall downtown on Thursday, April 4. Please make plans to join us or invite your podcast friends that you know in the area. Also, our Las Vegas meetup is right around the corner on Tuesday, April 9 at ReBar. Team PM will also be at the NAB show. You can register for a free expo hall pass to NAB (use promo code “PR13”) and hang with us at the podcast mixer there as well!
- Google Podcasts is Available on Desktop Web with Playback and Syncing – An article by Abner Li – A Twitter user recently noticed how changing the host to podcasts.google.com will load a basic web experience. This includes a description of the show and a list of “Available episodes,” with the interface identical to Android. You can also play an episode, which pops up a player at the bottom of the screen, directly on the web.p web with playback and syncing
Grim Foolery for True Crime Podcasters
Final Thought: Fools Rush In for Podfade
Have you seen the documentary about Avicii on Netflix? Avicii was a world-famous DJ and artist who started as a teenager creating music with a laptop, editing software and uploading tracks to Limewire.
The documentary goes on to tell the story of how eventual fame, fortune, and non-stop touring for eight years had an impact on his overall health and well being.
You can find some excellent advice on this in the group. Blubrry shared a post a while back that has some helpful information. We will not cover it all, but the bullet points are worth reviewing.
- Take a Break (But Do it Right)
- Alert Your Listeners – Let them know what’s going on.
- Create a Mini-Episode or Mini-Episode(s) rather than ghosting your audience if possible.
- Find Other Ways to Stay in Touch – social media, blog posts, short live videos or email blasts, etc.
- Adjust Your Publishing Schedule
- Focus on a Particular Step or Steps in your Publishing Process and Be Good at Those.
- Change Things Up – experiment with a new format, or try a temporary co-host, do a solo episode, introduce a new segment, etc.
Here are some additional links on this topic that are also helpful.
- 4 Things to do with your podcast when you want to quit
- How to Prevent Podfading and Podcasting Burnout
- Jenn Gray’s Video
We welcome your suggestions on this topic. Please feel free to share your thoughts in Karly’s post in the Facebook Group.
You Belong Here!
Podcast Movement appreciates your commitment to this art form and medium. We aim to help you with every obstacle along the way. Thanks for supporting this community.
We look forward to seeing you online, and hopefully at PM19 this summer!
Let’s avoid burnout,
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” ― George Horne
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