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Overcoming Podcast Gear Acquisition Syndrome
The idea of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) was brought to my attention on a call with the amazing Bob Krist (photographer and filmmaker) a few years back. Here’s the gist: We distract ourselves from the delayed gratification of doing the work by focusing instead on the easier, instant gratification of shopping for, and acquiring, new gear.
Daniel J. Llerena wrote a great article about GAS as it relates to his life as a musician. “According to neuroscientist Joshua Sariñana (2023), GAS can significantly alter our brain’s reward and stress systems. The act of acquiring new gear, whether it be a musical instrument, a piece of camera equipment, or a kitchen gadget, can serve as a coping mechanism to alleviate anxiety.”
He continues, “The anticipation of acquiring new gear triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward, in our brains. This dopamine release can create a temporary high, a feeling of euphoria that makes us feel good. However, like any high, it’s temporary. Once the dopamine levels drop, the feeling subsides, leaving us craving for more. This can lead to a cycle of continuous buying to recreate this feeling, a hallmark of GAS.”
A podcaster’s life is rife with distractions, especially when new, shiny gear drops on our radar at an alarming (albeit exciting) rate.
But how well do you really know the gear you have?
By focusing on mastering what’s in front of us, we bring our attention to the here and now, rather than perpetually projecting ourselves into a “better” future where we have the latest microphones, pre-amps, and all those other electronic goodies. Gear is simply a tool. It’s our creative problem-solving that we should upgrade often.
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Lee Adams is an award-winning Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and journalist with over a decade of experience creating dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking content. Best known for his work in front of the camera at VICE in a groundbreaking series he created called Minority Reports, Lee has continued his work as a storyteller in audio, producing the Luminary Original podcast The Midnight Miracle hosted by Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli. You can see all of his work at leeadams.nyc.
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