Up until a few years ago, I thought podcasts were just for NPR nerds and wrestling fans. My husband actually started a wrestling podcast (The LTG Podcast), a while back, and my experience was limited to seeing him record with his co-host Jon. Don’t get me wrong; I love wrestling AND my husband, but it didn’t really draw me in, if you know what I mean. I have since learned there’s a whole other digital universe out there of podcasts. Today we will explore how I got my glass slipper in the door of the ZADD Crew Podcast!
I’ve been asked quite a bit what exactly a podcast is. It’s not a dumb question, if it’s not your schtick. I thought the same thing when they first became a platform. Think of a podcast as the audio files of people you probably don’t know, but may become some of your favorite people, simply discussing some of your favorite topics. That’s the jist. Many are done in a series form or just topical conversations. You can subscribe to channels and binge some of your favorites straight from the Apple Podcast or Podbean Apps.
The first podcast series I ever listened to was called “S-Town.” I was so intrigued by the story being told and the characters involved. I was hooked immediately and soon moved on to one called “Serial” and another called “Up and Vanished.” (There are more, but I will spare you). I am a huge true crime/ law and order type of gal and I basically dove head first into a pool of crime themed podcasts. My newest obsession is “True Crime: Obsessed” along with the new seasons of the above mentioned podcasts.
As most of you know by now, my husband Doug and I are huge Disney fans. Naturally, this got my wheels turning on finding a Disney podcast channel to add to my subscription list. We don’t live close to our favorite place on earth so I thought to myself, “Self, a Disney podcast would be a great way to keep in touch with Disney roots.” I had already started my @Tales.From.The.Tower Instagram account when I stumbled across the ZADD Crew Podcast. Someone else in the Disney community had shared it and I ended up checking out the ZADD Crew IG account first. The tagline “community over competition,” really drew me in so I decided to give it a shot.
I must admit, I haven’t really listened to a lot of other Disney podcasts. I felt the ZADD Crew gave me great news and other fun info I didn’t know I needed (plus some good sass from a NY native and a guy from MD telling endless Dad jokes). I enjoyed the banter between my two fellow “Disnerds” and could appreciate the work they put into it (now, I think they are just goobers).
Fast forward a little bit and I found myself sending in some writing samples to the media team to join the blog. That’s pretty much how I ended up here. I was a random gal looking for an outlet to share my love for Disney with the world. I was on Instagram at the right time to heed the call. This new blogging world of mine just ended up extending into hearing my own voice over the podcast machine.
I am at my best just a Disney blogger with an IG account. I was simply chugging along with my writing while helping with some things behind the scenes when the call came in. CJ and Producer (insert your favorite nickname from CJ here), Greg first asked me to fill in on a news episode. I remember thinking, “Do they really know what they are getting themselves into?” I completely felt unqualified, but I trusted I could get the job done and perhaps grow in this trade I have come to love and appreciate so much. I said, “Um, If you are certain, I will do it.” Riveting, I know.
There were so many times I would listen to CJ and Greg on the ZADD Crew Podcast and want, so badly, to be able to chime in on the conversation. Now, my chance to actually participate had arrived! As any podcaster, one must start somewhere. I admit that I was SUPER nervous. All my insecurities came rushing back like Tina at school from Bob’s Burgers (uuuuuhhhhhhhhhh). I was able to psych myself up and “git er’ done.” I wouldn’t say it was my best work ever, but it was really fun and I couldn’t wait to do it again (as long as they didn’t lose all their listeners after that).
Yes, it’s completely weird and super awkward to hear yourself talk and realize what other people hear when they talk to you. (I’m still not used to it.) On the other hand, I know I will eventually get used to it and get better at my bantering skills. I knew a little about what it took to produce a podcast episode, but being a part of the recording itself has given me a whole new appreciation for and perspective of the editors. It’s certainly a labor of love, and what better opportunity to gab about all things Disney on such a platform?
I find myself listening to podcasts more than music now. I never thought I would say that, but it’s helping me gain more confidence in my own voice. I know one day I will probably look back in embarrassment at how I sounded (who am I kidding, I feel like that now), but it will all be worth it to share Disney with the world! I’m excited to say I have officially been asked to join the podcast team more regularly and thoroughly enjoy adding this outlet to my repertoire. I invite you to follow along and keep in touch with this amazing and fun community.
I want to formally thank Cj and Greg for believing in me enough to help this strange woman join them in this thing called life (#Prince, RIP). I am so blessed to have joined this amazing community of like minded people who have become such great friends already (Love you ZADD Crew Media Team)! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings as we continue to build this community together.
I want to extend a special thank you to @thezipadeedoocrew and @mickeys_photographer for the use of their photos in this post!