Interview with The Podcases (@podcasesofficial)

Interview with The Podcases (@podcasesofficial)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I discovered my passion for having interesting conversations when I was ten years old after I had the opportunity to meet and talk briefly with Ronald McNair, an American NASA astronaut and physicist. He died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. His conversion always stuck with me, and I was convinced everyone has “a story to tell.” After taking a few communication courses in high school, I decided media was something I enjoyed and wanted to pursue! I focused on a Mass Communications Degree and also studied filmmaking. I was determined to speak with the most unique and often overlooked people. I was fascinated by the CBS Show “Everybody Has a Story,” The host Steve Hartman flipped through the local phone book and picked a name randomly. He then did a story on someone at that house. It didn’t matter who they were or what they had to say. This was strictly first come, first served. No one was eliminated, and every story got on the air. The result – is unique and wildly unpredictable television. This unique formula is how our show was created. We have had discussions with very entertaining and talented people by doing this.

Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

We had the opportunity to interview Karen Morrison, CEO of Fighting 4 Freedom. We discussed her passion for helping people who were wrongly convicted and unjust sentencing. The conversion was compelling due to the numbers she shared about the numbers of the people wrongly convicted in America. The mind-blowing estimate is that 1 per cent of the US prison population, approximately 20,000 people, are falsely convicted. We discussed the steps to help individuals wrongly convicted and the immense work required to accomplish just one success story.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

You MUST first have a genuine LOVE for conversion and storytelling. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for success in this genre without passion and a bit of luck. I often tell people not to give up despite the many obstacles they undoubtedly face. If you love what you do, the creative juices will flow daily, and it will rarely if EVER, feel like work. It’s truly a love that will make each day worth it.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

When I was in college, and although I was taking all the classes required for a job within the media industry, I was not making any headway in breaking into the industry by just doing classwork. No internships were available at this time, and it seemed fruitless for my dreams. During this time, I was working at a local gas station in Raleigh, NC, and one day, I struck up a random conversation with an amiable and bubbly young lady. Unknown to me at the time, she was a news producer at the local CBS affiliate. After a lengthy conversation, I mentioned my career ambitions, and she provided me with the number to speak with her boss and asked that I call him and mention her name. I reached out to her boss, and after a quick conversion, he invited me in for an interview. The interview went well, and I was hired and started the following week. I look back on the chance to meet with this incredible person and give thanks for this one chance encounter that I feel launched my career.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I take this feeling and blessing with me daily and use it as fuel to help anyone I can to achieve their dreams.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

My ABSOLUTE favorite quote I keep very close to my heart: “Help someone, you earn a friend. …” this is a significant and pivotal quote I have LIVED and LIVE by each day. The opportunity, which was blessed upon me, is my responsibility to pass along the opportunity to another person. Each time I help someone, I feel like fuel to keep going to find others that need help and do the best I can to help.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instragram: Facebook: YouTube: Twitter: Website: LinkTree:

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

Only to remember everyone has a story to tell and help that person tell their story. And ALWAYS BELIEVE any dream or aspiration is genuinely possible.