Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica]
079 Evo Terra | Traveling the World While Podcasting

Evo Terra is currently traveling with his wife, of over 20 years, all around the world. He’s sitting in Bangkok as he talks to me and you can obviously hear the exotic wild life behind him during the interview. Evo is an OG because according to Podcast Alley, he was the 40th podcaster. So just like my previous guest Danny Pena, Evo has been podcasting for a long, long time. He shares his stories on how he got into this medium, the various podcasts he has started, and why he ‘prunes’ his friends.

Show Highlights

  • 05:00 – Evo is in Bangkok, Thailand right now.
  • 09:10 – According to Podcast Alley, Evo was the 40th podcaster.
  • 11:10 – Why did podcasting interest him?
  • 15:30 – There’s no way to keep a medium pure.
  • 17:00 – How are these random people considering themselves ‘gurus’?
  • 18:10 – How many podcasts has Evo started? It’s either 7 or 1,000!
  • 19:30 – Why did Evo start Podiobooks?
  • 28:10 – Remember, Evo is doing all of this while he’s in Bangkok!
  • 29:45 – The Slack podcast is awesome!!
  • 31:00 – Has Evo always been like this?
  • 34:00 – You’re on sacred ground when you try to compare Batman/Superman or even Star Wars/Star Trek.
  • 37:40 – Does Evo still ‘prune’ his friends?
  • 42:15 – Why did Evo and his wife Sheila decided to travel the world?
  • 44:30 – People say Evo is lucky, he’s not. He just tries to help other people.
  • 50:50 – Where was Evo’s mindset when he decided to leave the US?
  • 58:50 – Evo talks about his current travel podcast.
  • 01:05:55 – I really resonate with Evo and Sheila’s honesty on the podcast.
  • 01:09:00 – Evo has some wisdom on how to keep a marriage together.
  • 01:13:20 – What is the most misunderstood thing about Evo?
  • 01:15:10 – What has Evo changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:19:50 – Google Evo’s name to find out more!


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/79




Direct download: PJ079-EvoTerra.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

078 Danny Peña | Money Comes And Goes, Give Back to the Community Instead

Danny Peña has been podcasting for last 10+ years and has a ton of experience to bring to the table. He is the founder and host of GamerTagRadio and has received international media attention from Forbes, Gamespot, IGN, Wall Street Journal, and more. He also won the Microsoft MVP award both in ’05 and ’09 and hosted the first gaming show for Discovery Channel Latin America.

Show Highlights

  • 04:50 – Danny talks about his podcasting mistakes.
  • 06:00 – How did Danny get into editing?
  • 09:15 – Danny used his ‘street knowledge’ to promote his podcast instead of using social media.
  • 11:20 – Danny talks on how rappers/hip hop artists promoted their work pre-internet days.
  • 14:50 – Twitter bombing is so tacky.
  • 16:05 – What was it like being on the Podcast Movement stage?
  • 17:30 – Danny and I talk about our love for DJing back in the day.
  • 19:10 – You could literally spend half a day looking at vinyls.
  • 22:35 – Danny moved to Miami in 92 and it was completely destroyed from hurricane Andrew.
  • 24:00 – Danny talks about the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference in L.A.
  • 27:15 – Your podcast being in New and Noteworthy is cool, but what are you gonna do after that?
  • 30:55 – Don’t depend on interviewing other successful podcasters.
  • 34:55 – Danny talks about his parents.
  • 37:30 – Believe it or not, Danny used to be incredibly shy in Kindergarten.
  • 43:15 – Let people hear your voice and your message. We don’t always get a spotlight.
  • 46:10 – You can’t fake being consistently passionate time and time again.
  • 49:05 – Danny talks about how he met Bill Gates.
  • 52:45 – Get out of your house and attend events.
  • 01:01:00 – Danny talks about his podcasting highlights in 2015.
  • 01:03:10 – How did Danny build his podcasting crew?
  • 01:12:00 – Companies often ask Danny to cover an event, but he also wants his team to be represented.
  • 01:14:50 – Hang around people who have the same can-do attitude you have.
  • 01:15:50 – Danny talks about the responses he has received from his fans.
  • 01:19:30 – Danny explains when he cried on the Podcast Movement stage.
  • 01:22:40 – Danny shares a story about an event EA invited him to.
  • 01:28:55 – When Danny tells stories, he’s just painting a picture for the listener.
  • 01:35:05 – Be sure to visit GamerTagRadio.com see what Danny Peña does.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/78



Direct download: PJ078-DannyPena.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

077 Brittany & Amanda | Your Words and Your Voice Impact People

Brittany and Amanda are the co-hosts of Once Upon a Podcast, a podcast about the TV show Once Upon a Time. Each week the co-hosts offer constructive thoughts and insights about the show, and more! Brittany and Amanda discuss some of their favorite TV shows and early childhood recollections with me. They also talk about how writers who reveal too much ‘behind-the-scenes’ information can spoil a bit of the TV magic.

Show Highlights

  • 04:50 – What kind of podcasting skills have Britt and Amanda learned?
  • 06:30 – How did Amanda get into podcasting?
  • 07:50 – When did Britt discover podcasts?
  • 11:05 – Podcasts are the perfect medium for education.
  • 14:55 – Why did Britt and Amanda choose Once Upon a Time as a topic for their show?
  • 21:20 – Are there other Once Upon a Time podcasts?
  • 26:45 – Best TV show ever? Borgen! It’s the Danish version of West Wing/House of Cards.
  • 27:55 – Britt talks about her earliest memory of a TV show.
  • 29:35 – First movie Amanda ever saw? Little Mermaid. First movie she loved? Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.
  • 31:25 – When writers interact with their fans, it can sometimes spoil the magic of the show.
  • 33:20 – Brittany talks about putting self-imposed restrictions on herself.
  • 44:10 – Remember that your words impact people.
  • 52:15 – The places where both Amanda and Britney work are supportive of their podcast.
  • 56:30 – A happy employee always comes back to work.
  • 56:55 – If you’re a boss, listen to these wise words of wisdom.
  • 01:00:00 – What’s the most misunderstood thing about Brittany?
  • 01:01:15 – What did Amanda change her mind about recently?
  • 01:01:40 – What’s one thing the ladies appreciate about their co-host?
  • 01:07:35 – The 100th episode is coming up soon. Tweet the co-hosts your ideas!


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/77



Direct download: PJ077-BrittanyandAmanda.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

076 Ron Dawson | Being Emotionally Vulnerable and Raw with Your Listeners

Ron Dawson is a film maker and the host of the Radio Film School podcast. Ron’s show is a radio documentary series on the subjects of film making, movies, and cinema. He adds a lot of fun TV and movie references into his show, which just adds to the richness of his podcast. I recently met Ron on Blab and when I heard his podcast for the first time, I had to binge listen to all of his shows.

Show Highlights

  • 00:06:50 – Ron and I met on Blab.
  • 00:07:45 – I binge listened to Ron’s show. It’s sooo good.
  • 00:09:10 – Ron watched a lot of TV on the weekends, growing up as a kid.
  • 00:14:35 – Ron explains what his podcast is about.
  • 00:16:10 – What inspired Ron to start a podcast?
  • 00:22:40 – Ron puts a lot of movie/TV audio bites in his show and he is always filled with references.
  • 00:24:45 – We talk about EP 09 – The Salieri Syndrome.
  • 00:27:10 – I get a little OCD over episode titles.
  • 00:31:30 – Ron….a hip-hop producer?
  • 00:33:15 – Did you know I was in an all-boys Catholic high school?
  • 00:36:55 – What I really enjoy about Ron’s podcast is that he opens up and gets personal in certain episodes.
  • 00:45:00 – If you’re doing an interview-style podcast, your personality is what has to stand out.
  • 00:47:55 – What has Ron learned from his guests?
  • 00:49:40 – Believe it or not, you can learn from an older generation.
  • 00:52:00 – Look outside of your genre for inspiration.
  • 00:55:00 – Ron and I enjoy watching the trailers more than the actual movies.
  • 00:56:45 – Where is Ron currently in his personal hero’s journey?
  • 01:01:40 – You gotta have the valley in order to have the peaks.
  • 01:02:20 – How have mentors helped Ron along his journey?
  • 01:05:40 – What has Ron changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:10:15 – Ron and I talk about the fine balance between explaining and not explaining a mystery.
  • 01:14:40 – Ron had a whole segment focused on women in film making.
  • 01:19:45 – What’s the most misunderstood thing about Ron?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/76



Direct download: PRE-PJ076-Ron-Dawson.mp3
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075 Erik and Grace | Capturing the Passion from Listeners

Erik (aka Mr. Blahg) and Grace are the co-hosts of Under the Comic Covers, where they discuss and review independent comic books. We find out about their podcast origin stories and why they love independent comic books so much. Erik recalls that he initially hated the comic book medium because he is a literature snob, but was eventually converted when he picked up the graphic novel Watchman by Alan Moore.

Show Highlights

  • 00:04:15 – How did Erik get the name Mr. Blahg?
  • 00:08:15 – Grace talks about The Walking Dead cast
  • 00:09:10 – How did Erik meet Grace?
  • 00:12:35 – Why does Grace like The Walking Dead?
  • 00:14:15 – How did Under the Comic Covers start?
  • 00:18:00 – Erik and Grace work so well as co-hosts.
  • 00:25:55 – Why did Grace cry on the podcast?
  • 00:27:25 – Despite being a literature snob, Erik explains why he likes comics.
  • 00:31:35 – How did Grace get into comics?
  • 00:34:00 – People are often disappointed when they hear Erik and Grace run an independent comic book podcast.
  • 00:37:30 – Erik doesn’t feel comfortable interviewing other guests.
  • 00:41:25 – You can create a podcast about anything.
  • 00:42:10 – Erik and Grace talk about their listeners.
  • 00:48:20 – What cool things has happened to Grace because of the podcast?
  • 00:51:40 – What are Erik and Grace excited about?
  • 00:53:55 – Erik talks about the music on their podcast show.
  • 00:56:05 – Erik talks about the podcast’s album cover art work.
  • 01:00:30 – You need a woman’s perspective.
  • 01:02:50 – Erik hates listening to podcasts with just two guys’ bro-ing out.
  • 01:07:05 – Find Erik and Grace on Facebook.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/75



Direct download: PJ075-ErikandGrace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

074 Jonny Nastor | The Entrepreneurial Journey

Jon Nastor is the host of Hack The Entrepreneur and the co-host of Show Runner. Jon has had his own business for the past 13 years and talks to me on his love for punk rock music, whom inspired him to leave the 9-5 work structure, and his daughter’s entrepreneurial spirit. Jon is also out with a new book titled Hack the Entrepreneur, which you can purchase on Amazon.

Show Highlights

  • 03:15 – Jon talks family.
  • 07:20 – Entrepreneurship is more natural than a 9-5 job.
  • 09:00 – Who inspired Jon to be independent?
  • 10:25 – Making mistakes is how we learn.
  • 12:40 – Jon talks about his previous ‘real’ job.
  • 15:55 – What stood out the most about Jon’s last job?
  • 19:00 – Jon talks about music.
  • 21:15 – Jon loves Punk Rock music.
  • 24:35 – Is Jon a nonconformist?
  • 28:50 – Jon talks about his daughter’s entrepreneurial spirit.
  • 33:00 – Why did Jon start his own business?
  • 37:00 – What gave Jon the confidence to believe he could do it?
  • 45:30 – Jon wouldn’t have been able to speak with the entrepreneurs he wanted to without his podcast.
  • 47:40 – Despite popular belief, Jon is not well-rounded.
  • 48:00 – How did Jon meet Jerod Morris?
  • 53:55 – Jon takes extensive notes while he is recording the show with his guests.
  • 57:55 – You can ask Jon for his PDF interview ‘cheat sheet’ at Jon@HackTheEntrepreneur.com or Twitter.
  • 58:15 – What’s one thing Jon has changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:01:00 – Check out http://hacktheentrepreneur.com/ and please check out Jon’s book.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/74



Direct download: PJ074-JonnyNastor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

073 Espree Devora | Living a Meaningful Life On Her Own Terms

Espree Devora is the host of the WeAreLATech, focused on LA Startups, and the Hello Customer podcasts. She co-produced the panel “WHERE’S WALDO? Finding Social Influencers & Decreasing Your Costs”, which brought in over 11,500 viewers in under an hour via live stream. Espree doesn’t hold anything back in this interview and opens up on why her business failed.

Show Highlights

  • 02:55 – This is my first podcast interview in the car and my second in-person interview – ever.
  • 05:15 – Espree could really use some life instructions on guys.
  • 07:15 – Conclusion: There’s no hope for Espree.
  • 09:20 – Why does Espree love podcasting?
  • 11:25 – Was it overwhelming for Espree to start her own podcast?
  • 15:10 – We talk podcast formats.
  • 17:15 – Espree and I talk microphones and how to talk into them properly.
  • 20:35 – Be concerned about your audio quality.
  • 20:50 – It takes roughly two minutes to impress me when I listen to a podcast.
  • 24:05 – Is Espree always like this?
  • 28:40 – What happened to Espree’s sports company?
  • 42:30 – What was the most surprising thing about working on a yacht?
  • 49:50 – Does Espree meditate?
  • 57:35 – When Espree’s company failed, she went into a two year depression.
  • 01:00:40 – Integrity is incredibly important to Espree.
  • 01:03:00 – Espree talks about her Hello Customer podcast.
  • 01:08:10 – Espree talks Hello Customer stats.
  • 01:10:30 – How important is family to Espree?
  • 01:15:25 – What is Espree excited about?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/73


Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Espree-Devora-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

072 Patrick Keller | A Fascination With the Paranormal is Now Normal

Patrick Keller is the host of the Big Séance Podcast and a middle school vocal music teacher. His podcast opens up a discussion on all thing paranormal and touches on subjects like ghost hauntings, spirit communication, paranormal research, and more. Patrick talks about his childhood, his podcast obsession, and his intense interest in the paranormal.

Show Highlights

  • 04:15 – Patrick went through the whole Podcast Junkies catalog.
  • 04:40 – Patrick ‘stole’ my hashtag idea.
  • 07:10 – What makes Patrick listen to all the episodes in a podcast that he’s recently discovered?
  • 11:35 – Does Patrick plan on going to Podcast Movement?
  • 13:20 – Patrick talks about being a music teacher.
  • 18:45 – Why is Patrick interested in the paranormal?
  • 25:15 – Why did Patrick start his podcast?
  • 32:00 – Patrick talks about his posting schedule.
  • 36:25 – What’s Patrick’s ‘big fish’ guest list?
  • 36:50 – Why are paranormal TV shows so popular?
  • 39:25 – Is The Blair Witch Project considered paranormal?
  • 45:40 – Patrick did almost every creative class in school.
  • 48:00 – Patrick talks about his dad.
  • 48:50 – I also wanted to build a water slide when I was younger.
  • 52:40 – Patrick talks about his hometown.
  • 57:20 – Was it really a simpler time back when we were growing up?
  • 01:01:40 – Who are Patrick’s mentors?
  • 01:08:10 – What kind of challenges will Patrick have growing the show?
  • 01:12:05 – What’s the most misunderstood thing about Patrick?
  • 01:16:00 – Patrick hasn’t had any luck with the Ouija board.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/72


Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Patrick-Keller-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47am EDT

071 Morgan Dix | The Beauty of Meditation Provides Him Clarity

Morgan Dix is the co-founder and creative director for About Mediation, as well as the host of The OneMind Meditation podcast. He has 15 years of formal meditation training in a contemporary yoga and meditation ashram, where he also created online courses and learning opportunities for thousands of people. Morgan talks on how he found meditation, his involvement with EnlightenNext, and the key differences between mindfulness and meditation.

Show Highlights

  • 04:50 – What was Mark surprised about at Podcast Movement?
  • 08:25 – Mark talks about his first podcast: The DC Universe Podcast.
  • 12:40 – Podcasting has made Mark a better conversationalist.
  • 19:55 – Mark talks about his mother.
  • 25:00 – Mark talks about his friend Ben Beaumont.
  • 32:30 – That one guest isn’t going to ‘make’ your show.
  • 36:10 – Mark and I talk about our intros.
  • 40:35 – UK vs. US podcasting?
  • 44:35 – Mark is a Dick Grayson/Nightwing fan.
  • 45:05 – Mark talks comics.
  • 52:20 – His first memory of the United States: Superman.
  • 56:40 – Who are Mark’s mentors?
  • 01:01:50 – What has Mark changed his mind about recently?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/71


Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Morgan-Dix-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

070 Bill Barol | Defining the Meaning of Home, One Story at a Time

Bill Barol is the host of HOME: Stories From L.A. and the author of Thanks for Killing Me. He is also a journalist and has written for various web sites such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and others. Although Bill’s podcast is relatively new, it really stood out to me because of its high quality. Bill talks on how he came up with the theme for the podcast and why he decided to use podcasting as the medium. This episode is a bit longer than usual, so get comfortable and enjoy the show!

Show Highlights

  • 00:05:35 – I talk about the quality of Bill’s podcast.
  • 00:06:25 – What has the reaction to Bill’s podcast been like so far?
  • 00:08:55 – Why did Bill decide to get into podcasting?
  • 00:14:05 – Bill talks about equipment used for podcasting.
  • 00:16:10 – Even though Bill’s podcast is new, I knew right away he was taking it seriously.
  • 00:20:15 – Home is a loaded word, so why did he choose it for the theme of his podcast?
  • 00:25:20 – Bill has a complicated relationship with Philadelphia, the city he grew up in.
  • 00:29:30 – Bill is open to hearing out people’s story ideas for his podcast.
  • 00:32:15 – Why was the 1994 Northridge earthquake a defining moment for Bill?
  • 00:36:25 – That story stood out to me because I was in New York during 9/11.
  • 00:38:55 – How does Bill choose the music he uses in the podcast?
  • 00:44:25 – We learn about the back story behind Episode 2: In Their Room.
  • 00:55:05 – Bill talks about Episode 3: One Man’s Town, and Episode 5: Growing Up 818.
  • 01:09:10 – Bill talks about his experience in journalism and the transformation from print to digital.
  • 01:12:50 – Bill talks about the cover piece he wrote on David Letterman.
  • 01:16:55 – We talk about co-sleeping with our pets.
  • 01:18:25 – What has Bill changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:20:10 – What challenges does Bill anticipate while trying to grow the show?
  • 01:28:00 – Be consistent with your podcast.
  • 01:30:00 – Bill has been publishing 2-3 minute extras from each interview that didn’t make the cut.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/70


Direct download: PJ070-Bill-Barol.mp3
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