Now, when I started my One Tree Hill Podcast last May, I didn't have inspirations of changing the world or an industry. I just had things to say and loved technology so much, I used this crazy thing called podcasting as a way to get it out there. I never imagined that less then a year later I would have done and seen the things I have.
As I watch the process of Southern Gothic Productions, as those involved, try to find their feet, it reminds me of my process with the One Tree Hill Podcast. Now, on many levels, the two are like comparing apples and oranges. These people, Hilarie Burton, Kelly Tenney and Nick Gray, are awash with knowledge in the business they are pursuing. I was a wild eyed novice that had to have a towl beside my desk to wipe the sweat from my hands as I recorded my first podcast.
But there is on similarity that drives us all - passion. The willingness to pursue a dream because there is something deep inside that drives us. And the knowledge that if that passion isn't feed the soul would starve.
I find it a bit ironic to be writing this blog and offering words of encouragement to Hilarie Burton and her entourage. I am a just a Tennessee native who finds herself working in a small town in North Carolina. But I am offering it anyway. I kind of feel a kinship to them. Working the day job that pays for a higher pursuit. That is what I do as well. My job pays the bills but this podcast, what i have seen and who I have meet, touches me - makes me see life differently.
I have talked to actors and artists and poets in the last year. I have been inspired by words and by music and I have felt lucky to be on the ride. But it was a ride I started. I wasn't just a hapless passenger. I started on the journey with one foot moving forward and willing the second to follow.
I became brave. I learned to ask and didn't take it personal when those I asked said no. I learned how to research and that anyone can be found if you look hard enough. And I learned the art of name dropping, but doing it because you have built a bond with them, and they are willing to assist you.
Last week I interviewed Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin because I formed friendships and bonds. In two weeks I will interview The Fray - my biggest interview to date - because of building contacts.
Never would I have dreamed when I nervously posted my first podcast on May 20, 2008 that less then a year later I would be interviewing one of the hottest acts right now - The Fray. But I was challenged, told to step up my efforts, and if I have learned anything about myself , it is that I love a good challenge.
So, I challenge all of you at Southern Gothic Productions. Keep pursuing that dream and doing what you want to do. Don't listen to others and keep pace with the course. It will lead you to places you will have never imagined, and look at all of those you are taking along.
Believe me I know about the journey, my bags are still packed and I am still amazed at where it is taking me.
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