Podcasts are growing by the minute and we all know why. They don’t cost a penny, come with 24/7 access and they’re available in every genre. What’s not to love? If you’re not convinced, don’t worry. Once you’ve read all about my latest finds, you’ll soon be downloading your next podcast or even creating your own!
We all remember the first podcast that we ever listened to – mine was ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ by Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine (BBC R1). When I heard about this podcast, I knew that I had to give it a listen. Jamie’s Dad decided to write and self-publish an erotic book called ‘Belinda Blinked’ which the trio read (and mocked). I listened to this podcast during my daily commute to work; uncontrollably laughing aloud and wiping away the tears. I still don’t understand why my fellow commuters insisted on giving me funny looks…
Podcasts Are Fun
M.D.W.A.P. was just one example of why I wanted to create my own podcast. I’m passionate about radio and the thought of producing my own has always felt so natural. I recently teamed up with my BFF and we’re in the early stages of creating our own digital baby. I will inform you on this later, so keep checking back.
With this exciting goal, comes so much research. I don’t think people understand how much planning and listening you have to do when creating your own podcast. Although, this worked in my favour as I discovered many creative, ambitious and exciting podcasts that are already out there…
Anna Faris is Unqualified
This podcast is very similar to Chris Hardwick’s, ‘The Nerdist’. Anna and Sim (the producer) talk with various iconic people about their lives, careers and opinions. They also feature two callers (non-celebs) to discuss their current issues and Anna (and the team) kindly provide (truly unqualified) advice on the issue. The episodes last about an hour and present a very laid-back nature. Sounds good, right?
I must admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of this podcast to begin with. I already knew of Anna Faris before I started listening. She featured in one of my favourite movies ‘The House Bunny’ and TV sitcom ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’. But I couldn’t connect to the content and I was rather put off by the ‘F*** YOU, SIM’. I still don’t know why they say it… poor Sim!
Although, my opinion flipped after listening to episode 08 – Lance Bass. In the past, I never bothered with N-Sync (I preferred the Backstreet Boys at the time) but for some reason, I felt drawn to this episode.
I received the most authentic insight into his life and struggles. He reflects upon many good and bad moments but the main focus was upon his sexual identity. I never realised how difficult and fearful his experience had been. I finished this episode feeling as though I had walked a (very respected) mile in his shoes.
Sometimes it’s good to sit and listen to someone else’s story. It makes you realise how things aren’t always what they seem and it’s okay that we don’t always feel so positive. Life is hard! This podcast is very inspiring and will truly lift your spirits.
You can find out all about Anna, Sim and their unqualified advice at – www.unqualified.com