Podcasts are undoubtedly one of the most used communication tools. Recent statistics say that 78% of the U.S. population has heard about podcasting and 2021 holds the record for hours spent listening to podcasts, with 15 billion hours compared to 12 billion just two years ago.
The success of podcasts is made by the stories and the quality of the production, that’s why it’s important to rely on professionals who can turn your concept into interesting content, that people might want to listen to.
That’s exactly when freelancers like Lindsay become great allies. She is pure energy, she likes to define herself a journalist at heart, as she loves to source ideas and turn them into compelling stories to be distributed via podcasts, videos, or short documentaries.
She also has an international background, she speaks four languages (English, Dutch, Spanish, and Papiamento). She’s originally from the Caribbean, but she has been living in Europe for the past nine years.
We have met her and asked her a few questions about her experience and vision. Take a look at the interview.
What is your area of expertise?
I’m a journalist at heart, so I’d say my expertise is being able to tell stories of underrepresented groups in a way that’ll help engage people and move them from talking to action.
How did you become a freelance podcast producer?
I used to work full-time as a broadcast journalist in London. That means any story that required video or audio, I was your girl. As time went on, I slowly started to gravitate more towards the audio side of things, because I realized that I was able to say so much more through audio. But as much as I loved working in a team, I kind of wanted to expand my horizons and work on different kinds of projects at the same time. So, the best option for me then was to become freelance, and so here I am.
What do you enjoy the most about being a freelancer?
Two things: First, freedom! I love being able to organize my own time and being able to choose the projects I work on. Second, meeting so many new people. Ever since I went freelance, I have met more people than I can even think of. And I love it because that means I’m always inspired by other perspectives.
If you would not be freelancing, what would you be doing?
I think I’d most probably be working at a charity that focuses on race equality. It’s what I volunteer for in my free time, so why not make it my job?
What are your goals? (Also not professionally speaking)
The main goal for me (as cheesy as it sounds) is to be able to give a voice to the voiceless. In whatever way that may be.
What makes you feel you’re contributing to a better world?
I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m doing enough and I recently learned that it’s impossible to focus on every injustice in the world. But I’m doing my bit by helping the voiceless in any way I can through my job and in my personal life.
Favourite organization, and why?
I would like to give a shout-out to INQUEST! It’s a charity organization based in the UK that provides expertise on state-related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, support agencies, the media, and parliamentarians. I’d also like to give a shout-out to the charity Mentivity. They’re a mentoring organization for young people that focuses on educational engagement. They cover topics from career role modeling to mental health issues within the BAME community. I admire the work both of these organizations do.
Do you want to connect?
If you want to know more and get support on your Podcast and Video strategy, connect with Lindsay at Work for Impact. If you want to share your story as a freelancer, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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