Given the nature of this show, I should probably start by sharing my own story. So here we go:
In January of 2014 I was laid off from a sales job I had been doing since graduation. It was a bit stressful, but the new opportunity to switch career paths was compelling. Growing up, the majority of my focus went into playing the drums, making music, and drawing — which I let go of when I got to college. It wasn’t until I was doing sales five days a week that I realized I had developed a big creativity void that needed to be filled, and now I had no excuse not to do it.
Out of interest and the need to pay bills, I started shooting and editing videos for people and loved it. To keep the momentum moving and find more opportunities, I moved to L.A. Eventually, I landed what I thought was my dream job as an assistant to a successful TV Producer at a major studio. Getting the opportunity to work directly under a guy who essentially created and sold stories for a living was a dream come true.
Had I known what I was signing up for at that time, I’m not sure I would have done it. The job turned out to be one of the most stressful, demanding, and frustrating things I’ve ever done. With no previous assistant experience in the industry, I fumbled my way through it week after week, month after month, constantly getting yelled at and almost fired more times than I can remember.
But, like many hard experiences, it was a blessing in disguise and exactly what I needed. I had known what I wanted to do for years — start an online show finding and sharing great stories. Although I had experimented with it, I didn't have the confidence and belief that I could start it and make it work. It was getting through such a challenging experience, one that I had originally thought I wouldn't survive, that ultimately gave me the push I needed. When you work that hard for someone else, you start to wonder what you could accomplish if you channel that same level of energy and focus into your own project. Once I came to that realization, and for my own sanity, I had to commit and follow through on what I had been wanting and waiting to do for years.
So, I left in July of 2015 and launched Story Riot in iTunes. Although there are long term plans for growing the podcast and the types of stories being told, right now I'm letting my own natural curiosity and interests guide what I do — which is sitting down with successful artists and creative people who are doing great work, and capturing their story.
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