Adam Baruh: [00:00:00] to Beyond the Microphone, a podcast about podcasters and the stories of how their shows came together grew, and what they’ve discovered along the way. I’m your host, Adam Baru. So thanks for listening to our first episode. Before we get into our interview with our guest today, I’d like to share a little bit about how this podcast came together.
I used to host a podcast called The Change that was focused on servant leadership, mental health, burnout and anxiety. And that show grew out of my own healing journey as I was struggling to balance my role as CEO of an IT consulting agency and parenthood and processing through some legacy trauma that had presented itself at the beginning of the pandemic.
with the change, I was able to meet and support numerous podcasters and others who are working hard to normalize mental health conversations and strive to make an impact in our collective psyche and healing [00:01:00] journeys. And the format of this show is gonna be quite different. Um, you know, it was born out of the experience with the change and you know, really what I found was.
The podcasting community and people I’ve met were so incredibly supportive and collaborative, and everyone is driven by passion and purpose. So what I’m hoping to achieve with Beyond the Microphone is educating for existing as well as beginning podcasters. You know what what it takes to put a podcast together, what that journey’s like.
And I wanna explore those stories about how. People’s podcasts got started, what motivated them to get started And also, you know, share any tips and insights that, podcasters that I’m gonna be speaking with have learned along the way so that others that listen to this podcast can benefit and find support to get success in their own podcasting journey.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it. Um, our guest is Molly Seider, who I met. Through the Grow the Show program and as members [00:02:00] of the accelerator program, we have access to an inner circle community where podcasters can share ideas, ask questions. It’s a forum, so you know, really nothing is a stupid question there.
And. Um, everybody is really helpful and collaborative and supportive, and Molly had sent a community post looking for people to really just collaborate with in any way whatsoever. I think you had, you know, asked to do things like trailer swaps, guest swaps, et et cetera. So Molly, welcome to be on the microphone.
Molly Sider: Thanks so much for having me. I’m so excited to be here.
Adam Baruh: Yeah, and you know, just, you know, real world podcasting, for people that are listening that are just starting out, you know, you’re gonna run into some technical stuff 100% along the way. So Molly can’t see me right now, or she couldn’t see me at the beginning where. Recording on a platform called Riverside, which I absolutely love.
And we do all of our podcasts on e I Q media, um, using Riverside. And I don’t often run into [00:03:00] technical stuff, so Molly’s just gonna pretend she can see me here today, even though we are releasing the video ultimately on YouTube. So she’ll see it then. But, um, alright, so you got a podcast called I Am This Age.
which is proof that you’re never too late, you’re never too old, and. Where you encourage people to go do that thing they’re always talking about. So before we get into that, why don’t we start with the basics, you know, who are you? Um, give us some detail about yourself, where you live and, and ultimately what led you into podcasting and starting your show.
Molly Sider: Okay, well, um, I am, well I’m Molly and I live in Chicago. Um, and I, let’s see, where do I even begin? Um, I was a. Longtime wine professional, um, in New York and in Chicago. And then during the pandemic, um, left that industry. And, um, around that time had been thinking about starting this podcast. So, [00:04:00] The podcast, I am this age came from this idea, well, it was as I was approaching the age of 40, um, because I interview people who are over the age of 40.
Um, I was approaching 40 and I was sort of panicked that I wasn’t where I thought I should be at that age. Um, I was still in my career, um, still liking it, but also. Had a little bit of a hunch that I wasn’t gonna wanna do it for the rest of my life, um, because it’s not like the most, the healthiest lifestyle.
As fun as it is. Um, And I was out of a, like, I don’t know, not great situation, ship, for lack of a better word,
Adam Baruh: chip like,
Molly Sider: a situation ship relationship. Kinda, um, never married, no, no children. And I was really panicked, like, oh my God, I’m gonna be 40 and what have I done? Like, I’ve missed my chance. And I was always really into [00:05:00] listening to podcasts.
And so I was searching. For representation and stories from people who are older than me who were living outside of the normal box or making big changes later in life, and we’re finding ha, you know, happiness or their version of happiness and success and just like loving life. Anyway, and I could not find it in podcast form anywhere, and I was like, well, surely I’m not the only person out there feeling this way or needing this content, so I guess I’m just gonna have to start my own podcast.
Adam Baruh: Yeah.
Molly Sider: also, I had no idea how to do that.
Adam Baruh: Mm-hmm. Yeah, that’s what I want to get into. So like, yeah. How, and, and you know, everybody kind of experiences this and you know, unless you’re in broadcasting or performing, like how do you even know where to start? I mean, it’s not just, you know, coming up with the concept, but then there’s the whole technical part of like putting it all together.
So how did you kind of navigate through that part of it?
Molly Sider: Yeah, so I feel like [00:06:00] everybody these days is like, I want a podcast. And obviously I, I was one of those people, um, and. I think a lot of people, including myself, didn’t do not understand how much work it is and all that entails making a podcast. Um, it’s a lot. Um, so I had the idea first, of course, and I sat on it for a really long time because again, I did not know how to make a podcast.
I don’t consider myself particularly techie. Um, And I didn’t have any idea where to begin, so I started by just telling people the idea just to like see what people thought. And also because, I don’t know, it just was something that I needed so badly that I couldn’t not talk about it. And so I talked about it to everybody I knew, and everybody who heard about it, who was like, you know, my age.
Even younger people were like, oh my God, that’s such a good idea. I need that also. You need to make this. And so it just was motivating to be like, all right, I gotta figure this out. But also I’m terrified because. Again, like no clue where to start. Luckily, [00:07:00] I have a really good friend who works in like the marketing world, and he runs a studio here in Chicago, and he’s a photographer and a videographer, um, and just like has all that knowledge or at least knows where to find it.
And he was like, all right, this is what you need to get. You need to get like this microphone, you need to get, you know, these XLR cables and you need to get a recorder. At this time. I was using a little zoom recorder. And like, I didn’t know what any of those things were. I’m like, what? Like what’s an XLR cable?
I didn’t even know. Um, so he like took me to, uh, what, he took me to a store. He took me to, um, can’t remember the name of the store, like the garage, my garage, uh, um, guitar Center.
Adam Baruh: Okay. Yeah. Yeah.
Molly Sider: And we like went and we got, you know, a Zoom record, like a used Zoom recorder there and, Just a bunch of stuff and then I still, I, I got it and I bought it.
I spent all this money and then I just didn’t do anything with it. Cuz again, I was like, I don’t even know what I’m [00:08:00] supposed to do with this stuff.
Adam Baruh: When was this, by the way? Cuz like, you know, zoom recorder. I mean, you’re not using that thing anymore? I mean, now there’s, you know,
Molly Sider: I am not,
Adam Baruh: Yeah.
Molly Sider: I’m not using a Zoom recorder anymore, ex unless I travel. It’s awesome to have if you’re traveling because they’re really tiny and, you know, don’t require much and easy just to like pack in your, in your suitcase or whatever. So, um, it’s nice to have them around if you wanna travel with podcast.
Um, but this was in 2019.
Adam Baruh: Okay.
Molly Sider: Um, The first episode, I ended up reaching out to a friend of mine’s mom, who has a wonderful story. Um, she’s a world champion Iron Man in her age bracket in her seventies, and she didn’t start like running marathons until her late forties and didn’t learn how to swim until her, after her first triathlon, which was in her sixties.
She did not know how to swim, and she’s badass, obviously. She’s like won the, the Iron Man Hawaii. She’s won a bunch of times and. [00:09:00] She’s got a great story and I knew that, I knew you know her cuz I grew up with her daughter. Um, and so I reached out to her and she also, she lives in the suburbs of Chicago and she was willing to come drive into the city.
And I used my same friend who runs the marketing studio. Um, he let me use his studio. Like we went in there on like a Saturday. It was like a snowy April day.
Adam Baruh: Mm-hmm.
Molly Sider: he set up like this makeshift studio. Um, I used his really fancy, very expensive microphones. He was like, do not drop these. They’re very expensive.
Um, and honestly, they aren’t the best microphones because they’re, the purpose is not for podcasts. So it picks up like lots of like, noise, you know, ambient noise and stuff like that. But, um, but that was the first episode and then I. Sat on that episode for a year and a half, and I did not publish it. I didn’t do anything with it because I was like, well, where am I gonna find a second episode?
And I don’t even know, like, you know, I was just so like overwhelmed with
Adam Baruh: Yeah. Well, let’s stop with that episode. Like how did you even prepare for that? What, like, did you [00:10:00] script what you wanted to ask? Like just if you could go back and remember like even just putting that first episode together, you know, what, what did you work off of? Like what did, what were you modeling off of?
Molly Sider: Well, okay, so good question. I modeled it off of mostly how I built this with Guy Raz, um, which I feel like is pretty popular amongst. Podcasters. Um, I also am a huge armchair expert fan with Dak Shepard. Um, and so the like vulnerability piece I really picked up from him where I was like, I want this to be like a conversation.
I wanna be able to share some of, you know, my experiences in life. Um, it was, but it was, it was more how I built this in style, like setting up the question by giving a little bit of a backstory, that type of thing. Um, Which now I do over voice voiceovers, but then I was doing it like within the episode, I didn’t know how to, at the time I didn’t think about like [00:11:00] what’s like the main question I want answered.
Like I knew kind of like broadly, I. Um, so I, and she had a bunch of change stories, like she, you know, went back and started working after her forties and stuff like that. So we covered everything. The episode is an hour and a half long. It’s unedited cuz I didn’t know how to edit at the time and she’s a wonderful story.
But I keep, I was just talking about this last night, like I think about maybe I should, how I should go back and edit it and put it out how I put out my episodes today cause it’s such a wonderful story, but like way too long. And also I. If I did it today, I would pick like one topic I wouldn’t wanna like, cover all of, cuz you know, some people just have a lot.
Yeah, a lot. Some people have a lot of different change stories and it’s like, no. Pick one focus on one.
Adam Baruh: totally.
Molly Sider: But, um, I am very still to this day, like extremely prepared. Like I’m preparing for an interview this afternoon with Kristen. Um, yeah, and I, um, I always like [00:12:00] will make an outline of the questions that I wanna ask, and even I’ll throw in some things that I might wanna like include of my own personal story.
Um, just to remind myself, I. Otherwise get super, super. I love speaking in front of people, but I only if I’m super, super prepared and know exactly what I’m gonna say.
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Adam Baruh: So where, like, at what point did you find for yourself that comfort zone, um, you know, where you started to feel, okay, no, I got this. Like I, I’m, I got this, I’m actually like doing well with this and I feel good about it.
Molly Sider: Um, I mean, I, I still get nervous, but, um, I definitely, maybe just in the past. Okay, so I should back up and just say real fast when I did the first episode and I sat on it for a year and a half and I finally let it, I finally [00:15:00] released it. Because I, um, I had a coach helping me coach, like she was basically coaching me through like, what would it feel like?
Why are you sitting on this? Why aren’t you doing anything with it? What would it feel like to just release this episode like tonight? And the reason why I had so much trouble let it, like releasing it and putting it out to the world was because I was like, it’s not gonna sound like, you know, It’s not gonna sound like how I built this or, um, arm track expert, like those are like produced.
They have money behind it. They have people, you know, who have specific jobs. And this is just me and I’m new to this and I don’t know what I’m doing and how can I possibly put an episode out or put a show out there that’s not gonna sound perfect. And also, how will I find more people? Like, I don’t know how to find more guests right now.
And um, and I had to really give myself permission to. A obviously make a podcast that sounds the best to my ability and under and like let go of the like [00:16:00] perfection piece of it, but also to, um, Put out an episode whenever I had one, because ultimately I was making this podcast for me because it was content that I really needed.
And I just had a hunch that if I needed somebody else would to. And I was also like, I’m not trying to make money doing this. I, I just wanna, like, I wanna help myself and I wanna help other people. And if I could help, you know, two people in the world, then my job is done. And allowing myself to do it that way was humongous.
Um, so then I was just putting an episode out whenever I had one, whenever I like found somebody who I thought had an interesting story. So I wanted to include that because for the first, at least year, I was just like, I would, I would put one out, like, you know, sporadically, like whenever I had one, and now I’m on a, you know, obviously a consistent schedule every other week.
Um, but because of that, I think it took me a while to feel, you know, more confident. Like, okay, I’ve got this and [00:17:00] I can figure out these interviews and I can even maybe, you know, um, plan. A little bit less and let go of my outlines a little bit, you know, like I can shift easier like it’s now after doing it.
So I, so my first episode came out in January of 2021. Um, and now I’m like, all right, like, all I have to do is like, show up, ask a question, stay curious, be kind. All of those things I know I can do. Um, so I feel confident now, but it took me a while.
Adam Baruh: yeah, I, you know, a lot of people that I speak with, and I think this is just part of the creative process for a lot of people, um, that, that are, that are creators. Right. Is this. Kind of this fear factor, like wanting to make something perfect, this chasing perfection, um, notion. So I wanna, I wanna stay there a little bit because, you know, for people that may be listening to this, that, that, you know, have an idea, but it’s just, you know, taking, taking something [00:18:00] from concept to reality.
You know, when you’re, when you feel like you have to make it perfect, you know that you’re not, maybe there’s a little imposter syndrome there where. If, if you release something that has some flaws, you know, or whatever, that’s not exactly what you want it to be, that it’s not worthy of, uh, of releasing. So, you know, you spoke a little bit about just kind of like a letting go process.
So, you know, elaborate on that a little bit more, maybe some insight, you know, for people listening here today, just that idea of chasing perfection and, and how to get through that.
Molly Sider: Yeah, well perfectionism is definitely something that I work on a lot. I like to say I’m a recovering perfectionist. Um, you know, it’s an insecurity really. Um, it’s a huge insecurity. What will people think? Um, what will people think who have known me as one thing, and now I’m like, Creating this podcast, this platform for me to speak on.
And, um, you know, who do I think I [00:19:00] am? Like there’s so much insecurity. Um, you know, therefore I have to create this thing that sounds absolutely perfect so people won’t question or judge or whatever that is. Um, and a just like recognizing what it’s about and you know, what the insecurity is about, um, and understanding that like, Of course, I’m not gonna be perfect at this.
I’m a one woman show and, um, you know, I literally do everything myself and especially in the beginning, like, how could I possibly know? How could it possibly sound perfect? Like, I don’t know what I’m, do, you know, I, I, all of this is, all of these skills are completely new to me. Um, all of the technology is completely new to me.
It would be impossible for it to sound like an NPR produced show That’s,
Adam Baruh: Yeah.
Molly Sider: crazy to worry about. Not crazy to worry about, but it’s, you know, it’s silly. It’s a waste of time. Um, but also I have this, [00:20:00] Through, like, you know, working with coaches a lot too. Like I have this outlook on life that I’m always saying out loud and to myself.
Um, life is my learning journey. Like I’m just gathering information, so everything I’m doing, all the mistakes I’m making. Okay, great. That’s great information to take into next time I won’t do that again, or I will do that again. And when I think about it that way, when I remind myself like, no, this is my learning journey, somehow it’s a lot easier to let go of the stuff that isn’t perfect or great, you know?
But it’s still a struggle. Um, I’ve never liked having my picture taken. Um, and you know, part of this is like putting your face out there and, um, it. So all of this has, for me has been a, a huge learning journey. And also just kind of saying things to myself like, well, that’s what I look like and that’s great.
Like, that’s okay. Or [00:21:00] This is what I sound like, this is what my voice is. You know, sometimes I screw up and so does everybody. And, um, just like, you know, also like listening. I listen to so many podcasts and I’m able to, I’m sure you do this too, like. I hear all the mistakes that all the podcasts make, and there are so many highly produced podcasts out there with teams of people that are making mistakes and that the sound isn’t great.
And somehow, not that I want everyone to suffer, but it’s just it, you know, it humanizes. Everybody. It like reminds me that there are human beings behind all of those shows and that humans make mistakes and that’s okay, and people are so forgiving and honestly, most of the people listening don’t even notice.
Adam Baruh: Yeah, a hundred percent. You know, and you know, for me, cuz like, you know, when I got started in podcasting, I, I would’ve never even envisioned that I would ever get into podcasting. Um, it again, like, as I mentioned in the [00:22:00] intro, like my own journey came out of. Like really a very painful time. I was going through and there was, you know, out of this healing process manifested this whole now podcasting side of my life and it’s, you know, growing into like a, you know, I produce, you know, a few podcasts now I’ve got this software and it’s, it’s really.
This whole thing side of my life has taken shape. And so, you know, for me, I think what everything boils down to has been a journey of emotional courage. Just I had to like, take a leap of faith and say, I’m like, kind of what you were saying, like I’m really just doing this for myself. And if I only kind of like help one or two people by sharing my story that it’s all worth it.
But that process of like putting myself out there, Getting out of the comfort zone, just showing up, you know, when yeah, like all the anxiety and the fear is there, [00:23:00] but just the act of showing up has really informed for me a lot about myself and, and what I’m capable of. And it’s given me a tremendous amount of confidence.
So, you know, I’m sure you would echo the same sentiment. Like for anybody listening that’s, that’s thinking about getting started, just take the step, take the step.
Molly Sider: Yeah. And I think that you touched on something really important, which is, um, the difference between doing it for other people versus doing it for yourself. You know, like having a really clear reason why you’re starting the podcast, um, and reminding yourself of that as you go, and especially as you’re starting, because. know, if you’re doing it just to, um, please other people or to, um, You know, to create something that you think other people are going to like, it’s gonna be a lot harder to, I think it’s going to be a lot harder to, um, to show up and to be courageous, as you said, than if you’re like, no, I’m, I’m doing this because I [00:24:00] believe in it so much because it’s something that I know is needed or I need it.
It’s gonna be a lot easier to create, to show up, to be courageous, to take that first step to, um, to, you know, overcome the perfectionism. Um, and to just keep doing it and keep, um, and keep at it. You just showed up. I can see your face now.
Adam Baruh: Oh, here I am. Um, see, all you gotta do is show up everybody.
Molly Sider: Yeah.
Adam Baruh: so, you know, another thing too, another huge hurdle that I, you, you may have had to overcome, I know I definitely had to come overcome it, is like when you get started and you launch it, and now you’re looking at your stats, like, you know, we use Buzz Sprout to put, to, to distribute our, our episodes.
And so then you look at the stats and it’s like, oh. So much passion behind this one episode, but over the first 30 days, there’s only been a hundred listeners, like, you know, where, where are you at with, well, I guess, let me ask this way. [00:25:00] What would be your advice for people that, you know, may look at those numbers and possibly get discouraged?
Like, you know, what do those numbers mean to you, first of all? And, and how would you kind of process through that to keep going?
Molly Sider: Oh God. Um, this is such a complicated question for me. I think when I first put my podcast out, it was weird. Like I. Immediately for the first, I don’t know, year had like a few hundred downloads per episode, like just right off the bat and which is really unusual. And then I like took, yeah, pretty not bad.
Um, and then I took a break and it just, And you know, they say like, don’t stop cuz you’ll lose listeners and downloads. And that is true. Um,
Adam Baruh: Mm-hmm.
Molly Sider: so it took a, you know, it kind of tanked and now I’m rebuilding and rebuilding and I’m getting back up there. And, um, and. [00:26:00] I think I’m getting, I am gaining people who really, actually are interested in the topic.
So I think there’s a huge difference in listenership in terms of the numbers for me and the downloads. Um, you know, it can be really, really discouraging and I have moments and days where I’m like, . What am I doing this for? Like, this is so much work. What am I killing myself over this for? Um, cuz it is a ton of work, which brings me back to like, you better have a really good reason as to why you’re doing this.
Because if you don’t, you will not last. Like, you won’t keep going, you will quit.
Adam Baruh: Oh yeah, a lot. I think the status, like, you know, most fail within the first year and like, you know, even after that first year, it’s just, it goes down like
Molly Sider: Yeah, I think I heard like most podcasts don’t make it past five episodes. Um, and like any, the, the number of podcast made me them wrong. You can, you probably know this better than me, but like the number of pod like [00:27:00] podcasts that are, um, that are considered as like, Active or whatever. You had to have put out more than five episodes or more than eight episodes in like something within the last 90 days.
Um, which means if you take a break for the summer, you are in an active podcast. Um, but yeah, it’s, um, I lost my train of thought. I’m sorry. Um. Uh, I think like the, just to like really like hit that point home though, like you really have to have like a true purpose and really believe in it and yourself.
And you know, whenever I’m, whenever I’m having moments of like, look at my num like what am I doing? You know, not enough people are listening or whatever. How do I get more people? Um, and then I rethink everything and then I think, okay, well, do I still believe in what I’m doing? And. The answer’s always yes, cuz I fully believe in what I’m doing and that keeps me going.
Like I fully believe in what I’m doing. I think what I’m making is great or the [00:28:00] best that I can be, but also I keep pushing myself to get better and learn more. And, you know, shift, like if you listen to my show from episode one to today, it’s totally different format. Topic is still the same and the point is the same, but a completely, completely different format, different length, everything.
Um, and I think. The point is that, you know, keep learning, keep growing, keep pushing. Um, but just keep checking in to make sure that you still actually care and believe in the thing that you’re, that you’re trying to put out. And like yeah, if you’re just putting a podcast out there cuz you wanna like hear yourself talk, I don’t know.
Good luck.
Adam Baruh: And I think you really, you know, the, the point I’m hearing that you’re getting across is it’s a process and it evolves and you know, you, there’s going to be, you know, Hurdles and you’re gonna get discouraged, and then you’re gonna get really encouraged. And it’s just this kind of like, you know, continuous cycle.
Um, but [00:29:00] that’s normal. Like, don’t get, you know, don’t get overwhelmed by it. Um, it, it’s just normal. But anyway. So you mentioned, you know, you listen to, um, quite a few different podcasts. What, what do you listen to? What do you like?
Molly Sider: I mean, it changes, um, But, okay, so obviously how I built this and armed direct expert, um, I like to listen to news. Like I, I start my day every morning with the daily, um, from the New York Times. Um, And other like news shows from, um, crooked media and stuff like that. Um, I love tree crime. Like, I like it all.
I love Lebanon Media. I don’t know if you know the stuff out of that they’re doing, but they’re doing some amazing shows. Um, but I also love, you know, I’m a life coach, so I also love the psychology stuff. So like the Brene Browns and the Adam Grants of the world. Um, the, you know, 10% happier and, [00:30:00] um, Those types of podcasts.
I know I’m missing some like favorites right now and I’m,
Adam Baruh: You can go find out, you know, check out Molly’s site, she’ll, she’ll maybe she’ll post, um, you know,
Molly Sider: Yeah.
Adam Baruh: what she’s listening to. Um, but like looking back, like what do you have, uh, or can you remember like what’s been your favorite episode or guest or quote or, or kind of memory that you have, you know, with your podcast.
Molly Sider: Oof. That’s so hard. Um, I’ve had so many good ones. You know, mostly I think, okay. Here’s one thing about my show, and I can’t remember if I was telling you this or not, or who I was telling this to. Recently, but I do preliminary interviews as you know, cause I’ve had you on my show. Um, not out yet, but, um, I do preliminary interviews and I, um, almost, well, a lot of the times when I’m like preparing to get on a call with somebody or preparing to do a recording with somebody, sometimes I’m like, I [00:31:00] just don’t feel like doing this, or I don’t think I’m gonna like this person or something.
You know, like, I just, like, I get tired or I’m like, I have too many things to do. I don’t wanna do this right now. And then every single time I get off the phone with somebody or recording with somebody, I’m like, blown away. Because I find everybody fascinating and everybody has something to say and something important to contribute to the world, and especially like, um, You know, when I’m asking very specific, sort of challenging or empowering questions to them, like everybody has something interesting about themselves, and I love being able to pull that out of people.
Like, I think that’s like what I’m good at and what is my specialty. Um, and so I just, I don’t know. I like, love everybody, but I don’t know. Okay. Let’s see. One of my, I mean, one of my favorites recently was, um, oh, I, we were talking about it with Caressa. And she is a woman, wasn’t it you? Maybe it was somebody else.
Um, this woman, Carissa Carissa, and [00:32:00] she is, um, she got, she lost all of her hair in her forties. She had like this, like gorgeous, like red, flowy thick hair. And she’s an actress in LA and she lost all of her hair in her forties. And, um, Learning about how she like dealt with that, like emotionally and, um, just mentally and how she overcame that.
And also, you know, what she, what she’s doing physically right now and her, how that affected her relationships and her and her love life was like so good. I loved it. I also had my dad on like, very, very early on and um, that was, you know, personal favorite. And my best oldest friend too, Melissa, she’s also a Hollywood person.
Um, so that was a really, that was a fun story.
Adam Baruh: Awesome. Um, well, tell us a little bit about your production process. So you mentioned now you’re, you’re publishing every other week, so like, you know, from concept to re finding guests, booking them, putting the whole thing together. Like, what is your production process like, and do you do this full-time or are you also [00:33:00] balancing, you know, this podcasting life that you have with, you know, regular job and stuff like that?
Molly Sider: Yeah. So, um, I do this along with, um, building a coaching practice and speaking practice and all that stuff. Um, so. a lot, and I’ve taken some detours, did a, did some podcast production, um, along the way. Um, and as far as my process goes, I, um, now at this point kind of batch record. Um, so I’ll have like, you know, a week or two weeks where I’m just kind of getting, like, I’m doing a bunch of preliminary interviews and actual interviews, um, and then I stop doing that for a few weeks while I.
Edit all of those episodes and publish them. Um, yeah. And then I have, you know, I edit in script, um, which is new since Grow the Show.
Adam Baruh: I love the script. I just started using it. Uh, I think we’ve done maybe one or two episodes, um, [00:34:00] with the other podcasts. Yeah. Love
Molly Sider: and you’re liking it.
Adam Baruh: Yeah, I mean, you know, with the editing it’s, it’s pretty easy. Um, the AI tools, like, it’ll generate audiograms and TikTok and stuff like that, so it can really cover a lot of bases for us.
Molly Sider: Yeah, it’s, it took, I didn’t like it at first and I’ve heard
Adam Baruh: a lot of people, yeah, there’s some, you know, it’s, it’s a new software and it’s had some quirks and you know,
Molly Sider: Yeah, and it’s massive. So it’s like it might slow down your computer and like, you know, I hear the fan running I, but I figured it out like I have to like upload my video and then just sort of let it go for like it and just like not touch it for a day. So I have to like, You know, think about like, okay, I’m gonna edit tomorrow, so I’m gonna upload it today.
Um, but then once it’s all calmed down, so I don’t, again, like still not a techy person over here. So once it’s all calmed down and the fan has stopped running, I’m like, all right, it’s go time. And then even just like my editing, I have, [00:35:00] you know, a very specific process where I like do like triple speed and just like go through and edit the actual con.
I highly, I highly, I heavily edit my episodes, um, like heavily, heavily. I’m tr that’s also part of me, like I’m actually trying to let go of editing everything
Adam Baruh: Well, there’s, I’ve found, you know, there’s lots of different variations, like, you know, some podcasts I listen to and they’re not edited at all. Like they’re not scripted edited. It’s just a very off the cuff conversation. And those are cool. They work for those podcasts and like, but I’m like you. I like to, you know, I kind of go after a little bit more of a higher production value, you know, and polishing to it.
I just like that format personally.
Molly Sider: Y yeah, me too. It’s just I i’s what I’d prefer to listen to. Um, but yeah, there are plenty, there are tons of unedited, like very popular, successful podcasts out there. Um, but yeah, for me, I’m like, no, I, but you know, it’s, It all, it’s, you know, it’s all under the same umbrella of perfectionism
Adam Baruh: Yeah. [00:36:00] Yeah.
Molly Sider: and control.
Adam Baruh: Yeah, but be yourself, you know, like be yourself with it. Like, stay true to what, what feels good for you, you know, for anybody. Just kind of like going through the, the process. Like if it feels good to you, then it, it’s fine. It’s gonna work.
Molly Sider: Yes, absolutely. A hundred percent. Yes, that’s right. That’s really good advice.
Adam Baruh: Well, hey, I want to thank you so much for, you know, just being such a good friend so far. Like, just the collaboration that we’ve had, you know, Having me on to your podcast. Thanks for coming on to my podcast. And again, this is really why I love being in this community. It, it really, I find it to be super sharing, super collaborative and you know, everybody’s driven with purpose and passion and I love that.
And I get inspired by everybody I get connected with and super inspired with what you’re doing. So thank you so much for being here.
Molly Sider: Thanks for having me as your first guest. I’m honored and I agree this is, this can be a really collaborative space, so just remember like you don’t have to do it [00:37:00] alone.
Adam Baruh: Lastly, where can people find and, you know, get connected with you?
Molly Sider: Um, the best places are either my website, which is just molly It’s spelled like apple cider, but with an S S I D E R, um, or on Instagram, which is my handle is at Molly at this age, um, like I am this age, but Molly at this age,
Adam Baruh: Awesome. Well, thank you so much, Molly.
Molly Sider: yeah. Thank you.
Adam Baruh: Molly Cider is the host of I Am This Age, the podcast proving it’s never too late. You’re never too old, so go do that thing you’re always talking about. She’s a certified professional life coach, speaker, and real life change maker in her forties. Molly believes the most efficient way to create peace inside and out is by sharing stories and listening to others share theirs.
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