As I was sitting in the crowd listening, I began to think about my documentary film, Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto, and how John Younger, the film’s director, and I had run a successful crowd-funding campaign a few years early. The project had been funded thanks to a group of 170 people, primarily family and friends. While we sincerely appreciated their support, we felt the film had an important message that we wanted to share with a wider audience. The challenge had always been how to reach that wider audience.
Towards the end of the talk, Seth began to explain that at the heart of connection lies vulnerability. He said that if you can find ways to repeatedly be vulnerable in public, then you can build an audience. That is when I had a brain wave, we needed to do a podcast for the film. We could call it inside the journey, and it would give us a chance to discuss important issues relating to the movie, talk about the story, and interview people who had worked in El Salvador. I shared my idea with John, who loved it, and we got to work.
Neither of us had ever created a podcast before, so I started doing some research to see what was involved. I learned that to get your podcast to show up in iTunes you need a place to host the files and way to generate a feed. Both of these could be accomplished using WordPress combined with a podcasting plugin. At the time we had a static site, so using my knowledge of programming I created a WordPress theme based on its design. I got the plugin setup and with all the technical stuff out of the way we began recording.
Our first show aired on May 5th, 2013. Since then we have recorded 86 episodes over three years. We have had the opportunity to speak with founding members of Pro-Busqueda, the organization that helped reunite my family, other Salvadoran Adoptees, and Representative Jim McGovern, who’s work helped bring an end to the Salvadoran civil war. It has been an amazing experience, and we learned so much about El Salvador and the importance of telling stories like this.
While the podcast is not officially over, it is on hold for a while, as we work to finish the film. It just became unrealistic to produce a weekly podcast and work on our movie. We set out to make a documentary we know that is where our attention needs to go. John and I may return to the podcast at a later date, but for now, all of the episodes can be found on our website. Below is a playlist of our favorite episodes.
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I’m a jack of all trades that has done everything from business process design to video production to server administration to film photography. I’ve run, consulted on, and wrote a book about Crowdfunding campaigns. I’ve taught myself everything from Ruby on Rails to narrative story structure.
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