Bernardo goes rogue at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival and talks to impromptu guests about tater tots, wrestling, and the things that make them happy.
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In this weekâ€™s episode of This Makes Me Happy, the Podcast, Bernardo recorded live from Tattooed Mom for The 4th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival. With no set agenda or invited guests, he sought volunteers from the audience to ask â€œWhat makes YOU happy?â€. Enter organic conversation about tater tots, people, wrestling and people.
First up was Lisa who came to the mic with a plate full of tater tots. What makes her happy? Things that please her senses. The everyday things that look pretty, taste good, feel great and sound beautiful. This can be a beautiful door she sees while walking around the city or the taste of the tater tots that are right in front of her. Lisa is of the mindset that many of the things we all do are because, in some way, they please our senses.
To elaborate, Lisa uses the example of an awesome moment she has during her commute to work, her favorite part of the day. Every day, she comes up to an intersection which has a farmhouse and field right by it. The way the sun hits the horizon changes per season and itâ€™s just a beautiful moment she can look to with subtle changes. A lot of times, moments like these that make her happy are about the beauty of the moment or, at very least, how interesting it is. Positive sensory experiences lead to positive thoughts in her world.
The way people are different also make Lisa happy. This is true even when others are frustrating her. For example, she can be totally frustrated with her co-workers but still finds their interactions with one another fascinating. Interestingly enough, Lisa considers herself to be a social introvert. She likes to recharge on her own but connects with others, especially in small groups of people she enjoys. When there are lot of things going on in her life, she craves the ability to share those thoughts and stories with others.
Important question of the day for Lisa: If she could have up to 4 people over for tater tots, who would they be? Simply said, people that have cool things to say and that you can engage in fun conversation. If she has to share the tater tots, however, all bets might be off. She might wanna do things alone.
Good stuff, Lisa. Thanks for chatting with us.
Our next guest is Kevin Gallagherâ€”aka Kev or Nerdy Kevâ€”from The Philadelphia Podcasting Society. What makes him happy? Anything that makes him laugh, specifically podcasts that make him laugh. He has two kids and most of his time away from them is spent recording, editing or listening to podcasts.
Some of his favorite podcasts? Kevin Smith, if we want to talk mainstream. The Philadelphia Podcasting Society opened him up to more indie podcasts such as Too Cool for Tabletop and Campaign, a Star Wars D&D podcast. This led him to gain appreciation for indie podcasts due to all the work that goes into them, usually done by one person.
How did he get into podcasts? Well, wrestling. Like, the WWE type (â€œIt was just fun!â€ he tells us later).Once upon a time he was a professional wrestler by definition…but not if you ask his fiancÃ©. Due to an accident that involved him hurting his ankle (as a result of having some drinks), he dropped the wrestling persona and brought out the podcast persona. He had a buddy who wanted to produce a podcast and he ended up hosting it. The rest is history.
One of the things Kevin enjoys the most is the evolution of podcasting. 9 years ago, many people didnâ€™t know or understand what podcasting was. In fact, many still donâ€™t. Still, itâ€™s gone from being a lesser known form of communication to being taken seriously in movies and the like as a valuable source of media. He grew up with likes of Howard Stern, what he describes as the era of talking crap behind a mic. Now, in his eyes, itâ€™s all about talking to people who have a really cool story.
All things considered, Kevin would love podcasting to be his full time gig (He does fancy government computer work during the day.) But if he could podcast full time, the appeal would be focusing on dialogue. He would never wake up early, prep movies and podcast right along with it.
Kevin believes your podcast should simply make you happy. You shouldn’t do it for an audience. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to do! Unless you’re an audio engineer that can tell the difference, you can record it from your phone and talk about anything you want. Follow his steps: If people listen to his podcasts or they don’t, he doesn’t care. Just do it.
In closing with Kevin, we asked him the same question we asked Lisa. Which podcasters would he have tater tots with? Aaron McGathy, Jeff Stormer, Jason Ashley and our very own Bernardo Margulis.
Lisa doesn’t have much of an imprint on the internet, but you can find Kevin on Twitter or on his podcast, Everything is Awesome.
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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jason Zappolo for editing and mixing this episode; follow Jason on instagram.
Orly Margulis for social media support; follow Orly on linkedIn.
RocÃo CastaÃ±eda for ongoing support; follow RocÃo on instagram.