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Feature Friday: Andréa Spearman
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
🎵 It’s Friday night…and I feel alright the party’s here on the West side …🎵
You know what that means, it’s time for another ~ Feature Friday ✨
“The recordings that truly move me are the ones where I let folks go on tangents and discover new things about their journeys that I had no idea existed..”
Discoverability, it seems for Andréa Spearman it’s about more than just finding a good podcast, but discovering good stories, discovering experiences, discovering…people.
Andréa is host of The Black Landscape Podcast which is a series of conversations that spotlight Black emerging and established leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. The conversations highlight various communities in different industries including the performing and literary arts, local government, the Peralta College system, labor unions, fashion design, event management and curation, entrepreneurship, and more!
And speaking of being in the spotlight…gotta love the show art! Andréa said you’re gonna see me 😆!
We see you!
Andréa has a background in audio and communications, as she was formally an on-air radio personality in her college years (me too sis! 💕). So I say it was only right that she made her way into the podcasting community. And of all the things that brought her back… She had been interviewed for a festival that turned virtual due to the pandemic and that re-ignited her passion for storytelling…
I saw a need for amplifying voices & experiences of Black adults positively affecting our communities. And in the beginning I didn’t have to look too far beyond my own phonebook.
I may sound like a broken record, but again it’s always so great to hear from creatives that work to amplify out community as every contact is a connection and Andréa built her show on tapping into those personal connections.
But no matter the journey no matter the connections, there are always lessons to be learned…so I had to ask…what were the lessons learned.??
Find a distribution site that does NOT take away your ownership of your content. This is a JOB! Plan accordingly. Who is your audience? What are you truly trying to share that’s different? Don’t lose sight of that purpose on your journey.
Wise words indeed, and not loosing sight of your purpose is something that helps you to sustain. Podcasting is a journey and can be tough, but as Andréa reminds us knowing why you’re there and not loosing sight of that is enough to help us all stay encouraged.
So with that fam…until next Friday…stay encouraged💫
Psst…by the way if you’re interested in being my next feature 🙏🏾 do what Andréa did and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Feature Friday!
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Oh and if you’ve been a regular reader….I got a new headshot ya’ll! One of many so apologies in advance as I test these out✨
Oh and a little about me…this is the hard part, talking about myself!
I’m Adell Coleman Chief Operations Officer of DCP Entertainment. I’m a multi-award winning podcast creator, producer, and host. I host and EP the podcast Say Their Name. I like talking so you may have seen me around at a few conferences!
One of my favorite things to do is to amplify and uplift those BIPOC and marginalized creatives who aren’t just hosts but are doing many different things in the podcast space.
At DCP, we distribute podcasts that share stories, podcasts, interviews, and insights by and for underrepresented voices. Feel free to check us out!
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