Feature Friday: Corey Gumbs
Highlighting Our People in Podcasting!
You ain’t gotta lie Craig… it’s not just Friday….Feature Friday!! ✨
“"People need community, whether it is race/ethnicity, similar views/likes, or common goals, etc."
Community….a word that is quite important to this week’s feature BPA founder and all around good guy Corey Gumbs ✊🏾✨.
Listennn, yes this week I am featuring Corey….because…..well why not?! It’s Corey! So let’s go 🏁
Many of us know Corey as the founder of the Black Podcasters Association, an online community for Black podcast creatives and professionals looking for support, an educational environment, and a place to network with other like-minded people. 💪🏾 But he is so much more, with his extensive recording background he also founded Black Label Mobile Studio, a full-service podcast production and recording service. They offer mobile recording, and production work in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. If that wasn’t enough, Corey also co-hosts the new platform PodCash, a free weekly show that offers insights on how to grow and scale your podcast, as well as the Instagram Live show, PodHour powered by the VP Club.(sheeeshhh 😰)
I’m sure that’s not even all he does, because he is continuously busy and working hard to find ways to not only uplift his brand but also his community.
One of the best things about the BPA is that it's a place where people can learn from each other. Members can ask questions, share tips and tricks, and get feedback on their podcasts. As the BPA grows it seems to continue to manifest it’s original purpose.
“The BPA exist to be a beacon for Black podcast creatives and podcast adjacent professionals for education, collaboration, and support within a community environment.”
All his hard work isn’t without it’s humble beginnings as Corey got his start in the early 2000’s in an unexpected way:
“After having a car accident that kept me from returning to work, I decided to take my love of recording, empty the last 2k out of my bank account and build my mobile podcast recording studio. The goal was to bring the studio to directly podcasters.”
Talk about inspiring ✨
It’s been said before, the way we make our way to this common space of podcasting is so unique. But it seems we have a common goal of learning and supporting one another. And hey! I think it’s safe to say Corey did that 🏆 But he isn’t without hopes for the future as he wishes that POC will utilize the platform to collaborate, bridge their differences, and create their own vehicles for monetization outside of the radio based version that currently ignores our creators. But how can we do that??? Check out his tips:
1. TIPS: Do not launch your podcast without knowing exactly who you are talking to. Spend the majority of your pre-production planning on identifying your ideal listener. Everything else will fall into place after that.
2. TIPS: Plan for monetizing your podcast from the beginning, even if you dont know how or if you want to. Setting up the infrastructure for monetization makes it easier to roll out and scale when you decide to turn it "on". Truthfully though, You should be looking to monetize before you even launch.
3. TIPS: Create outcomes you want for your listener and reverse engineer your content so that it leads to the outcome. this will help you identify points of value, stay on task, and create content that creates some sort of action for your listener.
Now those are some true gems 💎 ….if there’s nothing else you take from this…just as last week understand the importance of a community. Find your people and do things the Corey way: stay connected find ways to uplift and grow.
Until next Friday…stay cooler than other side of the pillow 🛏
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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.
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