A guide for teenagers starting a podcast
This guest blog is written by Shannon Tayler of Podcast How To.
As you begin debating your future career choice, heading towards the internet is the place to go! And, while the idea of becoming an influencer might be right at the top of your list, you may be surprised to learn that becoming a podcaster can also be a fairly lucrative business venture. This is largely because advertising campaigns are turning to podcasts at an increasing rate to help boost sales and, where advertising space is available, there is money to be made!
Starting a podcast doesn’t just have to be about money, though. Perhaps you’d like to host your own show simply as a fun way to entertain and provide information to people from all over the world. Whatever your reasons may be for wanting to start a podcast, one thing is for sure – it’s not as simple as setting up a microphone and hitting the record button!
So, where do you begin?
Below, you’ll find our guide for teenagers starting a podcast. We’ll talk you through the initial steps you need to take to get your show on the air. We’ll also breakdown all of the equipment you’ll need.
Are you ready? Let’s begin.
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide what sort of format you want your podcast to have. Are you looking to invite new and exciting guests onto your show each week? Or do you have a certain area of expertise that you’d like to share advice about single-handedly?
Figuring this out before anything else will help you better plan each episode of your podcast and keep your content consistent each week. In turn, your growing audience will become familiar with the layout of your show and will begin to regard it as a part of their weekly escapism.
You might think that starting a podcast is as easy as plugging a microphone into your computer or recording yourself on your smartphone. But, to get your show sounding as good as possible, there are actually several pieces of equipment you’ll need.
- A podcasting laptop
- A microphone specifically designed for recording vocals
- Editing and production software
- An audio interface or a mixer
These are just the very basic pieces of equipment you’ll need to kit your studio out with too. There are also several accessories including shock mounts, pop filters, and boom arms that will help enhance your audio quality even further.
There is quite a bit of work that goes into planning each episode, sourcing your guests, and creating content that will keep your listeners coming back week after week. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the time to record a podcast, produce it, and publish it.
If you’re planning on continuing your studies while you host a podcast, it’s a good idea to put a day or two aside per month and record a batch of episodes at a time. You might also want to think about working with a podcast producer, who will be able to take a lot of the workload off you.
Podcasting is a wonderful way to get your name out there, share your experiences, offer advice, and entertain people from all walks of life. In our modern age, it’s also a pretty viable career choice.
However, you will need to invest in some top-quality recording equipment and make sure you have fully invested in the project yourself. Creating a podcast is a time-consuming process, but it’s one that will bring you a lifetime of joy!