Adam Spiegelman comes all the way from the hilarious podcast Proudly Resents where guests come to chat about their favorite cult films, to talk with us at Spreaker. Check out his rise to fame in the podcasting realm, and read up on how patience is a virtue in podcasting, and how to not turn off your own audience.
Do you mind introducing yourself?
My name is Adam “Spiegs” Spiegelman. The nickname is obvious, people can’t help but call me that, like “Sully” for Sullivan. Ok, that’s enough about my name (I’ve already bored you). I’m a TV producer by trade, and I’ve produced late night comedy shows as well as day talk shows. I host and produce a podcast about cult films called Proudly Resents, and I produce a funny Twitter game show called Dream Tweet hosted by Jon Corbett.
How did you get into podcasting?
I’ve always loved radio and when “internet radio” started, I was jonesing to get on. Then I started listening to podcasts when they started in 2007. I became obsessed. At the time I was doing a pilot for a small production company. They told me they had audio equipment and nothing to do with it. I took them up on the their offer to do a show there and never turned back.
Awesome! What kind of advice could you give to a new podcaster?
I would say, don’t think you will become an overnight sensation. It will take time and a lot of work to get people to listen, so concentrate on being good in the beginning. Also, Chemda from Keith and the Girl told me to never make jokes about being bad or not having listeners or hating doing the show. She said everyone who’s listening is enjoying themselves, we put negative vibes out there.
That’s a good point, don’t turn off your own listeners. What are you podcasting pet peeves?
I don’t know why, but I hate when people curse and then say “Can I say that?” You just did. Also slows down the show. Establish that before hand.
My other pet peeve is cross talk and small talk at the beginning of an episode. Ugh, just get to it already! I never find it that funny and it drags on.
How do you know when you’re ready to make podcasting a full-time job?
Slowly but surely ads and opportunities come. Once you realize how to make money with your new stature is when it becomes a full time job. You might be touring, or write a book or whatever, but once you make yourself an expert you can find ways to make a living.
Great! What are your favorite social media tips?
Find a group that has the same interest as your show or your guest. Join, participate – be a real member of that page and then put up a link. Also, send a link to your guest and ask them to promote it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Make sure the audio quality is good. It doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning, but if you are asking someone to listen to your for 30 minutes to an hour, don’t make it a chore.
Thanks Adam for that great interview!