Updated: Jul 29
I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Lauren Popish to learn five random facts about herself and her favorite podcasts. Check out my interview with Lauren below:
Loryn: What are your favorite types of podcasts to listen to?
Lauren: My favorite thing about audio, in general, is the ability to listen while doing something else. It makes me feel like I’m being productive while doing mundane tasks. My favorite podcasts are ones that teach me something new while telling a story. A few podcasts that do that really well are 99% Invisible, How I Built This, and basically any show from Gimlet.
Loryn: What advice do you have for those still on the fence about creating a podcast?
Lauren: When deciding whether to start a podcast or not, it’s important to remember that podcasting is one of the few marketing platforms still relatively untapped. There are 500 million blogs and over a billion Instagram accounts but only two million podcasts on Apple. In other words, there is still a lot of room to start and grow a successful show. If you have a topic that you are passionate about and can find the discipline to create consistent audio content over the span of multiple years, then you can have a piece of the podcasting pie.
Loryn: What lesson did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?
Lauren: The pandemic helped me realize that I have been using constant busyness and doing as a distraction. Taking time to be more mindful of my daily routine and relationships is easy to replace with a packed calendar. Yet, it was these things that I enjoyed the most and kept me sane during the most isolated periods. Even as the world has started to reopen, I am committed to maintaining a mindfulness practice as my new normal.
Loryn: What's a lesson you've learned from creating your own business?
Lauren: Starting and growing a business is basically an exercise in nonstop failure. If it were quick and easy to determine the right way to do every part of your business, everyone would be successful. The problem is that most entrepreneurs are overachievers who are used to the warm glow of constant approval. All of those growing pains, however natural and necessary, still hurt. I have learned that it is essential to have a community of friends and family who support me unconditionally and to actually call on that system when I’m down in the dumps. As often as I can, I try to view challenges with a grain of optimism and humor. Laughing at myself is the best I can do some days.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Lauren: Even though I have lived and worked in the two largest US cities, I was born and raised in Wyoming. My small-town upbringing fostered big-city dreams that fueled me through the hardest early days of trying to make it in NYC and LA. Coming from the middle of nowhere has kept me grounded and made my accomplishments that much sweeter. It is easy to assume that where you come from will dictate where you end up, but that isn’t always true. Keep chasing those big dreams.
Be sure to stay updated with Lauren Popish by checking out her business website: https://thewavepodcasting.com/. Be sure to follow her on IG: @laurenpopish and @thewavepodcasting