In April 2012, I started recording conversations with a few comedy writer and performer friends who were parents and turned those conversations into a podcast called The Pratfalls of Parenting. The show expanded to include interviews/conversations with parents who worked in all manner of creative areas. By the end of 2015 I had put out 150 episodes of the show and recorded episodes with artists in different states and countries.
Making the Pratfalls of Parenting caused huge changes in my life as an artist and as a person. I met amazing creative people I may never have connected without the show, I learned news ways to make work and to connect with my daughter. Over roughly 180 hours of interviewing, I become a good interviewer and realized that interviewing is something that fills me up creatively, professionally, and personally. I became a markedly better audio producer. And, from both my guests and my listeners, I learned how to be more honest and vulnerable in all the things I do.
Starting in 2016, I’ve decided to open my podcast up to more potential guests. I love talking about parenting in connection to making creative work. I also love talking about family, relationships and the ways personal lives interact with professional loves for creative folks. One of the main areas these conversations have focused on is the creative process and how people get into making the things they make. And I want to include both parents and non-parents in these conversations.
So, the Pratfalls of Parenting podcast is becoming The Pratfalls Podcast, a show that features conversations with artists and creative folks of all kinds about the relationship between making cool things and being a person in the world. It features funny, insightful and weird conversations with artists and creatives of all kinds.
I’m nervous about this change. I want to keep the open, honest, heartfelt conversations and interviews. I think guests will go there even if we’re not connecting as parents. And I think listeners will be interested, even without the parent element. But the only way to find out is to give it a try.