Podcasts are def having a huge moment RN (just try to find someone who didn鈥檛 listen to NPR鈥檚 Serial), and we love discovering new health or fashion podcasts that are engaging and thought-provoking to help make our commute way more enjoyable. If you鈥檙e anything like us, you鈥檝e probably wondered what exactly goes into making a podcast (spoiler alert: It鈥檚 pretty simple!). We chatted with Stephanie Simbari and Elizabeth Kott, the charming co-hosts behind the wildly addictive wellness podcastThat鈥檚 So Retrograde to get a podcasting primer.


1. Authenticity is key. The ladies鈥 biggest piece of advice in starting a podcast is to choose a topic that you鈥檙e passionate about. 鈥淲hen we started TSR, no one was having a conversation about the world of natural wellness,鈥 Stephanie explains, 鈥渟o it鈥檚 important to start a conversation that you want to have.鈥 Stephanie also reminds that 鈥渋f something is true for you, it鈥檚 probably true for someone else,鈥 so being honest and vulnerable in your podcast is essential in connecting with your listeners.

2. Legit equipment isn鈥檛 necessary 鈥 but, okay, it helps. Stephanie says while she knows people who record their podcasts perfectly well on their iPhones, there鈥檚 something about 鈥渟etting yourself up in a professional manner鈥 that helps 鈥渃reate a vibe that allows you to speak from an honest place.鈥 You can find affordable mics, headphones and mic stands on Amazon, as well as Skype recording equipment that鈥檒l make you feel like a total podcasting pro (and still leave money in your bank account). Plus, editing programs like Garage Band are perfect for newbies and come free on any Apple computer.

3. Commitmentphobes, think twice. The joy and fulfillment that Stephanie and Elizabeth get from working on That鈥檚 So Retrograde just radiates off them 鈥 it鈥檚 easy to understand why they work so hard on their project. But they do work hard. As Stephanie says, 鈥淲hat you give is what you get back.鈥 They鈥檙e in front of the mic every week for at least two and a half hours and this doesn鈥檛 include the time spent on pre-show research, outlining, meetings and post-show listening, description writing and thank you notes. 鈥淵ou have to make the time and give it attention,鈥 Stephanie says, though Elizabeth adds, 鈥淎s seriously as we take our show, the main thing to remember is to have fun.鈥

4. Get a little help from your friends. The girls suggest enlisting a friend who won鈥檛 be on the mic to sit during every show to act as a producer. They鈥檒l help you loosen up prior to recording and can give you immediate feedback while you鈥檙e talking, listening for sound quality, awkward pauses or too many 鈥渦mms.鈥

5. Just go for it! When it comes to finding helpful podcasting resources, Elizabeth says to 鈥渃onsult with your gut instinct鈥 if you鈥檙e being called to do a podcast, you should do it.鈥 Stephanie agrees, reminding that 鈥渋t鈥檚 free, it鈥檚 accessible and low stakes,鈥 and that your unique personality and particular style is what will make your podcast special. Elizabeth advises to 鈥渏ust turn on the mic and let it flow,鈥 and that there鈥檚 no better way to find your rhythm and voice than by consistently spending time in front of the mic.

6. Realize your weaknesses and then embrace them. Elizabeth says when they first started TSR, she had to 鈥渓earn how to be confident鈥 in front of the mic. Two years later and 鈥渘ow that鈥檚 where I鈥檓 the most confident,鈥 she says. 鈥淚f it feels scary鈥 that鈥檚 more reason to try it and squash your fear!鈥 You鈥檒l gain secondary public speaking and conversational skills you can use in other aspects of your life too.

7. Seek professional help. 鈥淥utsource the things you鈥檙e not strong in,鈥 Elizabeth advises. Stephanie and Elizabeth have someone who edits their podcasts professionally and wouldn鈥檛 have it any other way; it鈥檚 an investment that makes sense for them. Companies like Podcast Motor and Podcasting Press will edit your audio for you at reasonable prices if you don鈥檛 want to invest the time or money into editing software.

8. Networking isn鈥檛 just for LinkedIn. There鈥檚 a reason the interviews on TSR seem like they鈥檙e effortless conversations between friends 鈥 it鈥檚 because that鈥檚 exactly what they are. Stephanie and Elizabeth invite people on 鈥渨ho we are already fans of, who we鈥檝e met in another environment and who we鈥檝e already had genuine interactions with,鈥 Elizabeth explains. So keep an eye out for potential podcast guests at the next networking event, holiday gathering, gallery opening or dinner party you attend.

Have you recently started a podcast? Tweet us a link @BritandCo so we can take a listen!

(Photos via That鈥檚 So Retrograde)