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Life & Work with Emma Izek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Izek.

Hi Emma, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story of starting a podcast with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Thanks so much for having me! I started my podcast, Typically Peachy, a little over a year ago to take listeners out of their world, find new things to love and enjoy and give some advice as I live my unguided life into adulthood. That has been my mission from the beginning, and I have worked each and every week to stay true to this goal. I also started this podcast for me. My creative outlets have always been a top priority. They allow me to truly express myself and share parts of my life that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Why a podcast? One, because I love to talk. Two, because I have something to say. Three, because this medium creates a space for all of us to listen, and more importantly, to learn. Podcasting is so unique in that it truly feels like there is space for everyone.

I named it Typically Peachy because the joke’s that I’m not. I think it’s a really unifying feeling to know that everyone is just trying to stay peachy. No one knows what they’re doing. We’re all just figuring it out one step at a time, and that’s what I do with my listeners every Thursday.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The process of starting this podcast wasn’t easy, but it was manageable because I was positive that I wanted to do it. Once I decided that this was going to be my next creative endeavor, I got started on the steps. I created a website, took original product photos, posted on the social accounts, applied for the copyright, made an RSS feed, and recorded my intro episode. I think that the biggest challenge in anything new is just starting and mentally preparing yourself to not know the majority of the steps. Just like a lot of what I talk about on the podcast, creating something from scratch is a lot about winging it and being confident enough in yourself and your abilities to figure it out along the way. Google is your best friend, and it will never judge your questions, no matter how small.

Even though I have now been podcasting for over a year and am more than 60 episodes in, I’m still winging it. The advice I am continually giving myself, and I encourage others to follow, is to stay true to who you are no matter how many changing forms your art takes. You are the constant. At the end of the day, if you like what you’re putting out, that should always be your driving force. People love passionate people. Stay passionate and stay peachy!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a podcaster. I am a photographer. I am an editor. More than anything else, I am a storyteller. From recording to editing to taking photos to packaging everything up each week to effectively tell the narrative, I am proudest that I started and that I am still going. Continuing to learn, to grow, to take advice, to build community. My podcast is unique in that I’m sharing my experiences, my passions, my recommendations, and my guidance, all while I continue to listen and learn in real-time. I am someone who is very far from having it all figured out. I’m finding out what I like, what I don’t, and what I need to improve, at the exact same time as my listeners. I’m not pretending to know more because I don’t. I’m not claiming to be an expert because I’m not. We’re all in it together and we’re all just trying to stay peachy.

What were you like growing up?
I have always been a talker. In school, I “talked too much”. In group settings, I’ve never not had something to say. In one-on-one conversations, I’ve built concrete friendships through meaningful discussions. Basically, I should have started a podcast from the womb! But as much as I love talking, I love listening. Before podcasts were a popular medium, I listened to radio hosts talk and talk for hours on end. I looked forward to the conversations just as much as I did hearing my favorite songs come on. I am constantly in awe of the ability to reach a multitude of people with just your voice from anywhere in the world. The candidness of the conversation and the connectivity of it all is what made me so inspired to create my own radio show (on all major streaming platforms), otherwise known as a podcast!

More than just a talker and a listener, from a young age I have always been a creative person. Previously, my art has taken the form of starting a publication (SPEC Magazine), drawing fashion illustrations, creating costume designs, and pursuing creative writing. Now that there is a space for me to discuss, listen, and learn with others, a podcast is a natural place for me to be, and I think always has been.

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