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Meet Addison Peacock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Addison Peacock.

Addison, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My very dear friend Alex and I were having a drink after she got off work, hanging out with another friend when we started joking about mythical creatures and folklore. Out of nowhere, Alex dropped a spectacular pun on us: The Cryptid Keeper. At the moment, it felt so hilarious and silly and merged some of our common interests in spooky stories and things that go bump in the night, that we couldn’t help but impulsively start a project with it. Thus, The Cryptid Keeper podcast was born and has been running for over 100 episodes and over two years. It started with the two of us recording together in Virginia, but now that I’ve moved to Los Angeles, we continue to record it via voice chat calls and it’s become a bicoastal effort!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a podcast when you know nothing about podcasting is never going to be totally easy. It’s been tricky figuring things out along the way, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that we’re having fun and doing something that brings us and others joy. We do this because we love it, and that’s what matters.

Please tell us about your business.
We’re known for being a show that covers folklore, monsters, and cryptids with a lighthearted, friendly tone. We’re not trying to be a deeply educational podcast or brimming with scripted jokes or anything. We’re just trying to be a fun, friendly place where we (and our listeners) can explore the mysterious, the scary, and the spooky. We’re known for approaching these issues through a personal, as well as a broader cultural lens, and bringing our brand of banter and humor to the whole thing. We particularly love looking at the creatures we cover through the lens of being in the LGBT+ community, as a surprising amount of fellow members of that community also love the topics we cover. I think we offer a unique blend of thoughtful, serious discussion, and raw unbridled silliness, always with the intent to be kind.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as being happy with the work you are doing and the work you have done. Even if we don’t do the numbers of other podcasts, or have the biggest listener base, the work we do makes me happy and I’m proud of it.

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