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Meet Bobby Hobert of Purpose in the Youth Podcast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bobby Hobert.

Bobby, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was walking into my senior year at Bentley University (Waltham, MA), a small business school right outside the city of Boston, and I still had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do after college. After a marketing internship my junior year for a small start-up, I quickly realized what I thought I wanted to do was absolutely not what I wanted to do.

I told myself I would not apply to any job unless there was a passion for the product, service or company. At the time I was just starting to listen to a podcast called The School Of Greatness with Lewis Howes. It was inspiring, and I loved the content but what I was looking to hear more about was the youth of the world.

The people that were in their late teen’s/the early twenties in “the process” of figuring out their path. Still not coming across any careers or jobs that were of interest, I looked around at some of the people I had grown up with that were super passionate.

One was a recording artist, and another was a photographer, a fashion designer, a music video director, etc. I saw a bunch of people around me doing some amazing things and always wanting to have my own voice in the world. I thought podcasting could possibly be the route.

I started putting the concept together after I graduated in the summer of 2016 and launched the first episode on August 31, 2016. 2.5 years later and it’s crazy to think how quickly time has passed.

The only reason I am where I am today and haven’t lost passion for the project is because I’ve just made the best of every opportunity I am presented with. I still remember the first day I uploaded Episode one where I told myself “If I want this to be taken seriously, I need to treat it as if one Million people are listening every week” and that’s been the mindset since Day one.

Treat myself, the brand, guests or anyone that I come in contact with, with professionalism. A mix of consistency, hard work, and believing in myself have also been very key.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think the road is ever “smooth” because there are always speed bumps that pop-up along the way that you never could’ve predicted. For myself, I really believe the only struggle I’ve faced is believing in the person I see in the mirror every morning – myself.

There hasn’t been a ton of money invested into this project thus far. Once you have the necessary equipment, the only cost you have really with podcasting/creating content is your time.

There have definitely been times along the way where I’d question myself “Is this really the “thing” I should be doing? Will this actually take off?” No matter what, I always pushed myself to keep going regardless of number of plays on a video/episode or what people were saying about it.

Life’s a big punching bag, you just have to keep punching it over and over and over again.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Purpose in the Youth Podcast is focused on unfolding the stories of passionate people. In the past, we’ve sat down with entrepreneur’s, bloggers, recording artists, DJ’s, actors, photographers, videographers, makeup artists, talent managers, tour managers, podcasters, etc.

What I’m most proud of thus far is the guests we’ve been able to get on the show:
Ep 22 + 53: Gibson Hazard – music videographer
Ep 55: Tyler Babin – Previously the art director for Gary Vee
Ep 55: Nolan Smith – Manager of recording artist KYLE
Ep 71: Jeremiah Davis – Videographer for brands
Ep 87: Blake Pinsker – Director of brand for MVMT
Ep 93: Matt D’Avella – Filmmaker behind the documentary Minimalism
Ep 95: Zack Honarvar – Manager of Yes Theory
Ep 99 – Brandin Cohen – Founder of Liquid I.V.
Ep 103: Steven Borrelli – Founder of CUTS
Ep 110: Rory Kramer – Creator of MTV’s “Dare to Live” series
Ep: 114: Molives – Southwest Airlines flight attendant

I’m super grateful for every guest that has taken the time to be on the show and has been willing to open up and share their story. They’ve helped me build what I visioned on creating back in 2016 – a podcast focused on passionate people. I think what separates us from others is the caliber of guests we’ve been fortunate to get. These are people who really are making a positive impact on the world doing what they love.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! Los Angeles is filled with young, creative, go-getters and that is exactly the type of guests I look for to bring onto the show.

I always tell people to make the best of the environment they’re currently in. If you’re starting a podcast in LA, go for it! Utilize every opportunity/connection that is around you and use that as a starting point.

The internet is a beautiful place that you can use to your advantage and connect with people all over the city. Most of the people I reach out to us either through e-mail or Instagram DM.

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John Bach, Kirk Cedric

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