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Meet Christopher and Rachel Ly of The Nerd Lys in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher and Rachel Ly.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Christopher and Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Chris: Rachel had always wanted to start a podcast after listening to Kevin Smith’s Smodcast and Hollywood Babble-On. Kevin was always saying something to the effect of “go out and just create”. We always loved speaking about nerdy things with each other and our friends, and after moving to LA we had connected with so many interesting people that it seemed like we had a good base of interests that we could expand on in podcast form. So I did the research on how to produce a podcast, I bought two USB microphones and gifted them to Rachel on Valentine’s Day of 2015 and here we are today. 150+ Episodes in and going strong.

Rachel: Yea, when we moved to LA and I got into cosplay, I met so many great people that it just made me want to share their stories and creativity with everyone. It’s been exciting to see what we’ve been able to do with such a small idea. It’s made me feel like I’m a part of the community and actively participating in the things that I love. I feel much more connected to my friends who do this amazing work because we’ve been able to learn so much more about them through doing the show.

Has it been a smooth road?
Rachel: For me, it was learning how to speak up during the podcast, especially when we were interviewing guests. Chris had some experience doing Radio before we began the podcast so he had a base for what we were doing. I am relatively shy and didn’t feel comfortable with expressing my questions at the beginning, so if you listen to the first couple of “guest” shows, I didn’t speak very much. Over time, I’ve gotten much more comfortable with it and it feels much more natural to just have a conversation on the podcast.

Chris: I think the biggest struggle at first was deciding what our podcast would be, what kind of format we wanted, and if there was a main focus. After the first few episodes, we got our footing as to what kind of things we wanted to cover, what voice we had, and what we could offer our audience through guests and our own takes on pop culture. We learn new things every time we do a show and it’s such a great platform to continue to evolve in.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Chris: The Nerd Lys started with the podcast where we got together every week or so to discuss pop culture topics that we love, and have conversations with guests that we’ve met throughout our experience in LA. We’ve talked to artists, writers, actors, directors, visual effects artists, game creators, etc. We’ve now expanded into YouTube, Twitch, and cosplay photography at conventions. As far as what sets us apart, I think we offer a unique perspective, a welcoming space to learn about our guests in a fun and conversational way and deliver interesting content to our followers and listeners.

Rachel: The thing I’m most proud of would be the amazing guests we’ve had the opportunity to speak to along the way. One that especially made me happy was getting to speak with Rand Miller, the creator of Myst and Riven. It was dream to speak to someone who made a game that I was so insanely obsessed with as a kid. We’ve also gotten to talk to producers of one of our favorite shows, X-Men the Animated Series. We have had amazing chats with friends who are creating wonderful things in the field here in LA. The connections have been really rewarding for us.

Chris: We also have expanded our podcast into the cosplay and photography coverage at conventions that we attend. I think that affords us a very unique perspective when attending conventions, covering those events, and what we can deliver to our audiences.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chris: Podcasting seems to flourish here, without a doubt. There’s no end to creative people who want to chat and share their experiences with others. I don’t know that we’d be doing the same kind of show if we had started anywhere else.

Rachel: And we have so many friends that also do such interesting shows here. We often use each other as resources to learn from each other and help each other grow to new audiences as well. It’s an amazing community for podcasting.

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The Nerd Lys, Justin Davidson Photography, LiveActionPixel

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