Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddie Aguirre.
Eddie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The idea of the podcast started back in 2014. I was a 23 years old graphic designer looking to expand my professional portfolio and broaden my work experience within the industry. At the time, even with proficient knowledge of the curriculum and the skill set required, the lack of a formal college education made it very difficult to get a job within the field. Without those opportunities, my career came to a stall.
During that time frame I was listening to a variety of podcasts (The Joe Rogan Experience, Hardcore History with Dan Carlin, Making Sense with Sam Harris, etc..) that delved into the ideas of self-awareness, individual responsibility, mind at large, society and community, history and our place it in. Those conversations helped me form a mentality that I was solely responsible for who I wanted to be. What the value of my work could be and how I could help others who were in the same position I was in.
With those tools, I decided to bring my design skills, my love for podcasts and the urge to do my part in my community together to build my first venture into podcasting: Live Locals Podcast.
It’s been a few years since that first project and the podcast has now evolved and grown into Social Primate.
The ideas remain fairly the same, to create a platform that allows individuals to reach out to the community and bring awareness to the culture and society we are a part of.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s definitely not easy staying consistent with any type of work: booking dates, finding relevant information to talk about, learning how to manage different personalities, etc. You will get tired, your interest will wane, and you will feel like deadlines are the worst things to exists but it’s always worth the work you put in.
For a podcast, although the struggles may be less, you will learn about yourself and those around you; your opinions are challenged, your habits questioned and your perspective will shift. For a lot of us, that can be mentally taxing. We are accustomed to a certain train of thought and it can be difficult to adjust to new ideas.
But this is what a podcast is about, to question and continue learning that we are all part of a mind at large and each and every one of our experiences can be related to.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Social Primate Podcast – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The Social Primate Podcast features conversations with a diverse list of guests ranging from: activists, poets, artists, teachers, community leaders, and most importantly individuals who are involved in bringing societal awareness to our communities by exploring a multitude of topics including: society, politics, community, self-awareness, technology and more.
All through the act of a not-so-serious conversation.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
For the time being the plans are to continue staying consistent with content, developing a stronger social network, and pushing the quality of the conversations for myself and the listeners; to continue breaking down or at the very least question our own biases.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/socialprimates
- Twitter: @socialprimates
Julian Aguirre (main image), Pablo Vallejo, Wizdom Armada (polaroids)