Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Dickerson and Jamilah Mapp.
Erica and Jamilah can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We met through a mutual friend because neither of us had any friends with kids. We started casually hanging out for playdates and sharing our obstacles in parenting and love. Fast forward two years and our love drama turned to breakups and we both found ourselves single mothers seeking community.
We quickly discovered there were very few outlets for single mothers of color like us. Multifaceted moms that love their kids but still craved identity outside of them, had sex, and smoked weed (gasp lol). Sooo… we started Good Moms Bad Choices Podcast in hopes we could find other moms like us as well as help liberate parents feeling trapped by parenthood and encourage them to live authentically.
And then a crazy thing happened… within three months we had 10,000 listens. Apparently, other parents smoke weed, talk sex and care about their mental health too.
Has it been a smooth road?
Our first obstacle was that we don’t know sh!t about Podcasting lol! It was hard to find time to record away from our kids, so we just started saying “fu!k it” and letting them interrupt. Thankfully most of our listeners are mamas that can relate so the kids in the background are actually a hit! In a way, we felt like it was us saying your kids will always be there to interrupt but don’t let it stop your goals. Second, we had to go through about six microphones and poor sound and basically become sound engineers to get to where we are now. Third, we had to come together agree on how transparent we were going to be with our audience. It became apparent pretty quickly that our people related to the real us and that we didn’t know how to be anything else but honest and real. Although our very personal business is floating through the World Wide Web and occasionally haunts us at night, it’s worth it knowing someone somewhere relates and feels less alone. It’s also been therapeutic speaking our issues and working through them out loud. There’s truly is power in speaking your truth!
Tell us more about your work.
We Podcast and speak to an audience of mothers (single or not) who care or are searching for an outlet to continue to find, grow and nurture herself while navigating parenthood. However, as we’ve grown we’ve found that our topics and guests aren’t exclusive to just parents but to all open-minded growth-seeking adults. We even have guys that really enjoy listening and have gotten tips on how to better support their partners. We’re known for being thought leaders advocating for more authenticity, encouraging multidimensional motherhood, and liberated living (whatever that means to you).
As a company, our proudest moment was our first live show and one year anniversary that we planned, wrote, produced and hosted In March at the @SongBirdLA. But mostly we’re proud of just staying consistent every single week because this shit is hard with kids and our busy schedules.
What sets us apart from others is our uncensored mouths, progressive perspectives, and willingness to be extremely transparent in our journey’s as mothers…and our sometimes bad choices.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Podcasts are growing at a rapid pace. People want consistent access to specific things that interest them. They want to hear stories like theirs or like nothing they’ve ever heard before. We only see the Podcast world growing more and more. Major companies are catching on and starting Podcasts which is interesting. I hope the Podcast world is able to keep its charm. I know we will always keep it 100.
- Website: www.goodmomsbadhchoices.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodmoms_badchoices/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodmombadchoices/
- Other: https://www.goodmomsbadchoices.com/listen-1