Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Robbins.
Laura, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a freelance writer and I attended a writer’s retreat in September 2018 called Brave Magic, hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. There were 600 people there and I was the only black one. When I got home I wrote about my story in the Huffington Post and it went viral with 12 hours I had 568 direct messages, all from people who identified with feeling “othered.” I created my podcast, The Only One In The Room to tell their stories.
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?
I write about hard things, racism, my recovery program, and my divorce. All of these things have been hard and a couple of them (my divorce and my alcoholism) nearly killed me. Writing about these things isn’t nearly as hard as living through them. Doing a podcast, building an audience from the ground up, getting guests with great stories to say yes – these things are all really challenging, but I wouldn’t say that I struggle with any of them. Thankfully Allyson Marino put us on Lipstick & Vinyl, this amazing all-female helmed podcast network and we have the help and support of Christina Barsi, the best podcast EP in the business. Because of them, Scott Slaughter, my co-host, producer and boyfriend, don’t have the same worries that a lot of newbie podcasters do.
Please tell us about The Only One In The Room Podcast.
I’d like to quote to one of our “rave” reviews here from The Manual’s article on the 10 Best Podcasts For Summer Road Trips: “On its surface, The Only One In The Room is a podcast about feeling excluded, isolated and “othered.” What it ultimately becomes, however, is an exercise in human empathy and a beautifully aching reminder of the common ground that lies between us all. Once you start an episode, you won’t want to stop.”
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I do believe in preparation and research. When I want something I do whatever I can to get it, and then I let it go. If I get it, then I’m supposed to have it, if I don’t then it wasn’t for me.
- Website: www.theonlyonepod.com
- Instagram: @official_cathcartrobbins
D. Scott Slaughter