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Meet Jeremy Parker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Parker.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started “Sensory Deprivation” initially as something you could put on to fall asleep, particularly if you were the type that struggled with a racing mind at night and needed background noise to help you zone out. That’s about all I had, just an idea in the beginning. This led to me reaching out to my initial ideal guest list, I just threw the dice and tried reaching out to them on Instagram and miraculously that worked and allowed the ball to get rolling for the show.

Once I had my first guests lined up, I reached out to companies for any sponsorship opportunities which led to most of my studio equipment being sponsored by Shure. After my first episodes, it began to morph from a podcast to a live Instagram and TikTok show as well. It’s been great seeing people respond positively and enjoy it, as it has now become a combo of guest interviews and live music.

Recent guests have included Tommy Chong, Magnum P.I. producer Peter Lenkov and Bruce Buffer of the UFC. I record all of my episodes entirely analog with original 1970’s HiFi gear, which my TikTok lives delve into, that has been cool to introduce to a younger generation as well.

Lately, I began to also showcase my musical tastes and collection which is from all genres and periods. I like sharing my passion that has also been something that I’ve always utilized as my zen space of sorts.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Anytime you try out new ideas you can bet on it being difficult at some point. Whatever you have envisioned will at times spiral out of control to some degree, but what I’ve found is to just go with the flow and try your best not to get overwhelmed by things you don’t know in that moment or can’t control.

In my case, there’s been last-minute guest cancellations, sponsors going out of business, mentors passing away, and times where you just struggle to find inspiration for your next move. It’s so easy to give into those draining emotions and let them get the better of you, but I like to think that anytime something isn’t going your way, that those times can never last forever and that good is always on the horizon.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’ve been lucky to do all types of work in the past, and it’s that experience that gave me the knowledge of how to adapt to differing situations, how to communicate with all types of individuals and most importantly, how to have confidence in my overall ability, even if I had no idea what I was doing in that moment.

When I started out, I had little knowledge of audio and music production, but you figure it out along the way. That led to me making my own music, sampling old-time radio commercials, and just having fun with it instead of letting it stress me out.

Because I do everything for the show myself, I learned how to book guests, find sponsors and get publicity for the show. Any project you take on, you can be sure that by the time you’re done, you’ll have new skills you didn’t have going in.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Things have been going in the direction of the creator for many years now. People are beginning to understand that you don’t need a company behind you to create you vision. There are so many online tools available now, including the mobile production studio we all carry in our pockets.

I think the biggest change will be more short-form content and the overall lack of need for big name celebrities in projects going forward. People want real content more than ever, normal everyday people living their lives and showcasing their interests. This is a huge part of the success of TikTok as it is something people weren’t used to. Social media has become so inorganic and tailored to market to you now that most of the fun is gone and people are losing interest rapidly in that model.

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