Into the studio

Newsletter editor Lily here.

I start recording a major podcasting project today in a studio (more details in a few weeks!), and I'm both more and less nervous that I should be.

For one thing, my co-host on this show is a professional comedian. There's both less pressure on me (since he's legally contracted to be the funny one) and more pressure on me given that I need to hold my own against this guy generally speaking.

Both my co-producer and my boss are telling me not to worry and that I'll do great, but I don't think they really understand that even with a comedian in the room, if there's not a good dynamic between the two people speaking, it doesn't really matter. A comedian telling jokes to a proverbial wall just doesn't have the same effect. It's an understandable concern!

And on top of that, I'm incredibly knowledgeable about the subject I'm speaking on, but there's a difference between knowing that information and actually explaining it to someone else, especially when the whole point of this podcast is that the other person doesn't know anything about the subject matter. You see the dilemma? It's been anxiety city in my head for the past week because of it.

Of course, I think all of these fears will melt away once we start recording and I'm able to see the dynamic unfold as we talk. That's easier than dealing with a lot of the unknowns. And I will say it's a good sign that I don't really feel any impending sense of imposter syndrome (a term that's come under fire in recent years). I know I deserve to be in this room and have full command over it.

But sometimes, you've just got to get in there and see what unfolds.

Wish me luck!

What advice or support can you offer fellow members today?