This past December I was invited on another podcast called “The Podcaster’s Life” with Alexander Laurin for my first guest appearance! If you haven’t listened to his show, it’s great. It is really well done and a really informative, insightful podcast for podcasters.
During that interview, Alexander asked me if I thought podcasting was an art. It sparked a really nice part of our discussion and led him to ask me to write a page on podcasting as an art form for his new book, “The Book on Podcasting: An Insider’s Guide to Recording Success!”
Here’s my contribution to his book and my take on why podcasting is a wonderful art form:
I’m new to podcasting, but I’m not new to creating. My name is Josh Naaman and I just launched a podcast, video and book series at the end of 2017 called The Belief Books. I created every aspect of my project over the last two years from traveling to interview guests, designing the logo and branding, creating the website, writing and recording the music, and learning how to podcast. I have been a creator for many years, but podcasting is one of the only mediums I’ve ever worked in that combines almost every artistic skill I’ve developed.
This has all been a wonderful, challenging and enlightening journey. One that led me to meet Alexander Laurin and led me to writing these words in his book. When I was a guest on his show this past December, he asked me if I thought podcasting was an art form. The answer was so easy and obviously “yes” to me. I hadn’t thought about that specific question until then, but I knew very easily that I was creating and participating in a new form of art. You should listen to that episode, but here Alexander let me expand on that question.
First, the answer is easy because of how loose the term “art” is. If you think about it, we can call just about anything art. It’s inherently subjective. I didn’t want to reference a dictionary definition for this, but it makes sense to deconstruct what we have defined art to be before answering the question at hand.
“[Art is] the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination…producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
Have you ever listened to a podcast? How many different kinds have you listened to? If you have listened to even just a few different podcasts, I think you have a good idea of what potential is out there and the many skills it can take to produce just one episode, if not hundreds.
I have only been producing podcasts for about a year, but I’ve been listening to them for many years, and now more than ever. There’s vast talent, beauty and emotional power in so many podcasts. From the visually stimulating episode, “Colors,” by Radiolab, to the suspensefully investigative, two-part series, “Long Distance,” by ReplyAll, to the incredibly deep dissection of history by Dan Carlin, to the socially provoking podcasts from Joe Rogan, Sam Harris, Seth Andrews and Dave Rubin, podcasts are undoubtedly a diverse artform.
Inspiration is all around us. I’ve been consistently influenced and energized by the ocean of creations using audio out there. The podcasting community has caught me off guard in the most positive way and I am constantly learning that there are very few limitations when it comes to the possibilities of experimentation in this medium. You can follow my podcast series at thebeliefbooks.com to see what I come up with in this special podcasting world.
Congratulations to Alexander for creating such a wonderful resource for podcasters like myself! I started reading it last night and already have found it useful and inspirational.
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