Real Helpful Podcasts
Updated: Aug 3
No I'm not launching a podcast (perhaps in the future) here's a list of podcasts that have helped me learn more about business, voiceover and those areas where they intersect. Have I listened to every single business and voiceover podcast on the planet? No. Please do not take this as a list of be all end all vo business podcasts. These are the ones I like and have learned from so far. If there's a great podcast that should be on the list, please tell me about it!
Probably none of them need my recommendation, but whatevs, you're supposed to blog about what you know. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Voiceover people love to talk about "Doing their marketing", here's a podcast by Marc Scott that will actually tell you what to do and give you ideas for your own marketing schemes. He does a lot of classes, that I just haven't jumped in to yet. He would probably point out that the clock is ticking and that I should calculate the missed opportunity cost of not taking his class, and do the thing already.
Whether you love Voices or hate it with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, Missions Audition is a great podcast to learn the basics and explore different genres. Every episode is a casting of a job with an expert that knows the genre. You get to hear from a lot of different pros and their stories of how they got into voiceover along the way. It seems to have stalled out in recent years but they did cover a lot and it's still a great resource.
Exactly what it sounds like. I think I found this podcast after listening to Amy Porterfield on The Chalene Show. This is another one where I haven't listened to every episode because they don't apply to me but she gets into the nitty-gritty of online marketing and she doesn't mess around with clever episode names so you can check out what works for you and get actual, actionable, take notes sort of steps.
Side Hustle Pro is Nicaila Matthews Okome, she does interviews with women entrepreneurs who have grown a side hustle to a bazillion dollar making business while dealing with life and making it work. The podcast was legit her side hustle when she started it so you can start from the beginning and learn with her.
Side Hustle School is one short episode a day and it's run by Chris Guillebeau. He does case studies, TBT's, Q & A's, Failure Friday etc... Aimed at just trying something for little startup cost and seeing how it goes. There are some voiceover episodes in there of course!
As much as I'd like to pretend that I'm too cool for self-improvement, that would be a lie. I have been listening to The Chalene Show by Chalene Johnson off and on for probably the longest. I started listening after doing PiYo as crosstraining for healing from a roller derby injury to get social media tips. Her episodes are all over the place and I don't listen to all of them because they don't all apply to me but that's the beauty of podcasts, listen or don't. She has interesting guests, her PUSH journals have helped me a lot and a wide range of topics.
If you join Kevin Kilpatrick and Bobbi Maxwell for MCVOP, you'll get a chatty, silly, voiceover podcast run by radio pros. There are drops and segments and fun guests. You can tell that they miss radio and have a passion for car spots. Their episodes topics are all over the place and their cold read challenge is fun to listen to.
The Voiceover Gurus are Linda Bruno and JJ Wilson, they also coach and host online workouts. I have learned a lot from them and Alyssa Bruno too. So I'm probably not exactly objective about their show but it's my favorite. You'll learn from their experience and when they have guests on, it's a treat. A recent episode is the series with Paul Strikwerda.
Twenty Thousand Hertz is a sound design podcast by Defacto Sound. It's kind of an outlier in this list but they do have voiceover episodes. They tell stories about sounds and the people who design them. Ever wonder about the story behind the Netflix ta-dum or which animal sounds in Minecraft are from real animals? Twenty Thousand Hertz is for you.
The VO Boss Podcast has a slightly different structure. It's hosted by Anne Ganguzza and she tackles subjects over a series with guest Co-hosts for a different perspective. I jump around a lot but I'd definitely recommend the Entrepreneur Hustle series with Kesha Monk and the Voice in AI series that she's doing right now. Also the outtakes with Gabrielle Nistico always get me chuckling.
Did I miss any subscription worthy voiceover or business podcasts? Please tell me about them at firstname.lastname@example.org