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How I Podcast: In conversation with Teenager Therapy

We’re talking with podcasters from all walks of life about their creative process, best practices, and why audio is one of the coolest ways to tell a story.

What motivated you to start a podcast?

Gael: I felt like no one was talking about the things going on in every teenager’s life. There are so many influencers out there, yet none were genuinely putting light on deeper topics or sharing the experiences that affect their mental health. I wanted to show others that they’re not alone — we all go through these things, and it’s completely valid.

What’s your show’s format and how did you decide on it?

Gael: Our format is simple. The five of us sit down and record conversations around certain topics. I wanted the podcast to feel as authentic and genuine as possible. I wanted vulnerability to be our main value — that’s why sometimes we get emotional on the podcast. It’s completely raw.

What’s your recording setup?

Kayla: We normally record in Thomas’s bedroom, where three of us usually sit on the couch and two people on the bed. The couch and bed are facing each other, so it’s easier to look at each other and make eye contact. We set the microphone stands on the ground, adjust the mic to our height, do some test runs, and then record.

How do you promote your podcast?

Thomas: We’ve tried many different types of advertising methods, but the most effective by far has been Instagram. We pay mid-sized accounts to post a description of our podcast and tag us. This has single-handedly boosted our growth massively.

What’s one thing you wish you knew about podcasting before you started?

Thomas: I wish I was aware of the amount of time and mental drain podcasting can take. It can become very overwhelming trying to balance school, a social life, and the podcast. There were many days when I wanted to sit out of the podcast or simply get it over with. However, it has definitely gotten easier as time goes on.

Why did you want to use audio to tell your story?

Thomas: I’m not the most confident or most attractive person, but I definitely love my personality and it’s something I embrace. Additionally, without having to show our faces, I think the listeners have to really listen to our words and the emotions in our voice. Audio provides a much more genuine feel.

Do you have a favorite Anchor feature?

Gael: I absolutely adore how easy it is to monetize episodes. If we need some extra cash, we can always turn on a couple of ads in an episode and that usually does the trick.

What’s the benefit to having multiple co-hosts?

Thomas: You have multiple perspectives and different personalities! It makes the discussion a lot more interesting and engaging. It also helps having a strong support system when you’re sharing your emotions.

What’s your best podcasting advice?

Thomas: Be yourself! It’s easy to mask your personality and only show the “good” parts, but the best podcasts have the most authentic and genuine people.

What’s your favorite thing about your podcast?

Thomas: My favorite thing about the podcast is the ability to help people. Whether it’s just one person or a thousand, my experience can resonate with others and make them feel better. The feeling of possibly being a positive difference in somebody’s life is extraordinary, and it brings me joy.

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