Why I Started A Podcast

I have long been enamored with the podcasting format, and today I’m excited to announce I’ve started my own podcast called The Doug Neill Show.

Here’s why I decided to get this show up and running.

The Shifting World of Work

We are at an interesting time right now in the world of work.

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The shift in the world of work from industrial labor to creative labor has lead to new opportunities as well as new challenges.

We’re in the midst of a decades-long transition from industrial work as the primary source of income to more and more opportunities to do creative work. As a result we’re seeing a workplace that demands more and more creative skills.

At the same time, we’re also living in a much more connected world. We have the opportunity to use the tools of the internet to make things for folks around the globe, not limited to our immediate environment.

Along with that we have a growing freedom to choose. To choose how we spend our time (at least part of the day), to choose what skills to develop, what people to help with our work, where to do that work, and how to do that work.

The Big Question

With those opportunities and with that freedom comes one big question: How do you go about building a sustainable creative career?

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Considering the current state of work, the question is this: How do you go about building a sustainable creative career? That’s the question I’m exploring in this new podcast.

By sustainable I mean without burning out, taking care of your body, fostering your relationships with others, having a full life (whatever that means to you).

The creative piece means that you are developing and executing on your own ideas, regularly. Not once a year, not once a quarter, but every week and likely every day.

And the career piece means doing and sharing your work in a way that allows you to support yourself financially.

My Career Path

That question of how to go about building a sustainable creative career is one that I’ve been trying to answer for almost a decade now, since I made the decision to not go down the career path that I was trained for (which was to be a middle school and high school teacher).

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After abandoning the well-established career path of High School Teacher, I now spend my days addressing the challenges of independent creative work. It’s those challenges that I reflect on each week within this show.

Instead, I got pulled into the world of visual note-taking (also known as sketchnoting) and what I do now, how I spend my days and weeks, is building resources to help others develop the skill of sketching out ideas.

That’s what I’ve been doing for years now (and will continue doing), but while I do that I also want to start addressing more directly that question of what it takes to build a sustainable creative career.

So as I go through my days and weeks I’m starting to pay attention to the lessons that I learn, either from my own experiences or from others in the videos that I’m watching or the podcasts that I’m listening to.

This new show, then, The Doug Neil Show, consists of my weekly reflections on that question.

Each week I’m sharing three stories that feel relevant and important to me, stories and ideas that hopefully are helpful to you as well as you tackle that same question and go about building your own creative career.

Because one of the things that I’ve learned about taking control of your career is that it takes regular fine-tuning.

To be intentional about what you’re building and where you’re going with your creative career, it’s important to stop and take the time to do some reflection.

That’s what I hope this show helps you to do.

The Role of Patreon

As I add this show to the list of my creative projects I’m also using it as a way to test out a new means of supporting my creative work, in this case using Patreon.

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By using Patreon to connect with those who enjoy the show, I’ll be able to keep it ad-free and dig deeper into the questions that you’re most interested in exploring.

I really enjoy what Patreon stands for and the way they’ve built a bridge between creators and those engaging with that creative work.

In the case of The Doug Neil Show, one roll of Patreon is to keep this show ad-free. I don’t want to waste your time. I don’t want to sell your attention to advertisers.

So in this show you won’t be hearing any ads or listening to sponsored content. I would rather rely on the direct support of the people who enjoy this show than sell your time and attention to advertisers.

Over on Patreon is also where I’ll be sharing a bonus monthly AMA podcast, and the folks who choose to support this show at that tier or above will get to ask the questions that I answer. I think that will be a great way to dig deeper into the topics that you’re most interested in exploring.

I also want this show to be just the start of a conversation. I want to hear your ideas on the topics that I explore, and it will be within Patreon where those conversations take place. That’s where you’ll be able to share your progress as you build your creative career, week by week, and ask questions of me and others as we build a community of support for a group of people that are on a similar journey.

I myself am super excited about that journey, and I’m excited to have this show as a place to share what I learn along the way.

Check Out The Show

If this all sounds intriguing to you then check out the show!

And if you enjoy what you hear then do consider becoming a patron.

Thanks for checking out this new creative project of mine, and good luck as you build your own thing this year.