The Origin of The Media Obscura Podcast

Need I say more?

I probably should. It’s just that I’ve always wanted to start a presentation/post of some kind with a smug, self-indulgent, closing statement. It’s just the way I am.

Anyway, hey everyone. So you wanna hear the story of The Media Obscura Podcast, eh? Weird flex, but okay.

My name is Nick and I’m a content creator that has, for the longest time, suffered from a lack of contentment in what he’s creating. I have a degree in Media Production and have tried to express myself through storytelling, comedy, acting, and directing for as long as I can remember. After I got my degree, that ~holiest~ of slips of paper, I ended up taking a number of jobs that pulled me away from creating the kinds of content that bring me sweet, sweet emotional sustenance. Why? Well… I had bills to pay, man.

Without trying to bore you with the details, I worked for a couple different teams for a bit over a year; I was writing and editing a ton of videos that were, for lack of a better term, gave my decidedly right-brained noggin a minimal level of satisfaction. I liked the work. I liked the people I was working with. I just didn’t like how formulaic and inexpressive the work was for me.

But that all changed in early November 2018, when my childhood best-friend Mike and I decided to start a podcast! It was an idea we had been toying with for years; I had done a very short-lived and ragtag podcast back in 2011 with some other friends and had always thought that the medium would be a great fit for the two of us. Throughout the years, we always found our on-set improvisation and banter to be one of the best parts of working together and, after a friend told us one night that she thought a podcast featuring the two of us in our element would be a blast to listen to, I decided to stick a pin in that idea until I felt the time was right.

Suffice to say, the time was eventually right. After taking a job that would afford me a much stabler schedule than my freelancing as an editor for multiple clients could ever afford me, Mike and I started The Media Obscura Podcast. Explicitly, the show is about the two of us bantering and reviewing strange, forgotten, and retro movies and television shows. But implicitly (for any schmuck with a film degree must always consider the explicit), the show is about friendship and friends staying in touch.

I know, I know. What a tearjerker. I’ll be sure to send some Kleenexes your way. I really do mean that though. For all of my narcissistic vamping on the show, I really do think the best thing to come out of the podcast has been the privilege of getting to riff/do improv with one of the most effortlessly funny people I know. And like I said earlier, that had always been one of my favorite parts of getting to be creative so like… it’s a total win! I get to have fun with my buddy making each other laugh and I don’t have to stress myself out with scripting and editing dozens of takes! Our recording days are genuinely the highlight of my week, with getting to listen to the improv while I’m editing the episode in a close second.

The podcast has done a lot of good for me, I think. I’m still not doing the kind of creative work I’ve always dreamed of doing but, for the first time in my life, I’m actually pretty okay with i!. I’m finding creative satisfaction in doing and editing the show, and I’m getting to share that process with a person who has been around since I started creating content. What else could I guy want?

Anyway, that’s the story of how The Media Obscura Podcast got started. I hope you dug it and that it becomes a well-worn fable that will be passed down from generation to generation. In summation, this podcast is so much more than dumb jokes and movie references. It’s about expressing yourself and being creative through dumb jokes and movie references.

I guess creativity can be fun, smart and dumb, all at once. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

– Nick

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