You have to start somewhere right? When I began this project, I had a lot of ideas. Some good, some bad. As I get closer and closer to the launch date, I am narrowing down what is possible and what is not so possible. In such a tight timeframe, it is easy to get off-track. I have begun to nail down my timeline so that I can produce high-quality work without feeling rushed or stressed out.

I plan on using these next two weeks to create a script and nail down segments and topics to prepare for recording. This way, I won’t feel flustered or unprepared come recording day. I want to create plans in case something goes wrong or we run out of things to say. For this, I will include backup topics and plans to record in different ways (such as remotely).

An exciting milestone that happened this week was that I was able to land on a name. This past weekend, my co-hosts and I sat down and brainstormed for hours. We thought of hundreds of good and (horrible) bad ideas. We started with the general idea of friendship and togetherness. Once we narrowed down a theme, we started running through all different phrases to see which one stood out to us. We finally all agreed on the name “In Good Company”. The name helps define our show and we wanted to paint an image in our listener’s head. To me, “In Good Company” sparks images of old friends hanging out around a table having a good laugh and just enjoying being around each other. I want our audience to feel that way when they listen to our podcast.

I believe that the most important part of any project is research and preparation. This week, while creating a more detail project plan, I conducted further research into Adobe Audition, the software I plan to use to edit this podcast. Previously, I have used only Audacity, a free audio editing program. While this worked for short-term projects that weren’t very lengthy, it proved to be not very reliable. I knew that if I was going to create pieces that were any longer than 15-20 minutes, I would need a better quality software that allowed me to create higher-quality work.

I took a risk choosing Audition because I haven’t had experience on it before, but I am confident in my ability to quickly pick up skills pretty quickly. I dove into a deep YouTube hole, watching free tutorials on how to begin using Audition. One that I found extremely helpful was this 11-minute guide for beginners. Although this doesn’t get into specific problems I may run into during the editing process, it helps me become less intimidated by this new and complicated software.

As I get further into this project, I will continue to learn and conduct the proper research that is needed. I’m excited to really start planning the pilot episode this week and lay out what segments and topics will be included.

Bai. “Adobe Audition – Tutorial For Beginners in 11 MINS! [2020 Version]”. 5 Jan 2020,         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSsIRfjb-ho

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