This week, we’re introducing our first Roundup Series Artists, Dinner Sisters! Specifically out of the two sisters, Betsy talks about the podcasting space, an art that takes personality and understanding storytelling through only audio. The unique-niche podcast was born when “Two sisters tackle the question: What’s for dinner?”
How did you start doing what you’re doing?
Kate and I have spent at least ten years (maybe our whole lives?) talking obsessively about food and home cooking with our mom and other siblings. We started the Dinner Sisters Podcast this spring. It’s been immensely satisfying to undertake a creative project as sisters and now adults!
Name one or two struggles of doing the craft you do. How did you overcome them?
The audio production piece has been tough. We started recording on Skype. It produced a good amount of interference and wasn’t totally reliable. We tried a few other VOIP recording software solutions and finally landed at Cast, which we love. But the process of finding that solution while trying to produce a weekly episode that was up to our standards was not easy! We re-recorded episode 2, because of sound quality issues, more times than either of us would have liked.
How do you deal with creative block? What would you advise others?
We’re constantly scouring food blogs and cookbooks for inspiration. Also, we both really believe that deadlines and commitments force you to produce! Kate, especially, has strong project management skills from her full-time job at a state department of education. We find it’s easier to be creatively inspired within the structure we’ve set up. Outer order = inner calm…and creative flow.
Any regrets on doing art for a living? Why?
Both of us have read and really like Elizabeth Gilbert’s message in Big Magic. You don’t always have to be an exclusively working artist to be a creative person in this world! We both have other jobs, so we don’t necessarily “do art for a living.” I think it’s really great that people are more open to a spectrum of working artists these days.
What’s one thing you would’ve done differently back then, since you know more now?
Maybe be less hesitant to share our initial work. It’s hard to put yourself out there…but you need to! We’ve had nothing but positive support from family and friends, and that has really helped us move the project forward and take more risks.
How do you plan on expanding? Where do you see yourself with your business?
We have fallen in love with podcasting and this medium of storytelling. Our larger goal is to grow into a media group, producing podcasts in the the food/travel space. Also Kate would love to publish a cookbook someday!
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The Artist Roundup Series was created to highlight the hidden gems of Atlanta’s art community, regardless of the medium of art. If you know of an Atlanta creative, or you are one, we’d like to feature you—nominate here!
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