MTMWT: So, people have been asking more and more about the show. We're still a few months out until the first episode is released but we thought it would be a good idea to give future potential listeners an update and some more information regarding what to expect from the show.
Tim: Yea, I've been thinking about that too. I'm amazed by the support we've already received from people who basically have no idea what the show is going to be. For a while, all we've had is a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MouthtoMouthwithTim/) to connect with people and the interest and support has been really amazing to me. Honestly it's been a lot of friends and acquaintances so far. And to their credit, they've kind of just been giving blind support. They haven't had a lot of info to go on so I'm assuming they like me and they're curious about what this will be. I'm sure they can see / feel my excitement as well.
MTMWT: Would you like to finally explain the format and what people can expect?
MTMWT: Well you announced it like 6 months in advance and people seem interested...
Tim: (laughs) Yea, I may have announced it a little too far in advance. It was like, late April or early May. I think the reasoning for that is I had been thinking about it on and off for a long time. I started to think about it more and more and after talking to my girlfriend, Lindsay, I.... She was incredibly supportive and actually gave me the push I needed to pull the trigger on this. And I know myself well enough to know if I didn't announce it as soon as possible, it may not happen. Once that announcement is out there, I have to do it. Right?
MTMWT: Otherwise people would assume you flaked out?
Tim: Exactly! I'm terrified of putting this out there but I'd be more terrified and embarrassed of backing out at this point.
MTMWT: Why are you terrified?
Tim: Well, I'm going to be “wearing my heart on my sleeve” so to speak for this. I'll be allowing myself to be very vulnerable and open which is difficult for me still. The show is basically me having an engaging conversation with a guest for 90 minutes or so. Some will be longer, some will be shorter but that's probably the average length. I want to really get to know someone and you just can't do that with soundbites or a 10 minute convo. The episodes will get pretty personal at times. I'll do a little intro monologue thing at the beginning of every episode which will essentially consist of me talking about myself or my life, or joking around. Then, I'll talk about that specific episode, what I got out of it and what I hope others get out of it. Then you'll hear the conversation with the guest and a quick outro to end the episode.
MTMWT: Is there a theme to the show? What do you talk about?
Tim: There isn't a real theme yet and to be honest, I don't really want one. I understand that doesn't generally help people get interested but I think each episode should be different due to the guests being completely different. I want to get to know each person as much as I possibly can in the time that I have with them. It's amazing what you can stumble upon in such a short period of time. I'll usually start by asking them about their history, maybe some things I personally think are interesting about them or makes them unique. Then, I'll ask them some random questions. I'll try to ask every guest a handful of the same questions and I guess that's where some sort of theme could arise. I don't want to give too much away but I've already had some guests leave the conversation with a feeling of excitement and relief by getting things off their chest. It has almost kind of turned into a mutual therapy session sometimes. It's mostly very lighthearted and entertaining but there have also been some very deep, emotional moments that have actually turned the show into something more than I expected.
MTMWT: Why do you think people will want to listen to that?
Tim: (laughs) I don't know if people will! I hope they do! I mean who the fuck am I and why would people care what I have to say? I go back and forth with that all the time. I don't have a ton of self-confidence which is something I'm going to work through and talk about once in a while on the show. What I DO know is that I am very proud of the conversations I've had so far. I personally love shows like this. I'm inspired by other podcasts with a similar format. I realize I don't have any notoriety but I'm hopeful I'll be able to find and build an audience.
Instead of interviewing celebrities and people known to the general public, I'm interviewing random “ordinary” people and trying to get inside their heart and mind. As it turns out, none of them have been “ordinary” at all, at least in my opinion. I believe everybody has something interesting to say whether they know it or not. I'm starting with friends and family but I hope to hone this craft and eventually get even more out of my comfort zone and start interviewing random strangers. If I get enough listeners, maybe I'll be able to interview a celeb or two but in my own way. When it comes to finding listeners?....It will definitely be a challenge to get my name out there.
I think most people have a tendency to want to be a little voyeuristic or interested in peeking into another person's world. I think we've become this 'reality show driven culture'. Shit, even our election process has become this insane version of that. I want a much more positive version of it and listening to these episodes is like being a 'fly on the wall' for a very personal conversation between two people. Some of the topics we cover are usually only talked about behind closed doors. Some are taboo, some are just not normally talked about so openly in society for whatever reasons. But a lot of those things we don't openly discuss in society are things many people actually have in common.
Throughout my past, people have constantly told me that I have an ability to make people feel very comfortable in a conversation. They'll tell me things they wouldn't normally tell others. I think they can tell that I'm genuinely interested in them and not judging them. We may not always agree on a topic but that doesn't matter. It's the sharing of ideas and opinions and expounding on them that matters to me. We seem to have lost that a little bit in society these days. So many of us get so offended by everything and feel the need to be outraged that we lose sight of what's important. It's like...If you're not outraged all the time, it means you don't care enough. People of opposing sides can't seem to civilly discuss a fucking thing anymore. The show isn't all about opposing opinions as much as finding common ground with the human being you're engaged with at that moment. I love that. In groups, it's nearly impossible because we grow more confident when part of this tribe of humans with the same thoughts and opinions. It's much different when you're one-on-one with somebody.
Again, it won't always be super deep. There is a lot of laughter and happy topics in every episode. It's a little bit of everything. I'll add in some dick jokes or something just to make sure we don't get too self-indulgent. I hope I'm not already coming off as super self-absorbed or self-indulgent or whatever you want to call it. I actually have a fairly low self-esteem a lot of the time and this is kind of a way for me to attack it head on and maybe evolve into a much better version of myself. Even if nobody listens, I'm getting a lot out of this. I'll be able to have these moments recorded for the rest of my life. How many people can say that? I want to talk to my grandparents, parents, sister, close friends, new friends, anybody who will have me, and then listen to these captured moments of time 10, 20, 30 years on down the line. It's very much for me but if there's even a slight chance other people will dig it, why not share?
MTMWT: Why are you waiting so long to start uploading these conversations?
Tim: Well, I have a 9-5 gig as well. That's what currently pays the bills. I wish I could do this show for a living but as of right now, it's all out of pocket and whenever I can make the time. I'm trying to backlog as many as possible so I'm not scrambling for more once I start uploading. I think a key to getting listeners and retaining them is consistency of uploading. I'm trying to get as many done in the summer and fall as possible to allow for that.
MTMWT: We know you don't want to give too much away but...
Tim: Yea I think that's way more than enough for now. I will say that the first episode will be an introduction and a further explanation of what to expect. I'll introduce Lindsay, who I also want to be a reoccurring guest, and we'll talk a lot about the show. She'll get her own episode as well so people can get to know her too. She's pretty amazing if you ask me!
MTMWT: What is the release schedule?
Tim: I'm aiming for November 16th for the premiere. But that's not set in stone. I'm leaning towards Wednesday releases. Either weekly or bi-weekly. We'll see. Again, whatever I can do to make it consistent. I want people to know that on “x” day of that week, there will be a new episode available.
MTMWT: Well, thanks for the info. You gave away more than we thought you would for this Q&A.
Tim: Yea, I'm becoming quite the talker. Sorry.
MTMWT: Is there anything else you want people to know in the meantime?
Tim: Um... I don't know. I guess I just want to thank my friends and the people on Facebook who have been so supportive. Also to everyone who has stepped up and talked with me on mic too. It's definitely weird and kind of scary for some and I appreciate them taking time out of their life for this. It's been great so far. To potential listeners, just give the show a shot. It will be FREE to download and listen to by the way. Download a few and see if it grabs your attention. They'll be available to download or stream on any device. We hope to have them available on iTunes as well. Remember that every episode will be different so on the off chance you aren't into one conversation, that doesn't mean you won't like the next. And if you're interested in talking on mic with me, send us an email through the Contact page on the website or to firstname.lastname@example.org. No guarantees but if we can work it out, let's do it!