Writing is the hardest part of the creative process
First rule in the creative process is to talk about what you know. Your joy will be felt through the microphone.
The show was inspired by the book that I haven’t written yet, so going in, I knew I’d most likely need to dredge up things I haven’t fully recovered from. But those are the battle wounds that are expected, so i was ready for war. I learned to take my time and to be present in writing. I take my time in writing. Usually, two or three days. Then the rest of the stuff – promotion, the production stuff, and recording the episode is all gravy. That’s the fun stuff. It’s the writing part that is the hardest part of it, but at the same time, it’s also the most cleansing part of the whole production – which in turn, the most rewarding.
On this weeks show, Shane delves right in and talks about the good and bad parts of social media. Shane shares his experience with it and reveals disturbing numbers in terms of which social platforms cause the most anxiety.
Shane shares the story of his two tattoos and how they have become an important part of his mental health recovery. He also tackles how tattoos have become a popular way to remind yourself that you’ve survived the battle. Tattoos have become a very important part of the healing process. Shane tells us why.
As promised, here are my tattoos
I said I’ll post my tattoos for you. Here they are. The headphone with microphone is my first born. I got it on February 1st 2014. The second, I received in 2018. As I shared with you on the show, they both have their own rightful spot in my heart and soul.
…And here’s the track that inspired my tree tatt.
Meet Keisha and the tattoo that helped in her recovery
I had been to the venue a few days before I concocted this wacky idea of not only creating a podcast but creating a whole new brand. If I were to do it, I would need to go all in. I would need to get my voice (and face) out there. First step was to do all the obligatory internet stuff to solidify that I’m here, and I’m doing something. Next, was to get professional shots done – ’cause I just love getting my picture taken. I wanted the shots to not only capture me but capture what Shower for the Soul stands for. What it means. I wanted the shots to reflect community, fun, and conversation.
That’s when I thought of doing the shoot at MacCool’s. I stalked the joint again. I knew it’d be perfect. If done well, it’d capture what Shower for the Soul is – and Nikki captured it strikingly! The early afternoon shoot was much easier than I thought it’d be. Beer and fake laughing. My sorta Thursday funday.
I’ll be using these pictures going forward for Shower for the Soul promotional material and episode posters. I’ll try not to over do it, though.
As I get closer to the first episode dropping, I’m looking back to what truly brought me here. I wasn’t the biggest NKTOB fan but heir track `Tonight’ is a very important piece to my journey.
It’s the first song I voiced over in a real radio station. I was there visiting my radio mentor and buddy, Tom Rivers, He fronted the top rated morning show.
While I was doing bits along with Tom that morning, he asked me to introduce the new New Kids track and hint a concert announcement. I was nervous as hell, knowing this would be my first time being a real radio disk jockey. If I were playing radio in my room, no problem. I would know exactly what to say. But this was C-F-T-R. THE radio station for morning radio and THE radio station all my friends listened to.
Tom wrote the script and told me where to breath and follow my `DJ instincts’. He told me when I hear the music, I’ll know where to shut up and where to elaborate words.
All this prep for a song that only had a 15 second intro.
All the nerves disappeared as soon as I turned on the microphone. I later learned most radio announcers are the same. Stumbling, incoherent folks off-air. Poets on-air.
Word for word, pause for pause, tone for tone, this is exactly what I said that morning on CFTR.