I was a record producer in Nashville for almost 10 years. It’s all I dreamed of doing since I was a teenager — and I worked really hard at it.
It’s a wild job. And I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and the relationships I built during that time.
I was able to build my dream studio and see the songs I produced be enjoyed by tens of millions of people.
And then… the pandemic hit.
My music business dried up almost overnight. That studio I had built just 2 years earlier sat empty many days between 2020-2021. And like many of you, I started asking some big questions about my life and work. Scary questions like…
– Is the dream dead?
– What would I do if I weren’t a music producer?
Those questions led to more questions…
– Should we sell the house and the studio?
– What if we traveled for a while?
Truth is, these questions weren’t entirely new. My wife and I had dreamt of traveling North America even prior to the pandemic. But then we bought a house, had a baby and planned to settle into Nashville for the long-haul.
Back in 2016, my friend Kevin Jennings asked if I’d be willing to edit some podcasts for some of his clients. I agreed… and didn’t think much of it. Little did I know then what this “side gig” would eventually become.
So in 2020, while my music business was dwindling, the podcast business was growing quickly.
I had always seen huge potential in the podcast business. I was especially energized by the fact that I could run that business from anywhere in the world.
In 2021, Kristin and I continued revisiting those old questions. What if we sold the house and lived in Airbnbs across the U.S. for a few months at a time? Like, for real.
She would need to quit her job of 9 years and seek remote work. We’d need to sell our house and I would effectively put my music career on hold.
You can probably guess what we did. 🙂
We sold the house in the Summer of 2021, stored all of our belongings, packed up the SUV and hit the road that Fall.
My wife Kristin took her expertise as a high-level operator and started Virtual COO, offering fractional operations services to small businesses.
In the past few years, we’ve traveled to all 4 corners of the U.S., Canada and even ventured down to Playa del Carmen, MX. It’s been the adventure of a lifetime and we feel like the luckiest people on the planet… truly. Sharing these experiences with my son has been so special.
Later this year, we’ll make our way to Europe where we will spend 6-8 months before returning to the states in Summer 2024. Our son Rohry will be starting Kindergarten that Fall.
Where? We don’t know. Do we discuss this endlessly? You bet.
You should know— we aren’t particularly spontaneous people. We are planners and fairly cautious risk-takers. When we told our friends and family what we had planned to do, they all told us the same things:
“You guys are nuts. You have a 2 year old!”
“But you have to do this. You’ll never regret it.”
And they were right.
Traveling full time and building Podcircle has been such a gratifying and rewarding experience. Since 2021, we’ve rebranded (from My Podcast Editor to Podcircle), and have added services and additional team members to better serve our clients. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead.
If you’ve partnered with us at any point in your podcasting journey — thank you. If you’re new to podcasting or already have a show and you’re curious about what it’d look like to work with us, let’s schedule a call. I would love to hear about your podcast and see how we can partner with you.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. I talk about my journey from record producer to Podcircle founder in the Trailer episode of the Podcircle Podcast. 👇