Thursday Meetups Block B
BLOCK B - 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Meetups last the full 75 minutes, but you can indicate interest in more than one. Read the full descriptions for each Meetup below!
POC MEETUP: PROTECT YOUR MAGIC
Join facilitators Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong (KUOW) and Morgan Givens (Flyest Fables, 1A) for a conversation about how, as producers of color in the audio industry, we often wear multiple hats. So how do we continue working on diversifying on-air voices, while keeping folks from marginalized communities safe in spaces that historically have not seen the full range of their humanity — or made the space to do so? How do we tell stories of identity in ways that aren't performative? How can we shield ourselves from the burnout of constantly being called upon to address systemic issues we did not create? And crucially: how do we protect our own magic?
MENTORSHIP MEETUP: BY & FOR ALL
What is the value of a mentor? How do you do it, exactly? And when is it time to pick up the torch and go from mentee to mentor? Facilitators Anjuli Sastry (NPR) and Martina Castro (Adonde Media) have an intimate relationship with mentorship and the important role it plays in their professional lives. In this meetup, we will answer these questions by going through the nuts and bolts of how to build and maintain these career-changing relationships. Then we’ll actually split up into groups and… actually do it!
NEW TO AUDIO MEETUP: A BEGINNER'S WELCOME
Welcoming first-time audio makers, emerging and early career makers, career changers, and anyone else who feels like they’re still learning how to navigate the audio world (including educators or those who support emerging audio makers!) Together with facilitators Ariana Martinez (independent) and Andrea Gutierrez (KPCC), explore what's exciting, challenging, confusing, and joyful about being new to this work and to professional audio spaces like Third Coast. Take stock of your new-to-audio “toolkit”—the things you bring from our previous life and work experiences, the many values that 'newbies' bring to audio. Then ask: what knowledge, resources (technical, editorial, financial, etc), work experience and opportunities do we want to access? How can we get there? How can educators, mentors, and coworkers better support newcomers? We’ll talk about ways to manage imposter syndrome, build strong relationships across workplaces and roles, and seek out (or become) mentors as we take the next steps in our journeys. This meetup is a time to look at the existing audio career playbook and imagine how to subvert it through experimentation and peer collaboration.
BYOP (BUILD YOUR OWN PRODUCTION) MEETUP: SO YOU HAVE A GREAT PITCH, NOW WHAT?
Say you’re freelancing, or you’re starting at a brand-new audio department, or you’re part of a small independent team. You have a great pitch for a new show or series. A network, organization, or station is interested. Now what? Join Facilitators Aliya Pabani (independent) & Gretta Cohn (Transmitter Media) to share strategies to plan for a successful — and less stressful — production process. Together we’ll walk through concrete examples & sample projects, and talk about things like: What resources will you need? How much time will it take? How can you make sure you get paid and credited properly? How do you set boundaries with clients? What are some red flags you should look out for? Plus, we’ll talk about budgeting for all the things you didn’t know you needed - especially if you are working independently, alone, or on a small team. Come with your scenarios and we’ll exchange ideas.