Two Words with Taku
Taku Mbudzi is a Zimbabwe-born writer, comedian and podcaster based in Melbourne, Australia. Taku’s stories inspire people to celebrate their uniqueness and creativity. Taku regularly hosts The Moth StorySLAMs in Melbourne, based on New York’s global sensation The Moth Radio Hour. Since 1997, 30 000+ stories have been told…live on stages around the world, and The Moth Podcast gets 47 million downloads annually. Taku was also on the judging panel for the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards
September 29 @ 9PM-10PM PDT – Freedom of [Creative] Speech
Podcasting about the weird, wacky, unusual, funny, serious and not-so-serous things I love about writing has opened delightfully unexpected doors for my stories. I’ll share how collaborating with my local podcasting and audio production community downunder is growing my tribe of fellow storytellers everywhere. I’ve found creative freedom through podcasting about writing. I’ve relied on a willingness to:
TRY: Episodes about how to make your CV look better surprised me with how much engagement they got.
LEARN: Commit to learning the technical aspects of sound design and editing, so story structures can be better.
FAIL: I entered podcast competitions and didn’t win, but that surprisingly helped me be more confident in my show.
WIN: I submitted my radio play to frankie magazine’s Good Stuff Awards competition and unexpectedly won in the writing+podcast category!
HELP: Is there someone in your community you could assist/promote/collaborate with?
TEACH: As you learn new skills and tricks, share them. I love teaching young people about writing and podcasting.
LISTEN: Long story short, I scored the gig of hosting The Moth StorySLAM events in Melbourne, because I went to listen (and only listen) to other people’s stories.
WORK: Focus on the real work you need to do and manage your podcasting time and activities accordingly.
BE HUMBLE: Be comfy in your own lane and don’t compare yourself to others. Your people will find you.
ENJOY YOURSELF: Podcasting about what you love should be a joy. Be playful, creative and experimental and don’t take yourself too seriously!