Something @galestraub recently said about podcasting that really stuck with me is that, for the finite period of time you're creating an episode, you develop a very special relationship with the person the content is centered around-- even after the interview's long been had.
And this stuck with me because I also find it incredibly true, but had never been able to put it into words.
As you edit someone's story, you get to hear their voice-- every beautiful, honest, imperfect sound-- in a way that's not always possible to in real time. You listen long enough and deeply enough to catch subtle emotions you wouldn't otherwise. You empathize that it's challenging to use your voice, let alone hear it over a speaker, so you want to put your interviewee in their best light, and get their story across to the listener. You want them to be proud when they listen back to it and feel like it's an accurate reflection, even though you may have only ever spoken with them once or twice.
Gale likened this relationship to having a temporary twin, but as I don't have a twin myself I sometimes imagine the feeling as a friendly little shadow following me close by (like in Peter Pan, but typically less mischievous). As a remote, traveling podcast host/producer, it's easy to tell yourself you're isolated. This field requires headphones, and external silence, and thoughtful attention to minutia. To be successful, you have to tune the world out for extended periods of time. But when you really dive into what it takes to build a podcast, you'll find it's entirely about relationships-- one story (and one voice) at a time.
photo by @julesville_ , who was incredible enough to see the beauty in @galestraub and I being nerdy with our sound gear in a forest of J Trees. - 48 minutes ago