I’ve been working on this post for months, and I’m so glad to finally hit publish. My podcast Asked By Ayana is live! This has been a labor of love for the last few months, from lining up guests to hiring a graphic designer to figuring out how to record high-quality audio.
I’ve mentioned podcasting in passing on my Instagram, but I didn’t want to give too much away until I was sure I’d be sharing it with the world. Now that it’s here, I’d love to tell you more about it and what you can expect.
Every other week, blogger and freelance writer Ayana Lage chats with talented creatives about their career journeys and the twists they’ve faced along the way. Each episode feels like you’re hanging out with two of your friends, so tune in for fun, illuminating conversation.
What Is Asked By Ayana?
That’s the official description, but I wanted to provide a bit more background. If you’ve heard me chat about my career goals, you know that I’ve had more hurdles than expected. I’m on my fifth job since I graduated college, and I sometimes feel insecure about that. I landed my dream job at 21 and decided to walk away, and I feel like that gave me a complex about what it means to find the “perfect” gig.
I’ve realized how much emphasis we put on our job titles. One of my favorite quotes goes along the lines of, “I don’t have a dream job because I don’t dream of labor.” Partly thanks to capitalism, it’s normal to find a lot of worth in what you do for a living, and I want to explore that. On Asked by Ayana, I’m dusting off my journalism degree and putting my interview skills to good use. I’m chatting to talented creatives about how they got where they are today.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m really excited about this and think you’ll be, too. Episodes run about 30-45 minutes, and you can expect new content every other Wednesday (and I’ll probably shift to a weekly schedule in the next couple months).
Things kick off next Wednesday (3/31) with my good friend Olivia Muenter, a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and former fashion editor. Future guests include Grace Atwood, Lindsay Silberman, Tomi Obebe Belk, and many more. Hope you’ll tune in! You can subscribe below (still waiting on Google Podcasts and Amazon Music to go live, but they’ll be here soon).