At 16, I started calling talk shows on rock stations as various characters and entertaining the hosts. I appeared some 17 times and was featured in best-of roundups and show promos many more. Kids in the halls would say they'd heard me the night before and cracked up. I had no idea it would become a thing.
I enjoy every kind of public speaking–from podcasts and video talk shows to on-stage speaking and standup training to commercials, webinars, and marketing promos. Throw me a mic, and I'm loving it.
It's not only about having a voice for it. Pacing and presence are important too. But the single most important thing is being able to connect with an audience. The moment you get in your own head and forget the audience, your voice doesn't matter.
The Thriving Artist Podcast is produced by The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists. The Fund actually makes use of all three of my practice areas, so I serve as Education Director for the Fund and Host of the show, which appears multiple times per month and is syndicated on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and elsewhere. CHF provides entrepreneurial education and business training to working artists that guide them to thriving careers. This is one of those projects I particularly enjoy, because it involves a significant cultural change for the participants and it's a project I deeply believe in.