For Headliner Highlight 14, we hear from Lorna Bremner of the Closure Optional podcast! Check it out!

Tell us about your podcast…

Hi. I’m Lorna and my podcast is called Closure Optional. It is a raw and honest discussion about motivation, human potential, why we do what we do, what gets in our way, and how we keep going when **** gets a bit rough.

Why did you start podcasting?

I’ve been doing the podcast for about a year-and-a-half and I started because the best moments of my life can all be defined by a single thing, which is a sort of selfless connection to what I’m doing, whether it’s an art, sports or learning something, or love. And my worst moments are when I **** that up by getting myself in the way.

So I wanted to know how other people experience their best moments and they’re worst and then, you know, share it around to as many people as possible to hopefully steer more of us in the direction of our potential and away from our doubt.

What do you do to share & promote your episodes?

I’m the worst at this. In fact, I don’t know, I have like a psychological hatred for marketing. But when I release each episode, I share a summary or a little snippet of it through posts on my Facebook and Instagram pages, those are usually Headliner videos and I do two separate videos, so one for the post on Instagram and Facebook and then one for the story on Instagram and Facebook.

So they’re two separate versions of a Headliner video and then I also do a post on my Facebook page which includes the link to my website and that has the full episode

What has been most effective? Least effective?

Yeah, so what’s the most and least effective way of doing that? I personally am the least effective way to promote my podcast. I could probably use some help in that direction but yeah, I never sponsored any of my ads so I find that I have better reach and engagement on Instagram. I don’t know if it’s because more people are on Instagram these days or because I just have a different kind of fan base over there.

I try to be a sort of a silly an authentic as possible whenever I’m doing any of my promotion so that it doesn’t feel like people are just being advertised to. At least if they’re not interested in looking at the podcast, they maybe get a laugh out of the post. That’s kind of the idea.

Why do you make Headliners?

I make the Headliners because it’s really quick and easy to use. And I like that I can keep it simple while making a really clean and useful promo video. I also have a few fans that are hard of hearing and they really appreciate the subtitles.

I have never in the past had enough time to put closed captioning on any of my videos. What I used to do was just get an audio snippet and then put it into my video editing software and then put some pictures behind it, but yeah, I couldn’t figure out how to do the subtitles in there and certainly didn’t have the time to do it.

So when I found Headliner that was amazing, it was so much easier to do it that way and it comes out really nice and clean. Also, I can do it from anywhere as long as I’ve got a computer and the internet, and that is pretty neat.

Current podcasting setup?

I use a Zoom H6 handy recorder with a couple dynamic XLR microphones. If there’s three of us then I use three handheld microphones. The handhelds can be a little bit annoying if the guest is not used to holding a microphone and they kind of move it away from their mouth or the microphone can kind of make noises when they are waving around in the air so when I’m in my little studio I have them in boom stands so that they’re talking straight into a microphone they aren’t touching. But on the road it gets a little bit harder.

I have used the Zoom microphones that are built into it as well and they sound fine, I just find that the XLR microphone makes a nice, sorta more intimate, sound.

And then I use Garageband on my Mac to edit the audio.

What is something you think is overrated or underrated in podcasting?

I think overproduced, scripted, and radio-style shows are overrated. I think the beauty of the podcast is it’s ability to be raw and free and I like that sort of wild-west chaos of uncensored, unaffiliated content.

And this might sound like I’m contradicting myself but I think that sound quality and production value are underrated in the audio of a podcast, but also just video in general as well. I think the age of the internet and anybody being able to produce anything is cool, but at the same time, we seem to have forgotten the lost art of production value and quality sound or quality video. So when I [was talking about] this sort of wild-west before, I meant content, not necessarily sacrificing sound quality. Someone could have the best ideas in the world but if it’s crackly or buzzing, or the volume mix is all over the place, the ideas don’t get heard and it’s kind of a waste of time, I think.

There’s like a beautiful art to creating something that feels really free and natural, while simultaneously being meticulously quality controlled. And that is my daily struggle. That’s what I’m, I think, trying to achieve with my production anyway.

If someone was to only listen to one episode of yours, which one would you send?

If I was to only send one episode of my podcast it would definitely be the BDSM party episode I think, because it’s got some interviews in it, and also some monologues from me so it kind of captures the range of stuff that tends to happen on the podcast.

Do you have a favorite podcast?

Yes! When I’m listening to other people’s podcasts, I definitely have a few favorite podcasts that I listen to. I love Bill Burr’s podcast, the Monday Morning podcast, and also The Blind Boy Podcast.

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