I was walking by one of the old clubs I use to play as a musician. I looked through the glass and I could see the empty stage. I still have an aching to get back on that stage and entertain people with my guitar.
I remember all the steps to do that. First I had to learn how to tune my guitar and learn chords.
Then I had to learn some songs.
Then I had to find some other musicians who I could play with.
I played my first gig when I was probably 13 or 14 years old. It was a slumber party that some girl was having. We moved the couch up against the wall, and where the couch was — was now my first stage. We played the three songs we knew and got paid $10 each. I was hooked. All I needed was to find more stages to get on.
Do You Need a Website?
Fast forward to the 1990s and I was partnering with club owners who didn’t know what the Internet was, but I had been teaching people how to harness the web since it began. I would create a website for them, and that relationship lead to my band getting to use their stage. It was a value for value exchange, and it worked.
When your band is in a groove, and you have an audience that loves what you are playing and the band has the vibe, and the dance floor is full, and the ping pong match of giving and receiving energy to and from the audience is addictive. If I close my eyes, I can still see it, and feel it.
The Stage of Podcasting
Fast forward to 2021, and I found a stage (I found it in 2005). I don’t have to shmooze any club owners or agree to go on at 1 am to six drunk people. I don’t have the play country music.
And instead of the largest group being whatever the fire marshall has decreed on the sticker on the door, you now have access to a GLOBAL audience that is only limited by the power of your words, and the ability to promote.
It is a stage where the mic waits for you. You can step up on this stage any time you want — day or night. You don’t have to peer through the window hoping to get one chance to convince someone you’re good enough to get on that stage. You are.