I never thought I had a shot at being famous. I’m a horrible actress, I sing best in the shower, and I’ve never had a special physical talent besides the ability to fall asleep in moving vehicles (hey, that takes skill).
That is, until I discovered podcasts. I was fascinated by how just recording yourself speaking could make waves and start a trending conversation. And I couldn’t help thinking, “Hey, I could totally do this.” Which is why it’s no surprise thousands of podcasts have launched in the past few years by just about everyone—from the most famous to the average American.
So when I got an email in my inbox about Squarespace’s new podcast contest with Gimlet Creative, I was almost drawn to entering—but decided I should probably write about it instead (I know my strengths enough to realize I’m really better on paper).
But it seemed like the perfect thing share with our Muse readers since we’re always encouraging you all to go after your dreams in whatever way makes the most sense for you (yep, that means pursuing it full-time or just setting aside a few hours for it every weekend). This seems like a perfect chance for someone to actually make that happen! You can check out the submission details here.
And whether you decide to enter (go you!) or just feel inspired to try something new, use this as a reminder that it’s never too late to pick up a side gig. For one thing, it can be extra source of income. For another thing, it challenges you to improve yourself, ultimately making you better at your current job. Finally, it lets you practice your passion when your day job doesn’t. No wonder more than 44 million Americans live that side hustle life.
Photo of podcast host courtesy of Jasper Cole/Getty Images.
Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author