Musician/Guy in a Band → Music Journalist →
That's the shortest answer of how that happened for me. The longer answer is that in 2012, a friend and I started a band in Washington, DC with the naive rationale of "It would be stupid not to."
Being in a band involves more than just playing in a band. You have to do the whole "putting yourself out there" thing of meeting people who might take an interest in your music and think about coming to your shows. That's how I came to know a guy by the name of Paul Vodra, who started a DC music blog and podcast called Hometown Sounds.
For a new band with no connections or a firm grasp of the socio-musical landscape they're operating in, getting to know someone who runs a local music blog seemed like a good idea, so I stalked Paul's Facebook and Twitter feeds and then jumped him at a show he wrote that he'd be at.
What quickly became clear to us both is that we each had a great deal of enthusiasm for the music happening around us in DC, and Paul asked if I'd like to be a contributing writer for Hometown Sounds.
If you have a blog, another person writing for that blog and its accompanying podcast, you might have that person (me) on that podcast. That person might have a little more interest and experience in recording and producing audio, so it might make sense for that person to enthusiastically assume the regular responsibility of taking all that sound and crafting it into the show that comes out every two weeks.
For Tony Porreco (me), it's always been about sound. Well, sounds more specifically. The sounds on our favorite songs. The sounds of voices familiar and unfamiliar. The sounds that rush toward and startle us from points of origin that are for a few nanoseconds unknown, but determined in the following nanoseconds and incorporated into a scaffold of meaning in our conscious awareness.
In grade school, music was the first class I was clearly able to identify as "my favorite" out of all the others so, music and organized sound fun and became pretty self-reinforcing as a lifelong interest and activity.
I never TRIED to want to be a Podcaster or Audio Producer, it just happened the way lots of people become anything: You have an interest, you engage it with some related activities over time, and one day you realize "It's what you do."
Music Podcaster → Podcaster & Audio Producer
By 2014, podcasts had become incredibly important to me. They combined the properties of embodying an experience lasting a certain length of time (like a recorded piece of music), information and above all, the maker's personality. Now, podcasts were now both my chief form of entertainment and the way I learn about new things.
I had a podcast and it was awesome. But I wanted more. To make more. To learn more. To learn to make more. So I started another podcast that had a different format (live recorded interviews) to show myself and everyone else that I could, just like the growing number of people making podcasts.
And that's where I am now. I make podcasts. Record them. Edit them. Produce them. I write and record the music for them too.
You might want to have a podcast that's yours or you might want the podcast you have to be better.
That's great. Let me help you make that happen.