Wanted: Podcast Producer

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I am looking for a smart, reliable, can-do person to manage the production of my weekly podcast, This Is Your Life. After producing thirty-one episodes myself, I want to outsource the post-production aspects of my workflow, so I can focus on creating the content.

Professional Audio Headphones on a Mixer - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/timnewman, Image #14557255

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The purpose of this page is to explain the responsibilities and qualifications I require. Toward the bottom of the page, I provide the time I believe this will require, along with next step you need to take if you are interested.

Responsibilities

I will continue to write the “show prep” and record my show. I want to hire a Podcast Producer to do everything else.

Prior to my recording of the show, the producer will …

  • Change the copy on my “Ask Me a Question” page to reflect the current podcast topic.
  • Download voice mail messages, review and select the top 3–5, edit as needed (for noise reduction and sound enhancement), and then upload them to the server. I will embed these in the actual show, along with my answers.

After I record the show, I will deliver to the producer an unedited WAV file and a PDF (or OmniOutline file) of my Show Notes. The producer will then:

  • Edit the file and tag it with the appropriate metadata.
  • Upload the show to my media server and send a link to me for review and to my transcription service to transcribe.
  • Create “show notes” in WordPress, using the pattern I am currently using. It includes a basic outline of the show, listener questions (with links to the caller’s website or blog), and a list of resources with links. (Here’s a recent example. Much of this is boilerplate)
  • Schedule the post to go live each Wednesday at 4:00 a.m. Central Time (U.S.).

Qualifications

The ideal producer should be experienced and skilled with the following tools. (Note: I have used the masculine “he” for the sake of convenience. However, gender is irrelevant. This could be a man or a woman.)

  • WordPress. He should know how to create a new post, insert images, and media links, and schedule posts for later publication.
  • HTML. He should know HTML. He doesn’t have to be a programmer, but he should understand basic HTML tagging, particularly as it relates to lists and links.
  • Audio Editing Software. He should have significant experience in audio editing, preferably with Adobe Audition. My show is not heavily edited, but the occasional gaff will need to be fixed. The music and caller questions do not need to be edited, as I embed those live while recording each episode.

In addition to these tools, the ideal candidate should be positive, upbeat, and able to deliver under pressure—usually 24 to 48 hours. I typically record on Monday and shoot for finishing the recording by noon of that same day. Occasionally, I don’t finish until late Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, depending on my schedule.

Training

I will supply a detailed workflow, including screencasts, to the producer I hire. I am not married to my process. All I care about is producing an excellent outcome. However, my process will provide a starting point. The producer will be free to improve upon it.

Compensation

The producer should expect the process to take 2–4 hours per week. We would like to pay a flat fee per episode, upon delivery of that episode. This amount is negotiable. The producer will work as an independent contractor. This could lead to other audio production projects.

Next Step

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an e-mail to Joy Groblebe, my manager. Please include your qualifications and why you think you are the right person for the job.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic. If in doubt, read My Comments Policy.

  • brianfalexander

    How soon will we hear back from Joy?

  • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

    Brian – We are anxious to fill the position so you should hear back from me this week.  Thank you!  So far the response has been great!

  • Suzanne

    I am so interested in joining the Michael Hyatt Team and I want to work out of my strengths. Facebook is where I am but producing and coordination is my strong suit. Looking to support and encourage!

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    I would really love to apply for this, but, I know my limitations on time and energy. This is a great step for you though, and I know you will find the right person. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Erik. We have had over 30 apply so far. We’ve really had some amazing candidates.

      • jaredbrandon1

        I could have sworn I saw this number at 785 last Friday! I submitted my information, any idea when we might expect to hear anything? 

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          It’s up to about 100 now. We are planning to let people know before Thanksgiving. We are working trough the applicants now. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/quirkycity Heather C Button

    Think I know someone who could fill those shoes. Emailing them the post now. Good luck in finding the right person for the job!

  • http://www.EngagingLeader.com/ Jesse Lahey

    Michael or Joy, any interest in sharing who you selected, how it’s gone after a few months, and/or who the other top candidates were, in case we other podcast creators might want to try them out?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Jesse, I’m not sure why, but I don’t quote feel comfortable doing that. Sorry.

  • Sam Campbell

    Micheal,
    I am one of the owners of Myrmidon Studios out of Nashville Tn.  Have you filled this position yet? If not, I would love to talk to you or Joy.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid I have, Sam. Thanks for your interest.

  • Isabella

    Hi,

    I’m interested in this position. I’ve been doing audio editing and podcast editing for a decade. I enjoy doing it since its my passion. I really need a job now,to support myself and my daughter, since I am a single mom. I could start asap. I also have a reliable internet connection (except during storms hehehe) in case you want me to be always online or to talk to me on skype. Here is my skype id, its countbianca. Hoping to be one of your editors and to be part of the team. God bless

    ivy

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Isabella, I’m sorry but this position was actually filled a long time ago. I need to take it down. Thanks for your interest.

  • martyburbankjdllm

    I am trying to fill a similar position. Great job with your add. If anyone you really wanted to hire but it did not work out, I would be happy to consider them. They can reach me at marty@ocelderlaw.com.

  • Jason Zenger

    Any chance you would share your detailed workflow?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have inside of Platform University. Thanks.

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