The last few weeks have been a very exciting time for me. I embarked on two new ventures; a web series and a podcast. It's not exactly the direction I thought I'd go, but life throws you down unexpected paths, and with that, I'm finding new passions I never knew I had. These new ventures have also allowed me to speak to individuals about their own experiences with animals. It's an exciting time and I appreciate you for listening, watching, and following along. Here's a look at the inspiration and the journey creating these new platforms. Hope you enjoy and learn something along the way!
It had been a very long time (nine years!) since I filmed a behind-the-scenes tour of my animals. I had an epiphany. It was time to start a new project focused on creating new content for our YouTube channel. I wanted to showcase our animals and their various personalities. I also wanted to start filming short, fun educational clips that would appeal to kids as well as adults. And most importantly, have a great time doing so!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we debuted our first webisode of "Animals To The Max"! Tom the turkey was the perfect candidate for the episode. And yes, for those of you wondering, Tom is our pet and was officially pardoned for Thanksgiving!
I receive a lot of e-mails from kids wanting to pursue a career working with animals. For that reason I wanted to film a behinds-the-scenes look at my day-to-day life taking care of them. I enlisted the help of my cousin Gianna to come job shadow me for the day. Although she could have done without the mealworms or a kiss from a cow, I think she had an overall great time!
One of the number of questions I get asked is where I keep my animals. Some just assume they're all in my house. It's quite the contrary- The only pet living inside my home is Zoey, our 6-year-old pit bull. One of my main goals filming these webisodes was to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at where the animals live. Filming the 'Tortoise Family' episode was a great way to show the tortoise's home and their large outdoor yard.
I'm going to be honest; recording a podcast was something my friends, family, and management always told me to look into. I never really did. It wasn't until the last couple of months, I finally pressed that purple podcast icon on my iPhone that a whole new world opened up to me. These days when I'm cleaning the animals or on the road, I find myself listening to podcasts over music. Some of my favorites include The Wildlife Photography Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Zookeeper Stories. Although I'm a novice at podcasting, I find myself enjoying them as much as I do filming. It's also refreshing to speak to people who share a common interest and passion for animals. I hope their stories and journey working with animals are inspirational for listeners. The best part about my new podcast is that you can listen to it any time on a variety of different platforms. iTunes, Sound Cloud, Google Play, IHeart Radio, and directly on my website!
With 2017 nearing its end, I seriously cannot wait for all of the possibilities 2018 has to offer. New webisodes, podcasts, TV appearances, the list goes on! I appreciate every one of you who follow, listen, and watch my journey working with animals. I also appreciate all your feedback and possible guest/filming suggestions. Please send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time,