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Edit Values Life & Work with Mollie Amburgey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollie Amburgey.

Hi Mollie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Having a background in theatre & journalism from St. Louis University, I graduated in 2013 & ran a theatre company for five years (GoodPeople Theatre Co.). I had a blast producing plays in Cincinnati (OH), Covington (KY), Chicago (IL), St. Louis (MO), & other cities in the Midwest. However, after I started to stand up comedy, I still kept her hand in producing theatre but switched focus to performing in the St. Louis comedy circuit.

I had a job at a hotel at the time, and during my shifts, I would listen to comedy albums and podcasts hosted by comedians. Listening to those podcasts inspired me to go back to my journalism roots, but with a casual twist. From starting out on a phone in my loft, The Casually Mollie Podcast matured to recording out of the MidCoast Studios & has expanded to a network of comedians, musicians, & entertainment from St. Louis, as well as around the country. Each interview included a ‘casual topic’ I thought would help a listener get to know a guest better.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As cliche as this sounds, I feel like every journey is a learning experience. At the very beginning of podcasting, I didn’t understand how to produce clear audio.

However, with continuing to express wanting to learn and improve, one of my friends ran a studio space and asked if I ever wanted to use it. That really opened up for me what could be possible audio-wise for a clear track. Once my audio improved, we started doing video as well. That opened up doors for more of a following. Six seasons in, I feel like I’m in a good place, but I’m still wanting to learn how to do more and want an even better six seasons moving forward.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Being a theatre major was one of the best decisions I ever made when it came to learning how to be professional. Whether you start out in theatre and move into a different profession, or you make theatre your life’s work, I always remember the following phrase: early is on time, on time is late, and anything after late is unacceptable.

I carried the same philosophy to starting comedy, and I apply that to my podcast as well. Anyone taking the time to talk to me deserves me to be ready, I always have my questions ready to go, and tech-wise, I want everything to be perfect because both audience and the listener can enjoy the experience. Passion is a great foundation to start something, but you also need to have a professional atmosphere for others to invest in that passion.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
First of all, my friends have been amazing advocates along the way to me curating my comedy and my podcasting. I cannot thank them enough for being my first podcast guest when things were still very rough audio-wise. They have also attended plenty of open mics and shows where my comedy wasn’t very good, and still gave me the encouragement to keep going. The same with my parents – they enjoy the podcast and love telling me who has been their favorite thus far!

On a professional level, my friend Chris D. who runs MidCoast Media (where we record the podcast) has taught me to put a value on myself when it comes to booking guests and how to interview. He allowed me to use his studio, which enhanced my knowledge of working with a tech team and has given me advice about approaching questions and listening to a guest without accidental interruption. Key, who is the head of scheduling and development over at MidCoast, has not only been a great friend but a great source of knowledge for learning how to interview well in front of the camera. I have found myself less tense and relaxed as an interviewer, and I’m very grateful to MidCoast Media for that.

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