ATTENTION!!! I am so excited to introduce you guys to the creators of the podcast Young, Dumb, & Ballin’: Gabriella Dominguez and Morgan Creed. Young Dumb & Ballin will teach you all things “adulting” that your parents forgot to tell you. This duo is based in Los Angeles, CA and after listening, you will become a baller. Gaby and Morgan have such good energy, great advice, and are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met- while being so much FUN! Below we chat about how they created their podcast, as well as advice for anyone who is thinking about creating their own. The duo releases new episodes every Monday. You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast, iHeart Radio, Amazon, and Google! Click on the links above to check out the duos Instagram’s and click here to follow Young, Dumb & Ballin’, enjoy!
What made you guys want to start a podcast?
We both really love listening to podcasts, we each have our own favorites but we religiously listen to Call Her Daddy together. We love the accessibility and versatility of podcasts, and when quarantine hit, we were looking for a new project to focus our energy and creativity on. After a lot of brainstorming, late night facetime meetings, and inspiration found everywhere, Young, Dumb & Ballin’ was born.
Could you walk readers through the process of recording the episodes and uploading them on the platforms you use?
After trying a few different techniques, we found a style of writing episodes that really works for us. Once we have decided on the episode that we will be recording, we get our equipment all set up, we hype ourselves up with some of our favorite songs, and start chatting away. Sometimes we record for an hour, sometimes we get carried away and end up talking for three hours. Over the next few days, we edit the episode (this is a lengthy process), add in our intro and outro music, and upload it to our RSS feed. Then when the episode is done processing, it goes live on podcast platforms within the next few seconds to hours.
What marketing techniques do you use for your Instagram?
As most instagram users have noticed by now, the algorithm in place doesn’t always work in favor of accounts on the smaller end. We post content that we find funny and informational, and find that it does pretty well! We’ve chosen a color scheme that we keep consistent for all pictures, word posts, and videos. We always repost @youngdumbandballin content on our personal accounts, and send it to people we think will love it too.
How do you come up with content for each week?
Most of our ideas come from the other person texting “I have a great idea” at 2am. 🙂
Since there’s two of you, how do you all work through disagreements? Advice for other podcast duos?
First, we would like it to be noted that we are indeed BEST friends. Having that foundation in our business relationship is definitely helpful. Because we care so much for each other, we are overly careful not to hurt the other’s feelings when we disagree. A lot of “yes and” as well as slow mo head nods are really the base of any “disagreements”. We respect each other and our unique talents and opinions, so we try our best to welcome any ideas with openness. We don’t disagree often, but when we do, we usually find an even better solution after talking it out. We live and breathe this show but have found it’s really important for us to make dedicated time with “no podcast talk” to hang out as friends and would advise others to do the same.
Do you ever get uncomfortable talking about your person life on the show? If so, how do you work through it?
Gabby- I find a lot of comfort in the fact that this show is not live, technically anything can be taken out. However, I am inspired by others being open and vulnerable and am working on doing the same myself. I think that’s a great way to connect with an audience, and to listeners, adds more value to the advice they are hearing.
Morgan- I’ve always been an open book and have thought my personal life experiences were funny and relatable. As I got older, I realized these stories helped me connect with other people which adds so much value to our show. Also in my mind, no one can ever prove these tales are real 😉
How did you create your intro music?
Gabby- In LA, I’ve met many amazing artists, but my friend Quincy Wilson is truly a music genius. We came to him with ideas that did not have any foundation in real musical terms, and sent him an 8 minute track of nonsense words for him to incorporate. We gave him a real challenge, but he so graciously worked with us to create intro music that we truly love and felt best represented the tone for our show. You can find more of his music on Instagram @quincyjwilson
What sound equipment do you use?
We have 2 different USB condenser microphones, which we hook up to a MacBook Air when recording. We use these with pop filters and studio headphones. We currently use Garageband to edit the show. The lack of a real recording studio has led us to do things like hold a comforter over our heads while recording, and stuffing doorways with mattresses and pillows. It’s all been a bit of a learning curve but we gain more knowledge with each episode. We always find a way to make it work with what we’ve got. 🙂
Do you ever feel insecure about the show (speaking from experience *cough cough my blog)/ worried about what other’s might think?
Honestly, we are so passionate and proud of what we produce. We don’t really get insecure about the show itself, but sometimes as a growing podcast, we wish that even more people were seeing the content that we are so excited about.
Advice for anyone that’s thought about starting a podcast but isn’t sure how/too scared?
Starting a podcast from scratch is not by any means an easy thing to do, but if you are passionate about it then DO IT. It has been a fun and rewarding experience to find this new creative outlet and gain new skills along the way. Research literally everything, there is so much helpful content out there for every aspect of this process.