Episode 12

Published on:

20th Aug 2020

I’m a good podcast editor. Why do I feel like an impostor? – PEM0012

Do you ever find yourself wondering if you're good enough as a podcast editor? Or maybe struggling to raise your rates even though you know you need to?

We all do. Or at least most of us do. And for one reason…


You thought I was going to say “imposter syndrome” and you're right. But at the root, it's fear.

  • Fear that you're not good enough.
  • Fear that you'll be judged.
  • Fear that a potential client may turn you down.
  • Fear that…

What does that mean little bully of a voice say to you?

Here's the point, though.

If we all face it, then we shouldn't face it alone. We should be honest with ourselves and others when we find safe spaces to share what's going on between our ears.

This week Heather Wester joins us to share her journey as a podcast producer at Ironed Out Media. She shares some ups and some downs as well. And, as you'll learn, she struggles with imposter syndrome too.

Listen to discover: 

  • How Impostor Syndrome has affected each of us.
  • How Impostor Syndrome will even bring fear into what is clearly a success.
  • How Heather's background gave her a head-start with podcast production.
  • How a dare led to Heather being an Affiliate Producer for a popular radio program.
  • How discovering nuances within podcasting forced her to grow.
  • How a dose of humility is vastly different from tearing yourself down.
  • The value of taking things one step at a time.
  • A question you can ask yourself to reframe whether you'll listen to that evil little voice in your head.

As you listen, you're sure to find something powerful in Heather's story - whether you're trying to make sense out of your journey as a podcast editor, just getting started, or trying to figure out how to break through a limiting belief that's holding you back.

This was a truly wonderful conversation, and we're so happy that Heather was willing to share her journey, her successes, and her struggles with us.

Guest Editor

This episode was edited by Bryan Entzminger of Top Tier Audio.

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About your hosts

Jennifer Longworth

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Bourbon Barrel Podcasting was founded in 2019 when Jennifer Longworth, with 14 years of audio editing experience, decided to get serious about editing podcasts for Central Kentuckians. Jennifer edits podcasts for established podcasters and helps new podcasters get started with the basics.

Carrie Caulfield Arick

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Carrie Caulfield Arick is a nerd for sound, stories, and listening. She’s learned from and worked with the industry’s best producers in her role as writer, editor and sound designer. Carrie is a co-founder of the femxle podcast post-production community, Just Busters and co-host of Podcast Editors Mastermind. Oh, and she likes cats… a lot.

Daniel Abendroth

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Hi, I’m Daniel and my podcast editing services will make your podcasts sound smooth and professional, while saving you time and money.

Bryan Entzminger

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Bryan Entzminger is the owner of Top Tier Audio, a podcast production company. He's the host of Hiring a Podcast Editor and cohost of the Podcast Gauntlet and the Podcast Editors Mastermind. He's also the founder of the Hindy Users (Unofficial) group for Hindenburg users on Facebook. He loves sharing the lessons he’s learned from his struggles and others he's met along the way so that you can have a podcast that you’re proud of without letting podcast production take over your life.