We had the good fortune of connecting with Keep It Weird Podcast and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keep It Weird Podcast team, what do you want people to remember about you?
Lauren: I want people to remember me as someone who always wanted to learn and get better. I don’t want to go down in history as narrow minded or as someone who pretended to have it all together. I aspire to be a person who is open to change and growth, especially when I receive new information that might be uncomfortable. I aspire to continue my education in all parts of life. This includes parts I’m passionate about and parts I need to open my eyes to and be challenged on. Something I have loved about the Keep It Weird Podcast is how much research and studying goes into each and every episode we put out. We both try to be students and consume as much information as possible. I hope we leave that legacy behind us – That we always searched for the truth but left space for debate with other perspectives and ideas.
Ashley: As a person I just want people to remember that I was kind. I mean it would be nice if they remembered that I was funny and I had cute dimples and great style BUT… the only important thing is that I am remembered for being kind. When it comes to my business, Keep It Weird and the Keep It Weird podcast; I want people to remember us for the sense of community that we built. For the connections that we made with people. Not only those people who identify themselves as “weirdos” but I’ve also made a lot of connections with listeners who suffer from anxiety and depression, as I do. I’ve personally received so many emails from them thanking us for discussing it openly on the show, telling us that we gave them the courage to talk to their parents or spouse about how they were feeling mentally, and the truth is that all of these wonderful people helped us in return. I really believe we have some of the greatest fans in the world. I know that everyone says that, but I just hope our fans really know how much they mean to us and what they’ve given us over the years. Also it would be nice to be remembered for being funny, having cute dimples, and great style.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We started Keep It Weird in 2016. We were one of the first podcasts to blend the paranormal with true crime, but that only set us apart from others for about half a year! The genre exploded and before we knew it there were a hundred podcasts doing the same thing. So we had to pivot, and we’re so lucky that we did because the product that we have today is so superior to what we began with. We decided to take our name “Keep It Weird” and really run with it- and now our show really encompasses all things strange. We have episodes on the human body, food, sex, disease, history, science, psychology, dreams, you name it. I think one of the hardest parts about any business, small or otherwise, is trying not to compare yourself to others in your field. Especially when you know you have an amazing product, it’s hard to justify “why do they have this when I don’t?” It takes a lot to remind yourself that everyone has a different journey. The technical stuff will take care of itself– learning new tricks, getting fancier equipment, becoming more efficient; that will come to you with time. It’s the stuff inside that is the hardest. Learning how to be confident even when you’re terrified and pushing on even when you are filled with doubt. If it’s any comfort at all- you’ll come out a stronger person in the end! No matter what the end result was. Today we have thousands of listeners and they are the most loyal, sweet, caring, empathetic, and awesome weirdos you could ever meet! We sell out of t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, and tote bags every month. We have a successful Patreon where our listeners can donate to our show to get bonus material. In 2016 we had no idea that our podcast would be where it is today. We are incredibly lucky.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
These are our MUST SEE LA hotspots! Venice Boardwalk: Talk about weird. This is one of the wackiest places on earth and BONUS: It’s on the beach. If you want to see the most eclectic crowd of people in history- this would be the place to do it. The Museum of Jurassic Technology: No, it has nothing to do with dinosaurs… I don’t think? This place is like a fever dream. It’s dark, it’s creepy, it’s confusing. It’s a museum? Question mark? Theres no real way to explain this place but if you want a museum with rooms dedicated to cats cradle, Los Angeles trailer parks, and The Dogs of the Soviet Space Program all in one place- The Museum of Jurassic Technology is the only place to get it. The Old LA Zoo: Right around the corner from the Los Angeles Zoo is the site of the old zoo. It’s located at the beginning of a great hiking path (two birds with one stone!) and you can climb through abandoned animal enclosures. It’s a very eerie location, especially if you’re hiking on a day when it’s not busy. It almost feels like the world has ended, and you’re the only people left alive. (Always hike with a buddy!) Rock n Roll Flea Market: The first Sunday of every month downtown at the Regent Theatre is dedicated to the Great Rock n Roll flea market!! If you want to shop for vintage rock n roll shirts, original jewelry, music memorabilia, used vinyl, all while listening to a bumpin’ DJ then you have to make this a priority. Plus, there is boozy brunch bingo next door at the Love Song and you could win concert tickets, t shirts, and more! Dan Sung Sa: Simply the best Korean BBQ in LA. If Anthony Bourdain approves, you know it’s good.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We want to dedicate this shoutout to our biggest supporters. Joe Ochs, who is basically a third host. Andrew Miller who helped us start our show and gave us most of our investigation equipment. Alex Ogle for taking care of Lauren and being half of the team who created the most perfect baby in history. Pam and Ron Casseday and Jeff and Jane Myers even though they HAVE to love us. And every one of our listeners. We love you.
Other: You can find our show on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, iHeartRadio, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!