We had the good fortune of connecting with Misty Stinnett & Lisa Linke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Misty Stinnett & Lisa Linke, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
We had just begun our second year of podcasting when the pandemic hit. Until then, we recorded two episodes each week in-person at a studio in West Hollywood. Our producer at that time (the incredibly kind and talented Matt Sav) took care of all our audio needs, technical issues, and oversaw the editing process, which left us free to focus on creating meaningful content. We recorded almost 120 episodes this way. But then, in March of 2020, everything changed. We couldn’t record in person anymore. We didn’t have the proper microphones, audio software, or soundproof environments at home. To make things even more challenging, we had to learn how to edit each episode ourselves, which is a technical and painstaking process. We considered hiring another producer, but with sudden job insecurity, we were hesitant about the cost. While it was the financially responsible decision to make, we suddenly found that the workload of the podcast increased exponentially. It was particularly daunting to have so much more on our plates than before because we were also in the midst of the fear and uncertainty during the first lockdown. And when you release two episodes per week, one of which is a review of an entire self-help book, without any breaks built in, we had to do some serious regrouping. Lisa took over all social media posts, correspondence with listeners, and back-end duties so Misty could keep up with the ferocious editing schedule. We kept on like this for about 5 months (40+ episodes), until we finally hit a breaking point. We realized that, although we were grateful for the new skill sets we learned, our mental health mattered more. That’s when we decided to implement one of the best pieces of self-help advice there is: asking for help. That may sound like a contradiction, but if we’ve learned anything reading more than 100 self-help books, it’s this: no one does anything alone. That’s when we decided to hire an outside company to edit for us. We’re still our own audio engineers, but saner, more rested ones.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our goal in creating Go Help Yourself was to be of service. The lives we lead in modern society are busier and more demanding than any other time in history. We all want to learn and grow for the better. But with such limited free time and an insanely-saturated self-help market, we were having trouble discerning which books were worth our time and money. We wished that a podcast existed that would give us the main points and criticisms of popular self-help books in an easily-digestible format — but none existed. That’s when we decided to create Go Help Yourself. Our goal was simple: make self-development approachable and accessible. In less than an hour, you will know the key insights of each book, as well as any red flags that came up for us while reading it. We empower our listeners to decide whether or not the book is worth their time, energy, and money. And regardless of whether or not they decide to buy the book, they leave each episode with a piece of perspective-altering self-help advice that they can incorporate into their daily lives. What sets us apart is our humor. So much of self-development, therapy, and life design can feel deadly serious. But we believe humor makes the medicine go down, and helps life’s heavy moments (and self-help advice) feel much lighter. What we’re most proud of is the impact GHY as had on our listeners (whom we lovingly refer to as our “tiny pocket friends”). They have written to us many times in the 250+ episodes we’ve released to tell us how listening to GHY has kept them company during lonely periods, helped them to survive hard breakups, find hope when they feel stuck, and even negotiate raises at work. We feel humbled and honored to be trusted friends to all those who live in our pocket.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
How exciting to fantasize about travel and visiting our favorite places in the city! For starters, we’d head to poolside Cinema at Fig in Santa Monica. Their food is amazing, and the ambience of seeing a movie at sunset while lounging next to a pool (that is next to the beach!) is an incredible way to spend an evening. If our friend was feeling fancy the next day, we’d recommend brunch or dinner at Republique, followed by private-room karaoke at Pharaoh Karaoke and a late-night snack of the Snow Chicken at Chimac Star (which is the best place in the city for Korean fried chicken). On day three, we’d spend the morning volunteering at Feed Culver (which provides free meals to those with food insecurity in Culver City), then grab an iced coffee from Super Domestic to gear up for a drop-in beginners salsa class at the Liz Lira Dance Academy. The rest of the week would be filled with outdoor activities: hiking Temescal Canyon, a horseback ride at Sunset Ranch, and walking the Venice Canals. We’d then gently hint to our friend that the perfect thank-you gift for arranging this amazing week is a new houseplant from Tansy in Burbank. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Matt Sav, our talented audio engineer and editor who produced the first 100+ episodes of Go Help Yourself, has been an invaluable part of helping, and keeping, Go Help Yourself alive. He’s the one who taught us how to record from home during the pandemic! He’s also an incredible composer. Make sure to check out his Musical Podcast “In Strange Woods”, which hit the top of Apple’s podcast charts when it released. (He also wrote the GHY theme song.)
Other: Misty’s instagram: @mistyrose Lisa’s instagram: @itslinke
Credit for main photo where Lisa is placing glasses on Misty’s face: Zach Lyons Photography Credit for Network Studios Photo (where we’re holding up the book Fed Up): The Network Studios