Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I’m a podcaster, actor, and writer. I’ve been on the Office, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development and now host a daily podcast for ihearteradio called So Bad It’s Good with Ryan Bailey.
It’s an exploration of all the pop culture we love to hate, from the classic reality TV moments of the past and present, to the latest Daily Mail headlines and everything in between. We’ll dive into all the infamous and notorious messes you can’t stop watching.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
1) I have had an obsession with pop culture since i was a little kid. I can tell you the latest thing the kardashians did to the foreign box office grosses for the batman.Other kids were playing sports. I was reading the trades
2) I can outwork anyone. Most podcasters doing what I do will do a weekly show. i wanted to set myself apart so I do a daily show. Malcom Gladwell says it takes 10000 hours to be an expert in something and i have to be really close at this point
3) This town is a marathon not a sprint. That’s been overused so much but its true. I have been in this town for so many years. Started with being an extras casting director to an actor, a voiceover artist, a teacher, a podcaster and so on.
The pivots in this industry are what makes you have longevity in this industry. Being able to be nice, but not a pushover, hard working, but flexible, patient but not lazy has been something you can only master over many years of doors slammed in your face and still being able to get back up and try to achieve your dreams.
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Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
I think it was over the pandemic. Being able to speak into the microphone for hours at a time sharing my feelings on reality shows, music and pop culture but also thru that lens getting to share more about myself.
It’s been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life to watch something grow during a time when we were locked in our houses. All these things that i had been made fun of for loving while growing up now found a fanbase, People connected with it. It grew in a time where so many things failed to launch. Beyond cool.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
In Los Angeles the #1 challenge is just being in los Angeles lol. People come here from all over to chase their dreams. This life is different than the life of an accountant or a lawyer. We all came here to shoot for something bigger than ourselves. We all are playing the lottery because the odds are stacked against you when doing something in the creative field.
The biggest challenge was that no one is looking for you. It is up to YOU to show why you are needed. Starting a podcast in an overcrowded field of podcasters who have been doing it for years longer than you and have built up their fan bases is potentially dumb. That’s why i always came from a place of loving the work.
Loving what i did, what i put out. The work is where the gold is. Sometimes the other stuff is the stuff you have no control over. You just keep your head down and you work. I had to train myself to not think about how the work was received because those thoughts would stop you from working in the first place. i just worked. And when you work things happen. period.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
Tom Hanks-a brilliant everyman actor. Also, someone who seems kind and approachable. Someone you want to work with.
Andy Cohen-what he was able to do in reality tv is legendary. he gave us an all new genre. “The Housewives” Plus, he has one of the best late night talk shows that sometimes seems to fall under the radar. Always entertaining, always passionate. Always excited. You need to have excitement in what you do.
Beyonce. I mean, its Beyonce. Not much more explanation needed. She’s magic.
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