YBB005: Shannon T Boodram – How to Get Mainstream Media Coverage for a ‘Taboo’ Topic, Write Your Book, and ‘Reject’ Rejection!
Shannon T Boodram is a TV personality who specializes in sex and love and is the go-to voice for millennials on the topic. She is also the bestselling author of the book, LAID: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture. In this episode we talk about how to get mainstream media for a ‘taboo’ topic, how to write your book (and PROMOTE it) and how to ‘reject’ rejection and be perseverant in the face of adversity.
Question: 2:20 – How did you get started in the media world?
Question: 3:20 – What were you thinking around that time (you gave up your track scholarship to pursue journalism) when you made that decision?
Question: 4:21 – Was there a moment for you when you started working in the media world where you thought, ‘Oh! I’m actually good at this and think I could actually make a career’?
Question: 5:32 – Do you remember when you started getting some different contract jobs in media, what was the one that you got that really blew your mind, like your big break kind of opportunity?
Question: 8:34 – Can you share a bit about the no’s that you get working in the media world and how you’re able to keep being persistent despite no.
Quote: 8:54 – “Great risk comes with great gain.”
Question: 11:36 – Why did you want to write this book? (Laid. Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture)
Question: 15:29 – What was that experience like to share nationally and internationally on a top that you’re passionate about that is still a taboo topic (regarding her book, Laid)? What was that whole experience like?
Question: 17:39 – What advice would you give to listeners who might be feeling shame for something that they want or want to ask their partner, but they’re afraid to, what would you say to them?
Quote: 18:39 – “To study sex is to study creation and the act of studying sexuality is to be put in charge of ourselves.”
Question: 21:13 – What advice would you give to people to start promoting their work in a bigger way with media?
Question: 23:48 – Could you share with people your advice around that (hiring a PR person)? Should people hire someone in PR or should they just go for it themselves?
Quote: 25:04 – “If you don’t have relationships with people (in media) then you need to hire someone who does.”
Question: 26:02 – What’s your process of creating a youtube video at this point?
Question: 27:55 – What advice would you give to people who want to be on camera but haven’t done it yet?
Quote: 29:20 – “You need to make content the same way people view content; with reckless abandon.”
Question: 30: 30 – Audience Question: Michelle from http://eternalgarden.ca/ – How do you find a mentor?
Question: 31: 08 – How do you (Shannon) find a mentor? What’s your process?
Question: 32:50 – What would you say at this point if someone was reaching out to you what would actually capture your attention and make you dedicate your time to helping someone else?
Question: 35:39 – What is your best tip for killer confidence?
Question: 36:01 – What is your best tip to stop the imposter complex?
Question: 37:02 – What is one book that has changed your life?
Question: 37:38 – What is the best advice that you’ve ever received?
Question: 38:40 – How can people connect with you?