Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Parker.
Hi Jeremy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started my podcast “Sensory Deprivation” initially as something you could put on to fall asleep, particularly if you were the type that struggled with a racing mind at night. That’s about all I had, idea wise in the beginning. This led to me reaching out to my ideal guest list; I just threw the dice and tried reaching out to them on Instagram; miraculously, that worked and allowed the ball to get rolling for me and for “Sensory Deprivation.” Once I had my first guests lined up, I reached out to companies for any sponsorship opportunities which led to most of my studio equipment being sponsored by Shure. After my first series of episodes, it began to morph in a live TikTok show as well. It’s been great seeing people respond to “Sensory Deprivation” and enjoy it. My show has become a combo of guest interviews and live music. Recent guests have included the legendary Tommy Chong, producer Peter Lenkov and Bruce Buffer of the UFC. I record my episodes entirely analog with 70’s HiFi gear, which my TikTok lives delve more into, which has been cool to introduce to a younger generation.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Anytime you try to engage new ideas you can bet on it being a pain at some point. Whatever you have envisioned will at times spiral out of control to some degree, but what I’ve found is to just go with the flow and try your best not to get overwhelmed by things you don’t know in that moment or can’t control. In my case, there’s been last-minute guest cancellations, sponsors going out of business, mentors passing away, and times where you just struggle to find inspiration for your next move. It’s so easy to give into those draining emotions and let them get the better of you, but I like to think that anytime something isn’t going your way, that those times can never last forever and that the good is always somewhere on the horizon.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’ve been lucky to do all types of work in the past, and it’s that experience that gave me the knowledge of how to adapt to the situation, how to communicate with all types of individuals, and most importantly, how to have confidence in my overall ability, even if I had no idea what I was doing in that moment. When I started “Sensory Deprivation,” I had little to no knowledge of audio production, but you figure it out along the way. That led to me making my own music for the show, sampling old-time radio commercials, and just having fun with it instead of letting it stress me out. Since I do everything for the show myself, bit by bit, I learned how to research and book guests, find sponsors that would want to work with me, getting publicity for the show, building a social media following, and more. Any project you take on, you can be sure that by the time you’re done, you’ll have new skills you didn’t have going in.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I’d like to think luck doesn’t play a big role in anything in our lives; however, at times, it certainly feels as if it does, but ultimately who knows. I think there’s times in your life that you feel compelled to do certain things in certain ways. In my case, I was booking guests and gaining sponsors before I even had my show name worked out; I just knew I had to try and put one foot in front of the other and that eventually, I’d have enough pieces to put the puzzle together. Sometimes chaos works to your advantage that way if you don’t let it bog you down. Trust in your instincts and hope that they’re right, and if it doesn’t work out, try again.
- Website: sensoryshow.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/sensorydeprivation
- Youtube: youtube.com/sensorydeprivation
- Other: TikTok @sensorydeprivation https://linktr.ee/sensorydeprivation