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Life and Work with Courtney Diamond

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Diamond.

Courtney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a writer my whole life and ended up getting a B.A. in Screenwriting at Chapman University because I loved the idea of crafting stories that connect to people. Several years after graduating, I stopped writing because I got caught up in all the other distractions that life has to offer. I started to feel disconnected because I’d unwittingly denied myself an outlet. To try and alleviate that buildup, I started a blog (courtneydiamond.com). Through starting to write honest articles about vulnerable topics and receiving comments and emails from people who resonated with what I was feeling, I realized that it was not only a way for me to sort through my thoughts. It was also a reminder that we’re all going through the same issues in our ways.

To expand on that idea, I started a podcast (called “We’re All Human”) where I get to sit down and have clear and in-depth conversations with anyone from my best friends to complete strangers, and we realize how much we all have in common at the end of the day.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s all been a learning process. I have a bit of a technical background, so I knew how to research what I needed for simple recording that would still sound decent. But, the larger part of the picture was figuring out the format would be, how to get it into the proper media outlets, how I’d like to edit it, who will I talk to? There’s a lot to learn when you’re jumping into the medium, and it’s all about taking it step-by-step and not being afraid to ask other people for help. Above all, you have to start. Don’t be worried about creating something perfectly right out of the gate. You’ll make mistakes. Things will go wrong. But, you have to embrace the whole process, do it because you enjoy it, and put it out there for people to see and hear. Be receptive to feedback and keep doing it. You’re bound to get better.

Please tell us about “We’re All Human” with Courtney Diamond.
I’m a full-time freelancer at this point. I quit my more conventional full-time job around six months ago to pursue my projects and find more flexible sources of bringing in income so that I could take more control of my schedule and have the energy to put into the blog and podcast.

I’m known for my blog, courtneydiamond.com, and my podcast, “We’re All Human with Courtney Diamond.” They’re both incredibly fun to create and continue to challenge me and keep me wanting to always make them better. I think what sets me apart are the candid conversations that I’m willing to have with anyone and everyone and how I’m doing my work in public. I’ve realized that we all have a thirst for honesty and we all respect courage. Hopefully, the sharing that my guests and I go through in a couple of hours of conversation help people feel connected to us and get comfortable with being both more vulnerable and bolder in their own lives.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I was an introverted, perfectionist, bookworm, video game playing the little girl. The introversion and shyness provided me space to read too many books and listen to other people rather than do much talking myself. The perfectionism can be an attribute and an absolute curse. It makes me want to do my best, but also realized, that as you get older, it’s more about just getting in there and trying to do your best. Not waiting to start until you think it’s perfect (and nothing is ever perfect). I can still be a definite introverted and shy person, but now I also understand how those characteristics help me to be more perceptive in moments where extroversion needs to lead the way.

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