Today we’d like to introduce you to Erline Maingot.
Erline, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a librarian by day, which no one ever believes me when I tell them!
Anyway let me explain how this all started. The story is simple yet so amazing. To start, I have always been a fan of real authentic conversations without judgment. I appreciate a safe zone that is informative and free. I miss the days of gathering to talk and debate that ended in laughter and a better understanding. The days were conversations did not intentionally lead to hurt feelings.
Some years back a friend and I, Timothy Williams, started a Facebook group that was going to be meme free all talk and all conversation based. We wanted thought-provoking dialog that was centered around real life topics. As the group progressed, we loosened up a lot, but allocated one day of the week to True Thought Thursday. This day was made for only posts that birthed interesting topics, that pulled people to have open discussions.
One day I came up with an event called “Round Table Talks” so we could take those true thoughts off line, and allow people to really be heard. I hosted the event at my home where I cooked for everyone. The would gather, no alcohol, and pull from submitted topics and hash them out. The group loved it and we streamed the gathering LIVE in the group. It was a great way to come together and talk. The demand to have more gatherings was high and I was not sure how to keep it up. I find it sad that many rather text than talk.
So with my great love of conversations, I am a huge movie buff. A friend of mine, Jarvis Newsom, was a cohost of a podcast on this new amazing studio, The Sphere Podcast Studio, called Intermission. Intermission was all movies and TV, two things very close to my heart. I became an avid listener, and fan. One day Jarvis invited me on the show to be a guest and sit in with him and Howard Edward’s. That actually turned out to be a semi-audition to be a host! They had just brought in Marcus Griffin, which made it a trio, now adding me to the mix made us the quartet.
This started my podcast hosting side hobby. Doing Intermission, which we still do, gave me the confidence to actually develop Shall We Proceed. It helped me get my nerves in check and understand the podcast world.
I wanted this to be different from Intermission. I never wanted to do the hot new topic, but more so shows that focus on Relationships, Health & Wellness, and Society & Culture. Give a voice to the unheard and a place where you felt heard and understood.
Months past and I start the development of my show Shall We Proceed. I wanted this to be different from Intermission. I never wanted to do the hot new topic, but more so shows that focus on Relationships, Health & Wellness, and Society & Culture.
Shall We Proceed Podcast represents a safe and judgement free podcast. A podcast where double standards are not factors and speaking freely is the only way! No topic is off-limits and every topic is within reach. We discuss adulting with all the ups, downs, and double standards that come along with it!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been smooth. I am a natural introvert, I am very hard on myself, and I find it difficult putting myself out. I do not like a lot of attention, I am very shy , so this really is not easy. I find it hard to ask for help and gather the help needed. I struggle with networking and building those connections that can take this show far. I know it sounds crazy, and many encourage me tremendously. I just want this to be great that I drive myself up a wall. In reality my network of podcast family has grown and the support it through the roof. They make it easy. Also my amazing friends take the pressure off. Without them, my amazing TRIBE, this would be even harder. I am learning daily, bumping my head often. I take this all as great chapters in this new book I am writing, this book of LIFE. I know it is all worth it.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business is all about bringing back the great conversation to the masses. Taking people away from the black mirror and bring to everyone authentic conversations. I also want to be a help to those that want to enter the media world.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
For the future, I want to create bigger platforms, summit form, that brings people together to discuss all topics. I want an ongoing town hall for people to tune into and feel as if their concerns are being heard and that crazy question is not so crazy and will be addressed.
Cherlyn D. Brightmon, Deldrick Parker, Marlon Randolph, Teresita Corley, Felicia McKnight, Donahue Maingot, Marius George, Janae Srtrickland-Nunn, Geya D. Prudhomme, Chanelle Godfrey, Ames Parker Brand, and some images taken by Kajah Nicole for Ames Parker Brand