The third time seems to be a charm for Bridgett Biagi Garrett (above left) and Colleen Ricci Rosenblum. The two women—who are both in their 50s, have two children, and live a few doors down from each other in Franklin, TN—each had two former careers before starting their podcast, Hot Flashes & Cool Topics. And like all of us at this age, their accumulated knowledge and experience make them more interesting, more engaging—important qualities for podcasters.
We’re all so multi-dimensional. We really wanted to reflect that.
But probably the key ingredient of successful podcasters is to love learning, and Rosenblum and Garrett have that in spades. Their program, which they started 18 months ago, has become a quick success, but they had to stretch themselves mightily to get it off the ground.
“We just jumped right in,” says Garrett, who has been an elementary school teacher and an actress in the past and admits to reading the book Podcasting for Dummies. “We talked about it and by the end of the month we were buying microphones and all the other equipment.”
“The technical aspects, how do you edit, how do you promote, all that we had to learn at age 52,” says Rosenblum, who was once an attorney and a Pilates instructor. “We had to learn about microphones. And if you got into Bridgett’s closet you will see seven microphones. We’ve discovered that every time we learn something, we have to learn something else with it. So it’s never too late to be a lifelong learner. Something we really, really thank You Tube for.”
Doing the Work
The learning curve was steep. “It took us eight hours to record our trailer,” says Garrett. “Our mics weren’t working together. We’d flub the lines. I thought this was never going to happen, but we kept on doing it.”
Now the twosome are pros, interviewing celebrities, experts, and women our age who have fascinating stories to tell. “If someone had told me two years ago that I’d be talking to Marsha Mason or Patricia Heaton or Carla Hall, I wouldn’t believe it,” says Rosenblum. They also love interviewing women who have started product lines based on a need they saw in the market. “We’ve talked to so many women over 50 who have discovered that their skin or hair is changing and couldn’t find a product that helped, so they created their own. The idea is, `If you’re not going to do it, I’ll do it.’ I love that strength that come with age, that’s a freedom we earn.”
The podcast covers a variety of topics of interest to women over 50. “We did research on other shows and there are great shows out there, but they are very niche, menopause or empty nesting, we wanted to cover everything, be the umbrella,” says Rosenblum. “We’re all so multi-dimensional. We really wanted to reflect that. One week we may talk about osteoporosis and the next week we may talk to Marilu Henner. Never know what you’re going to get—and sometime we don’t either.”
It’s All About the Chemistry
Though Rosenblum and Garrett have a lot in common, they come from different backgrounds, which spices up their sessions, they say. ” Our perspectives are very different and our audience immediately connected with that chemistry,” says Garrett, who grew up the 11th child of 12 in a small Kentucky town. Rosenbaum is one of four from New York.
“We figured between her 11 siblings and my 3 that was 14 right there. We were surprised that 99 percent of our listeners are not our siblings,” says Rosenblum.
“At this age, we’re open to the journey,” continues Rosenblum, “so when people say what do you see in the future, it’s less about a certain path. It’s more that we’re open to whatever happens. If someone told us we’d be this popular, this quickly we wouldn’t believe it. We were just hoping our family would listen.”
Other Favorite Podcasts For Women Over 50
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