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Time For A Hiatus - Last Episode Ft. Michael Osborne
re·new·al: the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken.
Friends: Its time for a hiatus. This year, LGBT Stories has grown more than I possibly could have known would happen. We started out slow, not producing many episodes, and had a goal of reaching 100k downloads. I didn't really see how that would happen, so it became nice to think about but didn't seem really realistic.
Earlier this year I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, Mike, about the number of downloads the show had, it was just above 40k downloads, 44k to be exact. The conversation was me basically whining about how I wished it had been higher. Mike looked at me and said, "Kevin, don't think about it like that. Think about it as that being 44k people who have listened to your show". That's when it all hit me. That number is huge. 44k people. 44k downloads. Something in that gave me the drive to keep going and to keep going harder. As you all know, I went on this year to producer a total of 3 episodes a week. 12 a month. That is no easy fleet. There are many nights that I haven't slept because I was recording or editing. Then in the morning, I would go out to drive for Uber and try to make some sort of living in-between acting jobs. Starving actor is a real thing.
So now its November 18th, 2019, and LGBT Stories has, 130k downloads. That goal of 100k was not only met; it was crushed! And the year isn't even over yet!
So whats next? Well, it's all going, to begin with, renewal. Am I worn out? Yes. Am I run-down? Yes. Am I broken? Hell no. Could I use a break to reflect internally, outwardly, spiritually? Sure could. Social media, and overnights recording and editing do not help with.
Today will be the last NEW episode of LGBT Stories until February 2020. Don't worry, new pre-recorded episodes will still be pumped into your feeds. We will be using this time to do something I've wanted to do for some time now. From November 26th to January 28th, we will be doing a Best Of series.
There have been so many episodes of LGBT Stories that have really shaped what this show is all about. New listeners, I feel missed out on this. And I know that you can always go back and listen on your own time, but I feel like some of these really need to be highlighted as they are stories that have touched so many people over the years.
Then on February 4th, 2020, I hope yall are ready for more content... I'm talking podcast episodes, a new streaming platform that we are partnering with, live streams, and it's finally time that LGBT Stories really starts a YouTube presence. So, thank you, everyone, who has donated your money or time to this show. Thank you, Kate Mays, for giving so much to LGBT Stories in the work you've been doing with FKF episodes. They're fun, and we need fun in our lives.
Okay, let's chat a bit about what you're going to hear today! The last full-length story of 2019 on LGBT Stories! Years ago, I used to work at The Apple Store here in Los Angeles. I met a man named Michael Osborne. We were never super close at the store just because we fell into different shifts and cliques, so to say. There were A LOT of employees! Anyway, I do follow Michael on Instagram and noticed (like the rest of his followers) that he is a really talented artist. I had no idea. Michael draws tasteful, lifestyle art, of men in the nude. It's pretty awesome. Today Michael is going to tell you the story of how this has changed his life and how renewing the childhood self in him lifted his depression.
In a season of renewal, I think this is an excellent episode to end the year on. I encourage you this Holiday season to search for the truth of it all. Not what the commercial industry is trying to sell you. Look more in-depth at the meaning and truth it was all founded on. Get renewed. Renew your spirit.
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