I’m Karly Nimmo, founder of Radcasters. I spend a solid portion of my time helping other to tell their stories (through my own podcast, Karlosophies – Stories Behind Success… and through teaching people to speak up and be heard, through my podcasting course), but I guess you want to know my story?
I’m a communicator and a connector. I’ve really spent my life storytelling in one way or another. At Uni I studied media arts… where I majored in Sound, TV and Photography. Whether it was working as a photographer in my early 20s, or as a radio jock/copywriter/producer in my mid-late 20s, or in the last decade as an entrepreneur, voice over artist and agent… my entire life has revolved around communication and connection.
Ever since leaving radio, due to shit work conditions, terrible pay and huge egos, I thought about starting a podcast… and even though I had all the tools and knowledge at my fingertips (I’d been working as a successful voice over artist and agent for over 10 years) I could never get it together to start. I didn’t know what I wanted to talk about… I didn’t know if anyone wanted to hear what I had to say… and I honestly didn’t think anyone would want to listen.
Around 2008 I fell into a pretty deep depression. I was lonely and isolated and felt like I had no purpose. A long journey of self discovery ensued (to this day) and I found myself looking everywhere for signs as to what my ‘one thing’ was… my calling… my purpose.
Whilst I was struggling with depression, I started a blog called ‘Karlosophies’… it was me, talking about whatever I was going through. I used to run on the beach with a video camera and talk to myself about whatever I was struggling with… then I’d put it on youtube. It really helped me move through whatever I was feeling… and friends would tell me how it really helped them too.
At that point in time (and up until very recently), if something didn’t propel me to Oprah status very quickly… and I wasn’t getting HUGE acknowledgement (because I was really living in a space of needing constant validation) I’d give up… so I gave up on my blog and my running vlog. Fast forward through a bunch of failed ventures, including a $100K failed coworking space, and I’d literally given up.
I fell pregnant and had a baby… which kept me preoccupied for a little while… Until… the questions started again. What’s my purpose? What am I here for?
Podcasting popped back into my head… but I still didn’t know what I wanted to do… and I didn’t know how I’d ever make money from it.
During those very early, very blurry, motherhood days I’d entertained this idea of creating a podcast with friends of mine. We’d just talk. On life. On spirituality. On business. On motherhood. On the journey. I asked a friend if she’d like to come on…. I’d call it Free Flow Convo. She said she would… but she felt that the conversation needed to have some kind of intention. It hit a nerve. She was right. I told myself that story of me not knowing enough… not being enough… I retreated. Took it as a sign and it went on the back burner.
Over the coming months I threw a few ideas around… and then one day, a friend asked me ‘how do I find good staff?’. I couldn’t be bothered sitting down to write her a loooooong winded response. So, I said… I’ll start that podcast. I stood in front of the mic and recorded my first podcast… it never saw the light of day, because it wasn’t what my SOUL wanted to talk about… but it definitely got me started!
I went to some trusted friends… told them I’d like to start a podcast… about what I really DID want to talk about. The shit… the real shit… the dirt that lives under the nails… the struggle… the glass ceilings… the REAL journey. I wanted to talk to entrepreneurs and inspiring people about their stories – behind the success.
I decided that original friend had hit a nerve, because there was truth in what she said. I did need some structure. I thought about what I’d like to hear in a podcast… and I got to work.
One Friday night, I was sitting on Skype, having a beer with one of my besties (Lisa Corduff) and talking (AGAIN) about starting this bloody podcast… she said, let’s do it. Grab another beer and let’s do it.
So, we did. I recorded my first podcast, locked down a few more guests and put it out there. I also went back to that idea of the ‘free flow convo’ – except with a slight twist. I’d go back to those beach recordings… with sound, instead of video. Karlosophies was officially born… and EXPLODED.
People flocking to me… thanking me for putting myself out there… AND asking me how they could start their own podcast. With a now toddler, a business to run, and a podcast to record, my time was limited… so I bundled up everything I’d learned over the past 20 years of working with audio… and everything I’d learned through my rapid growth in the world of podcasting. Because, if I’d procrastinated successfully for so many years when I had all the skills and knowledge, imagine how overwhelmed others would be by the whole process!
I decided to start Radcasters in August 2015… and immediately opened the doors, so I couldn’t chicken out. The first round I had 15 fabulous women go through… and I created the content as we went… around everything single thing any of them got stuck or were confused about. And it worked! Rad Grads started making their way into iTunes and the immense joy it still brings to my life, every time I see one of them ‘go live’ is indescribable.
What an incredible experience! What an incredible journey. I now feel as though I am living my purpose… I’m coming from that intersection of my two highest values: Communication and Connection… and I’m using my gifts to really transform the lives of my Radcasters. I’m forever grateful that every day I get to show up and speak up… and help others to do the same.
I’d be honoured to help you in your own journey. Karly xx