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Now on to my guest for today. Chris Tarry of Gen Z Media.
Canadian-born Chris Tarry is co-founder and chief production officer of Gen Z Media, an award-winning podcasting production company that produces family-friendly audio stories. As one of three writers who founded the company, Chris brings his talents in music and production to help create an immersive audio experience for their listeners. He’s also the author of the acclaimed book of short fiction, How To Carry Bigfoot Home, as well as a respected jazz bass player.
Chris describes the origins of Gen Z when he and his co-founders set out to produce old-time family-friendly radio plays. Their first venture, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, a serial mystery for middle-graders, proved successful, and they’ve gone on to produce other shows. Mars Patel is now being made into a TV series.
Chris talks about how they strive to create shows that the whole family can listen to, where the adults aren’t bored and the children don’t feel like they’re being talked down to. The story and the audience are the two key ingredients that he feels are essential to success in the world of entertainment today.
Now let’s get better together
Actions to Try or Advice to Take
- Tarry’s development of Gen Z Media, like other entrepreneurs I’ve talked to, involved people in his community. Drawing on people you know and like, and who can bring different skills and talents to the table, can be vital to success.
- Make something old new again. Many popular trends are actually updated versions of old trends. For Gen Z, they took the enduring popularity of storytelling and the fun and shared experience of listening to radio plays, to create engaging new content.
- Take a break. Listening to stories (or reading stories) can give you a break from the stresses and worries of the world today.