You may be familiar with the name Nevin Webster. He is a creative entrepreneur and the voice of Kameo Podcast. He chats with interesting people around town.
Most recently, he did the city of Kamloops the great service of covering most of our local electorates and making the podcasts available for everyone on social media.
Though experienced in other forms of digital media, he prefers podcasting, which allows him to multitask as he works. He enjoys capturing people the way they sound, with their unique accents and dialects.
“Audio is such an intimate medium. You can learn a lot from someone by their voice. Are they confident? Nervous? Does their voice quiver? Often I see my interviewees change over the course of the interview and you can hear them relax as they get more comfortable chatting. I think that level of intimacy is often missed by other mediums.”
Nevin uses his podcast to promote Kamloops and the people living here. You may have seen him doing interviews at Red Beard Café with his professional equipment. He took some big risks to be able to do this.
“I bought my microphone when I didn’t have much money at all. I had to finance my audio field recorder since I was, and still am, broke. I quit my well-paying job without a job lined up, and when I got one it was 45% less than what I was making before… and that was with my wife on mat leave.
I financed the computer I am typing on right now because I needed something that didn’t take 45 minutes to boot up. My wife did not see the value in many of my financial risks at first, especially when I quit my job when we had a one-month-old baby at home. But I believe in the law of attraction and when I got fired from my job at a digital agency, the law of attraction was super strong, and I got a gig.
I am in a much better place than I was and the risks I have taken are starting to pay off!”
Raw, creative, and not afraid to push boundaries, some may think of Nevin as controversial.
“I don’t consider myself controversial. Do I talk about controversial things, maybe. But I don’t chase controversy which I think some people think I do. I just don’t care to hide who I am and I am radically honest with who I am. And that scares people because that makes them uncomfortable.
Fronting caused depression and I am not going to pretend I am someone I am not just to appease a few people. I really don’t give a fuck what they think about me, they aren’t my audience. They can listen to their talk radio, read their newspapers, and watch cable TV.
I want to connect with those who appreciate who I am, at my core, at my rawest, at my darkest.
Here is a good explanation about what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv9lLLqK8-I&t=397s
Old Kamloops is just not used to my level of honesty. But new Kamloops gets it.”
Nevin has a lot of mentors and he learns from everyone he interviews on his podcast. Here he shares some bigger names who inspire him.
“I love GaryVee. I find myself buying the books by @cthagod for radio personality inspiration, watching Casey Neistat on YT, and I find a lot of inspiration from many podcasts like Reply All, No Jumper, Q, or many Youtubers.
These days I have a big brother/mentor/mentee relationship with Ayren at the Mattress King. He is always there to bounce ideas off of and he has stopped me from making some BIG mistakes. He also supports me in my vision even though we don’t always see eye to eye on everything.”
I wanted to know what Nevin’s goals are and what his vision of the future looks like.
“My end goal would be to just be happy. Part of that is to be financially stable and pay off my student loans and other debts through the monetization of my podcast.
But if think about a BIG BIG BIG goal, I would love to have a small studio where I can produce my podcast to share with Kamloops and the world. I would love for big artists, musicians, and performers to reach out to me for an interview. I’d get to know what brought them to Kamloops and what they think of it.
Part of this project is to help grow the arts and entertainment scene in our city. To make that happen we need the world to see Kamloops as a creative hub, and so we need to have people want to stop here to perform. Often they just drive through on their way to Calgary from Vancouver.
Kamloops needs to be a destination for performances, not a drive through.”
For now, Nevin continues to hustle, expanding his podcasting project with every interview and every publication. He hosts a facebook group called #kammunity, which is a ‘digital performing arts centre’ he is building.
You can join the group or just see what it is about by clicking here:
If you have interesting views or stories to share with Nevin he is ready to connect with you!
Nevin talking to CFJC about recent local election
Podcast Host: http://kameo.transistor.fm/