Call Me Candid: Podcast #5 For Young Women

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Ella Markman '22, J-Staff

Alright Ladies, sometimes we just need to put our phones down and listen to a good podcast. Yes, there are more interesting podcasts than just the boring NPR and BBC kind. Call Me Candid is a podcast hosted by Haley Pham and Lily Ann. Their podcast focuses on entrepreneurship and how to stay motivated and productive for your future businesses. This podcast makes you feel like you’re having a group conversation with your friends while getting words of advice along the way.

Haley Pham has a YouTube channel comprised of of 2.33 million subscribers and a total of 4.53 million followers on her social media accounts. Lilly Ann also has a YouTube channel, with 30,000 subscribers and a total of 153,000 followers on her social media accounts. Their podcasts focus on how to be successful in running a business in terms of merchandising, advertising, or running a YouTube channel and other social media platforms. I love how inspiring this podcast is and how it really makes me motivated to finish homework or other tasks I have to do.

A good thing to know before listening is that both girls are religious and sporadically bring Christian topics into the podcast. At the same time, they make sure not to focus the podcast around religion, but instead around staying motivated and creating goals for yourself. As a 16 year-old Jewish teen, I do not feel uncomfortable when they bring up faith or the ideas behind their religion during the podcast.

In one of their recent episodes, “How We Deal With Anxiety,” Lilly mentions that there is this new wave in the YouTube community where YouTubers are becoming more transparent and honest on camera. For a long time, YouTubers would put on “a face” or a character for their fans. But now, since a lot of the original YouTubers are in their late 20s to 30s, many decided to start maturing themselves and their content. For example, in the podcasts they brought up Pretty Basic Podcasts (see my review), Alisha Marie, and how she recently filmed a Truth Or Drink video with @Niki Demar. For people who don’t know, the Truth Or Drink trend was started by Cut, where they would set two strangers up on a blind-date and make them ask questions. The twist is when you don’t want to answer the question, you have to take a shot.

Youtubers such as Alisha Marie, played this game and did it with siblings and with friends as a method of maturing their content. Haley and Lilly brought up how many youtubers struggled with coming up with new content and keeping up with the trends. With these new trends and games, many YouTubers have been able to change their demographic and transition into videos they want to do instead of what their subscribers want since they already have a large following on other social media platforms. They end each episode reading a review someone wrote to help convince you to support their podcast by leaving a rate/review, making you excited and anticipating next week’s episode.

You can listen to this podcast on Youtube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere you find your podcasts.