I suspect most people who have an ounce of creativity in them wish sometimes that they could trade in their humdrum white or blue collar job for something that taps into that right brain. Irishman Sean Boyle, aka Seaniebee, has met a lot of creative people with plenty of life lessons to share during his career in advertising, which has taken him around the world. So he interviews them. They’re everyday people who – like you and me – have done something that other people can learn from. Per Seaniebee’s website: “A Pint With Seaniebee is an informal chat with creative folks who have lived, or are living brave, interesting and unconventional lives. We examine how their background and upbringing forged the path they went down; what decisions they took that made all the difference; what ideas they have to change the world in which we live; what life-wisdom they have garnered; and looking back, perhaps what they might change or what advice they might offer up to those following in their footsteps.” This is a great synopsis of the show but I still had to listen to a few episodes to find out what kind of people Seaniebee was going to interview, and why I should care about what they say.
Depending on where you are in the world and what your interests are, you may have heard of a few of Seaniebee’s guests. Nicole Acacio is a video and movie producer and Mundy is an Irish singer-songwriter, and if you’re more familiar with the ad world you may recognize the name Sam Digennaro. But by and large most of the subjects are just creative people who took some risks in their lives and have something to say about it. Seaniebee literally sits down and has a pint (or more) with the guests and helps us get to know them: where did they come from, why are they doing what they do now, did they have to make any big changes to get there (the answer is always yes), and finally, what advice do they have for others who might be starting a first, second, or third career. There are funny and touching stories and heaps of honesty and pointedness. Nicole Acacio was one of my favorite guests because she repeatedly drove home the message that you aren’t going to get to the top in 5 years (sorry, millenials) and you have to do work in order to be successful. This is sadly, largely lost on the under-30 work force and I love that she said it.
The language and content is totally unfiltered, and there are a couple slightly offensive comments dropped throughout the episodes, but I give Seaniebee a pass on those because the unfiltered element brings authenticity to the interview. The shows don’t seem very edited if at all, and there’s often a lot of background noise depending on where they’re sharing a pint. But the relaxed vibe helps the listener feel right at home with the pair. Several of the guests so far have had some tie to the advertising world, which makes sense because that’s Boyle’s background.
I do notice that many of the guests don’t talk a lot about their families, and I’d like to hear more of that in the future-how do people take career risks considering the effect on their families? I’ll be listening to hear if any of the female guests talk about this as I think it’s something women are often more conservative about than men. At 40 minutes to an hour per episode, the shows are a good length for an interview show. The show has been broadcast via Stitcher and Soundcloud for the last 6 months or so (debuted in early 2016) and new episodes are released around every 10 days.
One of the things I love about podcasting is that people can create something they are passionate about and put it out there for the world for minimal cost. There are so few barriers to creativity and so many accessible tools to share your craft. A Pint with Seaniebee is a perfect example of how you can succeed in sharing your passion. It’s refreshing not to have to listen to ads for Squarespace and Casper every 15 minutes or constantly be reminded of the podcasting network of which a show is a member. Kudos to the independent podcast producers like Seaniebee for letting the world hear what you’re passionate about.
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (2 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (4 / 5)
We Americans love an accent and Seaniebee not only has a great one, but also has an infectious laugh. He does a good job of bringing out his desired content from his guests, some of whom are less engaging than others, but who all have something worthwhile to share. Seaniebee is not particularly objective-this is usually a good thing.
Flow & Production Value (3 / 5)
The background noise is distracting sometimes, but again, I like the unfiltered quality.
Humor (4 / 5)
Investigation (3 / 5)
Storytelling (4 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (3 / 5)
I’m holding out hope that I find more advice gems for myself, but I think those younger than me could learn even more (see: value of working hard and taking calculated risks).
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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