In January of this year, I attended my first podcasting conference, Podfest, held in Orlando. I was looking to meet other writers, and lo and behold, I not only found another writer, but she had the same name as me and was also from my hometown, Panama City, in North Florida! I had to reach out to her! Meet my friend Ashley Feller. Her podcasting journey inspired me, and I hope it also inspires you! – Ashley C. M.
How can you transform setbacks into creative inspiration?
Special Note: Since the time of this recording, Ashley Feller has ended her original podcast and expanded will be launching Sunshine State Showcase, which will also celebrate the creative spirit of Florida but on a statewide level. Sunshine State Showcase is set to premiere on September 24th, 2023.
Our guest in this episode is the unstoppable Ashley Feller, a talented professional musician, content creator, and the heart behind The St. Andrews Jezebel Podcast and the upcoming Sunshine State Showcase Podcast.
Ashley’s life is a testament to the power of creativity, determination, and the ability to pivot in the face of unexpected challenges. In a world turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Ashley refused to let the darkness outshine her talent and drive. This Florida native has transformed her experiences into a beacon of hope and connection for her community, using her musical talent, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to spark a cultural renaissance in the St. Andrews community in the Florida Panhandle.
Join us as we delve into Ashley’s journey into podcasting and the creation of her first podcast, the St. Andrews Jezebel Podcast. Inspired by an original song and her love for her hometown, this podcast has become a platform for artists, musicians, and business owners, highlighting the incredible resilience of the St. Andrews community.
Ashley’s creativity doesn’t stop at her podcast. She has leveraged her knowledge and skills in the world of podcasting to help other creative minds. We explore how she’s assisting other podcasters through ADF Media and how her rich experience as a content creator influences her work as a musician and podcast producer.
This episode is a must-listen for creatives looking for inspiration and for anyone passionate about supporting local arts and culture. Whether you’re an artist, musician, freelancer, or simply a lover of stories of resilience and reinvention, Ashley Feller’s story is one you won’t want to miss. Tune in, be inspired, and join us in celebrating the power of creativity, community, and the resilience of the human spirit.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Ideas for turning challenges into creative inspiration
- How one creative project can lead to innovation in business
- Valuable advice for budding musicians
- How being a content creator impacts and complements Ashley’s role as a musician and podcast producer
- About the arts and folk music scene in Florida
05:32 How Ashley Feller got into podcasting and the origin of the St. Andrews Jezabel Podcast
07:53 Ashley’s insights about the cultural renaissance happening in the St. Andrews community
09:24 How Ashley is helping other podcasters through her company, ADF Media
10:53 Ashley’s advice to young musicians
11:49 How Ashley’s experience as a content creator influences her work as a musician and podcast producer
13:13 How Ashley advocates for the arts in Florida
14:30 How Ashley has overcome challenges as a creative
16:21 Ashley’s unique creative process
19:03 Ashley’s career wisdom
About Ashley Feller
Ashley Feller’s story is one of resilience, creativity, and passion. Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, Ashley has been a professional musician for over two decades. She’s a singer-songwriter, podcast producer, freelance writer, content creator, and owner of ADF Media.
Like many people in 2020 her world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ashley had been on tour when the world shut down, and she was forced to return home. It was a challenging time, but she refused to let the pandemic silence her. Instead, she used it as an opportunity to take action and create a geo-local podcast that would help local artists, musicians and business owners feel seen and appreciated during dark times and through the reconstruction period.
Ashley decided to start the St. Andrews Jezebel Podcast, which was named after an original song inspired by her hometown, St. Andrews, Florida. The podcast focuses on the cultural renaissance that’s happening in St. Andrews, following the devastation of Hurricane Michael in 2018. Ashley poured her heart and soul into the project, interviewing over 100 locals, and producing it for over two years.
It was a labor of love, but it wasn’t just a passion project. Ashley knew that she had the skills and expertise to help other creative people who wanted to start podcasts and hone their strategy. So, she turned her newfound expertise into a business that serves other creatives.
As a native Floridian, Ashley advocates for the arts and keeping Florida unique. She’s also a mentor for aspiring musicians, assisting them with press release writing, EPK structuring, and tour planning.
In addition to her work as a musician and podcast producer, Ashley is also a talented freelance writer and content creator. She’s written about music for The Jamwich, drawing on her years of experience in the industry to provide insightful commentary and analysis.
Through ADF Media, Ashley offers a range of services to help creative people achieve their goals. Whether it’s launching a podcast, developing a content strategy, or planning a tour, Ashley has the passion, skills, and expertise to help. Her work as a mentor for young musicians is just one example of her commitment to supporting the arts in Florida and beyond.
Ashley Feller’s story is one of resilience and creativity. She refused to let Hurricane Michael and Covid 19 silence her, and instead, she used it as an opportunity to create something that enriches her community. She’s a true inspiration to anyone who wants to follow their passion and make a difference in the world.
Ashley’s new podcast, Sunshine State Showcase, celebrates Florida’s vibrant arts, rich culture, and fascinating history. Don’t miss the premiere on September 24th, 2023.
Connect with Ashley Feller
Noteworthy Quote From This Episode
“Don’t let yourself get in the way … remind yourself of your wins … Avoid comparing yourself to others. Trust in your own process and that you’re on the right path.”
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