Videographer | Editor | Podcast Producer
My name is Beryl Liz, but my friends like to call me 'Boss Babe'. At first, I wasn't too fond of the name, but my friends explained why they gave me that nickname, and it stuck. They said it perfectly captured my go-getter attitude, as I always strive for success even when I am afraid or unsure of my abilities.
I studied Communication and Media at Daystar University, where I initially dreamed of becoming a news anchor. However, I was discouraged from pursuing production since it was not considered 'woman-friendly' at the time. But my passion for the camera was ignited after working on a photography project, and I never looked back.
Now, five years later, I have been fortunate enough to produce two award-winning podcasts in Kenya and collaborate with exceptional content creators.
What were some of the most significant challenges you faced initially, and how did you overcome them?
Given that the podcast industry was relatively new in Kenya, I lacked a mentor to guide me or even benchmark my progress. I had no idea where to find podcast equipment or what producing a podcast entailed. In fact, I started with substandard lapel microphones that produced a lot of noise, and I had to put in a lot of effort editing to make them sound like podcasts.
Despite the obstacles, I was determined to chart my own course and deliver the best audio-visual experience for my audience. I went through a lot of trial and error, which at times proved costly, but I persevered through every mistake, using each one as an opportunity to learn and move forward.
What advice would you offer to young people who are just starting their careers or pursuing their passions, both locally and internationally?
My advice would be to embrace the process. The journey towards achieving your dreams may not always be a smooth one, and there may be bumps and bends along the way. But it's essential to persevere through the discomfort of the process to reach your goals. Additionally, be open to adapting to changing circumstances and be willing to pivot when curveballs are thrown your way. Remember to keep pushing forward, even when it's challenging, and always stay true to yourself and your passions.
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