This week’s featured media mogul is the creator and host of the popular podcast The Grown Folk Table, Templeton Wright. Learn more about Templeton’s creative journey below.
You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?
“I’ve always had an affinity for creating. At first, I was all about making songs and producing beats but there’s just as much creativity that goes into curating conversations. How to express my thoughts, listening to differing opinions, having a comprehensive conversation and making that relatable. Plus, it’s way more inclusive since you don’t have to be musically inclined to partake. Anybody with an opinion can be a part of a conversation. I’ve always preferred more intimate settings. Kickbacks, Game Nights, things of that nature. I love throwing a topic out there and watching everyone engage in the conversation. In a way, I was moderating before I ever starting moderating on my podcast.”
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“I’m a trained audio engineer and originally I would record artists in my home studio. I started noticing a growing interest in podcasting so I modified my studio to start recording podcasts. I would always catch myself producing my clients’ content in my head. Things I would change or do differently. One day it just clicked. I should start my own podcast. I already have all the equipment. I just needed to create the vision and the vessel.”
Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“My podcast is called The Grown Folk Table. I wanted to create a title that felt familiar that also sparks your curiosity. It’s always interesting seeing peoples’ faces when I tell them the title. You can see the cogs turning which is exactly what I want. Then my elevator pitch normally goes “Think of a Black Sitcom, but as a podcast”. It’s a form of entertainment that can make you laugh one moment, get you in your feels the next then drop some life lessons on you a minute later. Relatable content meant to make you feel like you’re sitting right at the table with us. Providing you with some dope, feel good, kickback vibes from the comfort of your AirPods.
With the podcast, I always aim to make our conversations feel all-encompassing. Talk about all the things that people like to talk about. All the things that make us innately human. Love, Society, Culture, Sex, Relationships, all the things that everyone has opinions on. Then we bring those conversations to the table for me and my cohosts to expound on. My co-hosts and I think so differently that every topic we talk about normally has one of us on the opposite side of the spectrum, which I feel helps the show’s relatability. More than likely your views and opinions will be expressed in one way or another. The show doesn’t work if the conversations are fleeting and my co-hosts do an amazing job expressing their own thoughts and bouncing off of each other’s opinions.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“We did our first live show at SoHo house. It was a private show for their members but I was grateful for the opportunity. To be recognized by such an establishment was extremely dope.”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“Always stay genuine and have a clear goal/vision in mind. That will help get you through rocky waters and trust me, there will be rocky waters. Secondly, consistency will always be key. Keep at it, you’ll only get better with practice. Lastly, don’t be afraid to adapt. Sometimes that unwillingness to change is what keeps you the furthest away from your own vision.”
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