• Misbah Haque

Behind The Scenes: Pimpin Aint Easy w/ CTP

I got to chat with CTP, who is the former producer and co-host of the Barbell Shrugged Podcast. This was a really fun conversation for me because we talk about the craft of podcasting, storytelling, and videography. CTP has played a part in helping some really well known podcasts get off the ground like Mike Cazayoux’s and Julie Foucher’s. He's up to some very cool projects with Travis Mash, Christmas Abbott, Tait Fletcher, and more.

Some things we chat about in this episode:

  • How CTP went from being a pizza delivery guy for 5 years to producing a podcast

  • Why storytelling through videos and audio helps you learn

  • Loving the craft and embracing the suck

Show Notes:

  • (7:00) - Pizza delivery to producing a podcast

  • (14:00) - The “Hero” factor of the CrossFit Games

  • (22:15) - When preparation met opportunity and the testing began

  • (25:00) - Storytelling: Audiobooks vs Podcasts

  • (27:43) - Your brain on podcasts

  • (28:20) - What’s going through your head when you sit down to edit and tell the story?

  • (32:00) - Daydreaming and love of the craft

  • (38:41) - Cliche advice is king

  • (40:30) - “Pistol Grippers” and Three Six Mafia

  • (42:00) - Embracing the suck

  • (47:25) - Roles of being a producer

  • (50:25) - Doing research for content creation and finding out what your market wants

  • (53:27) - Visiting Tim Ferriss’s house

  • (55:52) - Bare essentials to get started in video editing

  • (58:30) - Podcasting gear

  • (1:01:50) - In-Person podcasts vs Skype podcasts

  • (1:09:00) - What CTP would do with a billion dollars and a staff of 40 people

  • (1:12:00) - Recommended reading

  • (1:18:00) - How to get the most out of books

  • (1:23:20) - Reign Supreme - What the future looks like for CTP

Resources we may have talked about:

  • Four Hour Work Week

  • Adobe Premier Pro

  • Final Cut Pro

  • The Gear Barbell Shrugged Used To Podcast

  • Reign Supreme T-Shirts

  • Barbell Shrugged YouTube Channel

  • Eleven Rings

  • Get Change - (and all of Chris Moore’s books)

  • Alan Watson’s books

  • Joe Rogan’s podcast

  • This is your brain on podcasts

  • Monkey Reel Media

  • Whiplash Trailer

How you can connect with CTP:

  • Ctpcam.com

  • Blog

  • Instagram: @ctpcam

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