Ray Ortega has been producing podcasts for years. It started with his video podcast about picking produce and eventually led to The Podcasters Studio. Ray’s success in podcasting can be attributed to his investment in himself.
“I go into things 100%, I go into learning something new and I just soak it up. It’s in my nature to just learn every detail possible about something.” says Ortega who recently just booked a trip to Manchester (not New Hampshire, but England) for a podcast he produces for his company in Washington D.C.
It’s exactly why out of 1,200 applicants, Ray found himself #1 in his graduation class for the Police Academy in California. After a few years on the force, Ray knew he needed a change. So he headed to D.C. with his girlfriend in hopes of a fresh start.
He landed a job working in the produce section at a local grocer when he came across something new in his iTunes software. “I was like Podcasts? What is this? So I clicked on it and heard some dudes talking and I thought, whoa I need to do this.” The Produce Picker Podcast was born. It was a video podcast that would help shoppers learn how to pick fruits and vegetables correctly.
He landed an eventual full time job with a local company in D.C. producing their video podcasts which are now live streamed. One of the perks about this new career path? The commute. “My commute is now 25 seconds its just a quick walk down the stairs.”
In 2012 Ray also launched a new podcast utilizing Google+ Hangouts on Air. The show is called the Podcasters Roundtable and each “round” a new issue in podcasting is discussed and debated.
To hear the journey that Ray has been on is very inspiring. Ray is a tremendous example of how hard work, perseverance and a little bit of luck can pay off for you and your podcast.
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