Women of Color in Podcasting: Meet Maribel Quezada Smith
Are you a podcast listener interested in learning more about the women who influence this growing industry? Perhaps you aspire to start a podcast and want an inside look into how other Women of Color began. Every other week, we feature a Woman of Color in podcasting, from producers to editors and hosts, to get their insights on things to consider, point you to resources, and share their work. We can’t wait for you to read about their reflections on challenges, wins, and things they wish they knew. Today, we are featuring Maribel Quezada Smith, a Latina media producer highly experienced in non-fiction podcast production and the cofounder of BIPOC Podcast Creators, a community to further amplify the voices and contributions of BIPOC creators in the industry.
Maribel is also ready to work with new clients to develop meaningful content that connects with their ideal audience. Find out more about Maribel’s services (and rates) on our Podcast Producers Directory.
Media Producer Maribel Quezada Smith
“A good woman writes her own story of success” – Maribel Quezada Smith
How did you get started in podcasting?
In 2008, I recorded my first podcast as a Spanish-speaking reporter attending the InterAmerican Development Bank’s Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida. At the time, it was so difficult to get started that it discouraged me from creating more.
What’s something you wished you knew before you started?
How time-consuming podcasting can be and how much work is needed to promote shows.
What do you wish people knew about your profession?
I wish people understood the value behind creative fields a little bit better. I think oftentimes, people make the mistake of undervaluing the work that producers like myself do because they don’t understand the education, experience, and hard work that goes into it.
What advice would you give to newcomers to the industry?
Learn the craft, connect with others doing what you’re looking to do, and get organized.
Don’t expect to run a podcast with two hours per week.
What products or services do you currently offer?
My company, Diferente Creative, offers clients full-service production. We specialize in online content like YouTube series, podcasts, social media video campaigns, and branded content.
Share your favorite guide or resource that has helped you navigate the audio world (pay, equipment, editing tools, finding jobs, etc.)
I’ve found a lot of support through my colleagues inside the BIPOC Podcast Creators group as well as WOC Podcasters Community.
Do you have a podcast? Tell us about an episode of your podcast that you’d love for people to check out!
My podcast is called DIFERENTE – you can find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more. It’s where I celebrate and explore the complexities of living life between two or more cultures.
One of my favorite episodes is number 159, and it’s called “The Perfect American (Mexican) Girl.” Ever since I applied to become an American citizen, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be the “perfect” American. To answer this question I face a childhood trauma before I take my oath.
Listen to this episode below.
Where can people find you?
MaribelQS.com or on social media @Maribel_QS via Twitter and Instagram.
How To Connect With the Community
Thank you so much, Maribel! We are so happy you are a part of our community!
If you are looking for a supportive and encouraging podcasting community throughout your journey, join us over at WOC Podcasters Community.
We also have a growing directory of Women of Color service providers where you can introduce your services, connect with our diverse and talented community, and show the audio industry what fair rates look like. From podcast editors to attorneys, this is a place where you can point your friends, family, and colleagues to Women of Color working in audio.
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Brittany Ngo is the Opportunities Coordinator of WOC Podcasters (Women of Color), an organization dedicated to the growth and representation of Women of Color in the podcasting industry. In 2021, Brittany relaunched the WOC Podcasters Job Board with improved search functionality and shared over 200 paid jobs. These include a wide range of positions from producers to editors and hosts at award-winning organizations across the globe. Brittany also supports the community by coordinating events and connecting members to a variety of grants and unique opportunities in audio.