About the Host – Dhano Mc Nicol
Dhano Mc Nicol is the Trinidad & Tobago based host of We Are Crayons. In addition to being a podcast host, by day he is a Regional Creative Director for one of the Caribbean’s largest retailers.
Why did you decide to get started in podcasting?
On my website A Big Box of Crayons, I document and share the stories of Trinidad & Tobago’s creative thinkers and makers in two formats, blogposts and mini-documentaries. Being an avid listener to podcasts, I felt that sharing our stories in an audio only format would provide another avenue for persons to engage with the content we produce.
About the Show
We Are Crayons – The Podcast publishes new episodes every other Friday. The show was added to the directory in September and features conversations with Trinidad & Tobago’s creatives; delving into their processes, their struggles and what drives them to execute continually as creative individuals.
Why did you choose this name, what’s the significance?
The name of the podcast is a spin-off of our brand name, A BigBox Of Crayons because as creatives we are to leave our mark on the world.
Why did you choose this topic & format?
I believe it’s imperative to document and share the stories of our creative thinkers and makers. It provides a roadmap for future generations considering a creative path and to make them aware that it yields benefits for self and society. The show also give’s insight to anyone curious about Trinidad and Tobago’s creative landscape. As a by-product, I hope that it adds to the sustainable growth of Trinidad and Tobago’s creative industry.
Now that you’ve launched your show What are you hoping to accomplish?
Now that the show is live, I hope that it provides inspiration and knowledge to all that listen.
What’s one tip you learned before you started podcasting that was really helpful?
I think the one tip that stuck with me is more general in nature as it relates to producing content, which is to document and not create.
What’s one thing you knew before starting your podcast?
The one thing I wish I had before starting the podcast is another me..LOL. However, since that’s isn’t yet possible, I’d love to have someone that help produce the show, book interviews and edit occasionally.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself or your audience since you started?
Since starting the show I’ve, learnt that I repeat some words often when I speak. It’s the first time I’m really listening to myself.
Describe your experience podcasting in the Caribbean?
My experience producing a podcast in the Caribbean has been enjoyable. I’m always learning from the persons I have the pleasure to speak with. I would say that podcasts is still a growing medium in the Caribbean and growth is good.
What has inspired you the most to start a podcast?
Thinking about it, I would have to say every podcast that I’ve ever listened to. I say that because I learn’t a ton from them.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
Hmmm…, while I’m not quite certain it was the first, I’d say Design Matters with Debbie Millman.
Other than your show what are some of your favorite podcasts?
What do you enjoy most about podcasting?
I enjoy having conversations with persons that I may not necessarily come into contact with and being able to learn from them which is a huge bonus.
What do enjoy least about podcasting?
Due to my perfectionist tendencies, I would have to say I least enjoy the final mixing of an episode.
What’s one advice you would give to other aspiring podcasters in the region?
Once you have clarity about the content, and figure out how you’re going to record and publish your episodes, just start.
What is the 1 thing from your Trini culture that you cannot do without?
By nature of what I do, I would have to say the people.
Share a fun fact about you
When I was a child I wanted to be a Navy Seal.
Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months to a year?
In six months to a year from now, I would have grown in all aspects of my life. Taking advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves to me.
Where can the listeners find you?
We Are Crayons – The Podcast can be found primarily on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Caribbean Podcast directory 😉 and other podcast catchers. Additionally our we are accessible via our website abigboxofcrayons.com.
On the social media: YouTube, Instagram and Facebook with the handle @abigboxofcrayons.