Ossa Podcaster Interview: Catherine Gray | Live Love Thrive Podcast
With a background as an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer, Catherine has a knack for storytelling. On Live Love Thrive, Catherine highlights the stories of extraordinary women who are making a positive impact on the world. Her unique and energetic interview style is a natural fit for podcasting and brings each individual story to life.
We spoke with this media maven to find out more about her life and how she’s empowering women through her work.
Warm-Up Round 🔥
Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less:
Live Love Thrive is about influential women who are rockin’ it! The guests are amazing women doing incredible work in the world. They share their true stories of adversity to triumph.
Los Angeles, CA
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
My superpower is connecting people. I like creating situations wherein everyone involved wins!
One thing on your bucket list:
Producing a successful television series that helps empower women.
“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
Last text message you sent:
What was your first job?
Producing cable television commercials.
Any unusual hobbies?
Alright, time to get into it! 🔥🔥
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I wanted to provide a platform for women to be seen and heard, and I wanted to tell their incredible stories of adversity to triumph to serve as an inspiration to other women.
What is your show’s USP?
We provide invaluable advice from women who have been in the trenches and worked their way up in a multitude of industries from entertainment to technology, from science to non-profits, and more.
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
My Live Love Thrive podcast inspires and empowers women to believe in themselves, no matter what they have been through. Our story telling interviews lift our audiences up, giving them the tools to be unstoppable!
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Originally I started distributing on a network wherein I was on a hosting account with 60 other shows until I realized it was better to have my own direct account.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
My interview with attorney and activist Lisa Bloom, daughter of Gloria Allred, who defended victims of Jeffrey Epstein, Bill O’Reilly, Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby (to name a few).
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
I’m proud that I have used my platform to tell the stories of hundreds of women that the listener might not have heard of otherwise. You walk away from every episode of my show with some information to make you think and help you grow.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
By aligning with more platforms like Ossa Collective, so that I can grow my audience even more on a global level. I want to positively impact and empower women around the world.
What is a trend or development in the podcast industry that you foresee happening in the next few years?
It seems that podcast analytic measurements are improving rapidly, which is making it more feasible to bring in brand sponsors and monetize our podcasts.
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
The best advice was to promote, promote, promote on social media, in newsletters, blogs, press releases, etc.
Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk/did something you were scared to do, and it totally paid off?
I try to take risks and walk through fears every single day. In terms of my podcast, I walk through my fear by asking someone I look up to to be a guest on my show. They usually say yes!
What are some of your favorite women-hosted podcasts?
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
I recently attended a public radio sponsored women’s podcasting conference called Werk It in Los Angeles.
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
I appreciate Lambda Legal. They do a lot of pro bono work to help with LGBT rights. I don’t think we would be where we are without them. And HRC- the Human Rights Campaign – also doing invaluable work for humanity.