On today’s show, we talk about-
* His Tripod
* Bringing on people from behind the scenes of the Rick & Morty Show
* The excitement that his podcast has produced
* His relationship with his co-host Travis
* How podcasting has improved Brandon’s Life
* Advice about taking on multiple podcasts
Travis and I, we met a long time ago in Oklahoma City and I moved away, he moved to a different place and then we both came together back in Hawaii. That’s where our friendship became stronger and then podcasting became it was an excuse for us to talk week in and week out and we’re far closer friends now than we were before we started podcasting. I talk to him probably more than I talk to my parents or any of my family. My wife, Chelsea, she probably says I talk to him more than I talk to her. When you talk to someone so often you really understand how they tick and I think that, that’s one of the benefits that our friendship has on our show. We’ve been told that our chemistry is really, really good and I tend to think that, I agree with that, some of it, I guess. He’s awesome. I wish Travis could be here, well this isn’t his interview, so he can suck it.
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ALEXANDER LAURIN: Hey, this is Alexander, the podcaster's coach. I am joined by Brandon Cruz of Inter-dimensional RSS. Brandon, how's it going?
BRANDON CRUZ: Hey, it's going great Alexander. How the heck are you, today?
ALEXANDER LAURIN: I am phenomenal. Let me read the iTunes or Apple podcast subscription. Rick and Morty fans welcome to Inter-dimensional RSS the unofficial Rick and Morty podcast. As huge fans Brandon and Travis wanted an avenue to discuss the show and talk about the things that you the listener and probably bigger fans have to say. The inter-dimensional RSS, the unofficial Rick and Morty podcast. So, Bradon what is the motivation between you and Travis to start this podcast?
BRANDON CRUZ: Well, Travis and I we've known each other for a good few years we had a different we have another podcast that we do together called Apathetic Enthusiasm. Rick and Morty the animated series on Adult Swim had been out. It had been out for two seasons and this last year in 2017 they were going to come out with a third season. So Travis, he hit me up one day out of the blue and said, " I have a good idea for a podcast before Season 3 of Rick and Morty comes out. Why don't we do a Rick and Morty podcast?" I'm very what I call land impulse oriented where I get an idea and I say that's a good idea and I plan everything out real fast and then just do it or I second guess myself. And before we knew it I threw a theme song together, I threw a kind of an outline together along with Travis and we pushed it out. I've been a fan of Rick and Morty since season 1 and I was very promoting of the show to anyone who would listened back in the day. I even got Travis into it and eventually that's how he said yeah, let's do the show.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: Awesome and so you've got two shows. What is the Apathetic Enthusiasm about? I'm sorry, I didn't quite listen to that one.
BRANDON CRUZ: No, no that's fine. So Apathetic Enthusiasm is the show that Travis and I started back in 2015. That started off as a joke and again, planned impulse. He and I, we lived next to each other and we would just talk about pop culture, movies, whatever because we were friends first and podcasters second. I made a joke off the cuff like, oh we should do a podcast. That's a great idea. We should. Planned impulse, let's get it started and so from there in 2015 we got that started. I did another podcast that I do as maybe not as consistent as the other one which is a Twilight Zone podcast on Homicide as well and the Apathetic Enthusiasm it's just us talking about all aspects of pop culture, movies, we talk about comics sometimes. We went through a brief period where we talked about like science or psychology articles. Now, it's just our venue to talk to each other again, as friends.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: You've got the tripod going right? 3 podcasts, the tripod. I love it. So, I have to ask you. The Rick and Morty Inter-dimensional RSS, you've got a popular television show and because of the show, do you try to find people that are involved with the show to interview? And if you do, how is that working out and how do you go about that?
BRANDON CRUZ: Absolutely. For the show, Travis and I we are fans. We try not to say that we are bigger fans than anyone else and that's in the intro on the iTunes description, definitely. The thing is, we can watch the show and we can recap each of the episodes and we can talk about Easter eggs here in the show, whatever. But, there is so much more and this is a podcaster so much more behind the scenes that people don't necessarily see, though even with a podcasting you have social media, you have editing, you have putting out images or finding guests. A popular TV show is no different. There are animators, there are writers, there are directors, there are voice actors. We've definitely wanted to get into more of talking to folks who are directly involved with the show. We've had a director from some Iconic episodes, Brian Newton, we've had one of the main writer whose Ryan Wrigley. Actually, we're talking about this the day, tomorrow we're releasing an interview that we did with the composer for the show, Ryan Elder and it's really weird trying to get a hold of these folks to bring them unto the show especially like when it's kind of a cold approach. When they don't know who we are and they probably don't necessarily care who we are. But, it's really me going out to them on Twitter or Reddit is how I got a hold of Ryan Elder and saying we're huge fans of the show. We want to bring you on to talk not only about Rick and Morty but we want to talk about you and what makes you tick as a creator. Because at the end of the day, they are creating something, they are writing, they are making music, they are performing amazing things on TV. Hopefully, that brings along
ALEXANDER LAURIN: It's so amazing Bradon, because a lot of us we start these passion project podcast and we do podcast because there is something that we're really interested in and it really heightens our level of interest. You and Travis seem to be taking it a notch up because you have this program that you really enjoy. It's fun for both of you and you're actually getting right in there talking to people who are part of the whole creation of the television show. How does it feel to be able to achieve that?
BRANDON CRUZ: It's something that I didn't know was possible for me to do. I mentioned I have a Twilight Zone podcast submitted for your approval and I've been doing that for two years or so now and the Twilight Zone which came out in 1959 a lot of those original actors, those creators that were associated with that show are no longer with us. So, going from that to a modern show that's still on the air with all the creatives intact so to speak; I hope that's not insensitive to say. But, I had to shift my mind set a little bit going between the two shows, knowing that we're talking about something that fans are currently watching, they're currently experiencing and talking to each other around the water cooler and how important it is for people who are currently fans of the show to understand what those folks do. What the people who work on the show do. It's different, it's exciting. I went to comica one year and I saw Rob Cordie at a liquor store and I said, this is a cool thing ever I probably will never talk to him,
ALEXANDER LAURIN: I love it. The podcast is the excuse. I'm excited, I hear what you're saying and I'm like wow that really does sound very exciting. I wanted to ask you, you mentioned that Travis your co-host, you were friends before, how has podcasting changed your relationship?
BRANDON CRUZ: That's a great question. Travis and I, we met a long time ago in Oklahoma City and I moved away, he moved to a different place and then we both came together back in Hawaii. That's where our friendship became stronger and then podcasting became it was an excuse for us to talk week in and week out and we're far closer friends now than we were before we started podcasting. I talk to him probably more than I talk to my parents or any of my family. My wife, Chelsea, she probably says I talk to him more than I talk to her. When you talk to someone so often you really understand how they tick and I think that, that's one of the benefits that our friendship has on our show. We've been told that our chemistry is really, really good and I tend to think that, I agree with that, some of it, I guess. He's awesome. I wish Travis could be here, well this isn't his interview, so he can suck it.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: You sound great together. You sound like you can both be goofy if you want together and it's all good. You guys have an excellent report on the podcast.
BRANDON CRUZ: Thank you.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: From what I'm hearing from you Brandon and it's actually quite beautiful in many different ways; suffice it to say when you started podcasting, it's improved your life?
BRANDON CRUZ: Absolutely. I grew up in Los Angeles which means that I either wanted to be in show business or leave the state. I wanted to do something creative with my life, all growing up. I wanted to be in music or acting, wanted to do all those stuff. I left the state instead and pursued a career elsewhere. I came back, this podcasting became this outlet for creativity that I wanted to have and thankfully Travis helps me form it and develop it and keep going with it. It's really kind of lethargic.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: Brandon what is your best advice? Now you've got to tripod and you've got three podcasts, I think every podcaster wants to do the minimum of two. But, what is your best advice for someone who is considering doing more podcast, what would you tell that person?
BRANDON CRUZ: If you can find one show that you feel passionate enough about to do, awesome. Cool, do that. Figure out what your work flow is, what you're able to take on and what your family is willing to let you take on as well. If you have more time, by all means find something that you're equally passionate about enough to start that up. Then, if you have somebody else who wants to do a different show as Travis did with the Rick and Morty Podcast and if you have time to spare since that's a finite resource do it, do it, get out there. My father in law he said, a while ago and this is a great piece of advice is; if you have an idea that's great you need to write it down, pen to paper and I think that even if you don't necessarily execute a podcast idea, write it down, don't forget because you will have time someday and it will make you happier.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: Absolutely it will. Guaranteed, it will make you happier as long as you manage yourself, manage your time, set yourself some realistic goals. Absolutely, positively, podcasting will improve your life for sure. Bradon, how can people reach you? How can they hear any of your shows? The floor is yours.
BRANDON CRUZ: Oh my goodness! Okay, I am on Twitter. I am at Stevetheheebie or you can hit me up on either my three shows Twitter; Apathetic Enthusiasm which is on iTunes, Twitter and every other podcast app there is @Apathusias. The Rick and Morty podcast that is @RickandMortyPod on Twitter and you can find that Inter-dimensional RSS the unofficial Rick and Morty Podcast which someday, maybe it will be official. Then the Twilight Zone podcast submitted for your approval, Twilight Zone podcast also on iTunes, Twitter and everywhere else and then that is at S4YA_pod and there you go. You can find me on Facebook, just search for those terms. You'll find us.
ALEXANDER LAURIN: Awesome. Well, thanks so much for your time. It was so wonderful to talk to you.
BRANDON CRUZ: Yes, thank you so much for having me Alexander. I really do appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and let me ramble on about myself.
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