Rutendo Nyamuda Image supplied
Rutendo Nyamuda Image supplied
Writer and content creator Nyamuda is the host and producer of the popular millennial-focused In My 20s podcast.
For most of her twenties, Rutendo Nyamuda envisioned having a multimedia guide to help her navigate her most challenging moments. When she turned 27, she decided to make this guide a reality by creating a podcast as a platform to interview fellow 20-year-olds who are groundbreakers in their respective industries and have fascinating stories to tell about their personal victories.
The Zimbabwean-born, South African-raised Nyamuda, who holds a BA degree in film and media production from the University of Cape Town, decided to use her media and journalism background to leverage her network base and bring content which is relevant, realistic and engaging to millennials.
TheSouthAfrican.com spoke to this dynamic 29-year-old about her journey.
When I was younger, I wanted to work in the media and entertainment industry, but I didn’t know exactly where as I had so many interests. When I became older, I was told that I needed to focus on one aspect of the industry as it would be “impossible” to do it all.
That said, for me the most surprising thing in my journey is that I have managed to pursue all my passions within the media and entertainment space.
My career started as an intern for the likes of Seventeen Magazine, ELLE and Destiny Connect. My first full-time job was at Forbes Africa where I went from intern to journalist in a few months.
I wrote two cover stories, as well as interviewed local and international prominent leaders, celebrities and entrepreneurs, including the likes of Stedman Graham, Donald Kaberuka, Chris Froome, Arianna Huffington and Thuli Madonsela.
In 2018, I started my podcast as a side hustle. And then at the end of 2019, I started working for myself full-time. In addition to the In My 20s podcast, I also host and produce BizCommunity’s BizTakeouts podcast.
Throughout my career I have also had the opportunity to share my thoughts on certain topics as a contributor for Huffington Post and Thrive Global.
I kept finding myself in the depths of beautiful conversations with friends and strangers as we discussed our life experiences and debated our views on topics. And I constantly found myself leaving those discussions thinking, “Why didn’t anyone record that?”
The “In My 20s” podcast has allowed me to not just have conversations, but also record the discussions on both the positive and heavy aspects of life.
Each guest has a unique story which has shaped who they are and their opinions. The objective is to provide a platform for people to share their stories in the hopes that people can feel enlightened or feel that they’re not alone trying to navigate their way through their twenties.
The biggest challenge when I started was managing sound levels, as well as the editing process. With each podcast episode I feel the sound has become more clear and the general editing process has become much smoother. I’ve been podcasting for 18 months and I’m still learning.
If I can offer any advice to anyone who wants to start a podcast – or anything for that matter – it’s just start. It’s not going to be perfect at the beginning, but you can’t perfect something you haven’t started.
Thank goodness for Google and YouTube…every time I’ve had an issue, I’ve looked up the solutions because there are countless people who have had similar issues and offer step-by-step guides on how to fix them.
Each episode always feels like an adventure. I learn something new from a technical perspective. And from a content perspective, I experience so many epiphany moments from my guests which I call “mind moments”.
Dreaming is easy and speaking about ideas and plans is so exciting. The difficult part is consistently doing it where the tiring work lies.
I’m hoping that people between 25 and 35 will listen to the podcast and feel that they’re not alone in their struggle.
We’re all trying to be adults. Sometimes we get it right and pay our bills on time and other times we mess up really big time. We’re just trying to figure ourselves out and on top of it all, trying to figure out other human millennial adults too.
I want people to feel that although the struggle is real, they are not alone.
In 2019, the episodes that have received the most attention have been on white privilege, masculinity and depression. If I could recommend three episodes for people to listen to, they would be: