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I would like to start my own pod cast or Utube show to help other veterans abroad


James Vincent Czbas North Grosvenordale, CT

I'm a 56 yr disabled Desert Storm Navy Submarine Veteran. I'm on 70% Disability on SSDI and homebound. I have 3 Bachelor Degrees, specialized in Organization Behavioral Science, and 23 yrs as a health care professional and want to give back to others as I have survived a plethora of adversity and am still moving forward in my life.

I have the perfect bass voice for radio, am well educated, articulate, personable, poise and tenacious; but now I want to reach out to others , take calls during a live telecast and share my wisdom and skills to help other veterans who are in need of a motivational booster shot and a self esteem make over.

Can anyone help me in using my lap top and my camera to reach the masses

James Vincent Czbas
35 Fort St apt 2
Groton CT 06340
Home 860 326 5959

3 September 2017 5 replies Mentoring



Michael Melanson Port Orchard, WA

This is quite a project! Thank you for your willingness to share your time and experience with us. Once this gets off the ground, I'd love to be able to view it.


Jason Cavness Dupont, WA


I just started a podcast and I could help out if you are still interested in doing a podcast. You already have some great advice.

The one thing I underestimated was the time it takes to edit. You need to budget around 3 minutes of editing time for every minute of the podcast.

I do mine the following way.

I do the interview on Zoom. At the same time I have the interview on FB live. In the comments on the FB live I tell them to put their questions in the comments and that my guest will answer them after the podcast.

I also use an app called live leap. This live streams the FB live to all my FB pages/groups and Twitter and Linkedin.

I use Adobe Edition to edit the podcast. Then you have to tag it as a MP3 in ID3. Then you upload it to your podcast server. I use Libsyn.

On the day I push it out. I use iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and YouTube. I always ask my guest if they are good with it being on YouTube. A few have said no.

I use all my social media platforms to push it out.

You will need to buy a decent microphone. The one Brought cost $75. I pay $22 per month for the Adobe Audition, $15 per month for the Libsyn. I took a podcaster course that cost $750 that was very useful. It taught me how to edit and other items that made me launching my podcast easier.

Let me know if you have any more questions. My email is



Deborah Meister Pleasant Hill, CA

Hi James. First of all, thank you for your service. Secondly, thank you for your desire to share your tenacity, grit, and persistence in helping others. It sounds like you're looking for technical help or advice on getting started with Youtube or your own Podcast. You can undoubtedly find a wealth of information, top equipment and software lists, tutorials, etc, from a variety of sources. But I actually wanted to propose another idea that can be quicker to launch and more low-tech. You could start a Facebook group as an online community that you facilitate, inviting people who are already in your primary and secondary military networks and allowing them to invite others to join in on the conversation. There you could post messages, recordings, or even do Facebook Live video streams without having to import, export, or upload content. Once you have a consistent audience, scheduled FB Live calls can be a great way to have people type in their messages for you to answer live. If people can't make it live they can always submit their questions ahead of time and come back and watch the recording later. The nature of the platform also is that people expect less of a "production" and more of a conversation. Facebook groups can be dynamic and impactful communities, and the technical barrier to entry is, in my experience, much lower for both the content creator AND people wanting to join the community. Feel free to message me if you'd like to discuss any of your ideas further.


Jennifer Polhemus Santa Monica, CA

Sounds very promising. Youtube is the easiest way to begin. But podcasting might be even better (sorry, I am not knowledgeable about the tech side of podcasting).

Here are some suggestions for initial steps:

1. Dig deep and flesh out the benefits (not the features) that you want to provide to your viewers/listeners. (Don't skimp on this.)
2. Identify the obstacles that viewers might face in becoming interested in (and benefiting from) your channel, and figure out how to address those obstacles.
3. Try scripting out your first three segments/shows.
4. Use your "visioning" (see #1) to help you find a catchy name for your "Show."

Best wishes!


Andrew Klarman New York, NY

Hi James,

Thank you for your service and for using ACP AdvisorNet. That's a cool idea and a creative way to help veterans that are abroad!

Have you started your own YouTube channel yet? All you need is a Google account to get that going.

Also, I have a generally good idea about how to operate the laptop and camera if you'd like to send me a private message with any questions.

Additionally, try taking a look at advisors near you in the "Community" tab on this site. You may be able to find some in your area that could give you some good tips and advice.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Have a good day!


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