TNB – Tell us about this brand new Podcast. What can we expect?
Shorr – It’s a very candid and unfiltered look at my life. Interviews and social media only show part of the story, and this is a chance to elaborate on what my fans already know. I’ve lived a lot of life in my 26 years and this is a great chance for me to be fully transparent and share those experiences.
TNB – Bobby Bones discovered you through Twitter, and reached out with theidea of starting a Podcast. What were those early conversations like and how has he helped you through this process?
Shorr – They came to me with a complete proposal of what the show would be, right down to tweets they thought would make great premises for episodes; but at the same time, they’ve given me so much creative freedom. I really look up to Bobby- he’s the epitome of a modern media personality because he isn’t just one “thing”. His belief in me has given me so much confidence to do this show.
TNB – I loved listening to the first episode. It sounds very conversational and loose, but still feels like there is a structure and that you are taking us on a journey. Did you lay out bullet points to hit, or have a script? What was theprocess like to figure out how and what you were going to say?
Shorr – I don’t really believe in scripts. Even on my radio show on Radio Disney Country, I write the talking points out but everything else is on the fly. It makes it feel so much more like genuine human interaction, which is really important to me. I never like to know the questions for an interview beforehand- i work so much better on first instinct. I had written down a few bullet points so I wouldn’t go off on tangents but everything was very in the moment.
TNB – What do you hope fans take away and learn from this show?
Shorr – I hope they learn that there is strength in vulnerability. Nothing has made me feel more empowered than unapologetically sharing my story- even the messy parts. I know I’m not alone in what I’ve gone through, and by using my platform to talk openly about it I hope listeners will be able to shed their shame about their trauma and be able to use it to grow and evolve instead.
TNB – I know how much of a reader you are. Any quarantine book recommendations?
Shorr – I’ve read a lot during quarantine, so I’ll reduce it to fiction and non-fiction:
Fiction- Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It’s both philosophical and whimsical and a great book for a dark time. It’s an epic, but it remains light and playful while still intelligently addressing heady concepts like the afterlife and immortality.
Non-fiction- Dead Girls by Alice Bolin. It’s a fascinating collection of essays (all by Alice) that mostly discuss western society’s obsession with true crime/crime dramas and specifically, crime towards white women. It’s a fascinating look into the tropes used by the creators of crime entertainment and how little that medium actually has to do with the victims. She also talks a lot about life in Los Angeles and her gradual disenchantment with the works of her former idol, Joan Didion.
TNB – Any signs of new music on the horizon?
Shorr – Yes 😉