Have I ever told you about the time I got naked on the sofa of a Kings Cross hotel with two strangers I met through Twitter? If you’re sat there thinking this sounds like the start of a great story, then you’re absolutely right, because back in January this is exactly what happened, when I was interviewed for BBC Radio’s The Naked Podcast…
Towards the end of 2019, I set myself a goal of appearing on a podcast. I do a lot of public speaking in my general day to day life, so getting up and saying my bit has never been an issue, but I do struggle with the concept of content being recorded and the content being readily available in perpetuity. It was time to smash through that fear wall and put myself forward for opportunities, so I leapt onto Twitter whilst it still felt like a good idea and tweeted about being available for podcasts. Within less than an hour, a Twitter friend had introduced me to Kat and Jenny from BBC Radio’s The Naked Podcast and next thing I knew we were making plans to meet in a hotel in Kings Cross to record my episode!
What is The Naked Podcast? Oh, if you haven’t found it already then you’re in for an absolute treat! Hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield presenters Jenny Eells and Kat Harbourne, the Yorkshire duo undress with a guest each week for revealing confessions & conversations, based on a concept to see whether we’d talk more openly about ourselves when we remove the boundaries of clothes and styling. Interviewing incredible guests ranging from a dominatrix to a reverend – and covering a vast range womxn’s topics from pregnancy (including loss) and periods to gender reassignment surgery and menopause – there’s something in there for absolutely everyone and I thoroughly recommend a listen.
The recording took place in January, in those wonderful pre-COVID days when everyone was able to move around the country freely, get on public transport without a mask, and hug people. Arriving at the hotel with a box of vegan cupcakes tucked neatly under one arm, it was time to bare all, discussing everything from burlesque, bullying and body acceptance. I talked about why it is so important for me to experience both sides of the camera as a boudoir photographer, as well as suggestions on what to wear to a shoot. Of course, I also brought along my gorgeous new book STRIP|TEASE, which gets a little mention!
A lot of people have been asking me what it was like being naked with two strangers in a hotel room… and I can honestly say it was an amazing experience and not at all uncomfortable! Jenny and Kat are total pros and made me feel really at ease – plus they’ve done such a really great job of editing the content and keeping it authentic to my voice.
The episode has just released and can be listed to on all major podcasting platforms, as well as directly from BBC Sounds, so please go have a listen to the episode, and maybe delve into their archives too for some more incredible content! Have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments!