A local filmmaker and photographer has launched a new podcast that aims to provide insight into the local homelessness community.
Andrew Reed, 26, is originally from Nashville and moved to Chattanooga nearly five years ago.
“I fell in love with it,” he said of the Scenic City.
His new podcast, called “My Own Two, is available on iTunes and other platforms, such as Podbean.
“Each episode is an interview/conversation with a homeless person where they talk about the situation they’re in, and we hear their story of how they came to be where they are,” Reed said via email. “As an advocate, my long-term goal is to develop this project into a service for the homeless community.”
Reed updates the public about the podcasts via Instagram.
How did you become interested in the topic of homelessness? What made you want to become an advocate?
Of course, there are obvious reasons like the people are interesting to talk to, they always have good stories to tell, etc., but as far as what makes me want to delve into that world even more, I really can’t account for it.
Have you ever just been drawn to something and you’re not positive why, but it feels right?
That’s the best way I can describe it—just being drawn to it.
As far as being an advocate, this is a group of people who don’t really have a voice in our society.
They’re largely ignored and overlooked. I see these people and I recognize how easily the same thing could happen to me.
Life and the things that hold our lives together are incredibly fragile, and it takes a lot less than you realize for your whole life to change.
We’re all just people, and we’ve all just had different things happen to us, so in that way, I feel connected to them, and I want to give them a voice so that everyone else can understand too.
We’re all the same, just under different circumstances.
Tell me about the logistics of the podcast — where do you record? How often will it air?
I record wherever the people are — usually on the street, sometimes on the patio of a bar or something.
I don’t have a studio with nice microphones and soundproofing or anything. I just have a little sound recorder and a lav mic that I clip on their shirt.
They usually put the recorder in their pocket and we just talk.
The podcast will be released in seasons. So season one just started.
A new episode will be released every other Friday, and this season will be 10 episodes, so it’ll end in early December.
As far as season two, I’m thinking it’ll get going early in the spring.
What’s the goal of the podcast? What do you want people to get from it?
Honestly, my goal is to give this community the voice it deserves.
A lot of the people have beautiful stories that I think people need to hear.
I just want people to listen, to maybe discover a new understanding of people who are more like them than they think.
Long term, I want it to turn into something that’ll help the community, more than just advocacy.
I have some ideas in mind, but I’m not sure exactly what that’ll look like yet.
What’s the significance of the podcast’s name?
It kind of goes back to relatability and how at the core, we’re all the same, you know?
I always think about hands, and how we each have a set of them, and how everything we do is done through our hands.
That’s basically what made me land on the name.