Hi, my name is MJ and I'm a freelance designer and creator based in Southern California.
As a self-taught designer and creator, I love helping multi-passionate entrepreneurs and business owners create cohesive content to connect with their audience and grow their online presence organically.
I'm passionate about podcast production, graphic design, web design, social media management, and more.
If you're looking for someone with a long list of certifications and credentials, that's not me. However, if you're looking for flexibility, someone with a kindred spirit who will treat your project(s) like their own, and give 110% to help bring your visions to life, then I'm your guy!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Michael Jereld
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In today's world, we have access to an endless supply of resources and applications to assist with the production process, but it always pays to trust your own ear, gut feeling, and listen to other productions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my work is performed on solo-hosted and interview-style podcasts.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say my ability to communicate is my most vital skill. I think it's essential to provide a service that aligns with the client's vision and creates a welcoming space to address any variables that may affect the production process or time frame of the deliverables.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring humility, positivity, and a detailed-oriented work ethic to capture the client's essence and vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is pretty straightforward. In terms of podcast production, after I receive an audio file, I preview the content to get a feel of the tone, vibe, and energy between the host(s) and guest(s). After reviewing the audio, I mix and master vocal tracks individually to create a balanced, cohesive sound. Once I'm done mixing and mastering, I edit the episode and remove elements such as dead air, stutters, ummms, and any irrelevant content. The production process is completed with a final review and the client's approval. Once approval is received, content is then uploaded and scheduled for distribution. During this period, I'll also design branded social media posts and schedule content on desired platforms to promote and market the distributed content.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right now, I operate out of a basic home studio. I use an iMac and I perform the majority of my edits on Audacity. I also recommend and personally use Anchor as my podcasting hosting platform of choice.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is podcast production, social media design, and social media management. In regards to podcast production, I edit, mix and master, and schedule episodes for distribution. In terms of social media design and management, I design custom posts, schedule posts, and review analytics to increase subscribers and reach organically.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of the project I am currently working on (The Casting Session). I'm the Executive Producer and Editor of the podcast and I get to use an assemble of my skills and services all in one project. Everything from podcast production to graphic design, and more.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a TV & Film podcast called The Casting Session with Joanna Colbert.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Their projects will be treated as if they are my own, and I will do everything in my power to assist clients with any questions they may have even if it's outside my area of expertise.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to use my technical skills and creativity to help others' dreams and visions come to life.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typically ask clients about their industry, their why, individuals or brands they admire or follow, any challenges they're facing with the project, time frame, etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hands-on experience and a similar belief system sometimes work better in your favor than working with someone with a ton of certifications and credentials.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I know its a desert island (but if there is a source of electricity) definitely my iMac, USB Microphone, my iPhone, PS4, and my Google Wifi Mesh System
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was to land a career in the Media and Entertainment industry. My professional career was paved with an alternative route with detours through the Finance, Retail, and Information Technology space, but over the last year everything has come full circle, and I'm finally pursuing my calling. I produced and launched my own podcast four years ago and currently pursuing digital media and graphic design projects as a full-time freelancer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Introverted. Relaxed. Chill.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Will Smith or Kevin Hart. I grew up (in NJ) not too far from Philadelphia where they're both from so it would be an honor to work with either of them. They're both amazing and inspiring storytellers. The knowledge they share is so genuine and relatable.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The musicians and/or music production professionals that inspire me are Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams. In regards to podcasting or just the production process as a whole, I've always been inspired by The Dan Patrick Show, How Married Are You Podcast, and Spotify's morning show, The Get Up.