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Meet Trailblazer Erin Alexander Edwards

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Alexander Edwards.

Erin’s background in mental health counseling heavily influenced her decision to start a podcast. Erin was in search of a bigger platform to advocate for mental health and healing and she found that in podcast radio. The Business of Soul Searching Podcast features business owners and community influencers that have experience downfall to triumph and have decided to move the needle forward. The Business of Soul Searching inspires listeners through guest interviews, challenging them to push through feeling stagnant and make a change. Each guest is different from the last directly reflecting the podcast’s audience. After one year of consistently putting out episode after episode, Erin was asked to sign her podcast to a local radio station to increase exposure. Currently, Erin does a weekly live version of The Business of Soul Searching at The Juice Radio station on 89.9 FM and is set to release Season 4 of her podcast at the beginning of September. Erin is also a lead Ambassador for T. Barnes Beauty a global brand and business. She also utilizes her co-host position in the local VLOG Talkative to increase exposure in hopes to reach a different set of listeners.

Has it been a smooth road?
“The road to success is paved with many tempting parking spaces.” There have been many times that I have wanted to quit on my journey whether it was to focus more on my marriage, social life or I just plain stopped believing in myself. Something that has helped me so far is securing a mentor and trusting my gut. Having a psychology background has allowed me to be able to efficiently read people and situations. The entertainment industry is no joke and it is imperative to be kind and respectful but to develop thick skin. Develop and tap into your support system, this includes people outside of the business world. Most importantly, remember why you started your brand/business. If I was concerned about fame, I would have stopped last year after the first hiccup. What centers me when I am feeling overwhelmed and defeated is the fact that people benefit from my show. People have come to me(including guests) and have explained to me how their perspective has changed. I have a voice and a platform and it’s only getting bigger. I am inspiring people to take small risks to change the trajectory of their lives and in some cases watching it unfold along with them. How could I give that up?

We’d love to hear more about The Business of Soul Searching Podcast.
I specialize in mental health and am in love with my work. As draining and thankless as the mental health field is, I cannot leave it alone. It is so gratifying for me to meet people with so many different stories and hardships. I am thankful for having a background in mental health for many reasons but the number one reason is what I have learned. What sets me apart as an interviewer is an empathy. I have met people who have experienced some of the same crisis my guests have and can envision what it must have felt like. Having made it halfway through school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling has allowed me to gain skills to ask personal questions without offending and to tease out the information that my listeners need. I provide a safe space for my guests to tell their story and empower them to do so for the greater good.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Spark Up PVD, Minding My Black Business, and Bad Girls Guide to Love.

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